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Profile: Jonathan T. Howe
Positions that Jonathan T. Howe has held:
- Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, (1969-1974)
- Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, (1975-1977)
- Senior military assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, (1981-1982)
- Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, Department of State, (1982-1984)
- Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, (1987-1989)
Jonathan T. Howe was a participant or observer in the following events:
US State Department official Jonathan T. Howe sends Secretary of Defense Lawrence Eagleburger a memo reporting that US intelligence has determined that “Iraq has acquired a CW [chemical weapons] production capability, primarily from Western firms, including possibly a US foreign subsidiary” and that Iraq has used chemical weapons against Iranian forces and Kurdish insurgents. Referring to the US policy “of seeking a halt to CW use wherever it occurs,” Howe says the US is “considering” approaching Iraq directly, but in a way that avoids playing “into Iran’s hands by fueling its propaganda against Iraq.” Significantly, the memo acknowledges that the US has so far limited its “efforts against the Iraqi CW program to close monitoring because of our strict neutrality in the Gulf war, the sensitivity of sources, and the low probability of achieving desired results.” [US Department of State, 11/1/1983 ]
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