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|Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:04 pm Post subject: American group (CPD) calls for "Regime Change" in
|Committee on the Present Danger called for "Regime Change" yesterday (Monday). This is very important please read as just few of the things they are asking for are:
Building a legal case for an international tribunal to try Grand Ayatollah Khamenei and others for the torture and murder of Iranian citizens, and the financing of terrorist activities; also the prosecution of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for violating Article 3(c) of the 1949 Genocide Convention for his call to eliminate Israel.
More energetic and effective assistance to pro-democracy dissidents within Iran.
Sharply increased support for U.S.-based pro-democracy Iranian satellite television stations.
American group calls for "Regime Change" in Iran
SMCCDI (Information Service)
January 24, 2006
A US think tank group named "Committee on the Present Danger" (CPD) called, yesterday, for "Regime Change in Iran" to be the official policy of the Bush Administration. Such call is taking place few days before the next "State of the Union Speech" scheduled for January 31st.
The group which is based in WDC has several influential members, such as, James Woolsey and George Schultz as its co-chairmen. Mr. Woolsey is a former CIA Director and Mr. Schultz is a former US Army head. Senators Joseph Lieberman (D) and Jon Kyl (R) are the group's honorary co-chairmen.
In its press release, the CDP has requested from the Bush Administration to adopt officially the policy of "Regime Change" and has urged "strong diplomatic and economic measures" to be taken against the Islamic republic regime.
Some of the measures requested are: Sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council; Embargo on oil and ban of any foreign direct investment in Iran; Building a legal case against the Islamic regime's supreme leader and its current president for torture and murder of Iranians and incitation to genocide; Appointment by the U.S. President of a "Point Person" who would speak to Iranians and would dramatize the plight of political prisoners; More energetic and effective assistance to pro-democracy activists in Iran; Sharply increased support for U.S. based pro-democracy Iranian satellite TV stations; Ancillary pressure on Tehran by asking from the Lebanese Army to disarm Hezbollah and to restore the Lebanese sovereignty and freedom.
During the press conference, James Woolsey stated: "We believe that the U.S. and the International Community should energetically assist the millions of Iranians who want a government that does not repress its own people and threaten others".
While the CPD move - boosted by the dangers posed by the theocratic system to the western world - can be qualified as a positive step, concerns are existing about the level of the group's commitment in backing a genuine and non-military change in Iran.
Many opponents to the Islamic regime and particularly the National-Secularists are worried about the relations which are existing between the CPD and some, officially former, members of the Islamic regime.
Some of them are, such as, Mohsen Sazgara who's living currently in the US. The latter was a former founder of the Islamic Militia and was among those who backed factions of the Islamic regime till two years ago. Sazgara left Iran after the massive boycott of the regime's last parliamentary elections in which Iranians showed the deep rejection of all of the regime's factions. The former militiaman is also known for his involvement in the brokerage and looting of Iranian petroleum thru offshore societies.
Same concerns are existing about the CPD's relation with the members of a so-called student group, named "Office of Consolidation Unity" (OCU). The group, which is rejected by most Iranian students, is also known for its support of part of the current regime and active role in trying to deviate the true aspiration of the Iranian youth in seeking a secular and accountable state.
Fears are existing that CPD or some other American policy groups might try to boost such controversial individuals or groups to the pedestal of genuine 'reformer leadership' as they tried to do so a year ago without any real success or popular welcoming in what was qualified as "Referendum Project".
Unfortunately, some Iranian-American analysts, such as, those consulted by the Hoover Foundation, are offering often a distorted view of Iran and Iranians' aspirations to their employers. These individuals' suggestions are often based on their own past ideological views or some opportunistic goals rather than the requests of the progressist Iranian society of today.
Most importantly, Iranians are rejecting any Russian type scenario in which former KGB members or heads could become the future leaders of their country.
It's hoped that the CPD would clarify the dark zones existing in some of its suggestions or that the US Administration would complement them based on Iranians aspirations. Some of these requests are: Support of genuine and trusted National-Secularist groups inside and outside Iran; Support of a genuine and accountable secular state; Respect of Iran's territorial integrity and its sovereignty over the Iranian islands of the Persian Gulf, such as, the Lesser & Greater thumbs and Aboo-Moosa; Respect of Iran's 50% share of the Caspian sea and its resources - based on the 1921 & 1972 agreement made with the former USSR.
Also, one of the main LA based genuine pro-democracy satellite TV network to be supported is without doubt the NITV (www.nitv.tv )
Such clarifications would without doubt raise the level of hope and of political activity among millions of Iranians, who have till now been deceived by some of the free world's empty promises or wrong policies which have, so far, benefited to the clerical regime.
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|Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:49 pm Post subject: IRAN'S THREAT - new policy paper by CPD
|NOTES AND COMMENTS
IRAN'S THREAT: At a news conference on Capitol Hill Monday morning, a new policy paper was unveiled by the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD).
Sen. Jon Kyl, CPD's Honorary Chairman, and Ambassador R. James Woolsey, CPD's Co-Chairman, spoke about growing concern over the possibility that the most radical regime in the Middle East -- a regime that has long been a sponsor of terrorism -- may soon acquire nuclear weapons.
Kyl and Woolsey said it is imperative to prevent that from happening.
The new CPD paper calls for stronger measures to isolate and pressure the radical regime in Tehran -- and ultimately to change that despotic regime.
The U.S. and the international community should energetically assist the millions of Iranians who want a government that does not repress its own people and threaten others, one that guarantees fundamental human rights and is accountable to the people, not to a tiny minority bent on theocratic dictatorship.
A news release on the conference is here. The CPD policy paper is here. My most recent column on Iran is here. Also Public Opinion Strategies (POS) conducted a poll on Iran for the FDD. POS found that the overwhelming majority of Americans want action taken to stop Iran's rulers from getting their hands on nuclear weapons. A Power Point on the poll is here.
