Senator John McCain is a fighting man. After his plane was shot down in Vietnam, McCain endured torture and brutality but maintained his fighting spirit. He wants action in Egypt, he wants action in Iraq, and he certainly wants action against President Putin. President Obama cancelled a meeting with Putin, but this does not satisfy the fighting man from the west. Unfortunately, for Obama he made clear there was no personal anger toward Putin, they simply were not on the same page regarding Mr. Snowden or human rights. Sorry, that is not tough enough for a tough guy. Canceling a meeting over Snowden, was merely a “symbolic” act. As far as McCain is concerned, “he’s an old KGB colonel that has no illusions about our relationship, does not care about a relationship with the United States, continues to oppress his people, continues to suppress the media and continues to act in an autocratic and unhelpful fashion.” We agree, but so what should we do?
I assume John McCain would like to do SOMETHING. Drop a bomb? Challenge Putin to a wrestling match? Curse him? I am not exactly clear what John wants. Of course, he is never satisfied as to what the president does in any aspect of life. After President Obama rejected maintaining US troops in Iraq unless there were guarantees they would only be subject to US military law, and the Iraqi government refused to budge on this issue, John agreed with the President only to blast him for leaving Iraq!
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I was raised in an era in which baseball was he major sport in America, it was before the emergence of professional football and later professional basketball. People lived and died with “their team.” Those who played the sport were young men from the farms and city streets who barely got through elementary school. Baseball for them was a road out of working seven days a week on the farm or seeking a buck in the slums of a city. They played with fervor and daring since having an opportunity to actually be paid a few dollars while playing ball was a miracle in their lives.
Any player who did not leave the batter’s box at full speed and dash towards first base soon found himself off the team. Being on a team meant the end of poverty and now they might earn two thousand dollars a year, and, if good, perhaps give thousand. Major league baseball players were on the D-Day beaches and fought in jungle islands. They flew planes into combat and many died during WWII or the Korean War. They not only loved playing ball but loved their country.
Observe a modern baseball game and one notes about half the players will run like fury out of the box. During the game many awaiting their turn at bat play with iPads and chat about life. Ted Williams, the greatest hitter of the 20th century spent his time gazing intently at the opposing pitcher,noting each pitch in his attempt to determine which pitches would be sent his way. Today, we have hundreds of spoiled young men who regard baseball as a means for money-period!
A group of baseball players have been banned for about 50 games. I assume their business career has encountered a slight bump in the road. They will return to their iPads and laziness. They also mark the end of an era of baseball.
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There no longer are American troops in Iraq. No longer do US Marines patrol the streets of Baghdad which today witness the sight of Iraqi soldiers attempting to maintain law and order. But, during the Ramdadan month of July over 1,000 Iraqi people died in Baghdad and more than two thousand were wounded. Over this past weekend bombs ripped through the marketplaces leaving 57 dead and over 150 wounded. Why? Prime Minister Maliki has failed to grasp the importance of creating a coalition government that incorporates Sunni leaders. This failure has resulted in a new civil war in Iraq between Shiite and Sunni which increases in death and destruction every day. The Kurds simply remain apart from this death and destruction by creating their own state in the north. There is a civil war and until Shiites recognize that Iraq can never create a stable society without all being part of the nation, then people will die -every day.
This is simply another legacy of George Bush and the dynamic duo of Cheney and Rumsfeld. They lacked any understanding of the people of Iraq and simply made worse a horrible situation. Perhaps, Iraq required division into separate states. Perhaps, a new Iraq government required guarantees for the Sunni minority -supported by American forces. There was need for an alternative universe. It never happened and death roams the streets of Baghdad.
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The Republican Party is upset because CNN and NBC News have developed a mimi-series dealing with the life of Hillary Clinton. The RNC has issue a warning to these organizations that punishment awaits any network with produces a series about the life of an important Democrat. Let me get this right:
There has been a mini-series about the life of Ronald Reagan.
There has been a mini-series about the life of John Kennedy.
Sarah Palin has appeared on her own TV show.
There have been movies about George Bush.
As of this date,t the Republican National Committee has not issued threats about these events. I wonder why?
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