Dutch Foreign Minister Bot: war in Iraq not sensible


This video from the USA is called WMD LIES – Bush Cheney Rumsfeld etc. – THE ULTIMATE CLIP.

On Wednesday 5 October, Dutch Foreign Minister Bot (a member of the Christian Democrats, biggest party in the Rightist government coalition) said that the US Bush administration going to war in Iraq was maybe “not sensible”.

In parliament, as reported in daily NRC, Bot asked himself whether “it had been sensible that there has been an invasion by the occupying powers”.

He replied to himself: “The reply could be that it has not been sensible and that with other means, with diplomatic means, more might have been reached; and that it might have been better to continue investigation [by United Nations weapons inspectors]”.

Mr Bot noted no weapons of mass destruction (the official cause for war) had been found in Iraq.

This differs from earlier statements by the Dutch Balkenende administration.

Boris Dittrich, leader of D66, one of the two other government coalition parties, in a reaction said the Iraq war was indeed “wrong”.

Other ministers pressured Bot to backtrack, which he did for the sake of continuing the unstable unpopular Balkenende coalition.

However, meanwhile Bot had made the point, already made earlier by most people in The Netherlands and the other countries of the world, that Emperor Bush stands naked.

No matter how loudly Bush’s sycophants say, like in Hans Christian Andersen”s fairy tale, that the emperor’s new clothes are colourful and splendid.

Talking about sense: George W. Bush revealed that voices in his head, supposedly God’s voices, told him to start the Iraq war.

4 thoughts on “Dutch Foreign Minister Bot: war in Iraq not sensible

  1. Iraq war delayed Katrina relief effort, inquiry finds*

    by Kim Sengupta
    The Independent
    October 3, 2005

    Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered near catastrophic
    failures due to endemic corruption, divisions within the military and
    troop shortages caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry
    into the disaster has revealed.

    The confidential report, which has been seen by The Independent, details
    how funds for flood control were diverted to other projects, desperately
    needed National Guards were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had
    to “sneak off post” to help with relief efforts because their commander
    had refused permission.

    The shortcomings in dealing with Katrina have rocked George Bush’s
    administration. Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency
    Management Agency, has resigned from his post and polls show that a
    majority of Americans feel the President showed inadequate leadership.

    The report was commissioned by the Office of Secretary of Defence as an
    “independent and critical review” of what went so wrong. In a
    hard-hitting analysis, it says: “The US military has long planned for
    war on two fronts. This is as close as we have come to [that] reality
    since the Second World War; the results have been disastrous.”

    The document was compiled by Stephen Henthorne, a former professor of
    the US Army’s War College and an adviser to the Pentagon who was a
    deputy-director in the Louisiana relief efforts.

    It charts how “corruption and mismanagement within the New Orleans city
    government” had “diverted money earmarked for improving flood protection
    to other, more vote-getting, projects. Past mayors and governors gambled
    that the long-expected Big Killer hurricane would never happen. That bet
    was lost with Hurricane Katrina.”

    [NOTE FROM ME: It is nuts to blame the state and local
    officials for not having the levees repaired; THAT sort of
    work is done by the Army Corps of Engineers and NOT by state
    and local governmental entities. The Army Corps and Louisiana
    state officials had been begging Bush for years for the
    funding needed to make the necessary repairs. Congress put the
    money IN the budget but Bush took it out except for a small
    and inconsequential amount.]

    The report concludes that although the US military did a good job in
    carrying out emergency missions, there were some serious shortcomings.

    The report states that Brigadier General Michael D Barbero, commander of
    the Joint Readiness Training Centre at Fort Polk, Louisiana, refused
    permission for special forces units who volunteered to join relief
    efforts, to do so. General Barbero also refused to release other troops.

    “The same general did take in some families from Hurricane Katrina, but
    only military families living off the base,” the report says. “He has
    done a similar thing for military families displaced by Hurricane Rita.
    However, he declined to share water with the citizens of Leesville, who
    are out of water, and his civil affairs staff have to sneak off post in
    civilian clothes to help coordinate relief efforts.” The report says
    deployment in the Iraq war led to serious problems. “Another major
    factor in the delayed response to the hurricane aftermath was that the
    bulk of the Louisiana and Mississippi National Guard was deployed in
    Iraq.

