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A buffer force is fine if you insert it between two warring factions that have agreed there should be a buffer force in there.
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And if the people who are capable of these outrages think that that's all you're going to do, they will continue to commit these outrages.
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And obviously, it's hard to prove responsibility in many of these cases. They hide their tracks pretty well.
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And with several other nations, we formed a multinational force and lifted them out and eliminated them. The struggle and the debate was whether we should go back in again and do something more in support of some sort of an agreement that was supposed to have been reached May 17.
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Any attempt to work out a negotiation or an agreement with the people who were running Iran was doomed to failure. You simply have to understand that there's some people you cannot trust.
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As true with most myths, that is largely mythical.
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But we still do not have the actual knowledge of who did the bombing of the Marine barracks at the Beirut Airport, and we certainly didn't then.
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But when they get a response such as we were able to give to Libya, they do go underground. They do stop their activity for quite a long time.
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Getting them to sign an agreement may provide a splendid photo opportunity and all kinds of jubilation that you've got a great negotiation now that has secured this agreement, but a complete ignoring of the fact that the other side isn't going to pay the slightest attention to it.
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Here rests the soul of our nation - here also should be our conscience.
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Here we were, begging the world to stop sending any arms to Iran, and there was this horrible proposal that we try to buy the friendship of these fanatics by giving them arms and violating all of the things we were doing in trying to persuade the rest of the world that they shouldn't sell them arms.
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I don't know that his sponsorship of networks that were involved in terrorist acts was as well known. But his connection with this whole idea was certainly understood.
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I don't think we erred, unless you wanted to do attack areas that you're not certain were involved.
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I guess I wasn't persuasive enough.
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I hope that was the lesson that was learned at Beirut. It was learned at terrible cost.
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I said it was like trying to invite Qaddafi over for a cozy lunch.
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I suggested many times that, to answer these people that were worried about Marines cutting and running and all that nonsense, to put them on ships, their normal environment.
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I think Bin Laden's anti-Americanism has been known for some time. His strong hatred of America, his idea that his own country, Saudi Arabia, made mistakes by being too closely linked to us, was widely known.
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I think people who participated in that war are people who had fought very bravely and very hard for a cause that was not being supported by the American government to the extent that we felt we had to win.
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I think the lessons learned is we should be strong enough and have a visible enough and effective enough response.
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I think the lessons learned was we need more human intelligence, and that we need a response capability, and that we should make sure that that response capability is used effectively.
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I think there were obviously some people giving very careful thought to what we could do to prevent that happening again. There were all kinds of suggestions of strengthening security in the embassy, because these people had been seized at the embassy, as you know.
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I think they underestimated the American strength and the American willingness to respond strongly, just as had been done before World War II.
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I think to some extent, it certainly showed there was going to be a response.
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I think women are too valuable to be in combat.
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If you have it between two warring factions that have not agreed, and there had not been an agreement, no matter how much people talked about it, for the forces to pull back so that the buffer force would be in very grave peril.
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If you know ahead of time what kind of an attack is being planned, then you have a vastly easier time of stopping it. But it's very difficult to find and insert people into these organizations and enable them to report out to you.
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If you want to do blind bombing, yes, then you hit anybody you want; you don't have to do any investigation, and you get revenge and you feel a little better. But that doesn't accomplish anything, and does a lot of potential harm.
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In Yugoslavia, we only went along as part of a group that was under the direction of the U.N. committee, or something of that kind, without a clear intention of carrying out an objective, which was to win.
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It didn't require any degree of prophecy on my part or others, but I felt very strongly that they should not be there and I felt even more strongly in blaming myself that I wasn't persuasive enough to persuade the president not to go.
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It does much more harm than good. Your collateral damage is very heavy.
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It doesn't say you shouldn't try. But negotiations have to be for more than a cease-fire, which can be broken within 15 minutes, or something more than sanctions, which other countries won't adhere to.
