Category Archives: 2008 Elections

Why We Failed In Iraq

Every Republican candidate for President yells the same mantra–Obama refused to leave American soldiers and once they are president there will be more boots on the ground. Not a single one has the faintest idea why a decade after Saddam Hussein was defeated and then executed, there is nothing but chaos in Iraq. So, what went wrong?

1. The Americans disbanded the Iraq Army and allowed one million men to head home with arms. Nothing was done to work with Iraq officers to establish law and order. If there was one thing those dudes understood was how to impose law and order.

2. At the time of 9/11 Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, at best,numbered about 2,000. The US invasion opened opportunities for al-Qaeda to recruit thousands of followers determined to drive out the infidels. Guess who were the “infidels?”

3. Since day one of the end of Saddam, one corrupt group of Iraq leaders after another group of corrupt leaders has been in charge of Iraq

4. Actually, Joe Biden at the time uttered some common sense– establish a federal concept in which Sunni Iraqis had their own state. This would have destroyed al-Qaeda.

5. Bush folk pushed for installation of Prime Minister Maliki whose goal was to crush Sunnis and allow his pals to get rich while running Iraq.


Yes, Carly,we need more boots on the ground.

Why We Failed In Afghanistan

Well,the city of Kunduz has fallen to the Taliban, and things are back to normal in Afghanistan. It is now fifteen years since US troops along with members of the Northern Alliance swept through Afghanistan and sent Taliban forces fleeing for their lives. American leaders breathed a sigh of relief that vengeance had now been achieved for the infamous 9/11 attack. We had WON. We had beaten the bBAD GUYS and now peace and prosperity would return to Afghanistan. Hurrah!

Fifteen years have passed and now the DEFEATED TALIBAN are back in control of a major city. I have no doubt they will be driven from the city only to find another city to capture. So, why are they so successful and why are Afghan soldiers not?

1. The Taliban impose honesty in a village.

2. The Taliban end corruption in a village.

3. The Taliban are NOT connected to any Western forces.

4. The Taliban play to historic prejudices against equality of women.

5. The Taliban promise respect for the Muslim religion.

6. Taliban soldiers BELIEVE IN SOMETHING.


We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.


These days stay out of Chicago if you want to live.

I was raised in a world in which there were gun laws, now there are just gunmen.

Ben Carson rises in the polls and now I want Donald as President.

Rise of Carly Fiorina is proof that each moment another sucker gets to the age to vote.

Gee, these days, I feel sorrow for John Boehner who tried to lead a band of crazy people.

I guess Mitch McConnell is next on the hit list.

How about Ted Cruz heading to Syria and ending the power of ISIS?

Death In Georgia

No, this is not another story about shootings and deaths in our major cities.NO, this is not another story about kids playing with guns and somehow shooting one another. This is simply a story about how Pope Francis was unable to persuade some folks down in Georgia to behave like Christian men and women. Ms. Kelly Gissendmer is now dead and there is joy in Georgia because this evil woman is responsible for a murder. Since she helped to murder one person, it is only Christian to murder another.Pope Francis urged clemency and behavior as Christians, but this is Georgia and the Parole Office is out for death.

To sum up this story,Ms.Gissendmer hired a hit man to kill her husband. The hit man is still alive because the person who actually did the killing was never sentenced to death. The woman who paid for the killing is now dead. Her last words were: “I just want to say, ‘God Bless you all and I love you, Susan. You let my kids know I went out singing, Amazing Grace.”

Another bad person is dead. God Bless you all–the Killers!

Death In Chicago

Chicago is known as the windy city, but these days it increasingly is known as the deadly city. This week, over a fifteen hour time period, fourteen people were shot as rival gangs blast away at one another and at anyone in sight. A pregnant mother of two and a grandmother were walking across the street when a car pulled up, the window was lowered and someone quietly fired away killing them both and leaving a ten month old baby lying on the ground. These days newspapers daily report at least one death by shooting every twenty four hours. The other day three were killed while enjoying a barbecue.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says,”enough is enough.” Frankly, in gun crazy America,death by shooting is now enshrined in our Constitution which the Supreme Court rules allows each and every American to possess guns. There simply is need for this Supreme Court to return to historic Court decisions that allowed cities and states to enact gun control laws. How about going back to the good old days when those with guns had to leave them with the sheriff when they entered town!