Recently, Rep. Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, noted:
Tehran sponsors terrorism as state policy, funding numerous groups that murder and maim the innocent, among them American citizens. Imagine this terrorist state, which actively supports groups such as Hezbollah and HAMAS, armed with nuclear weapons. Even if it did not put these destructive materials up for sale, a nuclear-armed Iran would terrorize and destabilize the entire Middle East. ...
The Bush Administration must be more assertive with our friends and allies ...This campaign to stop a nuclear Iran must begin on February 2nd, when all responsible Member States of the IAEA must vote in the affirmative to send Iran to the Security Council. Anything less will give fresh hope to the Ayatollahs of Terror that the world will remain tremulous and divided in the face of their threats. We in the Congress will watch carefully who among our friends will stand up and be counted.
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|Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:47 pm Post subject: U.S. Think Tank calls for "Regime Change" in Iran
|Tuesday, January 24, 2006
U.S. Think Tank calls for "Regime Change" in Iran
January 24, 2006
Iran va Jahan
US think tank "The Committee on the Present Danger" (CPD) has called for "Regime Change in Iran". "Nearly a century ago, Iran adopted a constitution that established freedoms for its citizens - that have been lost. The Ruling regime sponsors terrorism, represses human rights, jails dissidents, oppresses women, and is determined to have nuclear weopons. We believe the United States's policy objective must be regime change in Iran..."
Committee on the Present Danger's New Iran Policy Paper
This organization, based in Washington, DC, has many influential members including James Woolsey the former Director of the CIA, George Schultz the former U.S. Secretary of State as well as Senators Joseph Lieberman and Senator Kyl.
In its statement, the CDP is requesting that the Administration adopt "Regime Change in Iran" as an official policy. It has further urged "strong diplomatic and economic measures" to be taken against the Islamic republic regime.
R. James Woolsey recommends that President Bush utilize the opportunity provided by his State of the Union Address next week to explain to the American people what is at stake in Iran and what will be done to resolve this crisis.
”The Militant Islamists cannot be appeased – they will wage war until they are stopped,” Woolsey said. "We believe that the U.S. and the International Community should energetically assist the millions of Iranians who want a government that does not repress its own people and threaten others."
Among the measures the CPD paper calls for:
Sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council;
Embargo on oil and ban of any foreign direct investment in Iran;
Building a legal case against the Islamic regime's supreme leader and its current president for torture and murder of Iranians and incitation to genocide;
Appointment by the U.S. President of a "Point Person" who would speak to Iranians and would dramatize the plight of political prisoners;
More energetic and effective assistance to pro-democracy activists in Iran;
Sharply increased support for U.S. based pro-democracy Iranian satellite TV stations;
Ancillary pressure on Tehran by asking from the Lebanese Army to disarm Hezbollah and to restore the Lebanese sovereignty and freedom.
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|Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:56 pm Post subject: The CPD Members
The Committee on the Present Danger (CPD)
The Committee on the Present Danger is dedicated to protecting and expanding democracy by winning the global war against terrorism and the movements and ideologies that drive it. We will support policies that use appropriate means--military, economic, political, social--to achieve this goal.
Senator Jon Kyl
"When faced with a clear and present danger to our security, Americans have always set aside partisan politics. Winning the war on terrorism is the great challenge of our time and will require that we come together as much as did previous generations when they faced the threats of fascism and communism."
Senator Joseph Lieberman
"The war against terrorism is not just a war of arms, but also a war of values. The threat from Islamist terrorism is the challenge of our generation, just as fascism and communism were the challenges past generations of Americans faced. We defeated those enemies, and we will defeat this one, if we stay steadfast in our purpose and true to our values. The values we cherish – life, liberty and happiness for all – will carry us to victory."
The Hon. R. James Woolsey
Director of Central Intelligence, 1993–1995
Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, Vienna, 1989–1991;
Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979
General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973
Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START)
Delegate at Large to the Nuclear and Space Arms Talks
"We are fighting the Long War of the 21st Century, having been targeted by several totalitarian movements rooted in the Middle East. We cannot opt out, and we must not fail."
The Hon. George P. Shultz
Secretary of the Treasury, 1972–74
Chairman, Economic Policy Advisory Board, 1981–82
Secretary of State, 1982–89
"We face a clear and present danger, so we must identify the danger accurately and realistically, with no punches pulled, and support the necessary actions to deal with the danger decisively."
The Hon. Kenneth Adelman
Director, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1983–87
"Just as America defeated totalitarian threats from, first, Nazism and then Communism last century, so must we defeat totalitarian threats from radical Islam this century. It is our duty, and destiny."
Director, Institute for Gulf Affairs
"Terrorism poses a greater danger to world civilization than communism did. Today thousands of terrorists are willing to kill unlimited number of civilians without remorse. While communism aimed to dominate nations around the world, terrorism aims to kill and destroy all opponents regardless of their country, belief, color, age or gender. The danger of worldwide terrorism must be faced with a greater ferocity and urgency than we faced communism. In a nutshell, if we don not annihilate terrorism it will annihilate us. The war on terrorism must be waged as a total war with guns and ideas simultaneously. The war of ideas is most important."
Morris J. Amitay
Board Member, Center for Security Policy
Vice Chairman, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
“The struggle against the Islamofacist terrorists and their enablers must be our nation’s number one priority. America’s other challenges pale by comparison.”
Chairman, Ameriquest Capital Corporation
Bradford D. Belzak
Liaison to the Private Sector, Information Analysis & Infrastructure Protection Directorate (IAIP), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
There has been an ebb and flow of global strife throughout the last fifty years, but in the last decade, we have seen a definitive morphing from state sponsored terrorism to the emergence of asymmetric threats and the proliferation of leaderless cells. We must reverse the mentality of reactive policies and work to instill proactive approaches to prevent the next attack.
