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Wars Of Choice, Wars Of Necessity

Political scientist Richard Haas has identified two forms of war that we Americans have fought during our history-wars of choice, and wars of necessity. Let me briefly review has this concept fits into the history of American wars:

1. American Revolution. In 1776, the American colonists had the highest standard of living in the world. They enjoyed free speech, freedom of religion freedom of the press,and 90% of laws that impacted them were passed by a Colonial legislature. A majority of people opted for war. Most probably, further self government would have arrived within thirty years. A War of Choice

2. The War of 1812, by any definition, falls under the category of a War of Choice.

3. The War with Mexico in 1846 was definitely a war of Choice. America invaded Mexico.

4. The Spanish American War of 1898 was initiated by the US, and is a War of Choice.

5. World War I was a choice by President Wilson to support England despite the fact American ships were being attacked by both German and English vessels. A War of Choice

6. World War II is clearly an example of a War of Necessity. America was attacked.

7. The Korean War. North Korea attacked South Korea, and America made the choice to support South Korea. A War of Choice.

8. The Vietnam War was clearly a War of Choice.

9. The Gulf War of 1991 was a War of Choice.

10. The invasion of Afghanistan was a War of Choice.

11. The invasion of Iraq was a War of Choice.

12. The Civil War is rather unusual. It was an internal war. There is no question that President Lincoln had to respond to the threat of secession with force. A War of Necessity although many Southerners would argue it was a War of Choice.

After reviewing this list it is clear that only World War II was supported overwhelmingly by 95% of the people. In all other wars, America had a divided society. It is not surprising that in 2014, Americans are divided about the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither of these wars had a 90% agreement.

Perhaps, the issue is that America entered two wars of Choice, and the choice was incorrect!

America Needs A Healer

As one reviews the history of American presidents over the past fifty years it is apparent that not a single one was able to create a sense of leadership that encompassed those of differing views and beliefs. The polarization of Americans into separate groups, each committed to firm beliefs has grown and grown. Our society lacks the sense that only a leader could convey that those who seek a different America also have a place within America. The last American leader who offered that sense of a society bound together seeking a new America was Robert Kennedy. He died on the road to becoming president because another of those fun nuts was angry and decided to end a life. After all, as the National Rifle Association argues, one has the Constitutional right to kill, if one believes his rights are threatened.

On the night when Martin Luther King was murdered, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis. He spoke calm words to those who were Negroes, he spoke of the pain that he, as a white man had suffered, when a white man murdered his brother. He then walked the streets of Indianapolis offering words of calm to angry Negroes. Robert Kennedy was just as comfortable in a group of white conservative workers as he was with liberals. His words were always about the importance of recognizing that to be an American was to be concerned about ALL Americans. Neither Bush nor Obama has ever been able to convey that feeling. For Robert Kennedy, the plight of those who were poor or disadvantaged was primary to the American dream. He often took the side that was being oppressed, regardless of political consequences. And, thus he died with his dream of a united caring America.

I was struck at lack of presence of President Obama at the border to hug and welcome children seeking refuge. Yes, such a sight would be terrible politics, but such a sight would be what a leader of
America must convey.

$9.95 A Month Of Truth!

I was recently chatting with Sarah Palin, who remains my main guide to the modern world, when Sarah informed me of her growing concern that Americans lack an ongoing voice who speaks the truth. She said, that one night she had an epiphany while gazing out her window at the Siberian steppes. What would happen if each and every American, every week could chat with her? Her greatest concern is that people are “tired os the media filter. So, we’re(the “we’re” means, Sarah) gonna do something about it.” And, when Sarah Palin decides to do “something about it,” we can only warn all bears and deer–and Humans to head for shelter! This is one tough mama speaking!

So, now listen carefully to her offer. For only $9.95 a month-or a yearly figure of, $99.95, this is what you will get. “We’ll talk about the issues that the main media won’t talk about.” Please remember that Sarah is America’s leading expert on the bear and deer perspective of life. She will not only wrestle a bear but bear down on evil doers in this society. Finally, we Americans can get THE TRUTH!

Ok, Ok so maybe Sarah is a bit confused about where the nation of Afghanistan is located. Big deal. But, it would be a big boost for America is we got the Palin perspective on Afghanistan–she will throw in Pakistan for no additional charge.

I gather that Sarah is even willing to, not only chat with drug lords on the border with Mexico, but she will also challenge them to a shoot out at the OK Corral!!

God Bless you Sarah, now to my bank in order to get that $99.95. By the way, Sarah, what is the $.95 for?

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You Forced Us To Shoot Down Plane!!

