War Quiz

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    War quiz

    Below is a "quiz" on the war, by Stephen Shalom, who writes frequently for Z
    Magazine. It was sent out on the New York Teachers Against the War

    Iraq War Quiz
    by Stephen R. Shalom

    1. The anti-war movement supports our troops by urging that they be
    brought home immediately so they neither kill nor get killed in a unjust
    war. How has the Bush administration shown its support for our troops?

    a. The Republican-controlled House Budget Committee voted to cut
    $25 billion in veterans benefits over the next 10 years.

    b. The Bush administration proposed cutting $172 million from
    impact aid programs which provide school funding for children of
    military personnel.

    c. The administration ordered the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to stop
    publicizing health benefits available to veterans.

    d. All of the above.

    2. The anti-war movement believes that patriotism means urging our
    country to do what is right. How do Bush administration officials define

    a. Patriotism means emulating Dick Cheney, who serves as
    Vice-President while receiving $100,000-$1,000,000 a year from
    Halliburton, the multi-billion dollar company which is already lining up
    for major contracts in post-war Iraq.

    b. Patriotism means emulating Richard Perle, the warhawk who serves
    as head of the Defense Intelligence Board while at the same time meeting
    with Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi on behalf of Trireme, a company
    of which he is a managing partner, involved in security and military
    technologies, and while agreeing to work as a paid lobbyist for Global
    Crossing, a telecommunications giant seeking a major Pentagon contract.

    c. Patriotism means emulating George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul
    Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton, Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, Lewis
    Libby, and others who enthusiastically supported the Vietnam War while
    avoiding serving in it and who now are sending others to kill and be
    killed in Iraq.

    d. All of the above.

    3. The Bush administration has accused Saddam Hussein of lying
    regarding his weapons of mass destruction. Which of the following might
    be considered less than truthful?

    a. Constant claims by the Bush administration that there was
    documentary evidence linking Iraq to attempted uranium purchases in
    Niger, despite the fact that the documents were forgeries and CIA
    analysts doubted their authenticity.
    b. A British intelligence report on Iraq's security services that
    was in fact plagiarized, with selected modifications, from a student
    c. The frequent citation of the incriminating testimony of Iraqi
    defector Hussein Kamel, while suppressing that part of the testimony in
    which Kamel stated that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had been
    destroyed following the 1991 Gulf War.
    d. All of the above.

    4. White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher stormed out of a press
    conference when the assembled reporters broke into laughter after he
    declared that the U.S. would never try to bribe members of the UN. What
    should Fleisher have said to defend himself?

    a. It wasn't just bribery; we also ordered the bugging of the home
    and office phones and emails of the UN ambassadors of Security Council
    member states that were undecided on war.

    b. Oh, come on! We've been doing this for years. In 1990 when Yemen
    voted against authorizing war with Iraq, the U.S. ambassador declared
    "That will be the most expensive 'no' vote you ever cast."

    c. Why do you think the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act makes one
    of the conditions for an African country to receive preferential access
    to U.S. markets that it "not engage in activities that undermine United
    States national security or foreign policy interests"?

    d. All of the above.

    5. George Bush has declared that "we have no fight with the Iraqi
    people." What could he have cited as supporting evidence?

    a. U.S. maintenance of 12 years of crippling sanctions that
    strengthened Saddam Hussein while contributing to the death of hundreds
    of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

    b. The fact that "coalition" forces have indicated that they will
    use cluster bombs in Iraq, despite warnings from human rights groups
    that "The use of cluster munitions in Iraq will endanger civilians for
    years to come."

    c. By pointing to the analogy of Afghanistan, which the U.S.
    pledged not to forget about when the war was over, and for which the
    current Bush administration foreign aid budget request included not one
    cent in aid.

    d. All of the above.

    6. The Bush administration has touted the many nations that are
    part of the "coalition of the willing." Which of the following
    statements about this coalition is true?

    a. In most of the coalition countries polls show that a majority,
    often an overwhelming majority, of the people oppose the war.

    b. More than ten of the members of the coalition of the willing are
    actually a coalition of the unwilling - unwilling to reveal their names.

    c. Coalition members - most of whose contributions to the war are
    negligible or even zero - constitute less than a quarter of the
    countries in the UN and contain less than 20% of the world's population.

    d. All of the above.

