|On Wed. Oct 11, 2006, The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly
will be considering passing a resolution with the following title:
RESOLUTION NO. 2006 - 37Oct. 5, 06 meeting agenda featuring the different substitute versions of resolution 2006-37 at Borough web site.
A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD H. RUMSFELD AND COMMENDING THE SOLDIERS OF THE 172 STRYKER BRIGADE
(Note: The above is the title of the Sep. 28, 06 original resolution. There are also a few substitute versions.)
The Borough should not pass this resolution! The little part about commending the 172nd Stryker Brigade is good, but the bulk of it which calls for the immediate resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, is bad for our efforts in Iraq, in my view.
I feel that this resolution will be interpreted by the world and the terrorists as a repudiation of our efforts to secure freedom and a constitutional government for
Please contact the Borough assembly members and ask them to vote against this resolution.
Click here for contact info at the Borough web site.
The proposed resolution (No. 2006-37) is very defeatist in its tone. It bemoans that key measures of success are getting worse, but says nothing of the positive developments. The proposed resolution offers no specific tactical or policy suggestions.
The resolution states that we “can not sustain the current operational tempo” implying that we are about to wilt and cave in.
It states that “soldiers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade have been killed”.
The soldiers of the Stryker Brigade as well as our other soldiers are true heroes. We citizens at home are very grateful for their efforts on our behalf. Anytime we hear of the death of one of our brave soldiers, it is very painful to us.
But the proposed resolution does not acknowledge that the cause of freedom sometimes requires great cost and sacrifice.
In one single battle in
But it was vital to capture the island to get a bomber airstrip that was closer to
Fortunately the American people had great fortitude and long range vision and went on to win World War II in August of 1945 after 4 long years of grueling combat.
From 1945 to 1952
Can we and the many good Iraqi people succeed in
In July 2006, Iraqi forces took over the security responsibility for Muthanna province which is the southernmost of the 18 provinces of
It is expected soon that control of other peaceful southern provinces will be turned over to the Iraqis.
Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979 and for 24 years held the Iraqi people in an iron grip. On Aug. 2, 1990 he invaded and conquered the country of
The cease fire terms stipulated among other things that Saddam was to:
During the 12 years following 1991, Saddam repeatedly violated terms of the cease fire agreement by frustrating inspection efforts.
Saddam went on to murder thousands of innocent Shias and Kurds in retribution for attempted uprisings.
His regime repeatedly fired upon coalition aircraft as they patrolled the no-fly zones in the south and north of
He paid up to $25,000 per Palestinian family that provided suicide bombers to kill innocent civilians in
The UN imposed sanctions against
Saddam Hussein proved that he was not going to change and on March 20, 2003
I (Randy Griffin) must confess that prior to the war, I never said that we should invade Iraq. In fact on March 14, 2003, I called a radio talk show and expressed some mild reservations about the impending war. But once the March 20, 2003 invasion started, I was completely in favor of a successful outcome for the mission. I now see the long term wisdom in removing Saddam from power. Eventually the sanctions would have collapsed and Saddam would have gone right back to pursuing his weapons of mass destruction and it would have been more difficult to stop him in the future.
Help the Iraqi people build their new nation
The Iraqi people do not have much experience in constitutional representative government and they need time to gain experience and work out the problems. Also, there are outside evil forces such as the Al Qaeda terrorists who are trying to undermine progress in
There are left wing pressure groups that would like us to abandon
Donald Rumsfeld is doing a good job in a tough situation
But I do not want any Borough Assembly member of my Fairbanks Borough government taking it upon himself to purport to speak for me in calling for the immediate resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. If a Borough assembly member or anyone else wants to write their own letter of protest - that’s OK and that’s their right. But leave me out of it.
Out of hundreds of retired generals, a handful has spoken out against Donald Rumsfeld. But the retired General Tommy Franks has defended and supports Rumsfeld and the Bush administration. General Tommy Franks was in charge of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recently retired General Richard Meyers also spoke out in defense of Rumsfeld.
In a huge wartime operation there are bound to be mistakes and unforeseen developments. We learn from our mistakes. The question is, are there any specific operational policies or tactics at the present time that we need to change or add to?
I strongly support a resolution that praises the 172nd Stryker Brigade and their families
A small portion of the proposed resolution commends the 172nd Stryker Brigade, and this part is good.
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|The Borough assembly members who voted in
favor of the resolution calling for the immediate resignation of
United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld:
|The Borough assembly members who voted against the proposed resolution:
Nadine Hargesheimer (Oct 10, 2009 update note: Nadine Hargesheimer is now known as Nadine Winters.)