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Top American Generals Release Report Opposing American Troops on the Golan Heights

To coincide with President Clinton's visit to Damascus this week, the Center for Security Policy in Washington released a 23-page report by 11 former high-ranking American generals and military experts warning strongly against placing American troops on the Golan Heights.

In summing up their findings, they conclude: "There is no mission or rationale for a U.S. peacekeeping force on the Golan that would justify the resulting costs and risks. Indeed, the net effect could be negative for Israel's security and regional stability, while consequences could include the loss of U.S. lives and, possibly, a credibility-damaging retreat of the U.S. force under terrorist fire.

"In any event such a deployment would increase the danger of direct U.S. involvement in a future Middle East war and undermine Israel's standing with the U.S. public as a self-reliant ally."

The study was carried out by Gen. John Foss, retired commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, who had responsibility for U.S. forces in the Sinai; Gen. Al Gray, retired commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; retired Lt. Gen. John Pustay, U.S. Air Force, former assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and former president, National Defense University; Gen. Bernard Schriever, former command, U.S. Air Force Systems Command; Adm. Carl Trost, former chief of naval operations; Douglas J. Feith, former deputy assistant secretary of defense and former Middle East expert to the National Security Council; Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., former assistant secretary of defense, international security policy; Richard Perle, former assistant secretary of defense, international security policy; Eugene Rostow, former under secretary of state and former director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Henry S. Rowen, former assistant secretary of defense, international security affairs and former chairman, National Intelligence Council, Central Intelligence Agency.

 

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