Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

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!

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.”

Iraq Scorecard – Get One

One expects historians to eventually write books which explain American policy in what we term, the Middle East. The twisted road of American policy toward Iraq is baffling to any sane individual. Let me explain:

1. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who hated fundamentalist Muslim groups such as al-Qaeda and imprisoned Islamic clerics in his jails. He created a secular society in which women had equal rights.
2. Thus, the administration of the dynamic trio-Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld– wiped him out and led to his death.
3. The United States then created a fundamentalist Islamic government in Iraq which has forced over half the Christian population to flee in terror.
4. Yesterday in Iraq, they arrested Wathiq al Battat, a leader of the Iraq al-Mukhtar militia who was responsible for bombing sites in Saudi Arabia, which is Sunni.
5. Iran, which has been the enemy of America for over thirty years exerts power in fellow Shiite Iraq which we freed from the rule of secular people.

In other words, the US has driven from power secular leaders in the Middle East in order to empower fundamentalist Islamics which we fight in Afghanistan. Fundamentalist Saudi Arabia which funds fellow fundamentalists in the Middle East which seek to kill American soldiers is our “ally.”

Get your scorecard on who is our friend in the Middle East– and WHY?

Iraq Redeux

The war in Iraq is now part of our mysterious past, it happened so long, long ago, that memories of what was being told the American people have vanished into thin air. Ah, the famous “surge”led by the great General David Petraeus once filled our media with tales of defeating al-Qaeda and bringing peace and prosperity to the people of Iraq after their long nightmare under the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein. Remember how George and Dick and Don promised the people of America that once our forces had ended this cruel dictatorship then, somehow, democracy would emerge in the sad land of Iraq? There was certainty in their words,an aura of assurance they understood how to restore stability to the people of Iraq.

Yesterday, the current Shiite government of Maliki sent troops to arrest still another Sunni Iraq leader, Ahmad al Alawi and in the ensuing shoot out he died along with his bodyguards. This came after the former Sunni Finance minister and his bodyguards died at the hands of the government. And this came after the former Sunni Vice President, Tariq al-Hashemi was forced to flee the country for his life. The dictatorship of Saddam Hussein was replaced by the dictatorship of Maliki and his Shiite followers. Such was what we Americans brought to Iraq in the guise of “democracy.”

Tragedy of Christianity In Iraq

One of the ignored tragedies of the Iraq war was the destruction of Christianity by this American folly. Ironically, George Bush, who claims to have been saved by being born again as a Christian wound up encouraging the death of thousands of Christians in Iraq. We forget that these were among the oldest Christians in the world and they had lived in Iraq for nearly 2,000 years. There were nearly a million of these ancient people in the nation of Iraq until George wiped out Saddam Hussein and allowed installation of a fundamentalist Shiite government which proceeded to allow forces of hate and violence to unleash terror upon their Christian neighbors. Saddam Hussein has always protected Christians whom he regarded as loyal subjects, but his death allowed forces of terror to have free reign in murdering people and burning churches and Christian businesses.

Yesterday, another suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of Christians. At least 34 are dead and dozens are wounded. When the armies of George Bush arrived in Iraq there were about a million Christians. Today, there are about 600,000 and these leave daily for other destinations where Islamic fundamentalists can not kill them.

Merry Christmas, George Bush!

Spy Galleries On Display

Future historians will be writing books and articles concerning the spy policies of American presidents from Bush to Obama because a serious issue has become the greatest farce of modern times. Each day brings another example of the National Security Agency spying on this or that American ally. President Obama offers a serious face from which words emerge about another “study”to be made, and, perhaps, just perhaps, some action to be made about the right of America to spy on leaders who, allegedly, are our partners. The government of Israel is now furious over evidence the NSA spied on its leaders for years. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz burst out with, “this thing is not legitimate. It is embarrassing between countries,” friendly ones, that is. I sometimes forget that we Americans are a “special people” who possess the right to spy on anyone who threatens “our security.” It is time for the United States to make a list of “special qualities” we possess that all nations of the world must respect.

For Israel, the issue is doubly upsetting. Thirty years ago, a man named Jonathan Pollard, spied for Israel in the United States, was caught, is still in prison and the government of Israel promised never again to spy in America. So, what is the end result, lock up for thirty years an Israel spy and then spy in the state of Israel.

Question: Does Israel get the right to lock up American spies and also receive a promise not to spy on them? Just asking.