Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

Things Not Happening Today

There are things that will not occur in the United States of America today:

1. No black teen will be halted or shot.

2. Rick Perry utters an intelligent comment.

3. Stephen Colbert does a show without praising himself.

4. Barack Obama talks WITH people rather than to them.

5. John Boehner desires to pass a law that benefits poor people.

6. Congressmen play a game of softball together regardless of party affiliation.

7. Mitt Romney addresses a labor union meeting.

8. Pope Francis urges rights for women in Catholic Church.

9. It is proven that Mitch McConnell does have a backbone.

10. A Wall Street tycoon pays taxes at a higher rate than his secretary.

Doctor Rick Perry Wants Bans

This blog can now confirm that one of America’s leading experts on Ebola is insisting that President Barack Obama institute a ban on travel to any nations in which there is a single case of Ebola. Governor Rick Perry of the state of Texas in which the first case of Ebola was uncovered would not respond to our inquiries as to whether travel from or to the state of Texas will now be banned. Although I have long been an opponent of the man from Texas, this is one time I agree with him. Let’s keep the nut cases from Texas confined to that state and not allow them to infect our society with their weird ideas about guns or abortion or education. You know, Texas is the state in which children are warned in schools about radical terrorists such as Martin Luther King who sought to undermine the white purity of the state. Hold on for a second! I was just informed that Governor Perry has become a “doctor.” Yes, Kilgore Cosmos University has awarded the leader of their state with the degree of Doctor.

Frankly, there is no surprise that Dr. Perry believes in bans on travel to and from infected nations. He is firmly in favor of banning people from voting in Texas, he is in favor of banning abortions in Texas, and he certainly wants to ban “those people” from down below who seek to enter the great state of Texas. I await:

1. A Texas ban on women from living in the state who are pregnant and not married to a man.

2. A ban on those who opposes guns from being able to own one.

3. A ban on anyone who holds a degree in any aspect of science. Texas does not need egg heads in their beloved land.

Bombs Away At Kobani

Air strikes continue on ISIS forces that are attacking the Kurdish city of Kobani. There is something ironic that over a decade after American forces invaded Iraq, American forces are still fighting in Iraq. Of course, once upon a time, the government of Turkey was our “ally,” but today the government of President Recep Erdogan is committed to the war against terrorists from Kurdistan whom he considers to be a greater threat than any ISIS force. Bombs fall on Kobani as Turkish tanks and troops watch the action from a mile away in Turkey. American and other coalition planes drop bombs, and seek to destroy ISIS through the air. Once again, Americans believe that bombs dropped from planes will “destroy the enemy.” Examine the facts of bombing from the air:

1. US and British air forces were daily sending 1,000 planes to bomb Germany. They destroyed vast sectors of cities, but up until thirty days before the end of World War II in Europe, the German army was still fighting against its enemies.

2. There is still criticism by many Jewish groups about the issue of bombing train tracks leading to death camps. At no time, until two months before the fighting ended in Europe did the German army fail to repair bombed train tracks within four days.

3. We bombed and bombed in Vietnam, and it was the bombers who finally left Vietnam.

We can bomb Kobani. However, unless either one of the following happens, it can not win the war: (1) troops on the ground arrive from coalition forces, (2) the Kurdish army is provided modern weapons and logistical support to take on ISIS. Do either one of these actions and ISIS will be destroyed. Bomb away all you want, it will not end ISIS!

Killing Leader Of Bad People Is No Policy

The foreign policy of the United States of America for over a decade has been predicated upon the assumption that if one kills the leader of bad people, the result will be the end of bad people. From George Bush promises to kill Osama bin Laden to President Obama’s joy at killing Osama bin Laden the American people have been assured that if one gets rid of those on the top of terrorist groups the end result is no more terrorist groups. This is an interesting theory, but the facts do not support the theory. From day one of the aftermath of 9/11 there have been promises, actions to kill the leader of bad guys since once he is gone, then… This has always been a THEORY, not a policy supported by evidence. Each day drones go out to spot a bad guy, and then blast him to pieces. The only result of this policy is that another ad guy emerges to take his place.

Terrorist groups contain men and women who believe in ideology based upon hate. Yes, they do follow a leader, but if he is gone, another person will step up to the role of leadership. One cannot defeat ideas with bombs. It is time to end the belief that killing one person ends the group. Sorry, no evidence supports this theory!

Are You Still Alive??

I do not know if any other human is still alive in Europe or the United States of America since we now know the appearance of terrorist groups threatens the very existence of our societies. American planes, Saudi Arabian planes and even some from Jordan or Qatar are blasting sites in Syria and Iraq currently under control of ISIS or one of the other dozen terror groups which daily display their power on the Internet. Just to make Americans feel fearful they chop off the heads of some innocent people. It is part of their campaign of terror– only the “terror” they display is on TV, which today has become a more powerful weapon than any machine gun or bomb on a battlefield. Recent surveys reveal that at least one out of three Americans fears they will be killed by “terrorists.” As of this day, after thirteen years of fighting in the Middle East about six thousand Americans lost their lives in the fight against terrorism. However:

1. During the battle of Antietam during the Civil War, over fifteen thousand died in that single fight in three days.

2. During the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, over ten thousand died in the course of a SINGLE WEEK!

