Category Archives: George Bush

Wars Of Choice, Wars Of Necessity

Political scientist Richard Haas has identified two forms of war that we Americans have fought during our history-wars of choice, and wars of necessity. Let me briefly review has this concept fits into the history of American wars:

1. American Revolution. In 1776, the American colonists had the highest standard of living in the world. They enjoyed free speech, freedom of religion freedom of the press,and 90% of laws that impacted them were passed by a Colonial legislature. A majority of people opted for war. Most probably, further self government would have arrived within thirty years. A War of Choice

2. The War of 1812, by any definition, falls under the category of a War of Choice.

3. The War with Mexico in 1846 was definitely a war of Choice. America invaded Mexico.

4. The Spanish American War of 1898 was initiated by the US, and is a War of Choice.

5. World War I was a choice by President Wilson to support England despite the fact American ships were being attacked by both German and English vessels. A War of Choice

6. World War II is clearly an example of a War of Necessity. America was attacked.

7. The Korean War. North Korea attacked South Korea, and America made the choice to support South Korea. A War of Choice.

8. The Vietnam War was clearly a War of Choice.

9. The Gulf War of 1991 was a War of Choice.

10. The invasion of Afghanistan was a War of Choice.

11. The invasion of Iraq was a War of Choice.

12. The Civil War is rather unusual. It was an internal war. There is no question that President Lincoln had to respond to the threat of secession with force. A War of Necessity although many Southerners would argue it was a War of Choice.

After reviewing this list it is clear that only World War II was supported overwhelmingly by 95% of the people. In all other wars, America had a divided society. It is not surprising that in 2014, Americans are divided about the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither of these wars had a 90% agreement.

Perhaps, the issue is that America entered two wars of Choice, and the choice was incorrect!

America Needs A Healer

As one reviews the history of American presidents over the past fifty years it is apparent that not a single one was able to create a sense of leadership that encompassed those of differing views and beliefs. The polarization of Americans into separate groups, each committed to firm beliefs has grown and grown. Our society lacks the sense that only a leader could convey that those who seek a different America also have a place within America. The last American leader who offered that sense of a society bound together seeking a new America was Robert Kennedy. He died on the road to becoming president because another of those fun nuts was angry and decided to end a life. After all, as the National Rifle Association argues, one has the Constitutional right to kill, if one believes his rights are threatened.

On the night when Martin Luther King was murdered, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis. He spoke calm words to those who were Negroes, he spoke of the pain that he, as a white man had suffered, when a white man murdered his brother. He then walked the streets of Indianapolis offering words of calm to angry Negroes. Robert Kennedy was just as comfortable in a group of white conservative workers as he was with liberals. His words were always about the importance of recognizing that to be an American was to be concerned about ALL Americans. Neither Bush nor Obama has ever been able to convey that feeling. For Robert Kennedy, the plight of those who were poor or disadvantaged was primary to the American dream. He often took the side that was being oppressed, regardless of political consequences. And, thus he died with his dream of a united caring America.

I was struck at lack of presence of President Obama at the border to hug and welcome children seeking refuge. Yes, such a sight would be terrible politics, but such a sight would be what a leader of
America must convey.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “What Are You Scared Of?”

Republicans gain control of US Senate

New Zealand,New Zealand Herald: “I Didn’t Have Time To Pray”

That assumes God had time to listen to it.

Norway, Norway Post: “Tourist Caught Speeding Before Crash”

Shows the worth of a warning.

USA, aol: “Hope In Sight After 16 Operations”

Absolutely, I can guarantee there will be a seventeenth operation!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Court Grants Boat Injunction”

From now on, no one on the boat the boat does not like!

Sweden, Local: “Apes Get Revenge”

Into the cages with humans?

UK, Guardian: “Trial Of Abuse”

The longest trial in US history and the culprits are Congressmen.

You Forced Us To Shoot Down Plane!!

There is a basic problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin– he is so accustomed to saying or doing whatever he damn well wants to without any consequences that it is difficult for him to grasp that once upon the road of lies, eventually the lie will be outed. Alexander Khodakovsky, a leader of the separatist Vostok battalion in eastern Ukraine, told reporters the truth about what happened to the plane. “The Buk, I know about. I head about it. I think they sent it back..they probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its existence.” Actually, Mr. Khodakovsky is not apologizing for the tragedy, he is simply attempting to prove that his comrades had the guided missile system and were forced to use it. Confused, please allow this man to proceed with his explanation.

“The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence the volunteers have this technology through the fault of Russia. It(Ukraine government) not only did nothing to protect security, but provided the use of this weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians.” In other words, we told you our forces had the capability to shoot down a plane, and you criminals allowed a peaceful plane to fly over Ukraine. Thus, we would never have shot down a peaceful plane since our goal was to shoot down Ukraine planes. Simply put, the entire tragedy is the fault of the Ukraine government for not accepting that we could shoot down planes.

I await the explanation of President Putin. I suspect he will award a medal to Mr. Khodakovsky for presenting a clear, concise understanding why it is not we who are guilty but YOU!

Rick Perry To The Border

If you are an American citizen, the good news is your night will not be disturb by hordes of criminals wandering the streets of your neighborhood. I can now promise each and every American the days of fear are over! Governor Rick Perry of the great state of Texas has mounted his horse, and dashed toward the border with Mexico in order to stand, armed with assault rifles in order to blast away at the hordes of Mexicans headed for the border. Rick has ordered over a thousand National Guardsmen to take up arms and march toward the Rio Grande in order to prevent an invasion of ‘those people.’ Governor Perry believes the recent arrival of Mexicans has become a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY. He believes we need the National Guard, more Border Patrols, jet planes, and the assistance of our Navy in order to repel terrorists headed for America.

