Category Archives: Dick Cheney

Mitch McConnell TV Star

Senator Mitch McConnell is the leader of Republicans in the United States Senate and he is running for re-election in the state of Kentucky. He already has become an Internet star by providing the social media of a portrait of him attempting to smile which comes across as a man with a tooth ache unable to open his mouth. He has become the object of derision. So, what exactly is new about a Republican who is the object of laughter?

To highlight his media prowess, his campaign has released a video which depicts his University of Kentucky basketball team being defeated by the Duke basketball team. The ad proclaims: “It was intended to honor our great Kentucky basketball team.”

In the Republican fantasy world, losing the battle is the object.

Handling Ukraine Intelligently

Republicans are once again hot to engage in a war in order to blame President Obama for failure to win a war. It is Republican policy to initiate wars in order to blame Democrats for not winning the war because they lack “will power for peace.” John McCain and Fox News “foreign policy experts” want ACTION on the part of Barack Obama. ACTION translates into some form of behavior that results in Vladimir Putin pleading for peace. Let this blog suggest a realistic foreign policy toward Ukraine and Russia.

1. There is no “victory” at the end of the rainbow, simply a confused world of discord that will continue for years.

2. Russia, regardless of who is their leader, has justifiable concerns, stemming from their history the past hundred years of being invaded by foreign armies that murdered over fifty million of their people. Any accord with Russia must ensure their right to protection against foreign aggression.

3. We propose the Ukranian government issue a guarantee that it will not allow any foreign troops or military installations on its territory. In essence, Ukraine becomes another Switzerland adhering to the principle of neutrality.

4. We propose that any missile systems of NATO be withdrawn to England. In other words, the European continent is to be free of missiles.

5. The Crimea is to experience a UN monitored election to determine its future. If the Tartar minority does not wish to live in a Russian centered Crimea, it would be provided the right to migrate to west European lands or the United States and Canada.

6. A Turkish-Russian discussion would result in agreements concerning placement of aggressive weapons on one another’s borders.

7. The United States is to develop a major program in energy exports to Europe that ends dependence on Russian energy sources.

No shouting and screaming, just solid diplomacy is the answer.

College Professor Duty-Obey Government

There is an institution in Russia whose duty is to educate students and study foreign policy. One would assume those working for such an institution would explore new ideas and offer fresh perspectives on foreign policy decisions. Alas, this institution is located in Russia, the land of Putin whose concept of free speech is that each individual has the right to agree with his ideas using individual words. Professor Andrei Zubov works at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He wrote an opinion piece which disagreed with actions of the Putin administration in seizing control of the Crimea and incorporating the area into Mother Russia. Zubov compared the action to that of Adolf Hitler who took over Austria in 1938 in the same manner as the recent seizure of the Crimea.

Authorities at the Institute charged Zubov with “knowingly and repeatedly” violating the charter of the institution. He was also denounced for “reckless and irresponsible criticism of government policy.” The professor who behaves like a professor of international relations was fired.

Please understand people of Russia who are pouring into the streets cheering the invasion and conquest of the Crimea that one day there will be consequences.

Foreign Policy Of Fight To Finish!

I do listen to words of advice from some members of the Republican party regarding what now to do about the situation in the Crimea and Ukraine. Of course, not a single one of them has the slightest idea as to the location of these areas in the world other than they are close to Russia. Fox News with its collection of well fed men who apparently have never fought anyone physically, are hot to trot about standing up to Vladimir Putin. They all want to make clear they are not some wussie like the black dude in the White House. Naturally, the pert cute blonds who pose as authorities on foreign policy are ready to fight to the last member of our armed forces is dead because beloved Crimea is first in their hearts and souls.

The voices of we need to do more and more to make clear to Russia that any attack on any nation will be met with the full force of the United States of America. I am a bit confused. When Russia invaded the country of Georgia–our then president George Bush did not send military forces and not a peep from Fox News or the Republican party.

Of course, if President Obama dispatched planes to Ukraine, the howl of anger from Fox News and the Republican party would be heard in the Crimea!! The Republican mantra is that Democrats should fight wars while Republicans should cut taxes and there will be peace in the world.

Legacy Of George Bush Lives On And On

Ah, the glory days of March, 2003 when beloved President George Bush proclaimed his desire to lead America on a great crusade to end tyranny in the Middle East and bring democracy to the people of Iraq.
At this time in Iraq, women enjoyed equal rights with men and served in business roles as well as doctors and lawyers. Along came George with his warriors to bring “democracy” to the women of Iraq. America assisted in the rise to power of Nouri Maliki who became prime minister. Now, this prime minister of democracy is pushing through a new law, Jaarafi Status Law which assists Iraq females. Among its provisions are”

1. Forced sex by husband is Kosher.

2. Marry off 9 year old daughter is OK.

3. Dad gets kids in divorce. Who else?

4. Beat the hell out of your wife–why not, you are upset?

5. Don’t leave house you females unless male says you can!

According to the Maliki government: “there are those who disagree with this law and we don’t care about them because they are against Islam.” Safia al Fahail, in Parliament: “this law is humiliating to women.”

