Category Archives: Don Rumsfeld

The Fire This Time Leaves Aftermath–Always!

On September 11, 2001 a group of nineteen men initiated horrible events that resulted in the death of nearly three thousand innocent Americans. These men worked for an organization–al-Qaeda–that numbered, at best, about two thousand members. Today, the process initiated back in 2001 has resulted in al-Qaeda now having over 20,000 members, and, instead of being confined to Afghanistan, is now in Syria, Iraq, Algeria and dozens of other places of war. Our then President Bush insisted that his response to 9/11 would result in destruction of al-Qaeda and killing of Osama bin Laden. Yes, Osama is dead, killed by orders of a different president, but al-Qaeda remains a force of death and destruction. Today in Israel, the sounds of war, of revenge are powerful, and demand death and destruction. No one knows who were the cowardly murderers who selected three innocent young boys for their revenge. Three children died because of hate created by their elders- Israelis, Palestinians, and you name them. As always, the innocent die and the guilty live on to murder and murder the innocent.

Thousands of Israel troops are now on the border of Gaza.Israeli planes are pounding the Gaza Strip even as rockets are fired from it into Israel territory. The IDF has announced the beginning of “OPeration Protective Eagle.” There is a strong likelihood that thousands of Israel soldiers will blast their way into Gaza. There is a strong likelihood that innocent Arab children will die. Again, the innocent die because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The IDF told the world: “We are entering into a long operation. We are preparing further steps and a gradual expansion of our order of battle.”

Sorry, this statement is very similar to that made by President Bush preceding the invasion of Iraq. Colin Powell, US Secretary of State in 2001, but a former general, warned President Bush that if you go into the pottery shop and break china pieces, you are responsible for the damage. He was attempting to warn the president there are consequences when one initiates war. Invade Gaza, round up hundreds, put them in jail. Then what??

I can guarantee there will be dozens, perhaps, hundreds of missiles coming from Hamas centers in Lebanon and headed for Israel cities. What then? Invade Lebanon? Send Israel soldiers into Syria? When does it end??

Open Letter To John McCain

Dear Senator John McCain:

You are the son of admirals who served their nation in battles. You are the son of brave men who risked life in order to protect the freedom of this nation. You are a brave man who fought for his country,and, in so doing, were placed in a position of being tortured and abused. Today, you are a member of a political party that has lost all sense of decency and patriotism because its only goal is -power. It is bereft of ideas to improve the lives of Americans, it lacks goals to improve our nation. You are a member of a political party which engages in non-stop tirades and investigations into the death of four Americans in Benghazi, but refuses to examine the deaths of 5,000 Americans and wounding of 40,000 in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You are a decent person who loves America. You are also a decent person trapped in a political party that has lost its way. You love America and have proven this love by risk of life. Men like Ted Cruz and John Boehner have never fought in the cause of American freedom. You know the men who landed on D-Day were Democrats and Republicans, but, more important, they were Americans who wanted to end the evil of Nazism. It is time for you to rise in the US Senate and send a message to fellow Republicans that the time to end this endless hatred must conclude.

You understand the destructive power of weapons of war. It is time to rise and speak out agains the NRA and their refusal to support reasonable laws that would protect our law enforcement agents and fellow citizens. It is time for you to be the American who risked his life. It is time to risk your political life and speak out for human decency and respect for fellow members of the government.

It is time for you to become John McCain, the son of admirals!

Oh Dem Spies!

The government of Germany is rather upset since they just discovered that an employee of their secret intelligence agency is, in reality, a spy for the government of one of their “enemies.” Naturally, the “enemy” is none other than the good old USA. In fairness, to President Obama, spying has become to America what hot dogs are to America. It is one of our national past times, and we can not enjoy a 4th of July picnic without the dessert of a good spy story. Now, you might ask, “why is the United States spying on one of its ALLIES?” Fair enough question. We spy because we have spies, and our government does not wish to increase the number of unemployed people in our society, so we spy. After all, if you hire spies, at least let them do their job of spying. German Prime Minister Angela Merkel is getting tired of her ALLY spying on,not only her phone calls, but what transpires in her government. Her spokesman made it clear: “we don’t take the matter of spying for foreign intelligence lightly.”

I am certain President Obama has an explanation. We have to spy because their are bad people out there who seek to do us harm. So, what better way to damage these bad people but to spy on the good people who are our ally. Let us examine the 20th and 21st centuries when it comes to our spy agencies:

Death of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin in 1953 and subsequent events. Our spy agencies were completely wrong in what would happen.
Vietnam war. Our spy agencies did not have a clue about who were the Vietcong.
Sputnik, Russian space program, our spy agencies did not predict this event.
Collapse of the Soviet Union, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
Osama bin Laden, our spy agencies were completely wrong.
9/11 our spy agencies did not have a clue even though there were dozens of clues out there.
Arab Spring, our spy agencies did not predict this event.

