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Iraq Failures Continue

Republicans in Congress like John McCain utter words of complaint because President Obama refused to allow the presence of American troops in Iraq and this is the reason for renewed violence in that country. At this moment, Iraqi soldiers, along with police and armed members of tribes are battling in the streets of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The Iraq army i=has enough common sense not to enter the city of Fallujah which is in the control of Sunni groups that have allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants who have seized control of many areas of Iraq. Why? Shiite Prime Minister Maliki began a systematic program of anti-Sunni actions including charging Sunni leaders who were working with him to be secret enemies of the country. He refused, as prior agreed, to allow Sunnis to become equal partners in the armed forces. In face of these actions which threatened the existence of Sunnis in Iraq, they have turned towered cooperation with Islamic fundamentalists.

The problem is the government of Maliki which failed to build a religious alliance in which those of all religions would cooperate, obtain equal access to jobs, and equal opportunities to practice their religion. Actually, of the 900,000 Christians who lived in religious peace while Saddam was the ruler, only 400,000 are still in Iraq under the supposed democratic government of Maliki.

Sorry, Senator McCain, the fault is not Obama, it is that of Maliki!

Step Down Or Step Up?

Among the ongoing myths of the Republican party is that President Obama is not behaving in the same manner as prior presidents who stood tall for America and refused to back down in the face of tyranny. The assumption is that if a president goes to war, they are standing “tall for democracy.” Secretary of State John Kerry made clear to the Davos World Economic Forum that his role is to further the goal of democracy without employing force. He is upset at claims “that somehow America is disengaging from the world, the myth that America is pulling back or giving up or standing down.” Those assumptions are based on a theory the only was to stand up is to employ military force. Kerry noted that to many,the absence of military forces means the US is “somehow absent from the arena.”

Let’s look at the record:

1. The attack on South Korea was met with troops, not only from America, but from dozens of nations of the world. The independence of South Korea was preserved.

2. We all know how use of the military failed in Vietnam at a cost of over 50,000 American lives.

3. The Gulf War was fought, not only by American soldiers, but those from over twenty nations. It concluded successfully.

4. We all know what happened and continues to happen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Use of military force in Syria would only lead to another civil war and emergence of more and more Muslim terrorists.

Iraq, Democracy’s Child

It is truly painful that people in the world do not recognize America’s contribution to the spread of democracy in the Middle East. Prior to arrival of US troops in Iraq, those backward people lacked any knowledge as to how a democracy functioned, particular its police and judiciary. OK, so Iraqis under the regime of Saddam Hussein did know something about torture and execution for crimes. OK, so they understood if you possess power than the judiciary does what you say and when you say, kill the guy, it kills the guy. Standing next to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki made clear that he DID understand the meaning of democracy and the rule of law. For some reason, the UN guy told the Iraqi prime minister, “I have urged the prime minister and Iraqi government to put a moratorium on the death penalty.” Maliki was sort of insulted. “We respect UN decisions and human rights, but we do not believe someone who kills people must be respected.”

The UN Secretary General apparently does not grasp that Maliki was trained in democracy by George Bush, former governor of the great state of Texas which leads the entire world in executing people. Governor George Bush never granted pardons even when shown evidence the prisoner might be innocent because to do so would violate the right of Texans to kill whoever they damn well please. The DNA does not rule in Texas, nor should it rule in Iraq!

Oh, 169 were executed in Iraq which places that nation third in the world in terms of executing people behind China and Iran. With a teacher like George Bush, the only surprise is why isn’t Iraq, number one!

CONGRESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY

As one who taught high school for ten years and college for forty-five years it is always amusing to read statements by government officials concerning the need to hold teachers “accountable” for the learning of their students. In the real world of American business or the armed forces there are a host of middle managers who evaluate employees and pass on recommendations to their superiors as to who should be retained or dismissed. It makes sense for someone with managerial responsibilities who assigns tasks and is in daily contact with those responsible for carrying out those tasks to evaluate success or failure. Congress and the Executive want teachers to be held accountable. Let’s look at the record of government:

1. Arne Duncan, current Secretary of Education never taught in a public school. Would we allow the Attorney General to be someone who lacks any legal experience?
2. Examine the current mess in Congress and pose the question: should those in Congress be held accountable for the lack of legislation or handling of major problems in American society? If not them, then who?
3. The Bush administration authorized the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan even though neither President Bush nor his vice-president had the slightest knowledge concerning the history of the Middle East, let alone that there was a difference between a Sunni and a Shiite Muslim.
4. Senator John McCain stumbled when asked about borders, he did not even know the border of Iraq or that of Iran.
5. Exactly what does Rand Paul or Ted Cruz actually know about the history of Libya, or the regime of former dictator Gadaffi,and who he recruited into his armed forces but they rant on and on.

