|Is the impending war
in Iraq an example of bellicose Offense or a precision Defense against
a team of warriors already aiming their weapons at the innocent and
unsuspecting? Super Bowl Sunday in the United States
offers a blueprint of Iraqi-U.S. strategy in a game of international
cat and mouse, with the cat poised as the mouse and the mouse the cat.
Will the U.S. be ultimately called the Offense or Defense in the war
on Terrorism. See how Super Bowl Sunday will help you frame your
27, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 502
Super Bowl Sunday Sets Framework For War On Iraq
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 27--The
impending war on Iraq is not unlike the upset victory of the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the San Francisco Raiders. It
symbolizes how a great Defense can spoil the plans of a great Offense.
World opinion has it that the United
States is on the Offense, seeking to attack Iraq without justifiable
provocation since no "smoking guns" have been issued as red flags from
the U.N. weapons inspectors. World opinion has it that the
United States is acting as an aggressor, rushing to judgment against
But if the Super Bowl upset by
the world's number one ranked defensive football team pitted against
the world's number one ranked offensive team has any merit, it is a
reminder that the United States is on a course to squelch the raging
fires of Terrorism, not out to light them.
Take the recent Super Bowl and
cut it into anatomical pieces and see if there isn't a parallel
between the Iraq-U.S. situation and the most-watched American sport
with over 130 million viewers worldwide.
The Oakland Raiders,
considered the "bad guys" of football, have a reputation for "dirty
play" in football. Historically, they are rough,
bellicose, and rack up the most penalties of any team in their
aggressive march down the football field to victory. Oakland's
Coliseum is called "The Black Hole" and fans nicknamed "Violator" and
"Darth Raider" lead other denizens of the Raider Nation in taunting
Not only on the field,
but off the field, the Raiders team have been called the Terrorists of
Football. Numerous high schools in California banned their
students wearing of Raiders clothing because it was a signet of
violence, and used by gangs to intimidate other students. Often,
the black uniforms ignited conflicts between students, leading to
knifings and use of other "weapons of mass destruction" such as
handguns and drive by shootings where innocent victims were wounded or
The Raiders legacy,
whether in Los Angeles or Oakland, carried with it the persona of a
big bully who, standing over you, made you tremble. On the
football field, the Raider's reputation preceded them, often forcing
their opponents into a state of defeat before the game began.
But that all changed
yesterday. The Tampa Bay Bucs smashed the myth that the
Raider Nation ruled. Before 67,603 fans at the Qualcomm Stadium
in San Diego, the Bucs held Oakland to 19 yards rushing and set a
Super Bowl record with five interceptions, three of them returned for
touchdowns in a blistering 48-21 defeat.
Sunday's game, their MVP quarterback, Rich Gannon, had the best
passing season in league history, racking up 4,700 yards and 26
touchdowns. Tampa Bay, as a franchise, held the worst historic
record, with the longest winless streak of 0-26 prior to the purchase
of Jon Gruden as head coach.
So how do the Bucs align with
the astrology of the U.S.-Iraqi impending war?
Look at Saddam Hussein.
He is part of the Raider Nation--a perpetual "bad guy" with a
Terrorist reputation. He swaggers about his country
defying his neighbors, threatening everyone with his massing of arms
and military forces, and his invasion over a decade ago of Kuwait.
He murders his own people with lethal gas when they revolt, killing
over 50,000 of them, and then kicks out weapons inspectors and runs
his country in the "dark" until the United States threatens him with
war if he doesn't open his doors to the public and expose his thirst
to build weapons of mass destruction.
One might call all these
actions "Acts of Offense."
Offensively, Saddam Hussein has
been trying to build an arsenal to blackmail and bully others around
him, and enemies from afar. In the Gulf War he spat SCUD
missiles at Israel, and none of his neighbors trust him.
He would and has turned on them in a flash.