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It led later to all the so-called Weinberger Doctrine, or whatever you want to call it, to the effect that: you have to have a mission; you have to know what you want to do.
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It took some time, but we finally established without any doubt that the Libyans had trained and paid for and sponsored and helped a group of terrorists who were, frankly, employed to do that kind of an act in Berlin.
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It took the Gulf War to demonstrate that America did want more than one friend in the Mideast, and also was willing to take and make major risks to prevent a small Muslim country, Kuwait, from being overrun and in effect stolen by Iraq.
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It was a disaster waiting to happen.
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It was terrible to be proven right under such horrible circumstances. They should have been pulled out earlier. They were pulled out later.
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It's always been a source of unhappiness to me that I wasn't persuasive enough to persuade the president not to put in more American forces, particularly not to put them into the Beirut Airport.
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It's going to be attacked by some people as a dirty business. What it is actually doing is giving a democracy eyes. And without eyes, the democracy's not going to remain a democracy very long.
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It's not going to be a conventional war, but it is a war against individual targets that are responsible for portions of this outrage.
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It's the importance of finding out what they're planning ahead of time that is the task of intelligence, and you have to have a very special kind of intelligence to do that; and you have to understand that this is going to involve spying.
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It's worse because the buffer force is always lightly armed, has very vague rules of engagement, and it is not able, really, to defend itself. And so unless you have full agreement of all sides, you shouldn't do it.
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Kofi Annan's statement of so-called support for attempts to deal with this was to be restrained, to have a measured response. I can't imagine anything more useless or anything more dangerous, because that sort of thing would encourage more and more of these activities.
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Later on, that was one of the more unhappy portions of the Iran-contra business, that there had been a willingness on the part of some in the administration to say you can trust some of these people and we could get a good bargain and everything could be all right in the future.
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Lessons learned is that if you're gong to do this, you're going to insert your troops, they have to have a mission. They have to have the arms and the equipment, and they have to have a goal that can be fulfilled.
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Marines that have rules of engagement that allow them to defend themselves are quite a different thing than Marines who are forced to sit on a Beirut Airport and not do anything effectively. And that was proven, to result in the kind of tragedy that did happen.
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Of course Americans are willing to risk their lives and their leaders are willing to enter wars. It's the cause and the outcome that is so important to us that we have to win it.
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Reagan was misled by some very wrong advice and it had very terrible consequences in the Beirut Airport.
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Same reaction as before - that this is bound to happen if you put people in harm's way without adequate arms or rules of engagement to permit them to defend themselves.
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Sanctions and negotiations can be very ineffective, and indeed foolish, unless the people you are talking with and negotiating with and trying to reach agreements with are people who can be trusted to keep their word.
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So many of us opposed going back in after the first multinational force had lifted the Palestinians out and prevented a house-to-house conflict.
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So you have a force that was almost a sitting duck in one of the most dangerous spots in the Mideast, and therefore one of the most dangerous spots in the world, unable to protect itself.
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Some people say, 'Oh, it means that America never wants to take any risks. America's never going to get into a war that they can't finish in half an hour,' and other absurdities like that. Of course you have to be mindful of the casualties at all times.
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Spying was considered to be a dirty business, and all of the hearings emphasized all of the things that they felt the CIA had done wrong, and this was not democracy and not American, and so forth and so on.
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That has always been the difficulty, because if you use military force blindly, if the response to the seizure of 400 people in Iran had been 'All right. We're just going to bomb Tehran till we get them back or until we feel better,' that isn't going to do any good.
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That was an act of extreme brutality and an act which, in effect, was an attempt to kind of spit in the eye of the United States and show that we couldn't do anything; they could do what they wanted.
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That's the kind of response that I think is essential - a focused response, a response that hits the actual people who are connected with it and doesn't do just blind bombing out of anger, but goes directly to the targets that were associated with the terrorist act.
