Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

Another Clown On Political Stage

Well, he is back on the political stage, all eye glasses and all. Once again he is charging President Obama for any and all problems in the world. If the Texas Ranger baseball team loses a game, blame it on the black dude from Africa. So, here is the latest take from Rick on the situation in the Middle East. ” No decision, no decision has down more havoc then the president’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Back in January, 2009 when Barack Obama became the Commander-n-Chief, Iraq had been largely pacified. America has won the war.” It is now clear that Rick has decided to become an historian. So, Iraq was largely pacified, now that is an interesting take on what happened.

The so-called “Surge” under leadership of General Petraeus was, in reality, a joint effort by American and Sunni soldiers against al-Qaeda. But, George Bush had done a few things along the way toward destruction.

1. He disbanded the Iraq army which resulted in over 500,000 Iraq men to lose their jobs. And, he allowed them to return home with their weapons.

2. He installed Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite fanatic whose main friend was Iran as the prime minister of Iraq. It was MALIKI who disbanded Sunni Awakening Councils which led the fight against al-Qaeda.

3. So, why did Obama withdraw US troops? President Bush has arranged for an agreement with Maliki about retention of American forces. President Obama agreed to that idea, but the sticking point was refusal to Maliki to withdraw his demand that US troops in Iraq who committed a crime would be tried in a Sharia court. Just imagine what Rick Perry would say about Americans being tried in a Muslim court of justice!

It was Maliki who instituted a vicious attack on Sunnis which led to the arrival of ISIS. Oh, Rick, many of the leaders of ISIS are former Iraq officers who were fired on orders of George Bush!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a twenty four year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if there is a stage large enough to hold all those seeking the Republican nomination?

Rick and Rick are now in the race, just guess their last names.

I wonder if Republicans could just give a test on American history to see if anyone of these clowns could pass it.

So, whatever happened to Sarah? How come she is not running? Think of book sales!

I have a hunch that Republicans would be better to wander down to Skid Row and select one of the drunks.

I so long for John McCain, at least he could complete a sentence without insulting someone.

What would happen to this country i f a clown was president?

All Quit On Middle Eastern Front?

In November, 1918 the guns of war fell silent because those fighting finally agreed it was time to put away the violence that had destroyed the lives of over twenty million humans and destroyed vast areas of land. In May, 1945 those fighting in Europe allowed the guns of war to become silent. It would take until August for all guns to cease blasting away in Asia, at least for the moment. The tragedy of modern life is that we will NEVER have a day when weapons grow silent and peace, at least for the moment arrives. Our young men, and these days, our young women, will never know what it is like to live in peace, at least for the moment. Heck, little Corporal Adolf Hitler went home in November, 1918 and, at least enjoyed a few years of peace and quiet.

Modernity means there will never be ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. We are doomed to lives in which the guns of war go on and on and on. Does anyone in Syria have the faintest idea who is on their side, let alone knowing when peace will arrive? They just go on and on fighting and killing because they know there will never be an ALL QUIET ON THE SYRIAN FRONT moment.

Say, What About Edward Snowden?

During the past few days my mind continually returns to the saga of Edward Snowden, you know, the guy who is a “traitor” and gave important information to the “enemy.” Our government insists that whatever information that he made public was a threat to our national existence. Funny, he made the data available to the entire world and I have yet to come across any example of that data being used to kill or harm members of our armed forces. As one who once worked at an Army Headquarters it is clear that 99% of what is classified as SECRET or TOP SECRET is rarely so. People in the government just love stamping pieces of paper and it is doubtful if many of those pieces of paper have anything important on them.

Ironically, members of Congress have now pushed to make legal the ideas that Edward Snowden was urging years ago. NSA will no longer have access to our phone records and, guess what? There is no likelihood this action will ever damage the security of this nation. Then again, would NSA please give us examples of how gathering information about our phone records actually halted any attack on our nation? We are finally returning to common sense and believe it or not this is being done by our CONGRESS!

Guantanamo Forever

There are always some certainties in life and when it comes to the issue of the infamous 9/11 then Fox News and most Republicans are absolutely certain that torturing people, innocent of guilty was an absolute necessity. During World War II, when the US and its allies fought the German army and the Japanese army, they, for some strange reason, did not have to resort to torture. OK, there were incidents when members of our armed forces did torture the enemy, but such tactics were never part of the policies of our government. And, gee whiz, we defeated enemies which had combined forces of at least fifteen million men. Of course, when it comes to defeating an enemy which has, at best, about one hundred THOUSAND, the threat to our very existence is much greater.

Majid Khan was one of the two bit terrorists who was involved with Osama bin Laden and the CIA needed information so they sort of tortured the guy. He claims they poured ice water over this genitals, beat the hell out of him. A rule enforced by those who tortured during the Bush administration is that lawyers for the person being tortured were not allowed to tell anyone their client was being tortured. This was an example of how the American government got information. I hate to inform the Bush folks that interrogators during World War II obtained information without beating the hell out of anyone. Just ask Henry Kissinger who was an interrogator if he ever employed torture!

