Category Archives: 2008 Elections

What Went Wrong In Iraq?

The history of the Iraq War has been a tale told by idiots bearing scant resemblance to what actually happened. From day one when Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld uttered lies about the so called Weapons of Mass Destruction until today, the American people have been fed one lie after another. There was no reason to have a war, and the hoax that began it simply continued day after day. The Bush decisions to fire every soldier in the Iraq War allowed thousands of men with weapons in their hands to initiate a civil conflict that continues today. Perhaps, the most critical mistake was a propaganda war which insisted the famous “Surge” led by General David Petraeus was the reason for reduction in fighting by al Qaeda.

The most important factor in crushing al Qaeda stemmed from creation of Awakening Councils led by Sunni tribes. They handled forces of Osama bin Laden and led to peace. American leaders obtained promises from Prime Minister Maliki that Sunni leaders would be integrated into the Iraq army and Sunni tribes treated with respect. That promise was broken by Shiite leader Maliki and today we live with consequences of his actions. He destroyed confidence among Sunnis and the child of his decision is ISIS.

Peace in Iraq will only come about if Shiite leaders seek to create a new Iraq. Simple as that.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Anti-Theft Xmas Trees”

So, Santa, keep your hands to yourself!

Italy, Local: “In Italy, God Plans To Look Away”

Is that good or bad news for the Vatican?

Norway, Norway Post: “Effort To Promote Human Rights”

This is one story that has nothing to do with Kim Jong-un!

USA, aol: “What You Need To Know About About Gun Club?”

Oh well, it is just a matter of time before you WILL know about the gun club.

UK, Guardian: “Stay In Style”

There will be no changes in the style of Republican congressmen next year.

Goodbye Stephen Colbert

It has been for years part of my nightly behavior to tune into the Colbert show in order to enjoy the antics of our good friend who pretends to be a conservative defending the American way of life. But, as the expression goes, all good things must come to an end. During the course of my 84 years I have been part of the last show of many series such as MASH or Seinfeld Or All In The Family. I have always looked forward with anticipation to the last episode. I must confess that not a single last episode remains in my mind. They all conclude with a flat joke or nostalgia. Such was the last Colbert Report. Sort of warm and fuzzy with singing from God knows how many people. Can’t say that I was disappointed, just sad that a good show is now over.

Stephen, we will miss your antics. Have a good time on the new show.

The Interview That Never Took Place

Sony Pictures was just about to release a film that few Americans were ever going to see. The now infamous, The Interview” was all about a sick joke that deals with the assassination of Kim Jong-un, Beloved leader of North Korea. As you now know, hackers penetrated the defenses of Sony Pictures and revealed “secrets” about what this or that person said to this or that person. For example,We now know that George Clooney was terribly disappointed by his performance in “Monuments Men.” We also know about conversations that took place among important people of Sony. Frankly, I doubt if anyone would bother to read this trivia or cares to devote a single minute of their life to learning about these important conversations.

George Clooney is upset, but not about revealing what he said. “Do whatever you can to get this movie out. Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I am not going to be told we can’t see the movie . That’s the most important part. We can’t be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all fucking people.” What most confuses me is why hasn’t our technology people penetrated the North Korean computers so we could learn what Kim Jong-un says to his lackies.

Oh, Kim Jong-un just got an invite from Vladimir Putin to visit Moscow. Now, I would love to learn what those two men say to one another!

Pakistan Gets Angry–Finally!

There is something about having your own child murdered that gets people finally angry at those who have been murdering people for years without any response. Pakistan is a “failed nation.” It lacks a school system that can educate children in ways of the modern world. It lacks an economic base that provides jobs and rising standard of living. It has a military which is most concerned about an attack from India which has lost any desire for war with anyone about two decades ago. Corruption is the norm among Pakistan military leaders whose main desire is obtaining billions from the United States rather than using money to stimulate the economy. The Intelligence force in Pakistan was responsible for creation of the Taliban and for years has been supplying that group with arms and training in terrorism. Just check the ISI is you want to know all about the Taliban. Pakistan has aided the wars in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

So, what happened? The children of the ISI turned on their masters and decided to create terror in Pakistan. However, a few days ago children of top military leaders were murdered while attending school. They were killed by the same people their fathers have aided for over two decades. And, now dad is furious with anger. If one sows the seeds of brutality and hate, it is only a matter of time before those seeds sprout a field of death. Unfortunately, in this case, the harvest resulted in death of the children!