Under U.N. Resolution 1441 he
agreed to disclose any and all weapons of mass destruction, but has
turned the search for them into a fruitless treasure hunt, forcing
U.N. inspectors to dig and grovel for information rather than have it
disclosed in a open manner. He has been Offensive in his
dealings with agreements, hoping that his reputation will grind down
world and national public opinion to a point of utter Complacency by
the U.S. and British Defensive teams, who stand stalwart in their
belief that unless his regime changes its policy of Offensive arms
build up, his nation serves a great threat to the security of the Mid
The recent warheads discovered by the
weapons inspectors had skulls and crossbones plastered nearby, symbols
of his Raider Nation status.
Jon Gruden was
a former Raider's coach and knew the team's playbook
Now, let's take the United
States. Like Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, the U.S. and its
ally, Great Britain, have read Saddam Hussein's playbook.
Gruden was the former coach of the Raiders. He knew how they
thought, what they ate, and what kind of air they liked to breathe.
When Gruden was purchased from
the Raiders for $8 million, plus some two first and second draft
choices, Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Bucs, knew he was buying
intelligence as well as leadership skill. He purchased the
"Secret Code" to the inner workings of the Raider's Terrorism system.
His bet paid off.
Nothing is more
devastating to an Offense than a insider's Defense against it.
When someone knows what the other person is thinking, planning,
preparing to do, he or she can counter that plan by injecting
obstacles and infiltrating the Offensive Security with effective
counter measures that demoralize those seeking to dominate.
A good example is someone who
is pointing a gun at you. While on the surface it might
appear that person has the Offense, the greatest Defense is for the
"victim" to act first. By slapping the gun away, or drawing and
shooting one's own gun, the Offense is often thwarted. The
reason? It takes a person a measurable time to react to
any action. The person holding the gun has to react to the
surprise attack on his Offense. The time it takes for that
response is the advantage.
In police shootings when a
criminal is holding a gun on an officer, and an officer draws and
shoots, there is often the cry of "foul play" that the police couldn't
possibly surprise an attacker with a gun held on them. But it is
the reaction time of the attacker that works against them. He
who moves first wins, for the speed to act is usually faster than the
reaction time. It is that slight edge of Defensive Offense that
gave the Bucs the ruling power on the field during the Super Bowl.
It is the same power that the U.S.
will have when it counter-attacks Iraq.
But the world suggests that the U.S.
is the aggressor in this dangerous game of stopping the Terrorism of
is an Offensive threat to the world's security
This weekend Secretary of State Colin
L. Powell spoke to business, political and religious leaders at World
Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps. He stood firmly on the
position that the United States would go to war with Iraq even if its
European allies would not join the fight. He was peppered with
questions regarding why the U.S. would not allow Saddam Hussein more
time to comply. His blunt reply was: "How much time does
Iraq need to answer these questions?"
Echoing his rhetorical answer
is Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain. As public
opinion in England drifts down against supporting the U.S., Blair is
holding fast to what his critics call his "politics of conviction."
Blair, as President Bush, is convinced that Iraq is an Offensive
threat to the security of the world--that unless it is stopped it will
continue its drive to amass and eventually deploy weapons of mass
Both leaders seem to have read
Saddam Hussein's playbook. They know it is a matter only of time
before the leader will launch his next move, one of destruction either
in the form of overt or covert Terrorism.
Jon Gruder knew the Raiders
were going to attack in the air. His team "read their
plays" as though they were written on the giant screens revealing the
plays to the stadium and world. He stopped them cold in their
tracks, proving once more the power of a great Defense over a great
Master of Defense, celebrates his team's success
Vigilance is all about
Offensive Thinking and Offensive Actions.
It recognizes that
Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency will attack the heart
and soul of both a person and a nation. France and
Germany, two former major allies in wars against Terrorism, have
elected to become Nations of Complacency. They want the U.S. and
Britain to stop aggressive actions to thwart Hussein, and suggest that
the war in Iraq is ill-timed and unnecessary.
Either they aren't reading Hussein's
playbook, or, they want to believe the threat of Iraq's historic
Offensive actions will evaporate. They don't want to just
sit on the sidelines and watch, they want to give up their seats and
pretend the Super Bowl of Terrorism isn't being played.
