New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, March 28, 2003 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 5AWar on Iraq
■ The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations walked out of a debate on the Iraq war Thursday after Iraq’s ambassador, Mohammed Al-Douri, accused the United States of trying to exterminate the Iraqi people.
"I did sit through quite a long part of what he had to say but I’d heard enough," U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said.
■ French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Thursday that preemptive strikes against rogue regimes could further destabilize the world, and that any decision to use force must be backed by a united international community. De Villepin said France, which vehemently opposes the war on Iraq, wants to mend its relationship with the United States. “Because they share common values, the United States and France will re-establish close cooperation in complete solidarity," he said.
■ Marine Gen Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Iraqi troops had executed some Amencan pn-soners of war. An Iraqi government statement accused U.S. forces of taking civilians as POWS and mocked coalition leaders over expectations for a swift end to the war.
■ A Patriot missile shot down a missile fired at Kuwait from southern Iraq. No debris was reported to have fallen on residential areas in the city.
■ In dashes between Amencan soldiers and Iraqi forces outside Karbala, southwest of Baghdad. Iraqi armored personnel earners approached American positions but were hit by U.S. warplanes before getting within 10 miles.
■ On the home front, President Bush conferred at Camp David with his closest ally, Bntish Prime Minister Tony Blair. The leaders discussed strategy, Iraqi reconstruction and the potentially thorny issue of how big a role the United Nations will have in a postwar Iraq
■ Iraq's health minister said cruise missile strikes Wed nesday rn Baghdad killed 36 civilians and injured 215.
The U S. military acknowledged aiming a1 missile launchers concealed in Baghdad neighborhoods but denied targeting residents.
■ The Bush administration has seized $1 62 billion in Iraqi assets already frozen in Hie United States and will use the money to help rebuild the country once Saddam Hussein is ousted, a top Treasury Department official kakl Thursday.
Congress pressed to move quickly to approve war funds
By Alan Fram
Associated Press writer
WASHINGTON — Top administration officials pressed Congress on Thursday to quickly send President Bush the $74.7 billion he wants to begin paying for the war with Iraq, and didnt rule out needing even more money before the year ends.
Bush proposed the measure on Tuesday and has asked lawmakers to complete the legislation by April ll, which would be lightning fast action for Congress.
House and Senate leaders plan to whip initial versions through their chambers by the end of next week, though disputes are raging over flexibility Bush wants in spending the money and add-ons lawmakers want for local law enforcement and struggling airlines.
Many lawmakers have expressed doubt that Bush’s figure would fully cover the U.S. buildup, combat against Iraq, and the expensive postwar role America will probably play in peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and reconstruction.
Citing uncertainty over the duration of the fighting and other factors, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld repeatedly stopped short Thursday of assuring the legislators that the requested money would be sufficient. He said the request — $62.6 billion of which goes to the Pentagon — is designed to last through Sept. 30, when the government’s budget year ends.
Cost of war at the pump
Retail gas prices, regular unleaded as of Thursday, March 27
Average price per gallon
March 24 $1,690 $1,592
March 17 $1,728 $1,609
March 10 $1,712 $1,586
March 3 $1,686 $1,572
Source U.S. Department of Energy.
'The Herald-Zeitung witI print gasoline prices Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the war in Iraq.
Hwatd-Zcttung graphite by Gary E Maraud
Gilgo (San Antonio/Spur) Texaco (Klein/FM 725)
Chevron (Oak Run/SH46W) Diamond Shamrock (Common/Gruene)
$1.549 $1,559 $1.569
“Is it going to prove out over the coming months? I don’t know.” Rumsfeld said of the figure to the Senate Appropriations Committee1. "Do we believe it is the best possible estimate at the current time? Yes.”
Later, discussing with senators whether the money would last through September, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said, "Even that you can’t say with confidence."
There is widespread belief among lawmakers that a second expensive midyear spending bill wdl bt' needed. Democrats in particular have questioned Bush’s request and cited the war’s costs as a reason for opposing the new round of tax cuts that he has proposed.