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The idea that you could make an agreement that will have any effect or be of any use with people who aren't going to keep it is a useless exercise and a dangerous exercise.
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The loss of life of Marines was horrible to contemplate. The fact that I had been warning against this very thing didn't give me any slight satisfaction, I can assure of that.
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The only war we'd ever gone into we did not intend to win, because we didn't have any particular mission.
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The problem with that was that there hadn't been an agreement of that kind. To send our forces back in as a buffer in that kind of a situation, where you had not had an agreement to pull back, seemed to me and to many of us to be wrong, and that we shouldn't do it.
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The result was to cripple, in many ways, a very important part of our intelligence capability. We're very good on the technical data.
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There was immediate demand for retribution, for revenge, and we said that we would want to make sure as to who did it. When we had the proof, we would take care of the revenge.
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There was no debate as to whether or not we should attack. It was a question of when and how, and what should be the target, and there wasn't any debate about that.
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There was no use whatever in trusting any of the people on the terrorist side or on the side of the government that harbored terrorism. They would make certain promises; we learned that you shouldn't pay any attention to those promises.
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There were the usual howls of outrage that we'd hit people who were not participating and all of that. But it was an immediate response, and it was at least in the general direction of the areas where these attacks have occurred.
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There's no problem about it whatever, because we had established without any doubt that they were responsible, that they had done it.
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There's nothing more absurd than trying to fight a war that way.
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These Marine amphibious brigades were on their own ship, to bring them back and pull them out of this dangerous bulls-eye and put them on our ships where they could be protected until they were really needed for something useful, rather than just sitting on an airport.
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They're doing exactly what should be done. They're trying to build coalitions, and are having some considerable success in building coalitions. We can't do all of this alone. We need help; we need friends. And the administration is doing that.
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They're pursuing the attempts to dry up their funds by freezing bank accounts here, which is a very effective thing. And we're preparing to use the military capability when the targets have been clearly identified and when we know what to attack.
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We did not have full agreement of all sides. There was something like 27 or 28 separate armed groups, all of which had only one thing in common: they opposed us and they opposed a multinational force coming in.
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We dismantled a lot of our human intelligence capability after the so-called Church commission hearings years before.
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We had a lack of proper intelligence. We did not have - and do not have - an adequate human intelligence capability to get inside these terrorist organizations and find out what they're doing. So the task of finding out who was responsible and where they were located is a difficult one.
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We had all this nonsense about containment and all of these smaller, lesser goals. And you should not ask a man to commit his life to a cause that's not important enough so that you have to win it. I hope that has been the lesson of Vietnam, and I hope that that is what we have learned since.
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We had that time and again, most recently perhaps with Saddam Hussein, who made all kinds of promises to end the Gulf War, and systematically violated every single one of them.
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We knew what we wanted to accomplish and we gave the troops the means to accomplish it, and did not tie their hands by saying, 'You can't do this and you can't use this as a target,' and so on.
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We must never again go commit and ask American forces to commit their lives to a cause that isn't important enough to us to have to win. That is what I think should be the rule, and I think to a considerable extent, now it is, because as I say, I think Colin believes that completely.
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We should be able to do the kind of response that would convince the people who did the World Trade Center and the Pentagon bombing that they could never again make such an attempt; that the cost that they would have to pay, was far higher than they were willing to risk.
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We wanted to go right to the people who had caused it, and we felt that that was very clearly the Iranian fanatics who were running the government.
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We're very good on overhead surveillance and things of that kind. But a lot of that can't tell you what's happening inside a terrorist organization.
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What we really need is to get people inserted into these organizations who can be accepted by them, obviously have the language and everything else that very few of us had, and are able to report what the organization's thinking, what they're planning.
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When Saddam Hussein kept violating his promises and all that, we would unleash a few ineffective small airstrikes.
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When those hostages, after some 400 days, were finally recovered the day President Reagan took office, it was a feeling of great relief and great delight that they were home.
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You had to be sure of your targets.
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