Of course, the new “horde” consists of children fleeing from beatings, rape and murder in their native lands. They seek refuge with relatives in America which certainly classifies as a threat to our NATIONAL SECURITY. Naturally, Governor Perry blames you-know-who for this “disaster.” Just check with whoever is discussing illegal immigrants on Fox News and they will make clear the you-know-who is none other than the you-know-who inhabiting the White House.

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce made a weekend visit to Honduras and returned to inform Americans that children were fleeing due to economic interests, not due to fear of violence. During his weekend, Congressman Pearce never left the hotel due to his fears of violence. Oh well, a weekend makes anyone an expert, particularly if he never left the hotel!

Activist Judges Rule The Land

As the reader recalls, for the past twenty years, Republicans have been decrying and complaining about “activist judges” who sit in Washington making decisions that impact the lives of Americans. Brown vs Bd of Education in 1954 ended the constitutional right of those who believed in segregation and FORCED those American citizens to bend to the authority of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. For decades the Republican chant of “activists judges” has sounded the cry for action. Republicans have been demanding that ‘THE PEOPLE’ should rule, not nine unelected Judges! However, for some strange reason, Republican leaders apparently do NOT object to ACTIVIST JUDGES WHEN their decisions agree with Republican beliefs. For example:

1. Corporations are people with the right of free speech.

2. Guns are OK for everyone at any time and no state has the right to prevent Americans for possessing guns. Of course, for TWO HUNDRED YEARS, the Supreme Court said it was constitutional to have gun laws.

3. Corporations have the right to practice their religion and force others who work for them to obey their version of religious freedom.

A Federal Appeals Court just ruled that subsidies to people under the Affordable Care Act is not legal since the law says subsidies can only be “given through an exchange established by the State.” In other words, Federally established health care programs can not give subsidies to those lacking money for health care!

Joko Widodo No Indonesian Joke!

It has become an accepted belief in most Western nations that those of the Muslim religion are linked in one way or another with violence of terrorism. WE of the West insist that OUR values are antithetical to the idea of terrorism or violence. After all, we are heirs to the Judaic – Christian way of life. Just remember, we of the Judaic/Christian belief system conducted World War I and World War II and when not engaged in slaughtering Europeans, wiped out a few million folk in Asia and Africa. So, it is so wonderful to learn that in the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION IN THE WORLD, there was a free election and a man of peace was elected to head the nation. And, belief it or not, no terrorists played any role, whatsoever in any aspect of the election.

Joko Widodo, who is the first Indonesian leader able to claim no link with the Army or previous violations of democratic procedures, was elected with 53.12% of the vote. He is the first president who comes from the ordinary people of Indonesia, and seeks peace and love with one and all. He pointed out that his candidacy had support from “artists to rickshaw drivers” and represents a “cultural event” rather than a political event. According to Joko, “politics is full of fun, politics has some wisdom, politics is freedom.’

His opponent, Mr. Prahowo, who was supported by the Army, charges “fraud!” He certainly does not come across as a happy camper.

Kill In Civilized Manner

A shell, that is right, A shell from Ukrainian artillery fell upon the sacred land of Russia. THE shell resulted in the death of A WOMAN. Ordinarily, in the current manner of killing in this wonderful Earth, the death of A person results in the same amount of interest as would being told Republicans in Congress refused to pass a law that raised minimum wages. So, what is news? Anyway, the shell came from Ukraine, and the Ukrainians are not well liked by Russians who interpret any and all signs of seeking to be an independent nation a threat to the national security of Russia. There is talk in Russia of sending in the Army, but President Putin understands that step would result in sanctions to his fellow oligarchs. So, how to handle this situation? Dimitry Bushmin is Deputy Chair of the Russian Federation so it is incumbent upon him to identify a solution to this problem. Voila, he came up with an idea! “The only way to solve this problem is to fight as civilized countries do–the U.S. or the E.U. We have to use precision guided weapons so we could destroy those who launched the shell.”

We have now reached the stage of human development in which killing people is based on “civilized” or “non-civilized” approaches. I suspect Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu regards the Gaza bombing as an example of being “civilized.” For those who die, the last thing on their minds is whether it was the result of a “civilized” shell. Murder is murder.

Words Of Wisdom From Chairman Chris

I was aware that Governor Chris Christie was an expert on traffic conditions on bridges, and when it comes to the issue of ensuring his wealthy friends get tax breaks, the good governor of New Jersey leads the nation. So, it was surprising to discover that Chris is an expert on the Middle East. However, to be honest, he is an expert on what Sheldon Adelson desires in life. A few months ago, Chris dashed to Las Vegas and kissed the hand of Sheldon as well as falling to his knees pleading forgiveness. He referred to the West Bank as “occupied land.” Sheldon does not give money or blessings to anyone who doubts the entire Middle East belongs to Jews–God promised them the region. Anyway, Chris decided to really prove to Sheldon that he loves Israel above all, particularly the truth. He gave a speech and explained to Americans why there are problems in the Middle East. Take one guess: BARACK OBAMA!

According to Chris, “Israel is not sure that they have American full support like they used to, and that is the failure of then presidency now.” He went on to emphasize, “that what you see in the Middle East is caused, not completely, but in some measure by the fact that the president has not acted in a decisive, consistent way.”

Oh, as I recall, a president invaded Iraq seeking weapons of mass destruction that never existed. The best friend of Israel is John Kerry who has worked to achieve peace with Palestinians. If not for the US, the Security Council would be passing resolutions blasting current Israel policy in Gaza. Chris, focus on bridges, that is your expertise!