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US Never Had Middle Eastern Foreign Policy

The foreign policy tragedy of the Obama administration is that it never developed a foreign policy for the Middle East. Symbolically the comment by President Obama as to his policy toward ISIS was, ” I do not have a strategy.” His problems in the Middle East began years before that statement. Does he even today have a Middle East foreign policy. In fairness, he inherited a mess from President Bush, and never figured out what he wanted to accomplish in this region of the world. Examine the reality of the Middle East.

1. The most important military centers are in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Algeria. Only these nations have armies.

2. Poverty is the most important driving force in this region.

3. Well educated young people lack work. This results in them winding up working with jihadist groups.

4. The unresolved problem of Palestinians hovers over the region. It is a source of anger and violence.

5. President Assad was a wild card who hated militants of the Muslim religion.

At no point did the Obama administration:

1. Address the economic realities of this area of the world. Economic aid was crucial. NO “Marshall Plan” was ever offered to the region.

2. Some form of military alliance between Turkey, Egypt and Algeria might have created an armed force that could handle militants.

3. The issue of Israel HAD to be addressed. It never was.

In other words, a Mediterranean Marshall Plan just might have won over young educated Muslims in the region. The key element of the original Marshall Plan was -no money without cooperation between nations seeking funds.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “French, A Language Of Love”

L’amour, toujours!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “No Hard Feelings”

These words will never pass the lips of John Boehner when speaking with Obama.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Jihadists Banned From UK For Two Years”

After that, please engage in jihadist actions.

UK Guardian: “Why Mosquitoes Bite Humans”

Who would turn down free blood?

Russia, Moscow Times: “McDonald’s Reopens In Moscow”

Was there a bare chested man who was first on line?

It’s China’s Turn To Be Feared And Hated

There is something about human history that always winds up being true. Catch your breath, wait a few years, and a new powerful nation will wind up being hated and feared. Whether it is France or Egypt or Germany of America, there is always a new power on the scene which makes other nations angry and their hearts filled with fear. Satellite photos reveal that China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly islands which will soon be able to handle planes as well as ships. This area is claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Why is everyone interested in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea? One word is the answer: OIL.

Always follow the oil and you will wind up with a nation that creates fear. Remember the days when Saudi Arabia could threaten the world by increasing or decreasing their output of Oil? China is simply the new bully on the block. Former enemies like the US and Vietnam are now allies in the fight to prevent China from controlling oil in the area. The circle of power goes round and round, and some nation emerges for the new bad guy.

The Cosby Tragedy

I spent my middle years watching the Bill Cosby show which depicted an ordinary Negro family as it spent their daily life. The show was funny, ironic, and just plain normal. The point of the Bill Cosby show was to prove to white America that a Negro family could be just as normal as the average white clan. Children committed normal acts of silliness and there was always dad and mom to correct them. The essence of the Cosby show is that normality was as normal among Negroes as among whites. Regardless of the problem, dad Bill had a solution that invariably entailed a humorous comment. So, the typical white family came to believe that Negroes were just like them.

Recent allegations of the sexual predator who is known as Bill Cosby are very confusing to the average American. He was such an icon of NORMALITY that to now know that he was a normal sexual nut case leaves one gasping for breath. Among the dozen or so women who now insist that he forced himself upon them, Angela Lewis charged that he forced his hand above her hand and made it rub his penis. He needed a massage. The statue of limitations has run out so Bill will not be compelled to be in a court defending himself. Such is life in America, where everything is now, NORMAL.

Catholic Crazies Also Exist

It has become the norm in America to believe that only Muslims engage in horrible warfare against the innocent. Even liberals like Bill Maher are convinced there is something special in the Muslim religion that leads to brutal murder of the innocent. Elena Poniatavska, a Mexican novelist and journalist wrote a powerful essay in which she expressed her horror at the murder of 43 innocent college students by police and drug lords who decided that killing was the only solution. “To hear that 43 young people were assassinated and then burned in a municipal garbage dump;s, as if the kids were trash or crap is offensive. As a Mexican, I am ashamed by this tragedy. How can we face the world after this?”

Yes, there is something extra horrible after these murders. She is particularly upset at the calm attitude of the killers, who murdered without any sense of anger toward the students. She compared this brutality to German (Christians) at Auschwitz. When Christians commit brutality, we Americans insist that Muslim murders are more brutal. Death of the innocent is not the monopoly of any religion. Is yoiu want to murder, you are simply a human.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I ate what mom set upon the table.

I miss standing in line for cheap tickets to New York Giant football games.

Study the past in order to understand your future.

Children love studying menus.

I am grateful for what I have and do not worry about what I do not have.

The noise of war these days overwhelms the silence of peace.

In any group, people pair off.

I do not gamble with Death.