President, APCO Insight, international survey research firm
Formerly on the Krieble Institute’s faculty in emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
Each generation of American leaders confronts the same reality that has guided US security policy from the founding of the republic: the freedom of Americans is linked to the freedom of others. In opposing Islamo-facism at every level and in every nation, we offer millions a chance at a better life and, in so doing, enhance the security of civilized peoples.
Ilan Berman, J.D.
Vice President for Policy, American Foreign Policy Council
Adjunct Professor, American University School of International Service
Editor, Journal of International Security Affairs
"The fight against terrorism is the defining struggle of the Twenty-First Century. It is a conflict that will take many forms, and be waged on many fronts. But success is imperative; at stake is nothing less than our way of life."
Walter Berns, Ph.D.
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
"The danger is real and present, with the prospect that it will remain both real and present for a long time. The task of the committee is to make this clear to us, lest, once again, we are beguiled by the promise of 'peace dividends.'"
Barry M. Blechman, Ph.D.
Founder, DFI International
Member, Defense Policy Board; Adviser to Department of Defense offices during 2001Quadrennial Defense Review; Chairman, Henry L. Stimson Center for international peace and security
"The immediate threats posed by international terrorism can be defeated by a combination of vigilance at home and pro-active miliitary actions abroad. Over the long-term, however, national and international security can be assured only by helping all nations create democratic and just societies, and economies that provide opportunities for all citizens. There should be no greater priority in US foreign policy."
The Hon. William E. Brock
Former U.S. Senator
Former Secretary of Labor
"The threats faced by this nation are of unique magnitude and complexity. We have much to do to safeguard our families and freedom."
Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, 2001–2002
"The scourge of terrorism is a unprecedented challenge to international peace and stability that must be defeated through a proactive strategy of resolve and international cooperation."
Gregory Canavan, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Scientific Advisor
Los Alamos National Laboratory
"In the past we have learned to meet threats at discrete points on the spectrum of violence. Terrorists have now learned how to seek out our weaknesses and operate effectively at any point. It is imperative that we think through how to detect their operations and protect ourselves seamlessly at every level of conflict."
Syndicated talk show host
President, Center for Equal Opportunity
"The fight against terrorism will be the challenge the single most important challenge of the 21st Century. It is a fight the West cannot afford to lose."
Eliot Cohen, Ph.D.
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University
The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
"The enemy in this war is not "terrorism" – a distilled essence of evil, conducted by the real-world equivalents of J.K. Rowling's Lord Voldemort, Tolkien's Sauron or C.S. Lewis's White Witch – but militant Islam. The enemy has an ideology, and an hour spent surfing the Web will give the average citizen at least the kind of insights that he might have found during World Wars II and III by reading "Mein Kampf" or the writings of Lenin, Stalin or Mao. Those insights, of course, eluded those in the West who preferred – understandably, but dangerously – to define the problem as something more manageable, such as German resentment about the Versailles Treaty, an exaggerated form of Russian national interest, or peasant resentment of landlords taken a bit too far. In the reported words of one survivor of the Holocaust, when asked what lesson he had taken from his experience of the 1940s, "If someone tells you that he intends to kill you, believe him."
The Hon. Henry Cooper
Director, Strategic Defense Iniative, 1990–93
Chief U.S. Negotiator, Geneva Defense and Space Talks with the Soviet Union, 1987–89
Deputy Negotiator, Geneva Defense and Space Talks with the Soviet Union, 1985–87
"Terrorism poses as potent a threat to our freedom as did communism – preserving our liberty while winning the war on terrorism may be more difficult than was ending the 'evil empire.' "
Jacquelyn K. Davis, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc.
President, National Security Planning Associates, Inc.
"Defeating the radical Salafists and empowering moderate Islam ranks among the most urgent security challenges of our era."
Former Director, Committee for the Free World
"The United States is the leading – indeed at the moment the only – major world power. It continues, as it always has done, to play this role reluctantly. Thus each international crisis is made to seem an entirely new and separate – and surprising – issue to deal with. Yet whether we take up the burden of our power willingly or reluctantly, it will remain our inescapable burden still. If we fail to act, that too will be an action. It is time for Americans to understand this and to be grateful that it is they, and not some monstrous regime, who have been chosen by Providence to play this role."
Candace de Russy, Ph.D.
Trustee of the State University of New York
Former Member of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors
Hudson Institute Adjunct Fellow
"The struggle to defend ourselves and civilization against diabolical and cunning Islamofascists has only just begun. Failure to muster the strength and willpower to stay the course would result in no less than another Dark Age."
Joseph E. diGenova, Esq.
Former United States Attorney, District of Columbia
"Our efforts must be ceaseless but informed. We must ensure that the Government acts intelligently and creatively to prevent attacks and that no artificial legal barriers are created to prevent sharing vital national security and law enforcement information."
Viola Herms Drath
National Committee on American Foreign Policy
Adjunct Professor, American University
"As an extreme expression of intolerance, terrorism must be confronted on all fronts, in all its intimidating guises and violent manifestations: ideological, political, religious or otherwise. To win requires a commmitment to collective security and recognition of Hans Morgenthau's observation that the imperatives and limits of power remain relevant."
Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D.
Director, American Center for Democracy
"Losing the War on Terrorism is not an option for the U.S.; It is time for Americans to recognize that the War on Terrorism is a war to defend the lives of each and every one of us, as well as our Western civilization."
The Hon. Richard Fairbanks
Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies Special Negotiator for the Middle East Peace Process, 1982–84
"Winning the global war on terror is the primary challenge of this generation. That requires not just able and targeted national leadership but an informed and supportive citizenry."