Blair has elected to put Principles
before Pragmatism. Despite risking his political future by
opposing public opinion in his country, Blair clings to the belief
that ridding Terrorism's threat is more important than conceding to
the Complacency of politics. The Sunday Times of London
reported that 68 percent of those surveyed felt there wasn't
sufficient evidence to justify war. Blair, in concert with
President Bush, recognizes that nations who are Offensive in acts of
Terrorism risk the security of the world when allowed to amass weapons
of mass destruction they will turn on the innocent and vulnerable.
In the Super Bowl, coach Gruden knew the Raiders
were going to use certain tactics to win the game. In
Iraq, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair know that Saddam Hussein
will today, or tomorrow, spread the virus of Terrorism in as many
forms as possible--biochemical, nuclear or conventional.
More importantly, the Complacency of the world to
sit back and let Terrorist nations like Iraq build its weapons of mass
destruction in violation of treaties and agreements to the contrary,
is an insult to the intelligence of a sane world. But
people and nations don't like confrontation until they are forced into
Most people prefer to wait until their houses are
robbed, or their daughters are raped, or their neighborhoods infested
by drugs, or their cars are hijacked, or their water systems are
polluted by chemicals, or their borders are attacked by foreign
enemies before they rally their support.
Germany and France are far too busy trying to be
the "good guys" to everybody, and to juggle all the political plates
that favor their leadership's political security, to walk out on the
edge of the Politics by Conviction plank and stand in the cold of
Complacent public opinion and denounce those who would kill and maim
and murder on a whim.
They would prefer to twist the actions of
America and the support of Great Britain into Acts of Aggression
rather Acts of Vigilance--acts intended to stop the Offensive thrust
of Terrorism, acts of Defense rather than Offense.
While Jon Gruder was heaped with accolades
for winning the Super Bowl, the real tribute for leadership must be
given to Malcolm Glazer who had the Courage, Conviction and took the
Right Actions necessary to buy Jon Gruder from the Raiders.
He took Defensive Action against the Offensive Threat of being beaten
by the Raiders--the Terrorists of football.
welcoming Jon Gruder to Tampa Bay
Malcolm Glazer is the real hero of
Super Bowl Sunday. He stood up as Tony Blair and President
Bush against obvious criticism that he was paying far too much for a
coach who had never won a major championship of the ilk of the Super
Bowl. I'm sure there were those among his advisors who
thought his decision flew in the face of "pragmatism." He gave
up two first-round draft choices, and two second-round draft choices,
and then, to top it off, put $8 million in Al Davis' hands to buy the
Raider's coach. Plus, he then had to pay Jon Gruder on top of it
America and Britain are betting billions of
dollars and thousands of American and British lives that they can beat
Terrorism on the great global playing field. They face the
Terrorism of other nation's Fear, Intimidation and Complacency in
their quest, plus that of their own citizens who daily drop their
support and choose to turn their backs on the obvious growth of
Terrorism's cancer among rogue nations.
It is as if the world has gone blind to the
Politics of Conviction, as if the Parents of Vigilance who espouse to
a child "not to take rides from strangers" turn their backs when a
stranger drives up and opens the door to their children.
It appears the
world is blind, deaf and dumb to the Politics of Conviction
The world will know no peace until
Defensive Vigilance Actions overpower Offensive Terrorist Actions.
Malcolm Glazer invested in the Children's
Children's Children's future of Tampa Bay. He bet that the
Terrorism of losing could be eradicated by the Victory of Vigilance.
He quashed Complacency, Fear and Intimidation and planted the seeds of
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions into his team by bringing to it
a leader whom he believed would stand on his convictions, and employ
the greatest of all tools to fight the Terrorism of losing on the
Today, the Super Bowl of Terrorism will be
won by the Politics of Conviction flying in the face of Global
It will be won by those who are willing to
"pay the price of Vigilance."
the Victory of Vigilant Defense
The nations who oppose
the actions of the United States and Great Britain should
make a call to Malcolm Glazer and ask him which strategy
works best--"waiting" or "acting."
Perhaps Colin Powell
should bring Malcolm Glazer with him to negotiate with
other nations. If they won't listen to him, I'm
sure they will to Malcolm Glazer.
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