So, who else but the clowns in our spy agencies would be wasting money and personnel spying on OUR ALLIES!!
Syrian war, our spy agencies were completely wrong.

Nicolas Sarkozy And Money

It should come as no surprise that a man who was president of a country has been charged with secret behaviors that border on the criminal. The only surprise is why some consider this to be a surprise. Nicolas Sarkozy who was president of France from 2007 — 2012 has been detained by the police for questioning. To be fair, he voluntarily went to the police station and allowed himself to be questioned. According to the allegations, and, at this point, they are simply allegations, then President Sarkozy made a deal with then dictator Muamar Gaddafi of Libya for some money to finance his re-election campaign in exchange for what we do not know. According to police charges, Gaddafi handed over about $60,000,000 stuffed in envelopes that were given to Sarkozy by a French heiress named Liliane Bettencourt. The allegation itself would make a terrific film, an elderly woman carrying stacks of enveloped stuffed with thousand dollar bills and meeting in some obscure French restaurant for the payoff.

The tale goes on. Sarkozy with his mole in the police department who filled in the president with plans to entrap him. The police tap phones of the President. Now, this is a hard one to believe. Are we to understand that a president’s phone can be tapped? Hey, no problem believing my phone can be tapped, but the president of the country?? The story is bizarre, but then again, anything to do with presidents these days is beyond comprehension. They inhabit their world, and we citizens have our world. Never the twain shall meet.

My question: how do I find a dictator who will give me enveloped stuffed with money?

On July 4th! A Day For Immigrants To Affirm!

This year marks my 83rd July 4th since I arrived in August of 1930 and thus missed July 4th of that year. July 4th always had meaning during my early years of life since I was a fanatic baseball fan and so loved having a double header(for the price of one game) played by all major league baseball teams. I could listen on my radio to the exploits of the New York Yankees in an era when they won world series after world series. Baseball players were giants in my life, they represented the end result of my dreams. Of course, my initial eleven July 4th came at a time when we had poverty, but no war. Then came World War II and July 4th was a day when we honored those who fought against Nazism and the Japanese. At least we knew very clearly who were the good and who were the bad guys in our lives. On July 4th we stood as a nation united, we felt as one in the struggle against evil. There was no ambiguity, the Nazis and “Japs” were the enemies.

As the child of immigrants, in those days no one differentiated between “illegal” and “legal” immigrants, we were simply immigrants blessed to be in a land where we all worked to defeat evil doers. I always felt a certain moment of patriotism standing at Yankee Stadium as the sang our nation’s song. Years later when I served in the armed forces, July 4th made me feel part of America. I was not the son of “foreigners,” I was an American. We understood that if one lived and worked in America it was simply a matter of time before they began to think and behave as an American. Who cared from whence you came, who cared if you were a recent arrival, the only important thing was–did you want to become an American!

I once wrote a history of America. I felt proud in so doing. It enabled me to bring together all memories of July 4th into one story. We Americans are ALL IMMIGRANTS! The issue for Americans has never been –how did you get here! No, the issue for Americans has always been–do you love America and will you fight for its continued existence!!

Get Marriage Proposal, Wrong Guy, Death Awaits

I am a member of what is termed, “Western Civilization,” so it ill behooves me to make comments regarding those of Asian or African regions of the world which over the centuries have evolved their own ideas pertaining to the act of marriage. After all, we Christians and Jews have murdered millions of people because they had differing religions. We don’t have to get into the entire story of the Holocaust which is a tale of murder, slaughter, horror and death. So, I tend to be careful when discussing religious behavior in other parts of this planet. But, every once and a while, I just have to shake my head in wonder how any humans can behave to those who seek to get married. I do understand that way back in the history of Western Civilization young folk had to get permission to marry from their parents, but that was a long time ago and today we are in the 21st century.

But, just about every week there is one or another story from Pakistan in which young people want to marry against the wishes of parents, and the end result is –Death! Muafia Bibi decided, for one reason or another, that she wanted to marry a 30 year old guy who had just ended two prior marriages. Anyway, mom, dad, her uncles and grandpa lured the newly married couple to the family house, and then proceeded to kill both of them. Just a simple case of getting hitched without permission.

In another example, a 20 year old girl rejected the marriage proposal of a 26 year old guy who proceeded to douse her with gasoline and set her afire. Just some further love tales from Pakistan.

Welcome To The Bush Caliphate!

I understand that George Bush is chopping wood in the state of Texas, but does he realize the dream of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld has finally been achieved? Yes, Saddam Hussein is dead, yes, the brutal dictator no longer rules Iraq, but, no, the triumph is not the end of a dictatorship, but the creation of a new Muslim caliphate. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Bush and the dynamic duo of Cheney and Rumsfeld DID alter the face of the Middle East. Yes, they did end leadership of bad guys in the region. If ISIS was honest, it would hail the work of the Bush crowd and make them heroes in the history of Islam, these three men did more to ensure the triumph of the Caliphate than any Muslim insurgent. So, give them their place in history. Welcome to the new Bush Caliphate that has been declared by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria!!