The Man With Balls

It has taken at least six years but there are signs that Barack Obama has finally decided that being President of the United States requires standing up got ideas rather than being the man who seeks to avoid controversy. Yes, he did fight for the idea of national health insurance, but the Obama of 21014 might have fought for a law that was progressive. Perhaps, the Obama of 2014 in 2009 would simply have expanded Medicare to include all Americans rather than creating a complex law that took thousands of pages to describe how all Americans might be covered for their medical expenses. Today, he has ended the foolish ban on relations with Cuba even though his action has unleashed the forces of stupidity. For example:

1. Marco Rubio insists that having relations with Cuba makes the Castro boys even more powerful. I have yet to hear Marco insisting that we end relations with Communist China.

2. Fox News insists the Castro boys will make life terrible for the people of Cuba. I guess that is why thousands are marching in Havana in joy.

Barack, stand up for what is right, and explain it to Americans. That is what great American presidents Do!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 yea old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if there are life forms on other plants which think as do members of the current Republican party?

A dream is another word for “hope.”

Some fear change, some have to change their minds.

A dog could never be my best friend.

Best thing about McDonald’s, the morning solitude.

Some smooth tummy before eating.

I pay no attention to the TV while in a restaurant.

People are worried about tomorrow’s weather, me, I only care about today.

Difficult to hold coat and get coffee.

Always forget to hate.

Once Again, Israel-Palestine Issues Remain Issues

It took fifty years to finally resolve the conflict between Cuba and the US, but it is now over sixty years without a resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. There is no doubt for most of that time Palestinians lacked leadership willing to resolve the conflict, but there are now Palestinians seeking to achieve peace with Israel. Palestine leaders are asking the United Nations to help resolve their problems with Israel. Here are some suggestions:

1. Israel settlements on the West Bank should be consolidated into an area of about five percent of the land.

2. Israel and Palestine would enter into an economic Union to simulate both economies.

3. A Water Authority would be created to handle this important issue. Jordan could join in handling this issue.

4. A new technology University would be created to bring together Palestinians and Israelis.

5. A joint Israel and Palestinian Armed force would be charged with assuring peace on the West Bank.

6. Israel would pay a billion dollars a year to provide homes for refugees returning to the West Bank.

Some concrete steps for peace.

Nigeria Bonkers Over Boko!

Nigeria has the largest population of any African nation, its economy has the potential to become a modern one, and it has abundant sources of Oil. Nigeria is a divided nation with northern regions being mainly populated by Muslims and the remainder of the nation being Christian. The President is usually someone from the South and he is a Christian. During the four years an extremist Muslim group, Boko Haram, has run wild all over Nigeria killing and capturing females. Opposed to them is the so called “Nigerian Army.” In reality there is an army that exists on paper and an army that actually exists. Corrupt officers collect salaries for soldiers who simply do not exist and they take money designed to purchase weapons and deposit those funds into their bank accounts. Ironically, the oil rich Nigeria nation lacks money to even get arms and ammunition for their soldiers. Ironically, Boko Haram has higher quality weapons than those available to Nigerian soldiers.

The Nigerian government has sentenced to death 54 soldiers for refusing to go into battle. The soldiers refused because they lacked weapons with which to fight. Not a single one of the 54 is an officer! Lawyers for the 54 argue, “instead of bringing unpatriotic officers to task, military authorities have engaged in diversionary tactics of sending soldiers to death.” Until Nigeria confronts corruption in its army and government, then Boko Haram will run wild!

Marco Rubio Is Upset About Cuba

Senator Marco Rubio is very upset because that man in the White House has decided to open diplomatic relations with Cuba. You know, the land from which Marco’s parents fled in order to flee from tyranny. He terms the President as being the “world’s worst negotiator” which leaves me a bit confused. Either Marco does not want any negotiation with the Castro brothers or he wants a different outcome from the negotiation. For years Marco has been against any form of negotiation. However, if Marco was the President he would have gotten much more from the Castro gang.

1. Fidel would have been compelled to apologize to all Cubans now living in Florida for being a bad man.

2. Fidel would agree to raise wages of all Cuban workers.

3. Fidel would have promised to disband the Cuban armed forces.

4. Fidel would have agreed to give each and every Cuban immigrant to the US a sum of $100,000.

5. Fidel would have promised to welcome Capitalism to Cuba.

As I recall when then President Richard Nixon opened relations with Communist China all he did was agree to exchange Ambassadors. Marco, we have attempted for over half a century to end the Castro regime and it is still there. Enough is enough.