[Hpn] Fwd: GLOBAL COMMAND CONSIDERED How Come I'm Not Surprised?

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Tue, 23 Oct 2001 08:22:38 -0700 (PDT)


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> Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 14:57:14 +0000 ("GMT")
> From: "kindhippie@yahoo.com" <kindhippie@yahoo.com>
> Subject: [www.washtimes.com] How Come I'm Not
> Surprised?
> To: "nyceguy50@yahoo.com" <nyceguy50@yahoo.com>,
>  "kindhippie@yahoo.com" <kindhippie@yahoo.com>
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> GLOBAL COMMAND CONSIDERED
> 
> Rowan Scarborough
> THE WASHINGTON TIMES
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> Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is considering
> creation
> of a global command to fight a lengthy war on
> terrorism, a
> sure sign that the Pentagon is contemplating covert
> combat
> in countries other than Afghanistan.
> 
> Administration officials say Mr. Rumsfeld has met
> several
> times with Gen. Charles R. Holland, who heads U.S.
> Special
> Operations Command, about forming a command or
> centering the
> anti-terrorism effort at the general's headquarters
> at
> McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
> 
> Giving Gen. Holland, or another four-star officer,
> command
> of the anti-terror war would avoid shifting
> responsibility
> from commander to commander as anti-terror
> operations move
> from region to region. The principal war-fighting
> commanders, known as commanders in chief, or cincs,
> are
> assigned their own turf, such as Pacific or European
> command.
> 
> The Bush administration is in the early stages of
> discussing
> covert intelligence operations or actions by U.S.
> commandos,
> or their foreign surrogates, around the world. These
> actions
> likely would not come until President Bush meets his
> first
> objective: ousting the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan
> and
> eliminating Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda
> network. The
> locations include:
> 
>  South America  The administration is collecting
> evidence
> of al Qaeda operatives involved in cocaine
> trafficking in
> Paraguay and Colombia. Islamic fundamentalist cells
> are
> operating in a tri-border area of Paraguay,
> Argentina and
> Brazil. Evidence has been found of al Qaeda members
> in this
> no man's land, a senior administration official
> says.
> 
>  Philippines  Anti-government Abu Sayyaf
> terrorists are
> linked to bin Laden. Options discussed include an
> all-out
> conventional attack, the use of special operations
> troops or
> asking a surrogate to do the job. One candidate is
> Australia's Special Air Service, which has seen, or
> will
> see, action in Afghanistan.
> 
> The United States believes the Philippines serves as
> home to
> scores of al Qaeda foot soldiers. Philippines
> President
> Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo vigorously supports
> America's war on
> terrorism, but is cool to the idea of allowing U.S.
> commandos to fight Abu Sayyaf. The Philippines
> government
> does want American training and advanced equipment.
> 
> U.S. military advisers have visited the Philippines
> to
> assess the capabilities of forces fighting the
> rebels.
> 
>  Iraq  Some Pentagon officials, notably Deputy
> Defense
> Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, are advocating going after
> dictator Saddam Hussein. Saddam has not been
> directly linked
> to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and
> the
> Pentagon, but the State Department lists Baghdad,
> which
> plotted to kill former President George Bush in
> 1993, as a
> state sponsor of terrorism.
> 
> Administration officials said several Rumsfeld aides
> believe
> the armed forces need an anti-terrorist commander
> for a war
> that may last for decades.
> 
> "This is a global war on terrorism and weapons of
> mass
> destruction," Gen. Richard B. Myers, Joint Chiefs of
> Staff
> chairman, told ABC this week. "So Afghanistan is
> only one
> small piece. So of course we're thinking very
> broadly. I
> would say since World War II we haven't thought this
> broadly
> about a campaign."
> 
> The Air Force general added, "I think this is going
> to be a
> long, hard-fought conflict. And it will be global in
> scale.
> And it won't be, as I mentioned earlier, it won't be
> just
> military. It's going to be all the instruments of
> our
> national power, with our friends and allies. And the
> fact
> that it could last several years or many years, or
> maybe our
> lifetimes, would not surprise me."
> 
> Some Pentagon officials are leery of a global
> anti-terrorism
> commander in chief. They fear the position would
> stir up
> turf battles among the regional cincs, who do not
> want to
> see a commander invade their turf and oversee a
> military
> operation.
> 
> A senior congressional defense staffer said if Mr.
> Rumsfeld
> wants a new war-fighting commander in chief, he will
> need to
> change the law. "I don't think Congress says no,"
> the aide
> said.
> 
> "He's trying to figure out how to bridge across the
> cincs,
> but the cincdoms may not allow that," the source
> said.
> "They're protective of their turf."
> 
> Gen. Holland already is playing a large role in
> planning the
> commando war against the Taliban and al Qaeda.
> Afghanistan
> falls in a geographic area belonging to U.S. Central
> Command
> and its head, Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who is
> directing the
> overall campaign.
> 
> Gen. Holland's command oversees just a fraction of
> the force
>  46,000 special operations troops in the Air Force,
> Army,
> Navy and Marine Corps. But, since Mr. Bush's war on
> terrorism often will call on commandos, the
> general's
> influence has grown since Sept. 11.
> 
> He is a career Air Force special operations aviator.
> In
> Vietnam, he flew the AC-130 gunship now being used
> extensively over Afghanistan to hit Taliban and al
> Qaeda
> troops.
> 
> Victoria Clarke, spokeswoman for Mr. Rumsfeld, said
> discussion of an anti-terrorism command is one
> option
> discussed as the defense secretary studies ways to
> reorganize the entire commander in chief system for
> 21st-century threats, such as terrorism.
> 
> The fact that many secret military operations lie
> ahead is
> one reason Mr. Rumsfeld has preached operational
> security to
> his personnel at the Pentagon and in the field.
> 
> Mr. Wolfowitz on Thursday sent a memo to senior
> officials
> throughout the department urging personnel to watch
> what
> they say.
> 
> Titled "Operations Security Throughout the
> Department of
> Defense," the Oct. 18 memo states, in part, "It is 
> vital
> that Defense Department employees, as well as
> persons in
> other organizations that support DoD, exercise
> <I>great</I>
> caution in discussing information related to DoD
> work,
> regardless of their duties. Do not conduct
> <I>any</I>
> work-related conversations in common areas, public
> places,
> while commuting, or over unsecured electronic
> circuits.
> Much of the information we use to conduct DoD's
> operations
> must be withheld from public release because of its
> sensitivity. If in doubt, do not release or discuss
> official
> information except with other DoD personnel."
> 
> 
>
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