3. During the War of 1812, the British set fire to Washington D.C.

No, terror groups are not going to kill you today or tomorrow. You face greater danger from AMERICANS with guns in their hands than from any terrorist. You face greater danger from any AMERICAN sitting in a car, that weapon of mass destruction than from any terrorist!

Modern Americans are the most fearful Americans in history! BOO!

Americans Believe Republicans Fight Terrorism!

Among the most incompetent of President Obama’s failures in leadership is his inability to make clear the origin of groups like ISIS. Perhaps, he might speak about the following:

1. In 2001, al-Qaeda consisted of about 5,000 followers. Today, in the thousands.

2. In 2001, Iran had two powerful enemies on its borders-Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to President Bush, enemies of Iran were destroyed.

3. It was the war in Iraq which created terrorist groups. This was the legacy left to the next president.

4. It was President Bush who arranged for American troops to leave Iraq in 2011.

The Bush blunders created havoc and chaos in the Middle East. NO president could have eradicated what was the Bush legacy unless he simply packed up our troops and left!

REPUBLICANS CREATED THE CURRENT CHAOTIC SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST!!

Whatever Happened To?

These days I wonder about, Whatever Happened TO:

The end of the Cold War in Europe?

The balanced budget that President Clinton left newly elected President Bush?

The promise of Barack Obama to end secrecy in government?

Our failure to pay attention to the words of wisdom of Sarah Palin?

The agreement that in view of John Kennedy’s assassination something had to be done to control access to guns?

The concept that a business was just that, a business, not a person?

Michelle Bachmann who daily offered her thoughts which led to another column about nonsense?

Firing those in government who lied to the President and Americans?

When we called people, people, not folks?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Saddam Hussein was dead?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Muammar Gaddafi was dead?

Creation of the independent state of Palestine?

When people at lunch talked with one another rather than with a machine?

Collateral Damage In Iraq

Since day one of the great invasion of Iraq that was initiated by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, the collateral damage of this conflict has simply been ignored by the American government and media. For example, how many Americans know that in March, 2003 there were nearly a million Christians in Iraq who traced their ancestry back nearly 2000 years? How many Americans know these were descendants of early Christians who followed the word of Jesus Christ? Today, thanks to the Born Again Christian, George Bush, only about 400,00 of these CHRISTIANS still remain in Iraq. George and the boys created a Muslim fanatic government which did not intend to grant Christians any favors. Of course, the Kurds in northern Iraq said “goodbye” to Iraq and went their merry way of independence. In fairness to George, he is not responsible for the flight of 150,000 Jews who left Iraq by the 1970s.

Let me explain something to the Dynamic Trio–Christians were a second class minority within Muslim societies. They lacked power and existed due to sufferance of Muslim rulers. Saddam Hussein granted them equality in order to have a group that was disliked by Muslim clerics. In other words, “my friend is the enemy of my enemy.” By the way, Georgie boy, as you chop wood and go to church on Sunday in Texas, just remember, YOU are the one responsible for the flight of Iraq Christians from their homeland.

Today, yet another example of Collateral Damage. There is a minority Muslim group called the Yazidi. They are deemed heretics by Muslim clerics. They have been around for several hundred years. However, since growth of ISIS, the latest form of fanatical Muslims, the Yazidi have fled their towns. Over 100,000 are now in Kurdistan. About 40,000 are trapped on Mount Sinjar. As one refugee noted: “we are being told to convert or to lose our heads. There is no one coming to help.”

How about contacting George Bush? At least he could provide wood for your fires!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Canberra Times: “We Need More Education”

That should be burned into the forehead of every Republican congressman.

USA, NY Post: “Cheap Viagra Good For Men”

Stories such as these give me a lift in life.

Israel, Jerusalem Post: “Innocent Caught In Cross Fire”

An eternal story told in an eternal place.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Who Made The Bitch List”

No question, Sarah Palin heads it!

UK, Guardian: “Rich Get Richer”

This is a non-story. How about some new news?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “In Reality, Who Cares?”

The story of Gaza!

France, Connexion: “Mayor Breaks Gay Marriage Ban”

What a gay story!

What Should Be US Foreign Policy?

The ongoing complaint of this blog is lack of a foreign policy on the part of the United States of America that goes beyond handling the current crisis of the day. Since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and that of Iraq in 2003, American foreign policy essentially is based on the premise that our nation does not like bad people. We got rid of the bad Taliban, then we got rid of the bad Saddam Hussein, then we got rid of the bad Libyan dictator Gaddafi because he was bad–at least for this moment. America does not like Chinese leaders because they are dictatorial, but we DO like dictators in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. I assume they are among the “good dictators.” The only clear aspect of US foreign policy over the past decade is our concern for “dictators.” Of course, even though we are against dictators, we really mean “some dictators.” From 1946 until 1991, American foreign policy was based on the theory of Çontainment. In the end, the Soviet Union imploded, and Çontainment wound up proving accurate as a foreign policy.

What then can be a foreign policy for the Middle East?

1. Our goal should be creation of a Mediterranean Union that includes all nations in the region.

2. Creation of the MU should not be predicated on the assumption that all nations participating in the Union were, at this moment, democracies.

3. Our goal should be an Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders that results in formation of an independent state of Palestine which governs 95% of the existing West Bank and Gaza.

4. The US should take the lead in creating a modern Marshall Plan for the MU to stimulate economic development.

These four goals have nothing to do with democracy. The end result of this policy would be peace in the region and economic development. Period!