- America Under Siege
By Joseph Farah
- © 1999 Western Journalism
- Joseph Farah is editor of
WorldNetDaily.com and Executive
Director of the Western Journalism Center,
an independent group of investigative reporters.
- I will be 45 later this year, and
not in my lifetime have I witnessed as many urban and rural military
exercises taking place within the borders of the United States as I
have seen in recent months. The National Guard, the Army, the Special
Forces, even the Navy are stepping up their off-base training
- Many excuses are being issued from
the Pentagon and from the various military forces for these maneuvers.
None of them make sense. There's something about the context in which
these exercises are occurring that puts the lie to all the official
- Take the Marine Corps' vaunted Urban
Warrior program, for instance. Officially, we are told that this
program is intended to develop technologies and strategies that allow
the military to win future foreign wars in urban settings while
minimizing collateral damage. The public relations people tell us that
Marines must learn how to fight in city streets surrounded by
skyscrapers with impaired views from surveillance satellites. They
tell us the exercises will help establish the U.S. military's
credibility in situations requiring humanitarian relief. And they say
that we must prepare for subduing threats from domestic terrorists
armed with weapons of mass destruction.
- But all this doesn't add up. It
doesn't compute. It doesn't pass the smell test.
- Where exactly are these foreign
target cities crowded with skyscrapers? The situation sounds like few
Third World countries you might imagine U.S. forces being called to
rescue. The imagery doesn't remind one of Kosovo, the latest of
President Clinton's battleground adventures. Iraq, a country bombed by
the U.S. military on nearly a daily basis, is not known for its urban
- So which cities is the U.S. actually
studying for future assaults? According to the photographs in Urban
Warrior's strategic documents, the target cities look astonishingly
familiar -- New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and San Diego.
- A study of those documents also
reveals that matters of humanitarian relief are actually best left to
- And, as far as reducing collateral
damage goes, the Marines' own documents suggest the fighting in Third
World urban jungles is a highly risky proposition with little
opportunity to contain destruction: "The squalor and highly
inflammable nature of building materials within many non-Western urban
areas -- coupled with the wide use of propane or natural gas for
heating and services -- creates a risk of catastrophic fire."
- So, what's really up? Why are we
seeing these maneuvers spreading from Kingsville, Texas, to western
Pennsylvania to the San Francisco Bay Area?
- Perhaps a hint came in a Jan. 28
story in The New York Times, in which President Clinton was reported
to be considering the appointment of a military leader for the
continental United States -- a domestic commander-in-chief -- to deal
with the growing threat of major terrorist strikes.
- Is there a terrorist threat? Yes, of
course. And it is only heightened by President Clinton's increasing
adventurism abroad in conflicts that often involve no significant U.S.
interests, enflame anti-American passions, and where victory remains
an undefined objective.
- I submit to you that American
freedom is more gravely threatened by the acceptance of a growing
military presence in our streets than by foreign terrorists.
- But I suggest even the terrorism
scenario is a manufactured rationalization for these exercises.
Perhaps the most honest excuse was provided in the most recent Marine
exercises near Washington, D.C.
- There, the Washington Post reported
last week, a contingent from Quantico practiced handling a riot by
government workers upset because Y2K computer problems prevented them
from getting their paychecks.
- Could all these maneuvers actually
have more to do with the unknown dynamics of a Y2K crisis than a
terrorist threat to America's infrastructure? Many of the recent
exercises, in cities and small towns around the country, involve the
element of social unrest, civil strife, and population containment. In
fact, read carefully the mission statement of the Marine Corps' Urban
Warrior program and you will see such objectives clearly stated in the
- We're rapidly approaching the year
zero, and it's no secret that the government's computers are not
ready, power plants are not compliant, the banking system is a
question mark and that the real threat to America's infrastructure
comes not from terrorists but from the ticking clock.
- Isn't it time for a little honesty,
a little candor, a little warning from our government?
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