Category Archives: George Bush

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “I Thought I Would Die”

Sarah Palin spoke a coherent sentence!

Sweden, Local: “Gender Neutral Toilets”

In the end, shit is shit.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “NO Fare Says Uber Taxi”

I guess fair is fair.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Perfect Pancakes”

At least something is perfect in Russia.

Norway, Norway Post: “Winter Holiday Begins”

From now until 2016, the clowns run our Congress.

Fruits Of War Linger On In Minds Of Veterans

I, along with millions can not forget what happened to millions of young Americans who were sent off to war by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. They were asked to fight, get wounded or die in a war that had no plan, no purpose, and no conclusion. Yes, “American Sniper” is making millions pretending the war was a glorious moment for at least some people. But, the millions of veterans will not cash in on a Hollywood moment, they must spend their days and nights reflecting on the horror of combat and loss of their friends. Why them and not me is THE question in so many minds? A new bill has finally been passed in Congress called the Clay Hunt Suicide prevention act. Its focus is upon dealing with Post Traumatic Disorder.

1. It creates new peer support systems for those in psychological need.

2. It establishes a comprehensive VA suicide prevention program.

3. It provides for hiring additional mental health specialists.

4. It even provides student loan assistance to psychologists who will work with these veterans.

Of course, nothing can wipe from minds what happened. Then again, nothing has been done to punish those responsible for what did HAPPEN!

Iraq–Send Help!

The Foreign Minister of Iraq just sent out a plea to the world for help. Ibrahim al Ja’afari wants the world to rally around the cause of Iraq and help his gallant government drive out the bad guys. He denounced ISIS for its brutality, its disregard for human life and wants the world to join in the battle to rid the Middle East of these beasts. OK,so the Iraq diplomat does admit there is a bit of “corruption” in his government and the world should ignore this minor problems and work to end the existence of ISIS. Who can disagree with his desire? Of course:

1. There would not be an ISIS if the government of Iraq Prime Minister Maliki had not attacked and imprisoned thousands of Sunni Iraqis.

2. Maliki had promised to allow Sunni warriors who had helped to destroy al-Qaeda to be incorporated into the Iraq armed forces, he did not carry out his promise.

3. The Shiite Iraq government has allowed Muslim militants to attack, murder and drive out of the country its Christian population.

Frankly, it is difficult to believe any statement from the Iraq government about its desire for democracy.

General John Boehner Demands Action!

I expect any moment to hear John Boehner break into song singing a chorus “Onward Christian Soldiers marching as to war.” John, who has never served in the military is angry and wants some sort of war. According to the man who knows nothing about war, “I want to give our military Commanders the flexibility and the authority to defeat the enemy. If we are going to win this fight, we need a strong robust strategy and strong robust authority.” Wow! This dude sure wants some action. Of course, at this very moment there are American planes bombing ISIS along with planes from our allies, including those from Muslim nations like Jordan and Saudi Arabia. I though that was the “strategy.” Of course, it is a bit confusing as to whether Republicans in Congress want boots on the ground, American boots, that is. As I recall, a Republican id send boots on the ground to Iraq and we have yet to get over that exhibit of stupidity.

I wonder if John Boehner understands that under the US Constitution, the President of the United States is commander-in-chief of our armed forces. He calls the shot about strategy, not members of Congress. The president can NOT allow political leaders to determine our military strategy. That is insane. Of course, nothing prevents John from joining our armed forces and going off to battle.

Un-Silent Guns

The past week has definitely enabled Vladimir Putin to enjoy himself. Leaders of France and Germany came begging to him and imploring the man who once was a KGB agent. He so enjoys being in the limelight of power when those who regard themselves as leaders of great nations seek his approval. It is also wonderful that most Russians somehow believe this excuse for a human is a “great” leader of their nation. Yes, the world gets a path to his house and he has the power to allow them to enter or wait outside begging for alms from the man who controls guns and artillery and planes. In theory there is a ceasefire in Ukraine. In theory separatists and Ukrainians have laid down their arms. Of course, the great leader decides what constitutes “peace” and quiet. We can expect further “incidents,” we can expect further deaths of Ukrainian soldiers.

It is the winter of discontent for those in the West who have allowed themselves to be bullied by this person. Can anything be done?