How about requiring candidates for Congress to pass a test on American history that is formulated by the American Historical Association? A passing grade for this bunch could be 75%. I doubt if more than a handful would even get that grade!!

Iraq Lives On, And So Does Crime!

It recently dawned upon me that five percent of my life was spent during World War II was being fought while ten ten percent of my life has been spent while wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been going on and on and on. World War II concluded with those who caused the wars to be tried in an International Court of Justice. The crimes and brutality of Hitler and Japanese leaders have no resemblance to the crimes committed during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Terrible things were done by both sides during the Afghan conflict and fighting in Iraq, but neither is an example of the Holocaust nor incredible murders committed by Japanese forces in Asia. However, crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan must be confronted in order to make clear that those who engage in brutality may one day face consequences for their actions. The European Council for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is pushing for criminal action against those in the British armed forces who served in the Iraq war and inflicted terror and brutality. They are drawing upon evidence that is in “The Responsibility of UK Officers for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse In Iraq From 2003-2008.”

The report discusses how members of the British armed forces engaged in illegal acts against prisoners. It describes how “thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel inhuman or degrading “treatment were conducted by British soldiers against Iraq prisoners. They hooded prisoners, used electric shock treatment, sexually assaulted and compelled prisoners to undergo physical stress situations which inflicted terrible pain. Prisoners were threatened with death or rape or violation of their dignity as humans. These actions were done with the full knowledge of officers.

The International Criminal Court will hear these charges and officials may face the prospect of punishment. We doubt if former Prime Minister Tony Blair will ever be sent to jail, anymore than George Bush or Don Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney will ever be charged with any crimes. President Obama denied the American people of the truth. Such is the way of American politics.

Broken Iraq Still Broken

We just concluded the tenth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq by the gold dust trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld who promised the American people the end of Saddam Hussein, the end of his threats to blast the American nation to pieces, and the arrival of peace, prosperity and democracy to the people of Iraq. Enough has been written concerning how the dynamic trio lied through their teeth about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) so there is no need to repeat what others already have made clear, no such things existed except in the minds of our Republican masters in Washington. Today, Republicans in Congress argue that wars in the Middle East were caused by the black dude from Kenya, one Barack Obama. At this moment, al-Qaida, the organization initially destroyed by General Petraeus and then by President Obama are in control of the Iraq city of Fallujah. Check with veterans of the Iraq war who fought or were wounded, to capture that city from al-Qaida. Sorry, you can not check with the four thousand Americans who died fighting in Iraq.

Saddam Hussein is dead. Half of the 900,000 Christians in Iraq have fled for their lives after Christian American leaders installed a fundamentalist Muslim government in power and drove out the secular forces of Saddam Hussein. Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to work with Sunni Muslims which allowed al-Qaida to return. Now Maliki asks Sunni Muslims to drive out al-Qaida. I trust Americans understand what I have just written. The leader who destroyed cooperation with Sunni Muslims is asking the people he hates to do his job of bringing stability to Iraq!!

Cheney Family Squabbles

Liz Cheney, daughter or Dick, decided the state of Wyoming needed her talent, her intelligence and her dedication to freedom and thus entered the race to prevent Republican Senator Mike Enzi from getting re-elected. Within a few weeks of presenting herself to the voters of Wyoming, Liz infuriated her lesbian sister, Mary by telling voters of her opposition to gay marriage. Mary responded with fury and told people in Wyoming and America that “I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.” Naturally, when it comes to politics, dad is always on the side of those who hate so he took the side of Liz even though for years he has taken the side of Mary.