Along with Rumsfeld, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried to build a sense of urgency for the money.
Both men said many Defense Department accounts
are already drawing money reserved for the last quarter of the budget year, and Myers said some programs will begin running out of money in May.
Failure to quickly provide the money would “undoubtedly reduce readiness and morale” among the troops, Myers told the senators, adding, "Its up to all of us to show them our words are reflective of our actions."
Rumsfeld said that even had Iraqi President Saddam Hussein disarmed and prevented a war, it would have cost the United States $40 billion for the military presence it would have been required to keep in the region through this year.
Still, the proposal continued running into bipartisan trouble for the extraordinary leeway Bush wants in spending much of the money. Rumsfeld said that the unpredictable course of warfare meant "our budget plan must also have flexibility to deal with changing circumstances
on the ground.” Rumsfeld would be able to transfer $59.9 billion of his money among various accounts without the usual sign-offs from Congress. The bill would also create several smaller funds the administration could use for emergencies with little input from
“The separation of powers has worked well for 215 years," Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., told Rumsfeld. “Count me out when you ask for these additional flexibilities.”
In interviews, the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees both said they would favor some limits on the flexibility Bush would get.
Meanwhile, lawmakers continued pressing for more funds. Senators told Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge that more money is needed to protect ports and for so-called first responders.
“My state is desperate for the money,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
While Bush’s bill requests $4.2 billion for domestic security efforts, Obey said Democrats believe another $6.7 billion is needed for improvements such as safeguarding nuclear materials, ports, airports and U.S. military installations.
40 military fannies are guests to see ‘Annie’
By Sean Bowlin
Forty family members of airmen and women stationed at Randolph Air Force Base are the guests tonight of a New Braunfels woman looking for a way to make a contribution to the war effort.
Catina Winslett bought the family members tickets to tonight’s performance of “Annie” at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre.
“The morning after the war started, watching the news, I felt so helpless,” Winslett said Thursday. “I was thinking about the wives and children and even the husbands of the deployed military."
She thought there must be something that she could do to show her appreciation. Her original thought was that she and some friends could get money together to send the families for a night out. Then she got another idea. Why not buy them tickets to “Annie” at the Brauntex?
One morning, she called the main base number at Randolph AFB. That got her in touch with the base’s family support center and Christina Schroeder.
Schroeder liked the idea.
“I immediately thought of
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The youngest stars of “Annie” rehearse ‘It’s a Hard Knocks Life’ Wednesday evening on the Brauntex stage. The musical plays at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and April 3-5.
‘Annie’ because my kids are so excited to see it because they know a couple of friends in it,” Winslett said.
She talked with linda Smith, who was working on the play and they determined there welt* 40 available tickets for the people on the base. Then Winslett called her friend, Crissy Clark. Tbgether they manned the telephones and asked other friends for donations —either a $12 or a $10 ticket.
"Basically, she [Winslett] just called me and asked me to help," Clark said. “We’re neighbors and we’re in a sorority together. She asked me to call all our friends and family. including our sorority.”
They collected enough money for the 40 tickets in two hours.
WiiLslett said she has learned there are a multitude of ways indiv iduals can help out in time of war.
‘There is a lot we can do,” she said. “It’s surprising. But there is.”
"I hope it’s just an opportunity for them to have a night out," Clark said of the military families, “and take their mind off things consuming them, which are their husbands and fathers off fighting the war."
He was touched by words that he did not coin
In Wednesday’s edition of the Herald-Zeitung, a byline was
attached to words that I did not
I received the piece from a friend whom I served with during my time in the military. I forwarded it to many of my friends and family so that they too could enjoy such deep, and in my mind, meaningful thoughts Because of a miscommunica-tion, the Herald-Zeitung made an innocent mistake and attached my name as the author. However, while I didn’t write the words, I believe kl them.