1. Isolate Russia. No travel, no trade.

2. Send defensive weapons to Ukrainians.

3. Allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO.

4. Continue the sanctions.

Ukraine -Maybe Quiet?

I confess that my anger emerges when I read about the murder of thousands in Ukraine. I want the West to stand with Ukraine against the gangster Vladimir Putin. I want arms to be sent to Ukraine and confront the stooges of Vladimir who currently are killing the innocent in that nation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande decided on a different approach. They have been negotiating with Vladimir Putin to achieve a cease fire in Ukraine. They signed such an agreement. It is NOT a solution. It will not punish those who initiated this conflict. It will NOT stop Putin from constantly causing havoc in the world. But, it does:

1. End the possibility of an armed conflict with Russia.

2. At least for the moment, ends death in Ukraine.

3. It will not please Senator John McCain and those Republicans who want to get some fighting going on.

4. It seeks to avoid the Iraq syndrome of sending in the troops.

So, the world is not perfect. In the meantime, do the best one can.

Iran And Nuclear Weapons

Senator John McCain is one tough dude and he is willing to draw his pistol at any moment in defense of the American way of life. He agrees with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that any and all discussion must be ended with Iran. Bibi and John insist no negotiations and the end result will be????

How about this end result after Iranian negotiations are ended:

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran.

2. President Putin offers to assist Iranians in securing atomic development that leads to atomic weapons.

3. President Putin and China agree to end sanctions against Iran.

4. Oh, Putin was just in Egypt where he offered to build them a nuclear plant.

The Bibi — John end result is this:

1. Israel bombs Iranian nuclear facilities.

2. Thousands of missiles wind up in Israel

3. Israel bombs Moscow to show the Russians no one messes with Israel!

John and Bibi have NO logical plan other than the end of the world!

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

I wonder if one can gaze too far?

Ministers and rabbis work hard to come across as knowing something about the world.

In modern America there is no last word.

we usually gaze at the person who sits next to us in a coffee shop.

Always remember there is a tomorrow, if not, you are dead.

Mah Jong is a game I know exists, that is all I know about it.

I so miss running against the wind.

Some enjoy the gift of ignorance.

Silence should be the norm during political campaigns.

Six gathered around a table with six laptops. Modern lunch time

Bibi -Stay Home!

Things are getting rather bad for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Anti-Defamation League of the US, which always regards any and all actions of Israel to be the word of God, suddenly comes out against the actions of Israel’s leader. Abraham Foxman who heads the ADL offered some words of advice to the Israel leader. Bibi had accepted and invitation from Republican leader John Boehner to address the American Congress on the foreign policy of the USA. This is sort of not done by countries in the world. Ordinarily, an Israel leader does not interfere with the political process of another land. But, then again, when Bibi desires something, who can deny him the right to butt into the lives of any nation in the world?

Foxman made clear to Bibi: “one needs to restart, and if needs a mature adult statement” on the part of the Israel leader. He pointed out that accepting the Republican invitation “has been hijacked by politics.” Gee, when did politics of the US get in the way of what Bibi wants or desires? The father of Benjamin Netanyahu was a Republican follower, his ambassador to the US was a Republican, and there is no doubt that Bibi is one. Stay home and keep your nose out of American politics! STAY HOME!

What ToDo In Ukraine?

As you recall it was just over a decade ago when the American government led by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld decided that our very survival as a country was threatened by the presence of
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the only road to peace was the road to war. This nation is now confronted by another possible war, and it has nothing to do with Muslims, and everything to do with terrorists. However, these terrorists are Christians, and they do sort of possess weapons of mass destruction. Separatists in Ukraine are moving into new areas, and behaving as an arm of Russian foreign policy. Senator John McCain and many members of Congress urge President Obama to send in weapons and get this war escalated. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging caution and now allowing the conflict to escalate. Most probably, President Obama is sort of confused about what to do.

Whether we like it or not, Soviet (oops, I mean, Russian) leader, Vladimir Putin wants a war. He has no idea how his Ukraine adventure could escalate into a war that might threaten peace in the world. Sorry, Ukraine might have to lose some land. However, the long term prospect is that Putin cannot continue allowing sanctions to be imposed without damaging the lives of Russians. Caution is the best policy. It might not get approval from Fox News, but such is life-and peace!