    7. The war on Iraq is said to be part of the "war on terrorism."
    Which of the following is true?

    a. A senior American counterintelligence official said: "An
    American invasion of Iraq is already being used as a recruitment tool by
    Al Qaeda and other groups....And it is a very effective tool."

    b. An American official, based in Europe, said Iraq had become "a
    battle cry, in a way," for Al Qaeda recruiters.

    c. France's leading counter-terrorism judge said: "Bin Laden's
    strategy has always been to demonstrate to the Islamic community that
    the West, and especially the U.S., is starting a global war against
    Muslims. An attack on Iraq might confirm this vision for many Muslims. I
    am very worried about the next wave of recruits."

    d. All of the above.

    8. The Bush administration says it is waging war to stop the spread
    of weapons of mass destruction. Which of the following is true?

    a. The United States has refused to ratify the Comprehensive Test
    Ban Treaty, viewed worldwide as the litmus test for seriousness about
    nuclear disarmament.

    b. The United States has insisted on a reservation to the Chemical
    Weapons Convention allowing the U.S. President the right to refuse an
    inspection of U.S. facilities on national security grounds, and blocked
    efforts to improve compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons

    c. Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, Director of the Defense
    Intelligence Agency, testified on Feb. 11, 2003, "The long-term trends
    with respect to WMD and missile proliferation are bleak. States seek
    these capabilities for regional purposes, or to provide a hedge to deter
    or offset U.S. military superiority."

    d. All of the above.

    9. The Bush administration says it wants to bring democracy to Iraq
    and the Middle East. Which of the following is true?

    a. If there were democracy in Saudi Arabia today, backing for the
    U.S. war effort would be the first thing to go, given the country's
    "increasingly anti-American population deeply opposed to the war."

    b. The United States subverted some of the few democratic
    governments in the Middle East (Syria in 1949, Iran in 1953), and has
    backed undemocratic regimes in the region ever since.

    c. The United States supported the crushing of anti-Saddam Hussein
    revolts in Iraq in 1991.

    d. All of the above.

    10. Colin Powell cited as evidence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link an
    audiotape from bin Laden in which he called Saddam Hussein and his Baath
    Party regime "infidels." Which of the following is more compelling

    a. An FBI official told the New York Times: "We've been looking at
    this hard for more than a year and you know what, we just don't think
    it's there."

    b. According to a classified British intelligence report seen by
    BBC News, "There are no current links between the Iraqi regime and the
    al-Qaeda network."

    c. According to Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global
    Network of Terror, "Since U.S. intervention in Afghanistan in October
    2001, I have examined several tens of thousands of documents recovered
    from Al Qaeda and Taliban sources. In addition to listening to 240 tapes
    taken from Al Qaeda's central registry, I debriefed several Al Qaeda
    and Taliban detainees. I could find no evidence of links between Iraq
    and Al Qaeda."

    d. All of the above.

    Answers and Sources

    1. d (a) Cong. Lane Evans, "Veterans Programs Slashed by House
    Republicans," Press Release, 3/13/03,
    http://www.veterans.house.gov/democratic/press/108th/3-13-03budget.htm .
    (b) Brian Faler, "Educators Angry Over Proposed Cut in Aid; Many
    Children in Military Families Would Feel Impact," Washington Post,
    3/19/03, p. A29. (c) See Veterans' for Common Sense, letter to George W.
    Bush, 3/20/03 http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/print.asp?id=563;
    Melissa B. Robinson, "Hospitals Face Budget Crunch," Associated Press,
    7/31/02; Jason Tait, "Veterans angered by marketing ban," Eagle-Tribune
    (Lawrence, MA), 8/2/02,

    2. d (a) Warren Vieth and Elizabeth Douglass, " Ousting Hussein
    could open the door for U.S. and British firms. French, Russian and
    Chinese rivals would lose their edge," Los Angeles Times, 3/12/03, p.
    I:1; Robert Bryce and Julian Borger, "Halliburton: Cheney is still paid
    by Pentagon contractor, Bush deputy gets Dollars 1m from firm with Iraq
    oil deal," Guardian (London), 3/12/03, p. 5 (which notes that
    Halliburton "would not say how much the payments are; the obligatory
    disclosure statement filled by all top government officials says only
    that they are in the range of" $100,000 and $1 million. (b) Seymour M.
    Hersh, "Lunch with the Chairman," New Yorker, 3/16/03; Stephen Labaton,
    "Pentagon Adviser Is Also Advising Global Crossing," NYT, 3/21/03, p.
    C1. Perle is to be paid $725,000 for his lobbying effort, including
    $600,000 if his lobbying is successful. (c) New Hampshire Gazette, "The
    Chickenhawks," http://nhgazette.com/chickenhawks.html .

