|PRESIDENT BUSH PLACES U.S. TROOPS UNDER UNITED NATIONS COMMAND;
BREAKS CAMPAIGN PROMISE|
NEWS FLASH: AMERICA'S SURVIVAL, INC., THE LEADING U.N. WATCHDOG GROUP, HAS REVEALED THAT U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN PLACED UNDER U.N. COMMAND BY PRESIDENT BUSH IN VIOLATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S OWN CAMPAIGN PROMISE. (for more information on the U.N. mission involved, please see below).
Copies of the following letter have been sent to top U.S. officials:
President, America's Survival, Inc.
October 25, 2002
It has come to our attention that, in violation of his campaign promise and the 2000 Republican Party platform, U.S. troops have been put under United Nations command by President Bush. We request an explanation of why the president's solemn campaign promise has been broken.
The United States Military Observer Group in the Pentagon confirms that U.S. soldiers wear U.N. blue berets and U.N. shoulder patches as members of UNOMIG - the United Nations Observer Mission in the country of Georgia. Soldiers ordered assigned to this mission wear this U.N. uniform. What's more, they receive a United Nations physical examination before deployment to the mission and the U.N. pays some expenses associated with it. The purpose is to supervise the cease-fire between Georgia and Abkhazia. The U.S. troops take orders in the mission from a foreign commander named Major-General Kazi Ashfaq Ahmed of Bangladesh. After their service, members of UNOMIG may receive a ribbon described as "Central stripe of UN blue, flanked by white and green stripes, with dark blue edges."
As you know, President Clinton's order to U.S. troops to wear a U.N. uniform was extremely controversial, unpopular, and alleged to be illegal and unconstitutional. House Majority Whip Rep. Tom Delay sponsored a bill to prohibit the wearing of a U.N. uniform by U.S. service personnel. This bill was a reaction to the case of U.S. Army soldier Michael New, who had refused to wear a U.N. uniform and was court-martialed and discharged for bad conduct by Clinton. His lawyers continue to argue in the courts that his order to wear a U.N. uniform was in violation of his sacred oath, U.S. law and the U.S. Constitution.
Such a bill was considered unnecessary under President Bush because he - and the Republican Party - had made it absolutely clear that he would never order U.S. troops to serve under U.N. command. "I will never place U.S. troops under UN command," candidate Bush said in his speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, November 19, 1999. A Web site for candidate Bush declared that he "Would never place U.S. troops under U.N. command." The 2000 Republican Party Platform declared that "…American troops must never serve under United Nations command."
The current placement of U.S. troops under U.N. command has put U.S. service personnel who object to serving the U.N. and wearing a U.N. uniform in a very difficult position. They want to continue to serve their country but do not want to violate their oath, the law or the Constitution by serving the U.N. They consider an order to serve the U.N. to be illegal and unconstitutional.
This situation could have been avoided if the president had remained true to his word.
Why has the president's promise to the American people -- and our service personnel -- been violated?
We urge your immediate attention to this matter before more U.S. troops are forced to choose between remaining true to the U.S. military and abandoning their oath by wearing a U.N. uniform and reporting to a foreign U.N. commander.
This is a matter of utmost urgency and critical to maintaining the morale, character and integrity of the U.S. Armed Forces.
August 1993 to date
SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
AND HEAD OF MISSION
Ms. Heidi Tagliavini (Switzerland) (S/2002/643), (S/2002/644)
CHIEF MILITARY OBSERVER
Major-General Kazi Ashfaq Ahmed (Bangladesh)
STRENGTH (30 September 2002)
107 military observers; UNOMIG also includes 90 international civilian personnel and 175 local civilian staff
CONTRIBUTORS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL
Albania, Austria, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay
The United Nations:
Observer Mission in Georgia Medal
Central stripe of UN blue, flanked by white and green stripes, with dark blue edges.
began: 24 August 1993.
for 180 days' service to the Mission, supervising the cease-fire between
Georgia and Abkhazia.
- no picture of reverse
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