    “Even though all the states have ‘compacts’ with each other, pledging to
    come to the aid of other states, it takes time, money and effort to
    activate and deploy National Guard troops from other states to fill in”.

    Mr Henthorne’s report states: “The President has indicated several times
    that he wants the US military to take a more active role in disaster
    management and humanitarian assistance.

    “There are several reasons why that will not happen easily. (1) Existing
    laws will not allow the police powers the military will need to be
    effective. (2) The military is not trained for such a mission and (3)
    the ‘warfighter insurgency’ within the US military does not want such a
    mission and will strongly resist it. Not one civil affairs unit was
    deployed for either hurricane.”

    The report concludes: “The one thing this disaster has demonstrated [is]
    the lack of coordinated, in-depth planning and training on all levels of
    Government, for any/all types of emergency contingencies. 9/11 was an
    exception because the geographical area was small and contained, but
    these two hurricanes have clearly demonstrated a national response
    weakness … Failure to plan, and train properly has plagued US efforts
    in Afghanistan, Iraq and now that failure has come home to roost in the
    United States.”

    Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered near catastrophic
    failures due to endemic corruption, divisions within the military and
    troop shortages caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry
    into the disaster has revealed.

    The confidential report, which has been seen by The Independent, details
    how funds for flood control were diverted to other projects, desperately
    needed National Guards were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had
    to “sneak off post” to help with relief efforts because their commander
    had refused permission.

    The shortcomings in dealing with Katrina have rocked George Bush’s
    administration. Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency
    Management Agency, has resigned from his post and polls show that a
    majority of Americans feel the President showed inadequate leadership.

    The report was commissioned by the Office of Secretary of Defence as an
    “independent and critical review” of what went so wrong. In a
    hard-hitting analysis, it says: “The US military has long planned for
    war on two fronts. This is as close as we have come to [that] reality
    since the Second World War; the results have been disastrous.”

    The document was compiled by Stephen Henthorne, a former professor of
    the US Army’s War College and an adviser to the Pentagon who was a
    deputy-director in the Louisiana relief efforts.

    It charts how “corruption and mismanagement within the New Orleans city
    government” had “diverted money earmarked for improving flood protection
    to other, more vote-getting, projects. Past mayors and governors gambled
    that the long-expected Big Killer hurricane would never happen. That bet
    was lost with Hurricane Katrina.”

    The report concludes that although the US military did a good job in
    carrying out emergency missions, there were some serious shortcomings.

    The report states that Brigadier General Michael D Barbero, commander of
    the Joint Readiness Training Centre at Fort Polk, Louisiana, refused
    permission for special forces units who volunteered to join relief
    efforts, to do so. General Barbero also refused to release other troops.

    “The same general did take in some families from Hurricane Katrina, but
    only military families living off the base,” the report says. “He has
    done a similar thing for military families displaced by Hurricane Rita.
    However, he declined to share water with the citizens of Leesville, who
    are out of water, and his civil affairs staff have to sneak off post in
    civilian clothes to help coordinate relief efforts.” The report says
    deployment in the Iraq war led to serious problems. “Another major
    factor in the delayed response to the hurricane aftermath was that the
    bulk of the Louisiana and Mississippi National Guard was deployed in
    Iraq.

    “Even though all the states have ‘compacts’ with each other, pledging to
    come to the aid of other states, it takes time, money and effort to
    activate and deploy National Guard troops from other states to fill in”.

    Mr Henthorne’s report states: “The President has indicated several times
    that he wants the US military to take a more active role in disaster
    management and humanitarian assistance.

    “There are several reasons why that will not happen easily. (1) Existing
    laws will not allow the police powers the military will need to be
    effective. (2) The military is not trained for such a mission and (3)
    the ‘warfighter insurgency’ within the US military does not want such a
    mission and will strongly resist it. Not one civil affairs unit was
    deployed for either hurricane.”

    The report concludes: “The one thing this disaster has demonstrated [is]
    the lack of coordinated, in-depth planning and training on all levels of
    Government, for any/all types of emergency contingencies. 9/11 was an
    exception because the geographical area was small and contained, but
    these two hurricanes have clearly demonstrated a national response
    weakness … Failure to plan, and train properly has plagued US efforts
    in Afghanistan, Iraq and now that failure has come home to roost in the
    United States.”

    Read this at:
    http://news.independ…as/article316682.ece

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