There is a basic problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin– he is so accustomed to saying or doing whatever he damn well wants to without any consequences that it is difficult for him to grasp that once upon the road of lies, eventually the lie will be outed. Alexander Khodakovsky, a leader of the separatist Vostok battalion in eastern Ukraine, told reporters the truth about what happened to the plane. “The Buk, I know about. I head about it. I think they sent it back..they probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its existence.” Actually, Mr. Khodakovsky is not apologizing for the tragedy, he is simply attempting to prove that his comrades had the guided missile system and were forced to use it. Confused, please allow this man to proceed with his explanation.

“The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence the volunteers have this technology through the fault of Russia. It(Ukraine government) not only did nothing to protect security, but provided the use of this weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians.” In other words, we told you our forces had the capability to shoot down a plane, and you criminals allowed a peaceful plane to fly over Ukraine. Thus, we would never have shot down a peaceful plane since our goal was to shoot down Ukraine planes. Simply put, the entire tragedy is the fault of the Ukraine government for not accepting that we could shoot down planes.

I await the explanation of President Putin. I suspect he will award a medal to Mr. Khodakovsky for presenting a clear, concise understanding why it is not we who are guilty but YOU!

Joko Widodo No Indonesian Joke!

It has become an accepted belief in most Western nations that those of the Muslim religion are linked in one way or another with violence of terrorism. WE of the West insist that OUR values are antithetical to the idea of terrorism or violence. After all, we are heirs to the Judaic – Christian way of life. Just remember, we of the Judaic/Christian belief system conducted World War I and World War II and when not engaged in slaughtering Europeans, wiped out a few million folk in Asia and Africa. So, it is so wonderful to learn that in the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION IN THE WORLD, there was a free election and a man of peace was elected to head the nation. And, belief it or not, no terrorists played any role, whatsoever in any aspect of the election.

Joko Widodo, who is the first Indonesian leader able to claim no link with the Army or previous violations of democratic procedures, was elected with 53.12% of the vote. He is the first president who comes from the ordinary people of Indonesia, and seeks peace and love with one and all. He pointed out that his candidacy had support from “artists to rickshaw drivers” and represents a “cultural event” rather than a political event. According to Joko, “politics is full of fun, politics has some wisdom, politics is freedom.’

His opponent, Mr. Prahowo, who was supported by the Army, charges “fraud!” He certainly does not come across as a happy camper.

Kill In Civilized Manner

A shell, that is right, A shell from Ukrainian artillery fell upon the sacred land of Russia. THE shell resulted in the death of A WOMAN. Ordinarily, in the current manner of killing in this wonderful Earth, the death of A person results in the same amount of interest as would being told Republicans in Congress refused to pass a law that raised minimum wages. So, what is news? Anyway, the shell came from Ukraine, and the Ukrainians are not well liked by Russians who interpret any and all signs of seeking to be an independent nation a threat to the national security of Russia. There is talk in Russia of sending in the Army, but President Putin understands that step would result in sanctions to his fellow oligarchs. So, how to handle this situation? Dimitry Bushmin is Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation so it is incumbent upon him to identify a solution to this problem. Voila, he came up with an idea! “The only way to solve this problem is to fight as civilized countries do–the U.S. or the E.U. We have to use precision guided weapons so we could destroy those who launched the shell.”

We have now reached the stage of human development in which killing people is based on “civilized” or “non-civilized” approaches. I suspect Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu regards the Gaza bombing as an example of being “civilized.” For those who die, the last thing on their minds is whether it was the result of a “civilized” shell. Murder is murder.

Words Of Wisdom From Chairman Chris

I was aware that Governor Chris Christie was an expert on traffic conditions on bridges, and when it comes to the issue of ensuring his wealthy friends get tax breaks, the good governor of New Jersey leads the nation. So, it was surprising to discover that Chris is an expert on the Middle East. However, to be honest, he is an expert on what Sheldon Adelson desires in life. A few months ago, Chris dashed to Las Vegas and kissed the hand of Sheldon as well as falling to his knees pleading forgiveness. He referred to the West Bank as “occupied land.” Sheldon does not give money or blessings to anyone who doubts the entire Middle East belongs to Jews–God promised them the region. Anyway, Chris decided to really prove to Sheldon that he loves Israel above all, particularly the truth. He gave a speech and explained to Americans why there are problems in the Middle East. Take one guess: BARACK OBAMA!

According to Chris, “Israel is not sure that they have American full support like they used to, and that is the failure of then presidency now.” He went on to emphasize, “that what you see in the Middle East is caused, not completely, but in some measure by the fact that the president has not acted in a decisive, consistent way.”

Oh, as I recall, a president invaded Iraq seeking weapons of mass destruction that never existed. The best friend of Israel is John Kerry who has worked to achieve peace with Palestinians. If not for the US, the Security Council would be passing resolutions blasting current Israel policy in Gaza. Chris, focus on bridges, that is your expertise!