John Fonte, Ph.D.
Director, Center for American Common Culture
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
"In many ways, the current war against militant Islamic terrorism resembles the cold war. Once again, we are engaged in a long twilight struggle against an ideological enemy that threatens our way of life both at home and abroad. And once again, there are elites in the West who do not (or will not) recognize the nature of this threat."
President and Chief Executive Officer, Forbes, Inc.
Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Magazine
"We can win the war against Islamic fanatics just as we won the long, hard Cold War against Soviet communism. Most Americans back firmness if they believe it is the right course even though that course may take time and involve heartbreaking sacrifices."
The Hon. Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Founder and President, Center for Security Policy
"The CPD brilliantly waged a 'war of ideas' against an earlier, hostile ideology with global ambitions – Soviet Communism. Now it must help defeat today's ideological threat: Islamofascism."
Chairman, Council for America
"In an era of increasingly accessible weapons of mass destruction and instantaneous global communication of propaganda, the time frame for dealing decisively with terrorists movements must be on an accelerated scale that is without precedent in confronting the previous totalitarian threats of fascism and communism."
Jeffrey Gedmin, Ph.D.
Director, Aspen Institute Berlin Program
"For forty years of the Cold War, the Kremlin worked tirelessly to divide and weaken the West. It would be a very dangerous thing if now radical jihadists were permitted to succeed where the Soviet Union once failed."
Farid N. Ghadry
President, Reform Party of Syria
"As president of the Reform Party of Syria and a Syrian-American, I am confronted everyday with the issue of reconciling my rich heritage with the present violence of the extremists. And the more I understand, the more convinced I am that President Bush call for democracy in the Middle East will eventually spare this great nation the violence and the Middle East the toll it is taking on our people."
The Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-2003
Chairman, House Committee on International Relations, 1996-2002
"Global terrorism knows no geographical boundaries. A federal Counterterrorism Center has reported 3,200 terrorist attacks worldwide last year with 28,443 people wounded or killed. The recent abominable deadly terrorist attacks in the heart of London signals yet another 9/11 wakeup alarm for the entire world community to unite in our war to annihilate the scourge of these violent enemies of our freedoms and of our civilization."
The Hon. Newt Gingrich
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1995–99
"Imagine the morning after an attack even more devastating than 9/11. What is it worth for us to avoid the attack if possible and to survive it if it happens despite our best efforts?"
Lawrence J. Haas
Visiting Senior Fellow, Georgetown University's Government Affairs Institute
Former Vice Presidential Communications Director
Former Communications Director, White House Office of Management and Budget
"We praise the 'Greatest Generation' for defeating Germany and Japan. We applaud post-World War II generations for winning the Cold War. But, too often, we forget that today's War on Terrorism raises the same stakes, and requires the same commitment, as our earlier struggles. The sooner we fully recognize the danger at hand, the sooner we can address it with the energy that's needed to prevail, as we must. I expect the Committee to play a major role in this effort."
Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
Professor of Classics, California State University (Fresno)
"We are in an insidious war against enemies whose unconventional tactics, stealthy nature, and astute knowledge of Western politics make them every bit as dangerous as a Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, or Stalin-none of whose forces were able to murder 3,000 Americans and bomb downtown New York or Washington. In such a war for survival, there can be no parley, no pause, and no half-measures with the Islamofacists and their patrons, but only continued resistance and offense until their we see their utter defeat."
The Hon. Jerome M. Hauer
Former Director, Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute, George Washington University
Former Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparednes, Department of Health and Human Services
"The threat of terrorism has grown and the tactics of terrorists have broadened. We must find ways to defeat those who would try to change the fabric of this great nation. The Committee on the Present Danger will work to better educate our policy makers and the public in ways to reduce this rising threat."
Consultant on defense and environmental matters
Specialist in demilitarization of nuclear, chemical, biological weapons
"We need to make the world as safe as possible for our children and grandchildren. The role of the CPD – as it has been at key times in the past – is to ensure that we focus national attention on solving the complex problems involved in meeting this objective in today's world."
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Director, Project for International Religious Liberty
Former General Counsel, Office of Management & Budget
"In dealing with many dictatorships, “engagement” generally makes sense – if only because U.S. policy need not be restricted to military action or just-say-no rejections of the proposals of others. The critical issue is whether U.S. engagement is undertaken in the context of competition with dictatorships over ideas and values, or their appeasement through subsidies and guarantees of stability. As Ronald Reagan demonstrated, the U.S. can aggressively confront the world’s dictatorships and successfully exploit their inherent vulnerabilities. Such policies must include swift responses to all attacks on the United States, and the recognition that active pursuit of democracy and human rights serves the strategic interests of the United States."
Peter R. Huessy
Senior Defense Associate, National Defense University Foundation
"To be successful in this struggle against the new totalitarism, Americans must approach this difficult task united. The Committee gives us the forum to do so."
President, Project on Transitional Democracies
"There are two fronts in the struggle of free peoples to safeguard their democracy. The first is the constant political battle for reform. The second is the physical war against the deadly forces of terror, oppression and empire. These dual responsibilities are inseparable as well as morally imperative. One cannot defend democracy without maintaining its quality, and democracy cannot have a quality without a relentless defense against its enemies."
Kenneth M. Jensen, Ph.D.
Executive Director, American Committees on Foreign Relations
Former Director of Research and Studies, U.S. Institute of Peace
"The unprecedented run of disinformation regarding the threat and our responses to it demands that CPD bring clarity to the War on Terror. The American people are well capable of grasping and acting on reality once the filters of factual confusion, pundit-induced self-doubt, and partisanship are removed."
