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Ross Perot on War & Peace

1992 & 1996 Reform Party Nominee for President


Orchestrated rescue mission to free EDS staff jailed in Iran

On Dec. 28, 1978, two top EDS executives were arrested in Iran, and their bail was set at a staggering $12.75 million. Not only did Perot judge the official efforts in the State Department and the US Embassy in Iran as inadequate, but he became convinced that his employees had been criminally kidnapped, while the State Department the Embassy considered they may have been detained as part of an aggressive Iranian inquiry into possible corruption. By Dec. 31, Perot decided to take things into his own hands. He started to gather a team that could rescue his executives.

On Jan. 16, the shah and his personal entourage fled the country. The EDS executives were moved to the more secure Gasr prison. On February 11, Gasr, as well as every other prison in Tehran, had been stormed by revolutionary crowds. The prisoners walked out after the crowds moved in, and the guards fofered no resistance. The EDS rescue team met the EDS executives and [smuggled and bribed their way] out of the country.

Source: Citizen Perot, by Gerald Posner, p.100-114 , Jul 2, 1996

Tried for 20 years to find MIAs and POWs in Vietnam

In 1986, Perot again became involved with one of his favorite public policy issues: questions over the fate of POWs and MIAs. A 1984 article in The Wall Street Journal said [that one released prisoner] had seen other Americans in Vietnam; Perot considered that proof that MIAs were still alive. He offered $1 million for each POW returned.

On Capitol Hill, Perot [teamed up with] congressman Bill Hendon, who proposed a ďPerot Commission on Americans Missing in Southeast Asia,Ē despite six previous government inquiries that had concluded there was no evidence of live prisoners.

In March 1987 Perot traveled to Vietnam as a private citizen, [but the controversial trip resulted in a] fight with the Reagan administration. By 1990, Perotís fallout with the North Vietnamese, coupled with the disregard in which the Bush administration held him, left Perot with virtually no allies for his efforts on POWs and MIAs> after 20 years, his quest to find live prisoners ground to a halt.

Source: Citizen Perot, by Gerald Posner, p.191-217 , Jul 2, 1996

Surgical strikes against tyrants

We sent a few F-111s into Libya and turned Qaddafi into a choir boy overnight. We havenít heard from Qaddafi since. That didnít take 430,000 people. If you want to get rid of Hussein, youíve got to be sure that thereís not somebody worse in the Number Two position, right? If you give me the choice of having some fine young American die on the battlefield or get rid of a tyrant surgically, thatís the easiest decision Iíll ever make.
Source: Strong-Man Politics, by George Grant, p.125 , Nov 7, 1992

No troops to Bosnia until America is more committed

Q [to Bush]: How can you watch the killing in Bosnia and not want to use America's might?

BUSH: I vowed something, because I learned something from Vietnam: I am not going to commit US forces until I know what the mission is, until I know how they can come out. When you go to put somebody else's son or daughter into war, I think you've got to be careful.

PEROT: If we learned anything in Vietnam, it's you first commit this Nation before you commit the troops to the battlefield. This is basically a problem that is a primary concern to the European Community. But it is inappropriate for us, just because there's a problem somewhere around the world, to take the sons and daughters of working people that send their sons and daughters to war--our all-volunteer armed force is not made up of the sons and daughters of the beautiful people. It's very important that we not just, without thinking it through, just rush to every problem in the world and have our people torn to pieces.

Source: The First Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debate , Oct 11, 1992

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