Sunday, October 04, 2009

An Open Letter To Admiral Mike Mullen Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dear Sir, As I write this Open Letter, I note that today is your birthday. I am writing to you because hundreds of millions of men, women and children in America and in other nations might not be able to celebrate their next birthday if you and other U.S. military officers and enlisted personnel do not take their oaths of enlistment seriously. You graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 and took this oath.

"I, Michael Glenn Mullen, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

A military man or woman can live a peaceful and uneventful life for ten or more years before being called into action to defend America or the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Destiny has called on you at this time in our history as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to defend America from those enemies domestic and foreign who would solve their problems real or imaginary by starting World War III within days or months.

There is no reason to launch another war by attacking Iran ostensibly to stop the Iranian nuclear project. You are aware that Iran has offered to ship enriched uranium to Russia for refinement where French technicians would turn it into fuel rods. There is now not even a possibility that the Iranians could ever develop a nuclear weapon. The Iranians have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) and allowed nuclear inspections from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.) Israel has refused both to sign the NNPT and to allow inspections even though requested to do so by the United Nations.

As you know, both the incoming and outgoing Director General of the IAEA have said the Iranians have no nuclear weapons program. The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) which is compiled by 16 different American intelligence agencies has said under the administrations of Presidents Bush and Obama that there is no Iranian nuclear weapons program.

There is no reason for either the United States or Israel to attack Iran and launch World War III. If the Iranians cut off oil exports from the Persian Gulf, our dollar would collapse as Americans struggled to pay $300 or more for a barrel of oil. We would have to cut federal spending by 46% because foreigners would refuse to buy Treasury bonds denominated in a worthless currency.

We would instantaneously go from a recession to a Global Depression far worse than 1929-1939. There would be food riots in every major American city. And things would get far worse as we tried to fight World War III overseas without any financing while American civil society collapsed on the homefront. I therefore conclude that anyone who gets America into a war against Iran unnecessarily is an enemy of both the American people and of all humanity.

The men and women under your command in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf would likely have to forfeit their lives for no apparent good reason. American military officers and enlisted personnel did not take an oath to sacrifice their own lives so our domestic and foreign enemies can kill millions of innocent people in foreign lands with no coherent and believable reason to do so.

What I would ask you and your fellow members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to do is to remember your oaths of enlistment and to tell the Israelis and their supporters in the United States that you will force down and, if need be, shoot down all Israeli refueling jets if the Israelis attack Iran. That means the ninety plus Israeli aircraft attacking Iran will either have to return to their bases in Israel or to sacrifice all of their planes and pilots. The Department of Defense has refused to give the Israelis the refueling jets they requested precisely because they do see an attack on Iran as being extremely dangerous and completely irresponsible.

There are hundreds of millions of people all over the world who will thank you and your fellow officers and the enlisted personnel who serve with you if you can give the world the time it needs to heal its wounds by canceling World War III.

I thank you for reading this letter and for giving serious consideration to the fact that it is within your power and responsibility as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to defend our nation and our military personnel against all enemies foreign and domestic.

I would ask every sane person who does not want to see World War III begin in days if not months to circulate this letter as widely as possible to support the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their fellow officers and enlisted men and women. They are in a position to just say No to the otherwise certain destruction of the world we knew. They need our thanks, our praise and our prayers as they face a battle that will require as much courage and fortitude as any the American military has fought since 1776.


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