John T. Joyce
Former President, The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
President, International Construction Institute
"The imperative struggle of this era is to battle, with ideas or with weapons as the situation may require, those who would terrorize any of the democracies. But while the battles are fought with fanatics and those they force to the front, the real war is against political and economic repression that breeds and sustains nihilistic rage. The ultimate weapons, therefore, are democratic and economic development."
The Hon. Max M. Kampelman
Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1980–83
Ambassador and Head of the United States Delegation to the Negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms, 1985–89
Counselor to the U.S. Department of State, 1985–89
"Democracy and human dignity are the essence of our aspirations as a nation. The roots of our people can be traced to every part of the world, and all nations and all cultures have contributed to our strength. Terrorism is today's danger to all of us, whatever our politics, and Iraq is the present field of battle. We must remain united in eliminating that danger, and in helping the Iraqi people replace the brutality of Saddam Hussein with a civilized process of democratic government."
The Hon. Jack Kemp
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1971–89
Candidate for Vice President, 1996
"Radical Islamists have declared war on freedom, democracy, and modernity. Their weapons are acts of terrorism. We must ask all people who cherish freedom to join us in fighting this war. It must be won and as Mac Arthur said, 'There is no substitute for victory.'"
John G. Kester, Esq.
Former Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense
Member of the President's Chemical Warfare Review Commission, 1985
"The danger is present, but to too many it still is not clear. The threat from enemies using terrorism is as serious as any our country has ever faced, and it cannot be ended without our active efforts and long-sustained resolve."
The Hon. Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 1981–85
"Democratic institutions are the very best protection of freedom and freedom the best protection of democratic institutions. Terrorism can destroy both."
Robert P. Kogod
President, Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
Advisor to the Secretary, The Smithsonian Institution
"As in the past, the Committee has correctly identified a clear and present danger to our nation. Radical fundamentalism and terrorism must be confronted and destroyed as soon as possible. It is a threat similar to Fascism and Communism."
Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
"It is essential to put the war in the context of our oil dependence and connect the dots between our excessive oil demand and the national security challenges facing our society. We help fund the spread of radical Islam and the proliferation of terror every time we go to a gas station and fill up the tanks of our cars. Therefore, a shift from oil is the best weapon against America's enemies, who derive their power from oil and use it to fuel terror and spread hatred toward our nation."
Charles M. Kupperman, Ph.D.
Vice President, Strategic Integration and Operations, Missile Defense Systems
The Boeing Company
"Winning the war against global terrorism is fundamental to international security in the 21st Century and we must be relentless in rooting out the terrorist network."
Robert J. Lieber, Ph.D.
Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University
"Terrorism and specifically Islamist terrorism, as the 9/11 Commission has concluded, is the overriding threat to American’s national security. The combination of terrorism plus weapons of mass destruction is unique in the danger it poses. This is a long-term peril and confronting it must be our national priority."
Gal Luft, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
"Ideological wars take decades to decide. This is why we must brace ourselves for a protracted conflict. The strategy we should adopt must be comprehensive, enduring and multidisciplinary. It should include traditional military and diplomatic tools, but no less important, it should have a sound technological and economic component focused on removing the yoke of our dependence on oil from those who wish us harm. By doing so we can deny America's enemies the wealth which enables them to fuel a radical ideology that preaches our destruction."
Barton W. Marcois
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy (2002-03)
"The danger from international terrorism today is as great as the danger a generation ago from international communism. But this time we know we must not contain, but defeat it, using the entire spectrum of tools at our disposal, from private and public diplomacy to deterrence to outright war on terrorists and their supporters. This is the challenge for our generation."
Dana M. Marshall
Former Senior Advisor on International Economic Affairs to the Vice President of the United States
"It is clear that the United States and our allies need to devise new strategies, approaches and tools to fight militant Islam and other purveyors of terrorism. The struggle will need to combine our political, military, intelligence, economic and cultural tools and strengths in unprecedented ways. CPD unites experts and practitioners in these fields, as well as from our political parties, and as such is very well suited to help shape our approach. The danger is more than to American national security – it is to our survival. Old approaches will work about as well as pre-9/11 thinking. We need to outsmart, outmaneuver and undermine our enemy to win."
Clifford D. May
President and Executive Director, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
"There is no easy way to win the war against terrorism and the ideologies that drive it. But there is an easy way to lose it: Reward terrorism, appease the terrorists, demonstrate that sometimes, at least, terrorism can and does succeed. Instead, terrorists must be regarded as enemy combatants – who are fighting an unlawful war. States that sponsor terrorism must be penalized. Terrorists must be targeted wherever they live, plot, plan or hide. The root causes of terrorism – lack of freedom, democracy, human rights and opportunity – must be addressed."
The Hon. Dave McCurdy
Member of Congress, 1981–95
Chairman, House Intelligence Committee
"Winning the war on terror must be America's priority in the 21st century and will require a strategy and campaign that attacks fanatical Jihadists and international terrorism on all fronts. A bi-partisan, united and sustained effort is essential to develop a clear and comprehensive strategy to prevent, combat and defeat the ideological threat of radical Islam. Just as we defeated communism, we can and must win this long-term struggle."
The Hon. Robert McFarlane
National Security Advisor, 1983–85
"An effective campaign to defeat radical Islam has several dimensions – establishing an effective intelligence gathering capability, strengthening our excellent but limited special operations capabilities, and helping to put in place alternative education for millions of young Muslims throughout the world. But the beginning of the effort must be to elevate public understanding of the global reach and power of the enemy. The Committee on the Present Danger has risen to this task twice before with historic success. There is not a moment to lose."
Brett McGurk, J.D.
