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Old 04-13-2003, 06:03 PM   #1
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Wake Up America

*** AMERICA WAKE UP! Speech given by US Navy Captain Dan Ouimette, to the Pensacola Civitan Club Feb 19, 2003. Captain Ouimette is the Executive Officer of NAS, Pensacola, FL. ***



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America WAKE UP!

That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 and maybe it was, but I think it should have been "Get Out of Bed!" In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign US embassy set the stage for the events to follow for the next
23 years.

America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Viet Nam experience and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter, had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism. America's military had been decimated and downsized / right sized since the end of the Viet Nam war. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start.

Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil continued.

In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes, it kills 63 people. The alarm went off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more. Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with over
2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut. 241 US servicemen are killed. America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more. Two months later in December
1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber. The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gates of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.

Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main, 22 are killed and the Snooze Alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US soil is continually attacked. Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most tragic bombing, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259. America wants to treat these terrorist acts as crimes; in fact we are still trying to bring these people to trial. These are acts of war...the Wake Up alarm is louder and louder.

The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is a crime and not an act of war? The Snooze alarm is depressed again.

Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women. A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500.

The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America does not respond decisively. They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision, they kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks and goes back to sleep.

The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.

And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America. How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.

In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official in government over what they knew and what they didn't know. But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since
1979. The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a war. I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.

America has to "Get out of Bed" and act decisively now. America has changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We cannot afford to hit the Snooze Button again and roll over and go back to sleep. We have to make the terrorists know that in the words of Admiral Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor "that all they have done is to awaken a sleeping giant."

Thank you very much.

Dan Ouimette
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Dang...this is supposed to be in WAR. Sorry people.
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It was pretty much teamwork how Iraq got to it's Chemical Weapons, US and France gave most of the technology, Germany most of the Fabrication equipment.

It was allso teamwork how fe f**ed up that situation in Iraq, it was US who installed the baath regime because they were affraid of communistic contacts of the previous regime, than they sold weapons to Iran and Iraq at the same time and complained later that others did the same (France for example, later Russia too)

Eearlier than that, the western world was also the "inventor" of Holy wars. It's a "great" western tradition to cheat at our arabic neighbours.. (see lawrence of arabia) and after a few centuries we are surprised that we grew extremists who really hate us? is that a surprise to anyone?

Maybe we should ask for forgivness what we've done to them?

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It was pretty much teamwork how Iraq got to it's Chemical Weapons, US and France gave most of the technology, Germany most of the Fabrication equipment.

It was allso teamwork how fe f**ed up that situation in Iraq, it was US who installed the baath regime because they were affraid of communistic contacts of the previous regime, than they sold weapons to Iran and Iraq at the same time and complained later that others did the same (France for example, later Russia too)
SO many things...Ummm...

#1 Saddam was already in power as was the Ba'ath party by the time the US was involved.

US sold weapons to Iraq? I believe that is not correct.

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I am sure this went over big in Pensicola FLA.

This guy should have his own show on FOX.
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US sold weapons to Iraq? I believe that is not correct.

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Klaus,

Please name the weapon system or systems that the USA sold to Iraq in the 1980s. I don't mean biological cultures that went to Iraq for medical use but also had a duel use as well.

I think it might be time for me to clarify in detail where the weapons Iraq had in its military came from before sanctions were imposed in 1990. Its a very large weapons chart, and shows clearly where every weapon system came from. The only American weapons systems on the chart are a few that were captured by Iraq from Iran during the Iran/Iraq war of 1980-1988. These US weapons were sold to Iran during the 1970s when the Shah had control.

What I get tired seeing is the techinical military inaccuracy when people say the USA sold weapons to Iraq. Indeed though, of the 87 billion dollars that went to Iraq to support the war effort against Iran and stabilize the economy there, 5 Billion came from the USA.

But when one speeks of Support for Saddam and his military in the 1980s, one really need not look farther than the Soviet Union. 70% of Iraq's equipment came from there. 2,000 Soviet Troops and advisors were still in Iraq 3 months before first Gulf War.
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The helicopters, oh sorry they were for civil things - at least iraqis had to change 2 parts to make them identical tot he military version
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p.s. what i wanted to say is that every country who sold weapons has his own legend that they were innocent and just trying to do the best.

Maybe some were really that naive. I reacently hereared a conservative who was in power when Germany sold the factories stuff to iraq.
The Factories were to produce fertilizer and medicine to reduce hunger and diseases in Iraq, the centrifuges for teh plutonium for scientific use ... erm, yes sure ...
..sorry i don't trust these excuses, everyone knew what kind of man Saddam is, and everyone saw how he treated his men.

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At any rate, for the next ten or more years I'd say the US will have a predominately militaristic foreign policy
I hope it that doesn't happen, but I think it's highly likely.
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At any rate, for the next ten or more years I'd say the US will have a predominately militaristic foreign policy
I hope it that doesn't happen, but I think it's highly likely.
Bush doesn't have a choice. This is the only way he can get re-elected in 2004. The economy could still get him the way it got his father.
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Eearlier than that, the western world was also the "inventor" of Holy wars. It's a "great" western tradition to cheat at our arabic neighbours.. (see lawrence of arabia) and after a few centuries we are surprised that we grew extremists who really hate us? is that a surprise to anyone?

Maybe we should ask for forgivness what we've done to them?
I don't think so.

Klaus,

From what I understand, extremism is partly from the Mid-East having difficulty adjusting to the modern world, economically and politically.
The US did support some regimes that were very unpopular with their people, and that did make them hate us. But I don't think America has to get on its knees and beg for forgiveness. Just a change in policy is what needs to be done. We, and the West, are not all to blame for extremism in the Mid-East.
As for Iraq, we did support Saddam up until the early 1990s, but I don't think we helped install the Baath party. If we did, well, we were dealing with certain issues at the time that are far different from what's going on now.
Also, the West didn't come up with holy wars just for the hell of it, or because they were looking to justisfy military actions. Holy wars come from anyone with irrational and extreme views about one's religion being superior to others, and anyone can start those.
There's no use in carrying around regrets for something that happened fifty years before. It's not going to solve any problems.

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Klaus,

If you want to accurately look at Saddams entire Military machine, you will notice that 99% of equipment came from the Soviet Union, China, and France. So it would be more accurate if you reserved 99% of your criticism for those 3 countries. I've not once seen you criticize the Soviet Union or China for supplying most of the weapons to Iraq.

Transport Helicopters, yes, a few were supplied but they had no relevant impact on Saddams repression of his people or the wars that he fought against other countries. Its possible to turn virtually anything into some type of a weapon.

Just ask any US soldier in Gulf War I and Gulf War II. They will tell you the types of weapons they were facing. None were made in America, the vast majority were Soviet made, with a few Chinese, French and other western countries thrown in.
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