By way of background, I
served in the United States Navy for six years, part of which was during the Gulf War While I
was not involved in combat operations (I provided technological support for communication systems as a naval electronics technician) I had friends and family involved in combat operations throughout the Gulf lion.
Today, 11 years removed from active duty, I have friends and family involved in the current conflict, both in combat operations and combat support. Like everyone else, I do not take any pleasure in the idea of war. In fact, it tnghtens me. It frightens me that while our power and might all bpt guarantees our ability to win this war, it cannot guarantee the state of our world after it It tnghtens me that my daughter, her children and their
children could be living in a much more dangerous world than we live in today. It frightens me that people like Saddam Hussein still exist in our world It is because of these and other fears that I passed along those words to my friends and family members through e-mail They poetically and emphatically expressed how I felt as I sat in the safety of my own hying room and watched these very young men and women risk their lite on the battlefield Because of my profession the one thing I hold high are my ethics and my integnty Atter I discovered the innocent mistake that was made in attributing those words to me I was con cerned that people would be
angry and upset after they discovered the truth Many people called and sent e-maiis to thank me for writing something that I could not take credit for and in embarrassment I had to explain the mistake However, atter I explained that I did not write the words, instead of expressing anger they thanked me for passing them on. Instead of being upset they expressed gratitude tor have given them the oppor turwty to read an expression of the emotions they felt It was through these unexpected offerings of thanks and gratitude mat I realized maybe I shouldn't be so frightened after all
A time of prayer
The public is invited to participate in an Ecumenical prayer service for the military men and women serving overseas, the families affected and our country. Prayer time is 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.
Serving with honor
Sgt. Jesus Lira
Petty Officer 3rd Class Amulto Sauceda
The Herald-Zeitung would like to salute the men and women of the Hill Country who are serving in the Middle East Bnng a picture of your service member by the newspaper to be published, along with a short note from loved ones emphasizing their pride and hopes for safe return
Thoughts from Home
'To our son. Sgt. Jesus Lim,
I SMC: We want to thank you so much for defending our country for us. We are so proud of you. You are doing u hat you lore to do, and we au ait your safe return home. GW bless you, son. ”
— Your father and mother.
Jesus L. and Eh/a Lira. and brother. Lizette Lira
Sgt. Jesu- I ar a us now serving in Operation Enduring Freedom He has proudly served his country for four years. He graduated in 1999 from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz. Hts family wants to thank everyone who has been supportive and those keeping Sgt. Lira in their prayers.
‘7b our son, Arnulfo Sauceda Jr.: We love you and miss you.
— Your mom and dad, sister, Alyzibeth. brothers, Anthony and Andrew, and
aunts, uncles, cousins and grandpa and grandma
t*Ib my nephew: IU* love you and are praying for you."
— Your aunt. Carmen Zamarripa. and cousins.
Priscilla Velez. Amber Velez. Jennifer Velez and family
Petty Officer Third Glass Arnulfo Sauceda is serving aboard the I SS Harry S. Truman.
Hying their colors with pride ...
OAVIO INGRAM Herald-Zettung
This flag (above) hangs at the New Braunfels Children's Museum One of the several “children" painted on the side of the building located at the comer of W San Antonio Street and S Academy Avenue appears to be waving at the Stars and Stripes The Herald-Zeitung invited readers to let us know if they were flying the Amencan flag in front of their businesses or homes The following have responded
■ El Capmo Bar and Get. 1643 W Sat' Antonio
■ FAF Company, 395 E MHI Street
■ Color Express 193 VV San Antonio
■ Reno, Gary Wilkerson, 17 Horseshoe Court
■ Bi. Barbara Strickland. 1953 Palace Drive
■ Marie Uz BiankenbeckkH 818 North Star Loop
■ Joanne Chambers, 56 Guada Coma Dr
■ Cany. Marten Mosts. 963 Queens Dr
■ Adam Cork 864 Vista Partway
■ Jane Marline/ tam*. 2457 Savannah Hi Ode
Briefs from the warfront