Powered by i.TV
October 9, 2015
TV's Best Video Clips - Updated Daily

An Ex-General Drops a Bombshell: We Were Willing to Kill a U.S. Soldier to Start the Iraq War (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 7:03AM
An Ex-General Drops a Bombshell: We Were Willing to Kill a U.S. Soldier to Start the Iraq War"It's shocking," Jon Stewart says. It certainly is. On the new 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon welcomes retired general Hugh Shelton as his guest. Shelton is the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he has written a new memoir -- in which he makes startling allegations about U.S. military conduct.

General Shelton alleges that a cabinet member in the Clinton administration was willing to kill a U.S. pilot to provoke war with Saddam Hussein and Iraq. The general states that in 1997, airmen were flying over Iraq each day, and were facing ground artillery fire from Iraqi forces.

A Clinton aide then came up with this "clever" plan: "Fly one of our [aircraft] low enough so that Saddam could actually shoot it down." Once the plane and the pilot were shot down, the U.S. would have an excuse to attack Iraq.

This was Shelton's response to the suggestion: "My fist clenched; the hair on the back of my neck stood up. ... I gritted my teeth and said [to the aide], 'I'll be willing to do that, as soon as I can get your ass qualified to fly low enough and slow enough to do it.'" The 'Daily Show' audience gave unanimous applause to these remarks. But the general doesn't claim that rushing to invade Iraq was a uniquely Democratic concept -- he says it was a bipartisan error.

Elsewhere in his book, he states that the 2003 Iraq War was begun by the Bush administration based on "a series of lies," plus "the worst style of leadership" that he had ever witnessed. Gen. Shelton considers the Iraq War to be a "fiasco." ... Thus far, the war in Iraq has cost over $740,000,000,000 -- but the cumulative cost could be between two and three trillion dollars. The war has caused the death of over 4,400 American troops, and left more than 31,000 wounded.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:

The point was that the person who suggested the act was a civilian, and the soldier would not do it.

December 10 2010 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll bet you that the nameless gentleman at the White House that suggested we kill one of our own was an ISRAELI or one of Israel's hundreds of moles in the Pentagon and DefDep. that's the way Israel does things: lies, decieve, cheat, steal, murder, genocide. Israel did 9/11.

December 09 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No matter whether the US administration intended to use unmanned aircraft or not (except for the risk of death or injury of such pilot in the latter case; though ex US government sent to death over 4000 women and men in Iraq, just "btw") one must be said: this "technique" of starting wars was already used in the past - by Adolf Hitler - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleiwitz_incident. And as a second example could serve http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin_Incident plotted by the US government which unleashed the Vietnam war. And that is the reason of playing "naval battle games" between Northern and Southern Korea these days. When you combine that with WikiLeaks and other sources, one must be very careful about how this world is governed, by whom, and for the sake of whom. The soldiers should realize for the protection of whose interests they were fed, trained and sent to wars.

December 08 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So we blew 750+ billion on another useless war, when, for instance, 2 billion is what gerentologist aubre de Gray says is needed to develop therapies to reverse aging in mice, then humans (www.sens.org).

With the recent demonstration of age manipulation via telermerase in mice, why are we constantly wasting hundreds of billions every 10 years on war...didn't the cold war arms race (and their invasion of Afghanistan) bankrupt them to oblivion? Peter Thiel (of paypal fame) proposes that the US fund the next big projects like life exstension research (to stem the growing bankruptcy of an aging population). With all the bad economy etc, it is about time the governments around the world funded this medical research, so lets support the next politician who supports life exstention (curing all disease, reverse aging via developing advanced programmable nanobots/biotechnologies) and lets send the other war mongers packing!

December 08 2010 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dude who titled this?

December 08 2010 at 2:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Johnny's comment

...and who is "We"?

December 09 2010 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You did exactly what liberals complain about conservatives do, you completely misrepresented what the general said. No one suggested killing a soldier. It was about flying an unmanned U2 aircraft low enough for Saddam Hussein to shout it down.

Basically you lied about what was actually discussed when you wrote "Once the plane and the pilot were shot down...".

December 08 2010 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to joe's comment
Peggy you sweety

I think that such acts have been and will continue to be considered and acted upon-see Pearl Harbor and 9/11) when the losses that are calculated to occur are within "acceptable" limits. There are think tanks that spend our tax dollars working out the details of these acts in order to promote the agendas of those in power. WRT Pearl Harbor, the claim is that by sacrificing older warships and some of their crews, the US would be able to enter the war immediately rather than later (due to the powerful peace movement here). The thinkers advised that in the long run, we'd lose less men and material taking the hit and getting in earlier. WRT 9/11, Bush wanted an excuse to move against Hussain. The one pilot dead story sounds like an attempt at misdirection by suggesting that even a single soldier's "planned" death is unthinkable. Thousands died so Bush could stand in the rubble and demand justice. It happens all the time.

December 07 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's amazing what these Generals will spout after they have retired-

December 07 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Follow Us

From Our Partners