A Suggestion To Rand Paul

It is now very clear that Senator Rand Paul will NOT be receiving the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2016. The man continues to rant and yell about government interference in our civil rights to privacy and this upsets most Republicans. He has also urged the Republican party to think about prison reform and to pay attention to needs of black people. Such talk might get him some headlines and appearances on Jon Stewart, but they will not get him any nomination. Heck, Senator John McCain can’t cease reprimanding this upstart in the US Senate for his behavior. So, we offer some words of advice to Rand Paul:

1. In 1856, the new Republican party was crushed in elections but in the process set the stage for victory in 1860.

2. Perhaps, Rand Paul should organize an Independent Republican Party for the 2016 election. He will lose, but he might rally a new brand of voters.

3. In 2020, he might be able to either transform the Republican party into a new group that sheds Tea Party folk, or he might create a new political party that encompasses disaffected Republicans and Democrats.

Heck, this makes sense, lose one in order to win one!

Jeb Bush Salutes Our Heroes!

I feel so reassured to know that at least one candidate of the Republican party refuses to abandon our admiration for the former government of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Jeb Bush wants the American people to know that “what I admire most about my brother was that he kept us safe. And I believe people will respect him for a long time because of that.” He also wants Republicans to know that he disagrees with Senator Rand Paul who wants to end government surveillance of our lives. “This is a matter of national security. We shouldn’t surrender the tools that keep us safe. It would be irresponsible. It would be reckless;” Mighty strong words in defense of the Bush-other Bush, that is– policy of defense against weapons of mass destruction.

I wonder what the five thousand Americans who died in this venture into nothing that had anything to do with terrorism feel now that they are dead. I wonder if the 40,000 who were wounded feel about being “saved” by President Bush feel about that caring effort. And, I wonder what the estimated 500,000 who returned with PTSD feel about being “saved” by George Bush? I have a hunch this campaign approach is a losing one.

Oh Dem Muslims!

Something appears to happen to any member of the Republican party when asked about those “Muslims.” Senator Rand Paul, ordinarily is sort of a decent guy, but on his recent appearance on the Jon Stewart show, the magic word was posed to him-Muslims. Stewart asked his opinion on the desire by Muslims to build a mosque near ground zero of the 9-11 site. So, Rand just had to demonstrate that he was a man who opposed giving into Muslim terrorists. “When they told me that they were going to build a mosque at 9-111, I was horrified. If you want to march down the street and you’re part of the KKK, I’m horrified by that and object to that. I think it is a really, really, bad idea to build a mosque at the 9-11 site.”

I guess as a Jew it is a bad, bad, idea for Christians to build a church in New York City where there are a lot of Jews. After all, it was CHRISTIANS who implemented the Holocaust, and if one Christian took part in that horrible event, then ALL CHRISTIANS are responsible! What the hell do Muslims in America have to do with 9-11? No one has blamed all Christians for the horrors that daily occurred on that continent. Sorry, Rand, you must learn to hold your tongue when someone asks about MUSLIMS!

The Mouth That Roars Nonsense!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again is roaring with nonsense when it comes to the Middle East. Listen to this latest example: “As horrific as ISIS is, once Iran, the prime terrorist state of our time, acquires nuclear weapons, it will be a hundred, times more dangerous, a thousand times more dangerous anymore destructive than ISIS.” He warns that filling the coffers of Iran with “billions of dollars to pursue its aggression” will lead to endless wars. Let’s examine the record:

1. The Army of Iran has never left the borders of Iran on any aggressive venture.

2. Since 1980, the IDF has left the borders of Israel to attack other areas in the Middle East.

3. Under the administration of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld the United States has spent over a TRILLION DOLLARS in pursuit of destabilizing the Middle East and creating terrorist groups.

4. When it comes to fostering terrorism the USA is the leading nation of our time.

Yes, Bibi, the nation of Iran DOEs sponsor terrorists. But, when it comes to sponsoring the rise of terrorism, Iran is a distant fifth in the Middle East.

How about gazing in the mirror and wondering if Israel could try some new approaches to peace? Yes, Bibi, the road to peace is long and difficult, but it is the only road we have. As British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said: “Jaw, Jaw, not war, war.”

China Ubber Alles!

The government of China is engaged in an interesting adventure into deciding what exactly are the borders of this nation. It has sent dozens of ships into the South China Sea in order to begin the process of transforming a reef or some sand into an island, and then claiming the new piece of land belongs to China. It goes further than only claiming ownership of an “island.” Once the “island” appears in the sea, then China decides who can fly over the island. According to the Chinese government: “It is a long standing task for China to safeguard its maritime rights and interests.

OK, so why can’t China:

Build an island off the coast of California and claim it belongs to China. No plane flights from San Francisco without approval.

Build an island off the coast of Italy and take control of the entire Middle East.

China forever and far ever is the new slogan!