As vice chancellor for student affairs, Butler had extensive contact with students, according to Pete Randazzo, a close associate of the officer and president of the National Association of Government Employees Local 1690, which represents civilian employees at the language school.
would go and have lunch with the students, sit in their classrooms.He
was a very caring officer over there," Randazzo
told the Herald.Butler was also navigator of a B-52 bomber during the Persian Gulf War, which made it likely he
was familiar with Saudi military operations, given the close relations between the US and Saudi Arabia during the 1990-91 war against Iraq.
In the 1990s, several officers were disciplined under Article 88 of the military code for publicly denouncing Clinton, including an Air Force general who went so far as to ridicule the president as a "gay-loving, pot-smoking, draft-dodging womanizer" in front of 250 people at an awards banquet.
With Butler's comments, however, the Pentagon faces a more delicate problem.The Lieutenant Colonel may well know considerably more than he
is saying about US military-intelligence apparatus involvement in the September 11 events, and, on the eve of his
retirement, took the opportunity to set the record straight.