On National Debt

These days every conversation I have with a member of the Republican party entails their complaints about the National Debt. In their view, this monstrosity is the creation of the Democratic Party and its spendthrift approach to government. In their version of history, under Republican presidents our government was led by those who possessed sound fiscal thinking. It was very simple according to Republicans, lower taxes on the wealthy would result in job creation leading to more tax revenues into the government and the result would be the end of our National Debt and a balanced budget. Such is the Republican mantra.

Let’s Examine the Record:

Democrat President Jimmie Carter left a National Debt of $900 Billion.
Republican President Ronald Reagan inherited this $900 Billion. He left office with a
National Debt of $2.5 TRILLION.
George H.W. Bush inherited $2.5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 TRILLION
Democrat Bill Clinton inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 Trillion. However, he left office with a budget that showed a $400 billion surplus. If following presidents did what he did, the National Debt would have BEEN PAID OFF BY 2010!
George Bush inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $11 TRILLION. BUT, he wrote the budget for 2009 and it had a deficit of $1 Trillion.
Barack Obama inherited a $12 Trillion deficit and due to interest payments and a collapsed economy, the National Debt continued to rise to its current $12 Trillion.

So, which party is responsible for the National Debt?

Are We Americans Racist?

Attorney General Eric Holder when assuming office back in 2009 made some comments that continue to infuriate members of the Republican party. He was commenting on attacks made on the new president. He said that “in things racial we always and continue to be in many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He was recently asked if this view continues to be held by him. Holder responded, “there’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there is a racial animus.” There is no doubt that racism continues to dwell in the hearts and minds of all too many Americans. But,the question as to whether or not Barack Obama has fostered these ideas is another question? Could he have handled the racial aspect of assuming the presidency in other ways than how he performed? In defense of Obama, there is no question whatever and how ever he handled anything as president, X number of Americans would have responded with hate and venom toward him. They would have accused him of not being a “real American.” Certainly, that has been the main focus of Fox News. Their commentators continue to raise the issue of “patriotism” and his alleged hatred of the US Constitution.

However, there is no doubt in my mind, regardless of which Democrat became president in 2008, a similar response would have emerged. Republicans of the 21st century are filled with incredible anger and hatred toward anyone who suggests sane policies. They are convinced that terrorism is the main enemy of this country and Obama has failed to halt its spread. They also are convinced this nation depends for its economic survival on our top 5% of wealthy people. During my 84 years as an American I have never witnessed such a love of wealthy people and dislike of poor ones. Frankly, this is the confusion that drives me crazy. Why do so many Americans adore those who have rather than those who do not?

We are less racial and more stupid is the problem. I suspect when unions left the scene we lost an institution that provided education and realism to the average American worker. Today, they rely on things like Fox News.

War Knows No Respite In Gaza

The latest example of Middle Eastern madness began when some thugs murdered three innocent Jewish boys who lived on the West Bank. Their deaths on the West Bank is symbolic of what has happened between Israel and Palestinians. The West Bank was won from Jordan in the famous Six Day War in 1967. Israel leaders at that time wanted to return the West Bank in exchange for peace with their Arab leaders. If there is one thing that has rarely changed in the Middle East is the reality no Nelson Mandela or his equivalent can be found in the Middle East. The subsequent half century have witnessed an ever growing anger and failure to compromise over the issue of the West Bank. Three Jewish boys died. The latest count of Israel’s murderous bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip is that 156 Palestinians are dead and over 1,000 thousand wounded. Certainly, this has gone beyond an eye for an eye. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has never been guilty of the crime of softness in the face of danger. He has shouted for revenge, and he has gotten revenge. Of course, the revenge began with three Israel Jews murdering an innocent Palestinian boy and it has escalated and escalated from that moment.

The problem with bombing revenge is that this is a TACTIC, this is not a plan nor a solution. I assume Israel can bomb and bomb and bomb. At some point in time, the bombing must cease. Then, what? PM Netanyahu has not presented any idea for a long term solution that would end the murders and bombings in the region. The UN has called for a cease fire. Netanyahu rejects it because more bombing must ensue. As I recall, Israel decades ago bombed, and Jewish Israelis(20% of Israelis are Muslim or Christian) were promised peace would result. Actually, since the bombings began Hamas and other groups have received thousands of more missiles. There is no evidence that bombings will bring peace.

Uman Omar,a Gaza woman summed up the problem of bombing when she saw her home destroyed by bombs. “Am I a terrorist? Do I make rockets and artillery in my home?”" Of course not, but to cease bombing such homes would get in the way of bombing.