According to its new ruler, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “this is not the first border we will break, we will break other borders….There is no army in the world that can withstand the soldiers of Islam.” He promises to end Jewish control in Israel and send Jews fleeing. He also made clear to al-Qaeda their days are over. From now on, young Islamic terrorists no longer will take orders from the old men who run al-Qaeda. It is time for youth to be served. Today, the Middle East, tomorrow Europe, and the day after, Asia. His men are on the march and nothing can defeat these warriors of God. Oh, he wants to thank America for its gift of weapons and trucks they captured.

So George, chop away. You are now the hero of Middle East warriors, your dream has been fulfilled!!

The Forgotten Iraq People

Among the most under reported stories about the Bush/Cheny/Rumsfeld invasion of Iraq is how this blunder impacted the lives of Christians. Iraq Christians are among the oldest branch of this religion since they descend from Arabs who converted to the new religion hundreds of years prior to the arrival of the Muslim religion. Iraq Christians lived in peace under the regime of Saddam Hussein who regarded this group as loyal to him since they feared that if he left power, militant Islamics would seize power. Of course, this is exactly what happened due to the Bush invasion of Iraq. No one in his administration gave a single thought to the impact of ending Saddam and bringing in Islamic militants like Shiite Nouri Maliki. Of the estimated 1,000,000 Christians who were in Iraq when American troops entered in 2003, about 500,000 are still in the country. Most have fled to avoid persecution from the Islamic government installed by the “born again Christian” George Bush!

As Islamic terrorists head for Mosul and other areas in north Iraq, Christians are terrified. The city of Qaraqosh lies about forty miles from Mosul which is now controlled by ISIS. Fortunately, a Kurdish force of about 1,500 Peshmerga soldiers are now in the town and ready to defend Christians from slaughter by Muslim terrorists. I wonder how Fox News will report how the invasion they supported led to the deaths of thousands of Christians?

Recommendations For Republicans

Recent primary contests and victors and losers should offer Republicans some ideas regarding how to go about winning the presidency. At a time when the vast majority of American people simply not only do not like most politicians, they really don’t respect those who serve in our Congress. I suspect this is among the first times in history in which both Democrats and Republicans would prefer if every member of Congress took a vacation from serving in that institution, and allowed a new set of men and women to be our leaders. Then again, Barack Obama has not come across as a shining example of inspiring leadership. Does anyone know if he ever had a foreign policy regarding Syria? Anyway, since I am nice liberal guy whose heart seeks to assist Republicans, here are some suggestions for these confused, bewildered folk who lack a single clue how to gain support from most Americans:

1. Try the Thad Cochran approach. Senator Thad Cochran of the great state of Mississippi was facing defeat in the second round of the primary. So, he got this brilliant idea: what if I reached out to black folk and promised to do things for them?? Wow, that is an original political idea, offering constituents something in return for their vote. Believe it or not, black voters returned right wing conservative Thad to the US Senate!

2. Propose a health care plan that Americans would welcome. How about proposing that all Americans would be covered by Medicare? A sure winner. And, you come out being the party of average Americans.

3. Propose that tax rates can go up by 1% for the wealthy. I realize this would be a revolutionary idea, but honestly, one percent is really not the end of the world. You can then boast of being the party for the 99% of Americans!

4. Now, as for those Hispanic immigrants. How about a massive research project which produces robots that pick peaches, clean the streets, work in meat plants, and care for your baby? To make this an even more attractive idea, why not grant voting rights to these robots? After all, they are 100% Americans, born and bred in our great country!

Grand Ayatollah Has Grand Idea

I confess that like most Americans encountering another tale about the nation of Iraq is the last thing on my mind. I am a New York Knickerbocker fan and the last time my team won the NBA title I was forty years younger so I do understand the meaning of futility. The past decade of my life has involved reading, watching, hearing and thinking about the nation of Iraq. There is no sense reviewing mistakes made in the past since we lack a time machine to return backwards and fix things so that events unfurl in some logical pattern of intelligence. Here we are in June, 2014–Iraq is a mess. Period. Anyway, the leader of Iraq Shiites has reached a similar conclusion–things are a mess.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called upon all political leaders to come together and get rid of the world’s most incompetent Prime Minister–Nouri al-Maliki who created a disaster for his land. The Ayatollah wants political leaders from Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds to meet and select a new prime minister who can bring groups together, reform a broken military, and defeat ISIS terrorists who are sweeping through the country. He hopes this meeting would be a “prelude to the political solution that everyone seeks at present.” Common sense words.

I realize that Dick Cheney blames Obama for the mess. Hey Dick, YOU were the guy who selected Maliki! In other words, you were the dick head for caused the present mess.