Air Force General Richard Hawley's comments on the Attack on America-Fiction!
Air Force General Richard Hawley's Responses to "Stupid Thoughts" About the Attack on America-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:A series of strongly worded observations about reactions to the Attack on America from a U.S. Air Force General, Richard Hawley.
The Truth:General Richard Hawley is now retired, but was most recently the commander of the Air Combat Command, headquartered at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He is a decorated pilot who flew more than 400 combat missions in Vietnam.
TruthOrFiction.com contacted General Hawley and he says he did not write this eRumor that bears his name.
He did, however, send us his own comments about the issues that the eRumor addresses:
From the real General Richard Hawley:
1) Goodness, Evil and Relativity: There are some really good people in this
world. They volunteer to help those who need it, and ask nothing in return.
There are also some really bad people in this world. They exploit those who
need help, or who have less wit or "charisma", and motivate them to join in
committing unspeakable acts of cruelty against people they don't even know.
Then there are the rest of us. Average people who try each day to do no
harm, to provide for their families, to do an occasional act of kindness.
The evil that was perpetrated against our land on 9/11 was the product of
Mullahs who see our prosperity and power as a threat to their control over
the uneducated Muslim masses on whose shoulders they ride through life. And
so they preach hate. They are evil.
2) Violence begets violence: It's true. Violence does beget violence. But
sometimes there is no alternative but to confront those who would perpetrate
evil acts against us. This is one of those times. We are blessed to have
courageous men and women willing to put their lives on the line to track
down and annihilate those who have been so imbued with evil as to be beyond
redemption. But violence is not a strategy. It is a necessary and fully
justified reaction to an unimaginable threat. But it is not a strategy. If
we are to win this war, we must defeat the Mullahs. And to defeat the
Mullahs, we must find ways to separate them from their uneducated flocks. We
cannot kill all those who have been taught to hate us, nor should we wish
to. Far better to change their minds than to change their state of being.
3) The intelligence community let us down: Well, maybe just a little. Lots
of senior and not so senior intelligence people became just as enamored of
high tech gadgets as their political masters. The protests over our
evisceration of the human intelligence component of the agency were not very
loud or forceful. Keeping spies on the ground is a high risk and often dirty
business, and it wasn't just liberal politicians who didn't have much
stomach for it.
4) Poverty is the breeding ground for terrorists: No, it isn't; but
religious extremism is. The Mullahs fear our wealth and power because it
shows that a secular society with democratic institutions and a free market
economy can do a better job of taking care of its peoples' needs, both
spiritual and physical, than the oppressive Islamic regimes that they aspire
to lead. The Mullahs are the problem, not poverty, but poverty does make it
easier for the Mullahs to spread their evil - as do governments that
tolerate and even reinforce their hateful message.
5) Profiling: We are at war here! We are not talking about traffic stops. If
we were at war with Iceland, I would expect those charged with our defense
to pay very close attention to any Icelander who ventured near our shores.
In this war I expect them to pay very close attention to Muslims with ties
to the places that spew hatred against us. Random checks when there are no
such obvious targets available are a good way to keep the evil ones
guessing, but let's not make small children and grandmothers take their
shoes off while we watch far more likely candidates walk aboard unchecked.
a. Never forget that what happened on September the 11th of 2001 was an act
b. Never sit silently by while someone tries to justify what happened on
that day as an understandable reaction to U.S. policies in the Middle East
c. Fly our nation's flag proudly - it represents this world's greatest hope
to move beyond the pain and suffering that inflict so many across the globe.
Richard E. Hawley
General, USAF, Retired
Former Commander, Air Combat Command
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
1) “We’re not good, they’re not evil, everything is relative.”
Listen carefully: We’re good, they’re evil, nothing is relative.Say it
with me now and free yourselves. You see, folks, saying “We’re good”
doesn’t mean “We’re perfect.” Okay? The only perfect being is the bearded
guy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The plain fact is that our
country has, with all our mistakes and blunders, always been and always will
be, the greatest beacon of freedom, charity, opportunity, and affection in
history. If you need proof, open all the borders on Earth and see what
happens. In about half a day, the entire world would be a ghost town, and
the United States would look like one giant line to see “The Producers.”
2) “Violence only leads to more violence.”