Former Associate General Counsel to the Coalition Provisional Authority
Assistant Legal Adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
Visiting Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
"Securing freedom and liberty in the region that brought mass terrorism to our shores is vital to our national security and a peaceful world. Nowhere is this more evident than in Iraq where events are as black and white as any issue of our time: on one side are Iraqis working everyday to bring consensual self-government to a land ravished by tyranny and mass graves; on the other side are extremists and foreign fighters with no real agenda beyond the wanton slaughter of innocent life. In the apt words of Tony Blair: 'there is only one side for sensible and decent people to be on in this conflict.'"
The Hon. Edwin Meese III
U.S. Attorney General, 1985–88
"Asymmetrical warfare waged by terrorists presents the greatest threat to the U.S. homeland in nearly two centuries. The historical perspective and strategic thinking of the Committee on the Present Danger, so effective during the Cold War, is needed for the Global War On Terrorism."
Hedieh Mirahmadi, J.D.
Executive Director, World Organization for Resource Development and Education
"Ultimately, our long-term success in the war against terror will be determined by how effectively free people everywhere wage the ideological battle, which cannot be fought with military might or law enforcement. As Americans, we cherish the universal human rights of freedom and we need to help others who struggle every day to enjoy those same rights."
Khaleel Mohammed, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
It may be true that one man's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist. But the acts of terrorism are acts of terrorism nonetheless. And when we do not identify them as such, or that the perpetrators are terrorists, we are guilty of duplicity.
John Norton Moore
Professor of Law; Director, Center of National Security Law, University of Virginia; Former Board Chairman, U.S. Institute of Peace
The record of man's political experience shows that a central fundament for promoting the widely shared human goals of peace, development and human dignity is that of liberal democracy. Liberal democracy, as rooted in freedom and the rule of law, has survived periodic onslaughts from purveyors of terror, whether Hitler, Stalin, or Milosevic. And democracy will triumph over Usama bin Laden's scream against modernity, but, as in earlier struggles, it can do so only if those who recognize the danger engage actively on the side of freedom.
Powell A. Moore
Attorney; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs
The events of September 11, 2001 underscored for me the urgency of prevailing in the war against terrorists. I was in a meeting in the Pentagon discussing the implications of the al Qaeda attack in New York when our building - a symbol of U.S. military strength - was attacked. An attack against the Capitol or the White House was avoided thanks to the action of some brave Americans. American leadership, determination and persistence are essential ingredients for a successful outcome of this challenge.
Joshua Muravchik, Ph.D.
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
"Terrorism is a great evil and an insidious plague that can destroy our way of life. We must summon the courage and determination to wipe it out."
Laurie Mylroie, Ph.D.
Adjunct Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Adviser on Iraq to Clinton-Gore Campaign, 1992
"Iraq is the central front in the war on terror. The intelligence and policy failure of the post-Cold War era was the Clinton administration's treatment of terrorism as a law enforcement issue and its refusal to recognize the evidence suggesting Iraq's role in that terrorism."
Chet Nagle, J.D.
International Intelligence Consultant
"Many quote George Orwell: 'We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.' Those words are given new meaning by American warriors who are visiting violence on the lands of the terror masters who attacked us. No one in uniform asks for thanks. All they ask for is support. That is the way - in this long and difficult war for safety and survival - that is the way we honor our men and women now in harm's way. We at home must persevere; we must not falter or tire. And we will prevail."
President, Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism
"Religious inspired terrorism represents one of the most lethal threats to the stability of the civilized world. Muslim scholars must reinterpret the concept of jihad for a modern day context in which holy war is obsolete. No holy war needs to be waged; there is no clear and present threat to Islam; the only war that needs to be waged in the modern world is one against terrorists and extremists."
The Hon. Michael Novak
George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute
Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, 1981–82
"We can't defeat terrorism solely by killing terrorists. We need to open the way to a more positive alternative – economic opportunity, freedom from oppressive police forces – to the young who otherwise have so few positive possibilities."
The Hon. Mark Palmer
Ambassador to Hungary, 1986–1990
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, 1982–1986
"The world’s last 43 dictators have created the conditions in which terrorists thrive – either by funding and directing them, or in reaction to the dictator’s corruption and abuse. Helping oppressed peoples in these remaining dictatorships to achieve their freedom, most often through organized non-violent campaigns which worked on nearly every continent over the past three decades, must be at the center of any strategy to eliminate terrorism."
Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Ph.D.
Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Security Studies
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
"Unlike Pearl Harbor, which led the United States to enter World War II and to achieve definably decisive victory within less than four years, the war against terror requires a long-term strategy and necessary capabilities all within a new mindset. We need unconventional responses to unconventional threats – terrorist challenges unlike anything we have faced before 9/11."
James A. Phillips
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies
The Heritage Foundation
"The United States cannot afford to ignore the wake-up calls presented by the World Trade Center bombing and the foiled Iraqi- sponsored assassination attempt against former President George Bush during his April 1993 visit to Kuwait. The taboo against international terrorist attacks inside the country and against important national symbols has been broken. Washington must lead a concerted international effort to make such terrorist attacks more difficult, more costly to the perpetrators, and more risky for the states that back them."
— The Changing Face of Middle Eastern Terrorism
Daniel Pipes, Ph.D.
Director, Middle East Forum
“Only when the Islamist ideological roots of the current war are acknowledged can we successfully wage and win the war.”
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
"Enemies of the United States are engaged in an existential war against the very principles underlying our republic. Neither jail nor courts will contain them; rather we must take the fight to them, and recognize that peace will come only though victory."
Former Editor, Commentary
"Unless we prevail in the war against terrorism, we will remain exposed to the greatest threat this country has ever faced in its entire history."
Bruce Ramer, Esq.
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Former President, American Jewish Committee
"We live in perilous times. We're required now to rethink our security, our defense, our intelligence and our need to be proactive in preventing terrorism and hopfully rooting out our terrorist enemies. We must do all this without losing sight of the need to maintain our civil liberties and our way of life and to balance the scales as best we can under the circumstances."