Anyway, Mary, most probably after consulting poll numbers,informed the folk in Wyoming that she would not continue her quest to join fellow Tea Party folk in Washington and withdrew due to “family issues.” She also made clear that “as a mother and a patriot, I know the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation.” As I recall, when Dick Cheney got his draft notices during the Vietnam war, he obtained several deferments because he had “more important things to do in his life” other than risking it in Vietnam. Now this is definitely a family that stands strong for taking risks–as long as someone else is taking the risk. Dad was a coward and so is Liz.

Our hat is off to the only patriot in the Cheney family and her name is, MARY!

War Upon Wealthy In France

There are wars in all parts of the world whether one looks at the Middle East or Africa or the hills of Afghanistan, but no war entails the brutality and horror of that which is being waged in France upon the innocent people who happen to make lots of money. French President Francois Hollande is a noted SOCIALIST! And, what do SOCIALISTS do other than spending their days and nights thinking about schemes to take away the money of those who are JOB CREATORS? They impose high taxes upon the wealthy children of God! Hollande has pushed through a new tax plan that imposes a 75% tax rate on income over a million dollars. Oh my God! Think of the newly impoverished athletes who might be forced to live on a million a year! I suspect they will refuse to play at their top level of ability since they can not keep everything they were promised.

A bit of reality:

1. During World War II in the United States of America the top rate was 90%.

2. From 1945 until the 1970s the top rate in America was 70%. Believe it or not those were boom years for the middle class and for job creation.

3. Never underestimate the ability of wealthy folk to hire tax specialists who ensure they never pay more than 20%.

4. Just remember that Mitt Romney admitted to paying at a 17% tax rate!

Another “Surge” Needed?

Most Americans have forgotten the famous George Bush “surge” that was led by the great General David Petraeus. President Bush was informed by General Shinseki, PRIOR to the invasion of Iraq that more troops were needed, and was forced to resign because he dared to contradict our Supreme authority on Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld who insisted we did not need more troops. So, Bush provided General David Petraeus an additional 25,000 troops and they, according to Bush and Petreaus, informed the American people, that al-Qaeda was defeated and life would be normal. Of course, General Petraeus sort of left out of this narrative a major factor in defeat of al-Qaeda came from Sunni tribal leaders who provided support to American forces. Fast forward nearly a decade and what has happened? Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, unleashed a campaign against the same Sunni tribal leaders and — al-Qaeda returned!! These Islamic militants are now fighting in the same areas of Iraq that supposedly were cleared of Islamic militants.!

Iraq General Rasheed Fleih(the Iraq version of Petreaeus) assured the people of Iraq that reports of al-Qaeda sort of controlling the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi are sort of accurate. Maliki has arrested and discriminated against Sunni leaders and they, this time, are aiding al-Qaeda. In other words, it was Sunni cooperation that was a key factor in the so called “success” of the “surge.” This was not reported to the American people. Back to square one in Iraq!

Muslim Myths Exposed

The American people have been subjected to ongoing myths from the Republican party, and, sadly, also from leaders such as Barack Obama, about a great “clash of civilizations” that entail some sort of “Muslim civilization” vs some sort of “western civilization.” The myth originally was propagated by Israel historian Benjamin Lewis and picked up by a famous American scholar, Samuel Huntington. The myth insists there is such a thing as a “Muslim civilization” and that all Muslims seek to destroy what is known as “Western civilization.” By, “Western civilization,” one assumes that people living in Russia or Sicily share the same “civilization” as those living in Germany, Sweden, the United States and Canada. There is an enormous spectrum of ideas, values and beliefs spread across nations which contain people of the Christian faith as nations in which people of the Muslim faith inhabit. Turkish Muslims are completely different from those in Saudi Arabia and Muslims in the US even further different in values, culture and beliefs. Huntington claimed that China had a “different civilization” than “the west.” China is based on the political ideas of Karl Marx, whose grandparents were Jewish and the economic ideas of Englishman, Adam Smith.

Yesterday, there was a raid in Jakarta, Indonesia, by police seeking “Muslim terrorists” who were planning raids on the US embassy. These were the same terrorists who bombed a Buddhist temple and made attacks on night clubs and bars. Each day in nations such as Pakistan and India, terrorists attack an opposing Muslim religion. The fight in Syria is between Muslims, the fight in Egypt is between Muslims. Terrorism has no home other than violence. In America, the infamous bombing in Oklahoma was by a nice American Christian. Enough about the “clash of civilizations.”