So, What’s With Hillary?

Within a few weeks there will be a debate among Democrats which will number about four men and a woman. Guess who will be the damsel on the stage? Yep,it will be Hillary. Of course, Bernie will be around to talk about social justice and inform the others on that platform that to be a Democrat for decades was to be the candidate for social justice. So, how does Hillary confront this reality?

1. Yes,she must pound away at the rising cost of drugs and present a plan of action.

2. Instead of the slogan of “Black Lives Matter”how about some concrete suggestions. Here in Chicago over a fifteen hour time period six people were murdered by gang members and over a dozen wounded. So, Hillary, how about fighting for strict gun control laws?

3. Hillary has to confront the student debt issue and propose specific ways of reducing the amount as well as new approaches to paying them off.

Hillary, come out fighting and be forceful and direct.

More Troops On The Ground?

The ongoing mantra of Republican candidates is the need for “more boots on the ground.” If we just send a few thousand American soldiers the war against ISIS will be over within a few months. As I recall, that was the promise of George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld who assured the American people we would be welcomed by joyous crowds. Latest figures indicate that during the past three years at least 30,000 new recruits have joined ISIS. Send in our boys and we can double that numbers.

There is a city in Afghanistan named Kundiz. It was attacked by Taliban forces numbering less than a thousand soldiers. Inside the city were over FIVE THOUSAND AFGHAN SOLDIERS. The Taliban took the city and the soldiers are now on a mountain top protecting an air base. After all, planes can fly them quickly away from actual fighting.There are plenty of boots on the ground, but few contain the feet of soldiers who want to fight for their country.

Oh Dem Tricky Americans!

There are moments when I wonder what it would be like to live in the world of Vladimir Putin in the beloved land of Mother Russia. Member of the Russian legislature proved that Russian legislators are even crazier than those in America. He apparently is a secret member of the Tea Party. According to Deputy Vyacheslav, the reason NASA revealed information about possible water on Mars was it was an attempt to capture the headlines and prevent Putin’s speech to the UN General Assembly being the main feature of the day.

According to him,”Putin’s speech, of course, was the central element of the UN General Assembly meeting.” It makes one wonder whether some Tea Party folk ought to head for Russia since there are plenty of fellow nut cases in that land. How about Ted Cruz running for President of Russia??


We offer observations on the human condition from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85year old body.


After listening to Ben Carson speak about any subject, Scott Walker looks more attractive.

Some claim ISIS is an issue, others claim Planned Parenthood is the greatest terrorist group in the world.

After listening to Donald Trump, I now long for the brilliant ideas of Sarah Palin.

Say, whatever happened to Jeb Bush, is he still running for president?

There has never been a candidate for president who did not promise to end government ‘waste.”

More and more it is clear that Rand Paul is the only Republican with an intelligent word on foreign policy.

I wonder if Dick Cheney has considered throwing his hat into the ring of candidates.

Donald Has A Plan

There is good news in America, Donald Trump finally informed the American people as to exactly what one of his “plans” would actually cost this nation. Donald wants to end income tax for anyone earning under $50,000,he wants to cut taxes on our poor rich folk who now might, if they have an incompetent tax prepared pay the figure of 39.6%. As you recall, Mitt Romney never paid more than 16%. Anyway,the great Donald Trump plan would result in a deficit over a ten year period of TEN TRILLION DOLLARS!

Oh,I forgot, Donald is going to avoid this deficit by “reducing waste in government and ending loopholes.” I have been following American politics since 1940 and each and every person running for president has promised to “reduce government waste.” Donald,please give us the details how reducing government “waste” and which loopholes will prevent the TEN TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. Just asking.