Samantha F. Ravich, Ph.D.
Vice President for Proliferation Studies, The Long Term Strategy Project
"If 9/11 taught us anything, it taught us that Jihadis are willing to come onto our soil and into our homes to kill our children. This should not have surprised us because they have been terrorizing their own people, on their own soil, in their own homes for decades. This may be a long war but we have no choice other than to fight it and to win it. Nothing less than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are at stake."
The Hon. Peter Rosenblatt
Ambassador to the Negotiations on the Future Political Status of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1977–81
"The United States faces no greater danger in the world today than from groups and individuals with access to weapons of mass destruction who possess ability and will to use them and access to nations prepared to harbor and support them."
Council on Foreign Relations
Chairman, Board of Directors, Middle East Media and Research Institute
"If terrorism is not defeated now, it will only be more difficult and more costly to defeat it later. It would have been so much easier to stop Hitler before he crossed The Rhine."
The Hon. Edward L. Rowny
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
United States Ambassador and Special Advisor for Arms Control, 1985–90
"CPD played a crucial role in winning WW III without firing a shot. It can help win the the war against terror, WW IV, with minimum casualties."
Sol W. Sanders
Former International Editor, BusinessWeek
"Because it is also nihilistic, internationally organized terror uniquely challenges American defenses demanding unusual ingenuity and persistence in the years ahead."
The Hon. Pedro Sanjuan
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Territorial and International Affairs
Former Director of Political Affairs at the United Nations Secretariat
"At least for the last three decades partisans of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Al Fatah and other PLO-related organizations, along with Al Qaeda, have operated at the UN, with daily meetings under the chairmanship of the PLO representative. The current UN Secretary-General and the PLO representative have stated publicly that terrorist activities can be considered legitimate when carried out on behalf of legitimate causes.
These are the underlying aspects of terrorism that interest me most."
Former President, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq
The Hon. Richard Schifter
Former Deputy U.S. Representative to the U.N. Security Council; former Assistant Secretary of State
"The ideals of the Enlightenment, democracy and respect for human rights, are for the third time in the last 100 years under totalitarian attack. The format, terrorism, is different from the two earlier challenges, but the goal of our opponents, to destroy our way of life, is the same. We need to resist this latest challenge as resolutely as we resisted those that came before."
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Author, Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Battle and Final Triumph over Communism
"In the war against Islamic fascism that is no substitute for victory. Success in this war will require a effective strategy, a national commitment of resources, and above all, courage. History demonstrates that courage is the most important virtue because all others spring from it."
Director, Freedom House Center for Religious Freedom
"To win the war on terror, we must wage and win the battle of ideas against Islamic extremism. Our central idea must be religious freedom in response to their totalitarian doctrine that turns on religious hatred and intolerance of the “other.” Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is the prerequisite to free speech, freedom of the press and association, women's equality and other basic rights and freedoms. In past decades, the institutional dimension of religious freedom proved crucial in opening up social space and offering essential political protection for reformers in repressive societies. Today, we see a new generation of dissidents claiming their individual rights to religious freedom - including courageous Iranian and Saudi reformers who, when they voice dissent, are being imprisoned and crushed by state-enforced laws against “blasphemy” and “apostasy.”
The Hon. John H. Shenefield
Associate Attorney General of the United States, 1978–81
Former Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
"As the only true superpower, the United States has a unique and solemn obligation, on behalf of civilization and its highest aspirations, to lead the global war against terrorism to a victory that will come only with the extirpation of the concept that terrorism is ever an acceptable technique to achieve political objectives."
Film and Broadway Actor, Director, Producer
Former President, Actors' Equity Association
Member, Council on Foreign Relations and Contributor to its Task Force Report on Public Diplomacy
Max Singer, J.D.
Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees, Hudson Institute
"Within the next few years we can defeat the advocates of jihad against the West and prevent the Muslim world from joining the jihad. It is imperative that we win this war of ideas by actions that demonstrate that jihad now has no chance of success because we are too powerful and determined to be defeated."
S. Rob Sobhani, Ph.D.
International Energy Specialist
"Militant Islam is today's engine of international terror. The war on terrorism is, therefore, primarily a war on militant Islam in regions of that the U.S. considers to be linchpins for its long-term economic and security objectives. The war on terrorism will only be won with the defeat of militant Islam."
The Hon. Stephen J. Solarz
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1975–93
Chairman, Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs
Chairman, Subcommittee on Africa
"What is at stake in the war against terrorism is the survival of our civilization and our most cherished values. Failure is not an option."
Jeffery D. Stein
Partner, Peyton Investments
Launched Internet Technology service to create global communications network
"Many technology changes over the past 50 years have been a blessing to mankind. They have allowed us to live now in a global community. We have all benefited greatly, well beyond any point in time in history. On the other hand, because of these new connections and technologies we now face a threat to our lives that we have never before faced since the beginning of mankind, a terrorist movement that can 'literally stop the world from turning.' One nuclear device set off in the free world would kill millions and paralyze the world. We need to stop the flow of funds to people that do not have the values of most of the world's population by using less oil and educating the free world how real this threat is and its impact."
The Hon. James Strock
Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute
California Secretary for Environmental Protection, 1991–97
Assistant Administrator for Enforcement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1989–91
"Radical Islamist elements rightly recognize that all the massed power and wealth and influence of America is ultimately rooted in an idea-our unrivalled commitment to freedom and individual dignity. Like our parents and grandparents before us, we must safeguard our values against the treacherous challenge of self-declared enemies who tragically mistake our freedom for decadence, our forbearance for lack of will."
Raymond J. Tanter, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Adjunct Scholar, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Staff member, National Security Council, 1981–82
"When foreign terrorists collude with rogue regimes to plan terrorist operations against Americans, it is an act of war subject to preemptive U.S. action."