One should never abandon the sense of humor.

Some slip one leg under body, I cannot.

Emperor Obama Has Spoken!

It was simply a matter of time before Emperor Barack Obama finally revealed his desire to end freedom as we know it in America, and impose martial law. Sorry, he did not order the arrest of Republican leaders, no, he did not shut down Fox News, no, Ted Cruz is still shouting and screaming in Texas about “those people.” The Emperor spoke last night on television and revealed that he has no respect for the Constitution. President Obama finally came out in support of immigrants to this nation. He spoke about illegal Mexicans who had come to America in search of work an freedom. You know, just like YOUR ANCESTORS who came to America in search of freedom and work.

Obama spoke from his heart. He made clear that “we are a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where persons who pick our fruit, and make our bed have a chance to get right with the law. Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents?” He has now offered about four million illegal immigrants an opportunity to become legal citizens. Naturally, Republicans are up in arms over the concept of Executive action. Lets examine the record.

1. Republican President Ronald Reagan issued a similar Executive action during his administration. NO Republican threat to impeach. After all, that was an act by Saint Reagan.

2. Just about every American President has issued such Executive Actions.

3. During World War II, President Roosevelt sent 120,000 Japanese American citizens to camps, and no one spoke about impeachment.

Unfortunately, the game of impeachment has begun. We urge Republicans to pursue this game.

So, Who Are The Violent Folk In Israel?

Anyone who has studied the history of the Middle East since the creation of the state of Israel is quite aware that during the past sixty odd years, Arab nations have repeatedly muffed opportunity after opportunity to resolve their conflict with Israel on reasonable terms. Of course, there also have been groups in Israel which have no desire for peace with Palestinians unless their opponents completely accept their ideas. There is no doubt Palestinians have resorted to violence in order to end their conflict with Israel. I regret to inform those supporting the state of Israel, that violence has also been a weapon of that government. Homes of Palestinians have been blown up, campaigns in Gaza resulted in the death of thousands of Palestinians along with the death of dozens of Israelis. Neither side can bask in the glory of always being on the side of peace.

Two Palestinians brutally murdered four rabbis in a synagogue. Of course, twenty years ago a Jew entered a mosque and machined gunned to death over twenty Muslims engaged in the act or prayer. That person today is regarded as a “hero” by some Israelis. When it comes to “violence” each side has a case to be made that their opponents are violent people. The Israel Shin Bet secret service claims there is a plot to murder Avigdor Lieberman. I do not doubt the existence of such a plot. He is a controversial individual and has angered Palestinians by his violent words of anger toward them.

The time has come to cease arguing as to which side is, “violent,” and get down to the issue of how to end VIOLENCE! This would require patience, and lots of compromise on the part of both sides.

Turkey Charges US Acts Turkey

President Recep Erdogan was to last year the prime minister of Turkey, but decided he preferred the role of president in order to pursue his dreams of making Turkey the number one nation in the Middle East. HIs Justice and Development Party assumed power over ten years ago, and ended military rule of the nation. Of course, in pursuit of that goal he has increasingly demonstrated an authoritarian attitude and does not enjoy having anyone contradict his views regarding what is necessary. Vice President Joe Biden has flown to Turkey in an attempt to resolve issues in conflict.

1. Erdogan believes the war against Kurds is THE most important issue in the Middle East.

2. Erdogan believes that if President Bashar al-Assad was removed as head of Syria, then peace and prosperity would return to the Middle East.

3. Erdogan is not impressed with the power of ISIS which he considers a lesser threat than the Kurds.

4. Turkey is allegedly a partner in NATO, but he ignores this body in the Middle East.

5. Erdogan does not like anyone contradicting his ideas, that is why more reporters are in jail in Turkey than in any other nation.

6. Erdogan has refused to work with Greece and Cyprus about issues of oil and gas in the Mediterranean.

Joe, good luck. You will need it when with President Erdogan. He will make Mitch and John and Ted come across as reasonable folks!

No Dark Days For Russia

Vladimir Putin regards himself as the world’s leader in fighting against the forces of multiculturalism since when a nation that regards itself as a bastion of whiteness allows those of other shades of skin to reside within their midst, what else is the prospect other than racial disorder? He is the man on guard at the bridge of whiteness standing tall with a machine gun ready to blast away at any dark skinned person seeking to cross over into the beloved white land of Mother Russia. Let me makes clear that Mother Russia only had white kids, even in far off Siberia.

Putin informed the world about the greatest menace to European civilization. “In the modern world, extremism is being used as a geopolitical instrument and for remaking spheres of influence. We see that the tragic consequences, the wave of so called color revolutions led to. For us, this is a lesson and warning. We must do everything necessary so that nothing like that ever happens in Russia.” In other words, if your skin is black, stay out of White Russia!