    3. d (a) See the evidence collected in Cong. Henry Waxman's letter
    to George W. Bush, 3/17/03,
    http://www.house.gov/waxman/text/admin_iraq_march_17_let.htm . (b) See
    Glen Rangwala's report, http://traprockpeace.org/britishdossier.html .
    (c) See Glen Rangwala's report, http://traprockpeace.org/kamel.html .

    4. d (a) Martin Bright, Ed Vulliamy, and Peter Beaumont, The
    Observer (London), 3/2/03. (b) Quoted in Phyllis Bennis, Calling the
    Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN, New York: Olive Branch,
    1996, p. 33. (c) Sarah Anderson, Phyllis Bennis, and John Cavanagh,
    Coalition of the Willing or Coalition of the Coerced?: How The Bush
    Administration Influences Allies in Its War on Iraq, Washington, DC:
    Institute for Policy Studies, 2/26/03, p. 4.

    5. d (a) For background, see Anthony Arnove, ed., Iraq Under Siege:
    The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War, Cambridge: South End Press,
    updated ed. 2003. (b) Paul Waugh, "Labour MPs Attack Hoon After He
    Reveals That British Forces Will Use Cluster Bombs," Independent,
    3/21/03, p. 4; Human Rights Watch, Press Release, 3/18/03: "Persian
    Gulf: U.S. Cluster Bomb Duds A Threat; Warning Against Use of Cluster
    Bombs in Iraq." (c) Zvi Bar'el, "Flaws in the Afghan Model," Ha'aretz,

    6. d (a) See, for example, the revealing comment of Secretary of
    State Powell: "We need to knock down this idea that nobody is on our
    side. So many nations recognize this danger [of Iraq's weapons]. And
    they do it in the face of public opposition." Quoted in Steven R.
    Weisman With Felicity Barringer, "Urgent Diplomacy Fails To Gain U.S. 9
    Votes In The U.N." NYT, 3/10/03, p. A1) (b) U.S. Dept. of State, Daily
    Press Briefing, Richard Boucher, Washington, DC, 3/18/03. (c) Country
    list: White House, Statement of Support from Coalition, 3/25/03,
    population calculated from Statistical Abstract of the United States,
    2001, Washington, DC: 2001, table 1327. Total includes USA. The White
    House list includes countries whose leaders have done no more than state
    their support for the United States, and the listing changes from day to
    day, with some countries being added and some removed.

    7. d (a) Don Van Natta Jr. and Desmond Butler, "Anger On Iraq Seen
    As New Qaeda Recruiting Tool," NYT, 3/16/03, p. I:1. (b) Van Natta and
    Butler, NYT, 3/16/03. (c) Van Natta and Butler, NYT, 3/16/03.

    8. d (a) Colum Lynch, "U.S. Boycotts Nuclear Test Ban Meeting; Some
    Delegates at U.N. Session Upset at Latest Snub of Pact Bush Won't Back,"
    Washington Post, 11/12/02, p. A6. (b) Amy E. Smithson, "U.S.
    Implementation of the CWC," in Jonathan B. Tucker, The Chemical Weapons
    Convention: Implementation Challenges and Solutions, Monterey Institute,
    April 2001, pp. 23-29, http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/reports/tuckcwc.htm;
    Jonathan Tucker, "The Fifth Review Conference of the Biological and
    Toxin Weapons Convention," Feb. 2002,
    http://www.nti.org/e_research/e3_7b.html . (c) Testimony before the
    Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, excerpted at
    http://traprockpeace.org/usefulquotesoniraq.html .

    9. d (a) Craig S. Smith, "Saudi Arabia Seems Calm But, Many Say, Is
    Seething," NYT, 3/24/03, p. B13. In fact, "Though the Saudi government
    officially denies it, the bombing campaign is being directed from Saudi
    Arabia - something that few Saudis realize." (b) On Syria, see Douglas
    Little, ACold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945
    1958,@ Middle East Journal, vol. 44, no. 1, Winter 1990, pp. 55 57. On
    Iran, see Mark J. Gasiorowski, "The 1953 Coup D'Etat in Iran,"
    International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 19, Aug. 1987, pp.
    261-86. (c) Andrew Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, Out of the Ashes: The
    Resurrection of Saddam Hussein, New York: HarperPerennial. 1999, chap.

