Monday, 1 September 2008

Anthony Charles Zinni

Marine Corps General Anthony Charles Zinni - Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM); Distinguished Advisor for Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Military Educator

Anthony Charles Zinni (born September 17, 1943) is a retired four-star general in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He has been a public critic of the Bush administration and did not support the decision to go to war in Iraq.

While serving as special envoy, Zinni was also an instructor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. Presently, he is an instructor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary, a public speaker, and an author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs, most recently Battle for Peace. He also is involved in the corporate world, joining M.I.C. Industries as its president for International Operations in 2005. General Zinni also serves on the advisory boards of eight different companies, including the security testing firm, Mu Security, based in Sunnyvale, California. He will begin teaching at Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in Spring 2008. [1]

Testimony before Congress

In 2000, Zinni testified before Congress that "Iraq remains the most significant near-term threat to U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf region. This is primarily due to its large conventional military force, pursuit of WMD, oppressive treatment of Iraqi citizens, refusal to comply with United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR), persistent threats to enforcement of the No Fly Zones (NFZ), and continued efforts to violate UN Security Council sanctions through oil smuggling," Zinni told Congress on March 15, 2000.

"While Iraq's WMD capabilities were degraded under UN supervision and set back by Coalition strikes, some capabilities remain and others could quickly be regenerated. Despite claims that WMD efforts have ceased, Iraq probably is continuing clandestine nuclear research, retains stocks of chemical and biological munitions, and is concealing extended-range SCUD missiles, possibly equipped with CBW payloads. Even if Baghdad reversed its course and surrendered all WMD capabilities, it retains the scientific, technical, and industrial infrastructure to replace agents and munitions within weeks or months. A special concern is the absence of a UN inspection and monitoring presence, which until December 1998 had been paramount to preventing large-scale resumption of prohibited weapons programs. A new disarmament regime must be reintroduced into Iraq as soon as possible and allowed to carry out the mandates dictated by the post-Gulf War UN resolutions."

Zinni also warned about terrorism: "Extremists like Osama bin Laden and his World Islamic Front network benefit from the global nature of communications that permits recruitment, fund raising, and direct connections to sub-elements worldwide . . . Terrorists are seeking more lethal weaponry to include: chemical, biological, radiological, and even nuclear components with which to perpetrate more sensational attacks . . . Three [Iraq, Iran and Sudan] of the seven recognized state-sponsors of terrorism are within this potentially volatile area, and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has been sanctioned by the UN Security Council for its harboring of Osama bin Laden. Nearly one half of the 28 recognized terrorist organizations have operational sites within the region. Afghanistan has emerged as a catalyst for regional instability offering sanctuary, support, and training facilities to a growing number of extremist elements." [2]


Post-military career

Zinni holds positions on several boards of directors of major U.S. corporations. In addition, he has held academic positions that include the Stanley Chair in Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute, the Nimitz Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, the Hofheimer Chair at the Joint Forces Staff College, and the Harriman Professorship of Government and membership on the board of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. He has worked with the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Henry Dunant Centre for humanitarian dialogue in Geneva. He is also a Distinguished Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

His civilian awards include the Papal Gold Cross of Honor, the Union League's Abraham Lincoln Award, the Italic Studies Institute's Global Peace Award, the Distinguished Sea Service Award from the Naval Order of the United States, the Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Chapman Award from the Marine Corps University Foundation, the Penn Club Award, the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, the George P. Shultz Award for Public Service from the U.S. Department of State, and UNICO National's Grand Patriot Award.

In 2004, Zinni was singled out by The New York Times investigative reporter Diana Henriques for serving on First Command's board of advisors. Henriques alleged that First Command used its military connections "to lend credibility to their sales efforts".[7] First Command defended its affiliation before the U.S. House of Representatives stating, "It would be unfortunate if anyone inferred that these honorable individuals would take any action or support any organization that did not act in the best interests of service members."[8] The SEC and NASD concluded that First Command willfully violated the Securities Act of 1933 Section 17(a)(2) dealing with inter-state fraud. First Command settled without admitting guilt. In 2006, Zinni argued that more troops are needed in Iraq, agreeing with Arizona Senator John McCain.[9]

In 2007, he worked on a report entitled "National Security and the Threat of Climate Change" with 11 other retired military commanders. The report stated that global warming would act as a threat multiplier to global conflict.

General Zinni is also a "Distinguished Military Fellow" for the Center for Defense Information, a part of the World Security Institute.

World Bankers are controlled by the Jesuit General via Shriner Freemasonry and the Knights of Malta. Pope John Paul II is a Bilderberger and controls the group through such notorious Knights of Malta as William F. Buckley, Jr. Both the Arab Palestinian leaders and Zionist Jewish leaders of Israel are controlled by the Papal Caesar in Rome. General Anthony Zinni (Ret. USMC) is the mediator between Sharon and Arafat.
Zinni is a Knight of Malta just like his cohort in crime, the Georgetown Jesuit trained CIA

Indeed, both the Moslem Palestinians and the Jewish People are being used as pawns in the Papal game. I believe that when the Dome of the Rock is destroyed during this present war enabling the Temple to be rebuilt, then the Palestinian agitation will be laid to rest one way or another.

Sincerely in Faith,

Brother Eric Jon Phelps;read=20084
General Anthony Zinni
SMOM Knight of Malta

Papal Gold Cross of Honor
United States Marine Corps, four-star General
United States Marine Corps, Operations Division at Headquarters, Head of the Special Operations and Terrorism Counteraction Section
United States Marine Corps, Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Head of Concepts and Capabilities Branch
United States Marine Corps, Quantico Base, Marine Air-Ground Training and Education Center, Chief of Staff
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), Commander in Chief
organized Operation Desert Fox, airstrikes against Iraq December 1998, with the stated purpose of degrading Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program
Special US envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority
Virginia Military Institute, Department of International Studies, Instructor
Virginia Military Institute, Stanley Chair in Ethics
University of California, Berkeley, Nimitz Chair
University of California, Berkeley, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
Joint Forces Staff College, Hofheimer Chair
College of William and Mary, board of the Reves Center for International Studies
College of William and Mary, Harriman Professorship of Government
College of William and Mary, Department of Government, Instructor
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Distinguished Advisor
World Security Institute, Center for Defense Information, Distinguished Military Fellow
Zinni has been floated as a possible Vice Presidential nominee for Barack Obama, should he win the Democratic nomination
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