Kenneth R. Timmerman
Executive Director, Foundation for Democracy in Iran
Author, Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America (Crown Forum)
"Just as the Reagan administration rolled back Communist tyranny, today we can roll back the tyranny of radical Islam and the terrorist regimes it has spawned. But the first battle will be here at home, where we must defeat the blame-America-first pundits of political correction."
Victoria Toensing, Esq.
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
"It is crucial that U.S. government agencies develop processes to discern the good Muslims from the bad Muslims. Only then will we have the tools necessary to conquer Mid-East terrorism."
Robert F. Turner, S.J.D.
Professor and Cofounder, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law; First President, U.S. Institute of Peace (1986-87); Chairman, ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security (1988-91); Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (1984-85)
"We cannot bulletproof America, so we must deter terrorist attacks by convincing those who would attack us that, when all the dust settles, their cause will have suffered far greater damage than anything they might do to us."
William Van Cleave, Ph.D.
Professor, Southwest Missouri State University
Director, Center for Defense and Strategic Studies
Senior Defense Advisor, 1979–81
"Islamic terrorism is an unconditional and existential threat not only to America and Israel, but also to Judeo-Christian culture. We have no choice but to recognize that war has been thrust upon us, and that principles of warfare apply. Only by denying success to this threat – by a combination of anticipatory defensive and offensive measures – can we defeat it."
The Hon. Charls E. Walker
Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
"Three times in the twentieth century, this nation's determination to preserve and extend our democratic "way of life" was confronted with daunting and what could have been fatal challenges from its enemies – in both the First and Second World Wars and in the Cold War. Now, early in the twenty-first century, we are at war again, battling for democracy's continued existence and extension by a relentless, ruthless and wily foe.
For me, revival of the Committee on the Present Danger should carry this message to the enemy: You shall not prevail!"
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
"The rules of the game are strange: we win if we win, they win if they win, and we win in case of a tie. There will plenty of other opportunities after Iraq to chase them down in a world which will remain uncertain, but with America as the leader."
The Honorable John C. Whitehead
Former Deputy Secretary of State
Chairman Emeritus, The Brookings Institution
Professor, Boston University
founding Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
The Hon. Michael J. Wildes
Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey
Former Federal Prosecutor
"Just as America defeated threats to our democracy and liberty in the last century, we must unite again. United as one, America will defeat terrorism's horror in this new century."
George H. Wittman
Former chairman, National Institute for Public Policy
Former editor, Middle East Enterprise
"During the over fifty years in which I have been involved in international security affairs – operationally and analytically – I have never known the American public to sense itself so endangered and yet so unknowledgeable of the complexities of these dangers."
Francisco R. Wong-Diaz, Ph.D., Esq.
Professor of international relations, political science
"To defend against those who are biding their time to inflict catastrophic damage we must know the enemy better and be willing to change ourselves."
The Hon. Dov S. Zakheim, Ph.D.
Under Secretary of Defense, 1985–87
"Terrorism seeks to eradicate freedom, which embodies a challenge to the forces of evil. We therefore must defeat the threat that terrorism poses not only to us, but to all future generations to whom we hope to bequeath freedom's legacy."
H.E. Jose Maria Aznar
"Containment is not feasible, and appeasement is not only impossible, but suicidal in the medium term. Thus we must devise an effective strategy to roll back fundamentalism and its terrorist elements if we want to prevail."
H.E. Václav Havel
"Bin Laden has not invented machine guns, or planes, or computers or biological weapons. There have always been fanatics, mass murderers and terrorists, but never have they had such a gigantic possibility to strike the entire planet and to threaten so many human lives. It seems to me that it is necessary to understand this sign, and to give thought to how the global advancement of civilization, the extensive technological progress, and the growth of human invention can be accompanied with a deepening sense of a global human responsibility."
Edmond Alphandery (France)
Chairman, Caisse Nationale de Prevoyance (CNP), Paris
Former Chairman, Electricite de France (EDF)
Former Minister of Economy, France
"The problem with terrorism is that its threat is invisible and worldwide. No country can hope to be spared. International solidarity and cooperation is therefore absolutely crucial."
Member, Central Committee, Takhim Vahdat, Iran's largest student democratic organization
"Terrorism is the last ploy for the enemies of freedom and democracy in non-democratic and under developed nations. The spread of democracy and liberty while diminishing proverty along with economic growth are the main elements of fighting terrorism."
Gerald Frost (U.K.)
Saad Al-Din Ibrahim (Egypt)
Visiting public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center (D.C.)
Professor, political sociology, American University in Cairo
Chairman, Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies (Cairo)
"I believe in combating terrorism, and the best way to fight it is to go beyond security measures and combative elimination of terrorism to its root causes, which include a deep sense of exclusion and relative deprivation. Since many of these root causes may take years—if not decades—to deal with, engagement and empowerment of the disenfranchised through dialogue and participatory governance should be engaged in."
Enrique Krauze (Mexico)
Writer and Historian
Founder, Letras Libres magazine (published in Mexico and Spain)
"Terrorism is the global cancer of our time, a cancer whose malignity could not be predicted by the best prophets of the 21st century. The only solution for security is to find ways to fight it, weaken it and defeat it."
David Pryce-Jones (U.K.)
Author (The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs and other books)
Senior editor, National Review
"We have to defeat terrorists and the terror-masters everywhere. Anything less than outright victory means taking a gamble with freedom and civilisation itself."
Helen Szamuely, Ph.D. (U.K.)
Author and Scholar
Specialist in European Union matters
"The fight against terrorism is a continutation of the fight against communism. Many terrorist organizations were formed, trained, armed and financed first by the Soviet Union. Their aim is the same: the destruction of western liberal democracy."
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