She said that Westhusing had placed too much pressure on himself to succeed and that he was unusually rigid in his thinking. Westhusing struggled with the idea that monetary values could outweigh moral ones in war. This, she said, was a flaw.
"Despite his intelligence, his ability to grasp the idea that profit is an important goal for people working in the private sector was surprisingly limited," wrote Lt. Col. Lisa Breitenbach. "He could not shift his mind-set from the military notion of completing a mission irrespective of cost, nor could he change his belief that doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do should be the sole motivator for businesses."
"They are ready enough to be your soldiers whilst you do not make war, but if war comes they take themselves off or run from the foe; which I should have little trouble to prove, for the ruin of Italy has been caused by nothing else than by resting all her hopes for many years on mercenaries..."
"I cannot support a msn [mission] that leads to corruption, human rights abuse and liars. I am sullied," it says. "I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored."Death before being dishonored any more."
Imagine the following scenario and its impact on American communal existence and the interconnected global economic community today. Instead of one nuclear device, Al Qaeda manages to acquire two. Or Al Qaeda manages to get its hands on smallpox or a quantity of serin gas. Usama Bin Laden succeeds in a surprise detonation of one in a large metropolitan area within the U.S. Or perhaps he unleashes smallpox in a metropolitan area or manages to secret serin within a crowded building or elementary school. He then appears, live, on Al Jazeera television. He announces responsibility for the nuclear, biological, or chemical devastation. He follows that horrific announcement with the report that he also has a second nuclear device, biological toxin, or chemical weapon prepared for some other unnamed American city. Making a host of demands, he then holds the American government and its way of life hostage for an excruciatingly long period of time before unleashing a second WMD on an American city, school, or building.
Finally, he follows this second strike with more threats, throwing the entire country (and global economic systems) into chaos. While extreme, such a doomsday scenario is not outside the realm of possibility in the near term. IT is also certainly the most dangerous possibility we currently face. It would be a war of existence for the U.S., as even the most skeptical must agree. It would entail an immeasurable evil and disaster for the American political community, and, by extension, the global economic community. It must never happen. Through the continued political will to confront terror on its home turf, as only America can, we may be confident it will not.
Within nontrinitarian war, there must be American warriors seeking “decisive victory” who cannot be Dukes of Sung [a leader who accepts total defeat for ethical reasons]. They are the elite joint forces falling under U. S. Special Forces Command (U. S. Army Special Forces, Rangers, and Task Force 160 Army aviators, Delta Force, SEALs, Air Force strike aircraft, and Air Force Special Tactics Teams) who are likely to be involved in defeating the non-state actor or rogue nation-state WMD threat. The urgency and stakes of their mission require a different principle of Double Effect. Likewise, the non-state actor or rogue nation-state WMD threat justifies anticipatory strikes authorized by U. S. political authorities--at any time. Our political authorities thus can never be Dukes of Sung since the slaughter of 9/11 because non-state actors have now demonstrated both the capability and intent to harm as never before.
One military officer said he felt Westhusing had trouble reconciling his ideals with Iraq's reality. Iraq "isn't a black-and-white place," the officer said. "There's a lot of gray."
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