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Did the military ever recover the two GIs that were kidnapped? What was the conclusion of their ordeal? Are they still missing, and why is no one is reporting on this? — J.W. (South Carolina)

Col. Hunt: J.W. the soldiers are still missing. No one is reporting it because we, as a nation, have short-term memory loss and it’s worse when soldiers are involved.

Where is Tariq Aziz and what is he doing? I would not be surprised to find out he is living in a condo at U.S. taxpayer expense. — Bill

Col. Hunt: Bill, I have no idea where that ass is, and I do not care.

Why does FOX News and most other news agencies give bin Laden so much exposure? Is it really necessary to plaster his face all over the TV screen, like he’s some kind of important person? I watched the news tonight and they showed the beams of light being projected into the sky where the Trade Center buildings used to be — then they showed bin Laden’s smiling face. Why the hell would anyone want to give him such grand exposure? — Bill

Col. Hunt: Bill, the ugly truth of all the news shows is this: they only show what you watch because they only get paid if you watch. It’s all about ratings, period. This is why you only see missing blonde girls, O.J. Simpson, car chases and mudslides in California — oh, and Usama bin Laden … because you watch, they put it on.

How about the president going to the U.N. to speak alongside our enemies? There is no protocol which should place this country on that level. It only inflates them as we play their games. — Brian (Oscoda, MI)

Col. Hunt: Brian, Nixon went to China and toasted with a mass murderer, Reagan met the leader of the Evil Empire and oppressor of millions — all presidents have to deal with bad people, because we cannot go to war with everyone. (Well, we can, but there will have to be a draft and we will all have to live underground.) We might want to learn to talk to people or learn how to fight better.

I just learned Saudi Exchange Officers can wear American military uniforms. So, just by looking at them, you'd think they graduated from West Point or Annapolis. My question is, does the U.S. Military allow these Exchange Officers from Saudi Arabia into highly sensitive areas? Also, are they checked to see if they're spying on us? —Joseph (Toms River, NJ)

Col. Hunt: Joseph, the exchange officers are not allowed to wear the U.S. uniform, they wear their own country’s uniform. They are not allowed in highly sensitive areas, but they do get into areas most of us do not. They definitely report on everything they see, just like we do when we are in their countries.

President Bush should speak out about the attack by on his general. Does anyone recall the flack Ike took for not defending his friend Gen. Marshall to Sen. McCarthy? — Charlie (Ormond Beach, FL)

Col. Hunt: Charlie, good point, but the president has condemned the ad in question, he did so about a week ago. Moveon.Org. did not do their “friends” any favors. The ad was despicable.

From what I'm hearing from combat troops, the ROE is a major factor in the lack of progress and unnecessary casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq. What do you think are the main problems with the ROE? What is the process to make the changes? I assume the chance of that is nil since politicians are involved. — Karl

Col. Hunt: The ROE stinks like big buckets of horse manure. The main problem is that we have too many rules inside the ROE; by this I mean, seven to 15 steps that a soldier has to take in some cases before he can kill a bad guy. The ROE were designed by lawyers, but signed by commanders to protect them — not the soldiers. In the last 30 plus years we built a risk adverse officer corps, in all the services. What we are seeing now in Iraq and Afghanistan is a direct result of this ineffectual group of would be leaders.

Are you telling me that the United States government has more to gain by leaving the opium fields intact than they do from destroying them? What is the hidden agenda here? I was taught to follow the money. Makes you wonder whose paying off who to look the other way. — W.H (Lancaster, PA)

Col. Hunt: Wayne, I am telling you the United States government has allowed this situation to get where it is. I believe it has more to do with a total lack of political will than payoffs, but the end result is still the same.

Who was responsible training the Fedayeen Saddam? In my opinion, given 15 years of military intelligence, it was Al Qaeda affiliated personnel through Al-Douri. — Carl (Savannah, GA)

Col. Hunt: Carl, thanks for your service. The Fedayeen Saddam were trained by many, Saddam’s military, Intel service, foreign fighters, mercenaries and some … but not many Al Qaeda.

Why not create a legal system by which opium can be produced, taxed and regulated? This alone will cause a big drop in profits for Al Qaeda. Think about it. With the drug legalized and in normal production, it can be available on the world market for legal drugs, for which there is a shortage of its raw material ... opium. Why is the answer to drug production always destruction? The drug war is making our War on Terror more difficult. What do you think will happen if we bomb all the farmer's crops? If a system was in place to purchase and tax, and subsequently regulate its sale and production, then we would be diverting all that revenue away from the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Eradication and prohibition only lead to higher prices, which only help out the bad guys. — David

Col. Hunt: David, great idea — but do you see anyone, and I mean anyone, on the political scene who has the guts to make such a proposal? We could use our great DEA agents help more on this War on Terror. They have real sources that work and we should be putting them next to the CIA and let them get at it. However, like with your proposal, no one in D.C. has the courage to even suggest such an idea.

By chance, I recently came into possession of a 1968 Fort Ord Training Center Yearbook, (“Company D, 2d Battalion, 3d Brigade”). The individual portrait section towards the back includes a shot of a young 2nd Lieutenant identified as David Hunt.

I enjoy your commentary on FNC and, if the pictured 2LT is in fact you, and you would like the book, I would be privileged to send it. — Craig (Hillsborough, CA)

Col. Hunt: Craig, thank you very much for asking, but no I was never stationed at Fort Ord -- beautiful area though.

Please do me a small favor and clue in the news folks what “point blank” means. They misuse the term every time there is a crime story where someone is shot at close range. Not the most important thing it the world but it bugs me every time I hear it. — KDM

Col. Hunt: KDM, I hear and obey, no more point blank unless it is point blank, which is mostly at close range … except when it is not.

Do you think New York should have provided Ahmadinejad with security at Ground Zero? What kind of security would that entail? — Norman (Rockland, NY)

Col. Hunt: Norm, you bet, but we needed to extract some deal or price from Iran and its nut job president. Nixon went to China and drank with a mass murderer, Reagan, Kennedy, hell most of our presidents, have had to deal with bad people. I totally get how tragic 9/11 is, but our grief cannot totally cut us of or direct all our actions. Ahmadinejad should be branded for the ass he is, but dealt with at the same time. It was too easy to deny him access to Ground Zero — we are better than that, and should have used our greatness to show him and the world why we are so great.

What was Ahmadinejad’s hidden message in his speech at Columbia, or at the U.N. General Assembly? What will happen if Iran continues with their nuclear program? I’m hoping not for the worst-case scenario. — Nasim (Boston, MA)

Col. Hunt: Nasim, Ahmadinejad was not talking to us, he was talking to his country and the rest of Arab world. He got to spew his garbage at the entire world through the U.N. microphone. It was amplified by the world press, and, from his standpoint, it was a home damn run.


Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a FOX News military analyst and the author of the New York Times bestseller They Just Don’t Get It. He has extensive operational experience in counterterrorism, special operations, and intelligence operations. He has trained the FBI and Special Forces in counterterrorism tactics, served as the security adviser to six different Olympic Games, testified as an expert at many major terrorist trials, and lectured at the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. You can read his complete bio here.