Category Archives: George Bush

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.

US Downgrades Obama

Recent polls indicate that most Americans are not impressed by the presidency of Barack Obama.In some polls he now ranks as the least competent American president since the end of World War II. Naturally, the Republican party and Fox News and those who hate the very thought of someone with dark skin as our president will applaud this view. This blog has frequently been critical of the performance of our president, but is he the worst since 1945 is an interesting question? If he is, we should examine what he did or did not do.

1. A president is the national spokesperson of the nation. Every great president was able to communicate ideas to the public. On this point, He has never explained anything that he does. Even today, most Americans still do not know the meaning of his Affordable Care Act. Ironically, when Americans are polled on specific pieces of the act, they agree with it. Given this discrepancy, the rating must be–D.

2. He inherited a mess in Iraq. In fairness he did what had to be done in Iraq–leaving. However, again, there was no clear statement about why we did not sign any agreement with the Iraq government. To this day, few Americans know it was refusal on the part of the Iraq government to allow American soldiers to be tried in military courts that ended our presence. Why the secret? Tell it to the American people. If America was leaving Iraq, then what was to be our policy in the Middle East? He never offered one. Rating: D-

3. Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu constantly refused to compromise with Palestinian leader President Abbas. After the victory in 2008, the new president had about one year to compel Netanyahu to engage in peace talks. He hesitated, he refused to get tough. Sending former President Bill Clinton to the Middle East with the power to get tough with Netanyahu and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority might have gotten results. Perhaps not, but it was worth a try. Rating: C

4. Republicans were out to get him from day one of his administration. In 2009, he had a majority in both houses of Congress. He never learned the lesson of Franklin Roosevelt that the initial 100 days was the time to push through laws. He never learned the importance of co-opting Republicans. For example, asking Senator John McCain to be his representative in Afghanistan by heading a study group to come up with future policy. Meeting each and every member of Congress in a private session by the end of 2009. Would it have changed Republicans? Most probably not, but it was worth a gamble. Rating C-.

5. Obama remains the most aloof president in recent times. He has the worst record for press conferences of any American president since WWII. He never learned the importance of the press conference. Each press conference means that day, the president controls the news. He did not reach out to reporters, he stood away from them. He did not use the press conference to speak with Americans in clear terms. Rating: D.

So, how do we rate Obama? Definitely, not among the top presidents since WWII. Most probably a C one.

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 youth, fast food was hot dogs in the deli on Thursday when mom worked in our store.

My mother never once took me out to lunch–or dinner!

Some slumber through life.

Children enjoy a pretended punch.

There is judo of the mind as well as of the body.

At some point in time, we all have to depart.

Some were born to think in different ways.

All Earth folk are colored.

Some stand still to talk, others hop around.

In the universe there is never an end nor a beginning.

3 employees, 3 customers, not a profitable day.

Some gaze at iPad when ordering food.

I wonder if there is a hierarchy among Gods.

Two coffee spills in a day-blame it on old fingers.

Some clutch notebook close to heart.

Since serving in the army never had a clear identity.

Being able to tower over a shorter person gives one a sense of power.

Flight From Or Toward Mosul??

The American media is filled with horror stories from Iraq and Republican congressmen are daily reciting their outrage on Fox News how Barack Obama “lost Iraq to Muslim terrorists.” A new mantra is emerging within the Republican party that things were going great in Iraq until the dude from Africa took office, and began a campaign to transform peaceful Iraq into a divided nation. However, on the road leading from or to Mosul which is now under control of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq,(ISIS) a different story is emerging. Those traveling the road leading to or from Mosul now encounter Kurdish troops–”Last Peshmerga Checkpoint” which are manned by Kurdish troops ready and able to handle the ISIS. A driver told a reporter that he was headed back to Mosul. “Everything is normal there. The ISIS people do not interfere. Hospitals, municipal services, it’s business as usual. In other words, a city of nearly two million people was taken over without any opposition by a few thousand men.

A police officer who was headed back to Mosul explained to a reporter why he was going home. He bitterly discussed his Shiite superiors. “They don’t even consider we Sunnis to be human beings. Only Shiites got promoted to become officers. We were second class citizens.” Now he wants to return to a city run by Sunnis who intend to make Shiites second class citizens. So, those in cars headed south from Mosul are Shiites or any of the remaining Christians who fear death in a city run by Sunnis. In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected any idea of forming a coalition government that includes Sunni and Shiites. That is why people are headed north to Mosul or south away from Mosul.

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?

American Conservatism That Once Was And Can Be

I currently am in the process of writing the history of America in the year, 1953 so my mind each day returns to olden days when life was somewhat different in this blessed land. The year begins with the election of the first Republican president in twenty years –Dwight Eisenhower. Ike, as he was affectionally known, had been a great general during World War II, and decided that he was a Republican. Believe it or not in those days the Republican Party had a conservative, a moderate, and a liberal wing. Conservative Henry Luce, owner of Time, Life and Fortune magazines wrote an editorial boasting that the Republican party was the champion of workers and the middle class. He believed that capitalism was based on the principle of redistribution of wealth in order to ensure the middle class and workers had good jobs and incomes so they could purchase goods and keep the economy vibrant. For modern Republicans, a somewhat novel concept of “conservatism.” The essence of moderate, liberal, and many conservative Republicans was the importance of free enterprise as personified with rising income for both the wealthy and middle class.

President Eisenhower also had the weird conservative notion that national debts were best handled by imposing high taxes on the wealthy. He continued the Franklin Roosevelt World War II top tax level of 90%. When challenged by head of U.S. Steel corporation who insisted on lower taxes for the wealthy, he informed the rich man that as an American he was responsible for paying a higher tax. Most Republicans in Congress, supported the president. Would you believe that CONSERVATIVES regarded paying off the national debt as important and the responsibility of the wealthy?? Henry Luce urged in a Life editorial the goal of conservatives in America was to ensure that the top 5% of wealthy controlled only 17% of our national income, not the 42% currently supported by Republicans! Such was the state of CONSERVATIVES.

Oh, Eisenhower ended segregation in Washington D.C., he ended it in Navy shipyards, he continued the desegregation of the armed forces, and his Attorney General strongly backed the Brown vs Board of Education law suit to end segregation in our nation’s schools. That was CONSERVATIVE thinking in 1953. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Republican conservatives returned to the old true conservatism of their predecessors?