This one is so stupid you usually have to be the president of an Ivy League
university to say it. Here’s the truth, which you know in your heads and
hearts already: Ineffective, unfocused violence leads to more violence.
Limp, panicky, half-measures lead to more violence. However, complete,
fully-thought-through, professional, well- executed violence never leads to
more violence because, you see, afterwards, the other guys are all dead.
That’s right, dead. Not “on trial,” not “reeducated,” not “nurtured back
into the bosom of love.” Dead. D-E-Well, you get the idea.
3) “The CIA. and the rest of our intelligence community has failed us.”
For 25 years we have chained our spies like dogs to a stake in the ground,
and now that the house has been robbed, we yell at them for not protecting
us. Starting in the late seventies, under Carter appointee Stansfield
Turner, the giant brains who get these giant ideas decided that the best way
to gather international intelligence was to use spy satellites.” After
all,” they reasoned, “you can see a license plate from 200 miles away.”
This is very helpful if you’ve been attacked by a license plate.
Unfortunately, we were attacked by humans. Finding humans is not possible
with satellites. You have to use other humans. When we bought all our
satellites, we fired all our humans, and here’s the really stupid part. It
takes years, decades to infiltrate new humans into the worst places of the
world. You can’t just have a guy who looks like Gary Busey in a Spring
Break ’93 sweatshirt plop himself down in a coffee shop in Kabul and say
“Hiya, boys. Gee, I sure would like to meet that bin Laden fella.” “Well,
you can, but all you’d be doing is giving the bad guys a story they’ll be
telling for years.
4) “These people are poor and helpless, and that’s why they’re angry at us.”
Uh-huh, and Jeffrey Dahmer’s frozen head collection was just a desperate cry
for help. The terrorists and their backers are richer than Elton John and,
ironically, a good deal less annoying. The poor helpless people, you see,
are the villagers they tortured and murdered to stay in power.Mohamed
Atta, one of the evil scumbags who steered those planes into the killing
grounds (I’m sorry, one of the “alleged hijackers,” according to CNN – they
stopped using the word “terrorist,” you know), is the son of a Cairo
surgeon. But you knew this, too. In the sixties and seventies, all the
pinheads marching against the war were upper-middle-class college kids who
grabbed any cause they could think of to get out of their final papers and
spend more time drinking. At least, that was my excuse. It’s the same
today. Take the Anti-Global-Warming (or is it World Trade? Oh who knows
what the hell they want demonstrators) They all charged their black outfits
and plane tickets on dad’s credit card before driving to the airport in
5) “Any profiling is racial profiling.”
Who’s killing us here, the Norwegians? Just days after the attack, the New
York Times had an article saying dozens of extended members of the
gazillionaire bin Laden family living in America were afraid of reprisals
and left in a huff, never to return to studying at Harvard and using too
much Drakkar. I’m crushed. I think we’re all crushed.Please come back.
With a cherry on top? Why don’t they just change their names, anyway? It’s
happened in the past. Think about it. How many Adolfs do you run into
these days? Shortly after that, I remember watching TV with my jaw on the
floor as a government official actually said, “That little old grandmother
from Sioux City could be carrying something.”
Okay, how about this: No, she couldn’t. It would never be the grandmother
from Sioux City. Is it even possible? What are the odds? Winning a
hundred Powerball lotteries in a row? A thousand? A million? And now a
Secret Service guy has been tossed off a plane and we’re all supposed to cry
about it because he’s an Arab? Didn’t it have the tiniest bit to do with
the fact that he filled out his forms incorrectly —three times?And then
left an Arab history book on his seat as he strolled off the plane?And
came back? Armed? Let’s please all stop singing “We Are the World” for a
minute and think practically. I don’t want to be sitting on the floor in
the back of a plane four seconds away from hitting Mt. Rushmore and turn,
grinning, to the guy next to me to say, “Well, at least we didn’t offend
SO HERE’S what I resolve for the new year:
Never to forget our murdered brothers and sisters.
Never to let the relativists get away with their immoral thinking.
After all, no matter what your daughter’s political science professor says,
we didn’t start this.
Have you seen that bumper sticker that says, “No More Hiroshimas”? I wish I
had one that says, “You First. No More Pearl Harbors.”
General USAF ret