    10. d (re audiotape, see David Johnston, "Top U.S. Officials Press
    Case Linking Iraq To Al Qaeda," NYT, 2/12/03, p. A1; Mohamad Bazzi,
    "U.S. says bin Laden tape urging Iraqis to attack appears real,"
    Newsday, 2/12/03, p. A5. (a) James Risen and David Johnston, "Split at
    C.I.A. and F.B.I. On Iraqi Ties to Al Qaeda," NYT, 2/2/03, p. I:13. (b)
    "Leaked Report Rejects Iraqi al-Qaeda Link," BBC News, 2/5/03. (c) Rohan
    Gunaratna, "Iraq and Al Qaeda: No Evidence of Alliance," International
    Herald Tribune, 2/19/03.

    Interpreting Your Score

    9-10 Correct: Excellent. Contact United for Peace and Justice,
    http://www.unitedforpeace.org/ , and work to fight the war and the system
    that produced it.

    6-8 Correct: Fair. You've been watching a few too many former generals
    and government officials who provide the "expert" commentary for the
    mainstream media. Read the alternative media!

    3-5 Correct: Poor. Don't feel bad. George W. Bush only got a C- in
    International Relations at College.

    0-2 Correct: Failing. You have a bright future as an "embedded"

  • Trauma_Hound

    Good one joannadandy. :)

  • Realist

    excellent post!!!

    to bad the pro war crowd prefers to ignore everything that goes against their "US = paradise" religion.

  • Robdar

    Way to go, Jo. Good job!


  • Adam

    1. Here's a quote from one of your anti-war buddies from a recent thread "I do not support the troops and their tasks in Iraq" You go and ask the troops which side THEY feel is supporting them. Their voices should carry the most weight.

    2. Is patriotism defined by stopping traffic, interrupting commerce, attacking police, and becoming a human shield for a leader that our country's armed forces is currently trying to topple?

    3. It is documented FACT that Saddam once had copius amounts of chem/bio wepons. UN resolution 1441 said he must tell us where they are now or what happened to them. Saddam refused. Are you so out of touch with reality as to honestly believe that he's destroyed them all and just doesn't want to show us the destruction documents?

    4. Not getting into an argument about symantics here over the word "bribe." Food for oil, nuclear plant parts for oil contracts, aid for support, weapons for hostages, call it what you will. I call it politics and if you think liberals and Democrats haven't done it in the past or won't do it in the future, you are even further out of touch with reality than I tell people.

    5. Obviously we have a fight with the Iraqi people. I mean, look at the billions in aide we're sending. Look at the soldiers risking their lives to keep the aid supply routes open. Look at the money we're spending on precision weapons when it would be so much cheaper carpet bomb the whole damn place. Anyone can see that we don't care about the civilians. MORONS!

    I'm not going to continue. Each point is so transparant as to be laughable. Anyone could take those same points, replace a group of democrats or liberals as the villans, and cite their own facts that would be just as damning to the other side.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    I'm pleased as punch that the Anglo-American coalition is so rapidly winning the war.

    The peace-loving people of Iraq are beginning to realize that their liberation from the tyranical rule of Saddam is rapidly approaching, and they are welcoming the armies of liberation.

    It is the soldier, and not the appeaser, who liberates the oppressed.

  • Simon

    Very good joannadandy !

  • Robdar

    Anyone could take those same points, replace a group of democrats or liberals as the villans, and cite their own facts that would be just as damning to the other side.

    We keep telling you, this has nothing to do with party affiliation. So, do us a favor and stop trying to make it such. Thanks.

    Robyn--of the independent class

  • joannadandy

    I have to agree with Robdar on this one...this made no mention of Democrats or liberals versus Republican conservatives. It's simply stating the facts of what the Bush Administration is doing, which does have a few democrats under it's belts as well. I am not a democrat, nor a republican, so I really wish people would stop spouting this party-line crap. If you don't like the information presented, please feel free to quote reputiable sources, facts, figures and construct your own quiz. I am quite aware this is not an un-biased quiz...it's not supposed to be, it's supposed to get people to think and question what the Administration is telling us.

    Adam, as for quoting what other anti-war people have said, I cannot vouch for them, just as I am sure you cannot vouch for every Male on the planet. I mean just because you are one, doesn't mean you all act the same and hold the same views does it? A very dear friend of mine is fighting in Iraq at this very moment. I don't know where he is or what his status is, but I think about him everyday. If I still prayed I would be praying for his return, instead I silently hope. So to say that all people who are anti-war, are anti-troops is ridculous. There are some I know who do not support the troops. I cannot fathom why, but that is something they have to reason with, not me.

  • Adam

    Anyone could take those same points, replace anti-war politicians and officials as the villans, and cite their own facts that would be just as damning to the other side.

    As the original post solely attacked politicians and officials, I hope this alteration is sufficient.

    With or without the alterations, the point still stands.

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