Thanks so much, George.

Where Are They, What Happened, And Why?

I have been in constant contact with very informed sources in Malaysia concerning the so-called missing plane which is somewhere in Asia, we think. According to my sources, it is clear:

1. Vladimir Putin might be the cause of this entire episode.

2. The Israel Mossad secret service could be responsible since there was not a single Jew on the plane! Coincidence?

3. George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld are possible suspects since they are masters of screw ups and this plane mystery is one big screw up.

4. Why hasn’t Ted Cruz attacked Obama for the disappearance, does it suggest he has something to do with it?

5. The Chinese government is upset because 153 passengers were on the plane and since no dissident was among them, then there is anger in Peiping.

6. Senator John McCain has volunteered to fly a jet to search for the missing plane,and promises not to get shot down and become a prisoner again.

7. Barack Obama wants the world to know this disappearance has no connection with the Affordable Care Act.

8. According to Fox News this episode is simply another example of what happens when you give people food since it enables them to live and take over planes.

Karzai Is For Peace And Security

There is scant doubt anyone who comments about the war in Afghanistan has run out of comments to utter than make any sense. Taliban forces control large areas of the country, the other day a newspaper man in the capital of Kabul was shot to death in the open and they got away. President Hamid Karzai lives in a fantasy world in which once upon a time the people of Afghanistan lived in peace and security until Western nations blasted their way into his nation and created chaos and war. In his fairy tale, due to his brave leadership, an Afghan army was created and they have done most of the fighting. However, their good work is undermined by American and NATO forces that spend their time killing innocent Afghan citizens with their planes and drones. Hamid made clear to his enemies, “I wan tho say to all those foreign countries who maybe out of habit or because they want to interfere, that they should not interfere.” In other words, depart.

In this fantasy world, 93% of the country is safely protected by the Afghan armed forces. Now, if the US really wants to help his nation, Mr. Karzai suggests it should launch a war against Pakistan which is the sanctuary for Taliban forces. Karzai does want the world to know, “I support peace.”

I believe those are wonderful parting words for Americans as they bid goodbye.

America Vs Human Rights

The vat majority of those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 regarded his victory as one that would result in respect for human rights and the end of brutality in prisons containing those charged with crimes during fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is clear that was a hope deferred. The United Nations human rights committee issued a damning report on the state of human rights in the USA. Among its targets is the infamous Guantanamo prison which still contains 150 human beings that the American government views as risks. It countered questions raised with the argument that detainees in this prison are being kept there “lawfully based under international and American law.” Just read the Bill of Rights which specifically states that people can be kept in jail for years without charges of crime being brought nor an actual trial. The Obama administration argues “continued lawful detention is necessary to protect against a continuing threat.”

OK, fair enough. But, if there was never a specific charge and never a trial to ascertain if the charge was viable, how does anyone know if Mr. X IS the guy who committed the crime? To claim “we think he is”is NOT in accordance with the US Constitution. The unresolved question is: will this damn prison ever close??

Perogatives Of Power

There are occasions when one must smile at charges from Dick Cheney about the Obama administration not standing up to terrorism. The only reason Dick and Don and George are not sitting in a jail cell is because Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to open the gates of secrecy and allow Americans entry into the black domain of torture and abuse of power by the former administration. England established the Chilcot Inquiry which has compelled even the former prime minister, Tony Blair, to testify under oath about the lies and misinformation that was fed people in the United Kingdom. Barack Obama should have established a bipartisan committee to investigate abuse of the Constitution, and abuse became legal.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is demanding access to documents dealing with torture and rendition of men charged with crimes to other countries where they were tortured. The White House refuses on grounds, “these documents p;retain to a previous administration..This is about precedent and the need institutionally to protect some of the prerogatives of the executive.” However, this is about CRIMINAL ACTIONS, it is not about what someone said. A crime must result in punishment or there is no law and order in a society.

After the disaster at Pearl Harbor, Congress examined all secret documents in order to identify if anyone was guilty of criminal neglect. Ditto need today.

Sexual Assault In The Military Needs Fixing

Those who have served in the United States armed forces are quite aware of how to engage in the act of an assault on an enemy position. Have your gun cocked and ready to fire at any time. Unfortunately, there are officers in the US military who fail to distinguish between cocking their gun(in Army lingo, your gun is your prick) and cocking a weapon of war. General Jeffrey Sinclair has been confronting issues raised at a court martial in which a female officer claimed he made a sexual assault on her and nothing was ever done about it. Poor General Sinclair is also charged with a variety of other crimes such as adultery and the possession of pornography. Superiors refused to punish him for sexual assault, but when it comes to really SERIOUS issues such as adultery or pornography, they are prepared to take action.

But, since there are some in the military who want to pursue the crime of sexual assault, General Sinclair has decided that reality is preferable to taking a chance someone might actually find a general guilty of forcing a female lieutenant to engage in sex. So, he has pleaded guilty to adultery and pornography. I assume he believes taking responsibility for a major crime gets him off the hook for the minor one of “sexual assault.”