Bill Clinton didn’t write the script for the movie, “Wag The Dog.”
But the commander in chief sure learned a thing or two from the flick
about a president who — in trouble over a young girl — hires a
Hollywood producer to create a fake war as a diversion from his sins.
Bill’s first WTD operation was executed in 1998 — as Monica-gate was
peaking — when he flung missiles costing a half-billion bucks at what
turned out to be a vitamin factory in Sudan and an old CIA camp in
Take that, terrorist Osama bin Laden. Don’t you mess with us!
Bill flexed America’s military muscles before a nation that suddenly
found itself focused on terrorists and missiles instead of blue dresses,
cigars and congressional inquisitors.
Since WTD worked so well, in 1999, when Clinton once again found
himself in deep poo — this time over his playing fast and loose with
Red China — he quickly launched WTD II against Serbia.
Militarily, the op was a bust. Our air power knocked out a few tanks
at a cost of a billion bucks a tank, then NATO and the U.S. Air Force
declared they’d won the first war in history that used only air power.
Bill scored from the phony war, too. WTD delivered once again as his
troubles went south at the expense of the millions of Yugoslavians who
were savaged in Kosovo and Serbia.
Now he’s ordered WTD III, a two-wag-in-one op: the deployment of
Patriot missiles to Israel, supposedly to save the Israelis from Saddam
Hussein’s Scuds; and the dispatch of Delta Force warriors to Bosnia to
grab war criminal Radovan Karadzic.
Of course, as with all Bill’s WTD ops, there are a few problems with
- Israel didn’t know it needed saving. Its prime minister
clearly stated that there was no need to send U.S. Scudbusters. Then
there were snafus. The Patriot unit rushed there at great taxpayer
expense wasn’t combat-ready and must now be replaced by a unit from
Germany. But there’s another hang-up. That unit won’t be good to go
because it doesn’t have the intelligence gear to do the job — the
supersecret stuff they need is in the States and isn’t exactly mobile.
- If Patriot units from Germany are sent to Israel, our
80,000-strong Army Corps there won’t have the right air-defense
protection from enemy missiles. And if the Pentagon claims there’s no
real threat, then why are we still in Germany — especially since the
Cold War is long over? If these units were returned to the United
States, we could save about $50 billion a year, which could go a long
way toward solving problems for our not-combat-ready military.
- Our Delta Force snatch-and-grab unit is America’s best. Already
deployed in Europe, they know Karadzic’s every move, including how many
sheets of toilet paper the very paranoid former Bosnian Serb leader
uses. But Karadzic knows they’re coming, and his thugs might fight back
just as Mohammed Aidid’s gang did in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 — when
18 of our warriors were killed and more than 100 wounded.
Just like WTD I and II, there’s no military necessity for
WTD III. It’s all about:
- Legacy. Capturing Karadzic will give Clinton — in his
desperate need-for-glory mind-set — at least one feather in his cap
after eight years of military misadventures gone awry.
- Votes. Defending Israel with Scudbusters could swing a lot of
Jewish-American votes to Gore/Lieberman and Hillary.
- Readiness. Scooping up Karadzic and deploying missiles — even if
they don’t work — could smear egg on Dubya and Cheney over their
charges that our military readiness is shot.
It’s common inside-the-Pentagon knowledge that when President
Nixon was under Watergate siege, the Pentagon was told not to execute
his war orders.
Now that Bill’s WTD game is so apparent, Congress should take a long,
hard look at his self-serving behavior with our military and consider
setting up similar restrictions. It’s time our elected representatives
did their duty and took the keys to the Pentagon away from this
desperate lame duck. His track record leaves no doubt that he, like
Nixon, is far too dangerous to leave behind the military wheel.