Category Archives: Iraq War

As long as the war in Iraq continues, we shall present voices of American soldiers and discuss issues of concern to those compelled to risk their lives.

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?

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.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Chinese Officials Charged With Graft”

I never knew that taking graft was wrong. After all, they run the entire government.

France, Connexion: “Ferry Hits Wall”

We are able to report the wall is in fine shape and will recover.

UK, Guardian: “More Storms On Way”

You ain’t seen nothing yet until this Republican Congress gets started helping the wealthy!

Australia, Canberra Times: “Sex At 72″

Frankly, not much since it is hard getting you know what, up!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “91 Year Old Dead Woman Awakens”

Did FDR Win the election??

LET’S PRETEND

Sometimes, my mind enters the world of, what if:

1. What if 80% of Americans voted?

2. Wealthy people paid at the same tax rate as the middle class?

3. Fast food workers got paid $20 an hour so they could buy consumer goods?

4. The Supreme Court ruled a candidate for President had to be born in America. Good bye Ted Cruz!

5. Obama held weekly press conferences and talked with Americans.

6. Obama appointed a Republican as Attorney General?

So much for pretend, unfortunately, I live in reality!

Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As To Iraq

As you may or may not recall back in 2008 the newly elected President Obama promised to end our wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. OK, he did remove most soldiers from Iraq although he did insist upon a “surge”in Afghanistan which was about as successful as the one in Iraq–in other words, it never worked aside from a few months. I do not blame Barack Obama for the ineptitude of Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who single handedly created the current mess. His anti-Sunni program turned thousands against the Iraq government and compelled most to ally with ISIS. Most probably Obama had limited options in Iraq. Although he could have frozen any and all aid until a coalition government was formed in Iraq.

President Obama will soon dispatch about 1,500 US troops to join the 1,000 currently training Iraq forces. Did Obama have options? Most probably not. However, he could have offered the Iranian army military equipment if they would train Iraqi soldiers. Of course, that would have annoyed AIPAC and led Republicans to go ballistic. I await the Republican military strategy for Iraq. So do Americans!

So, What About Iraq?

A new reality is emerging in Iraq that has been virtually ignored by Fox News and its band of pert cure blond haired experts on hair, but who lack any knowledge of the Middle East are not offering their words of wisdom about Iraq. There is a strange silence coming from ISIS. No scenes of ISIS men waving guns aloft as they enter another village and murder the innocent. Frankly, the air attack in desert areas has made it difficult for mass groups to appear. If a large ISIS force makes an appearance, it is soon blasted to pieces by planes. ISIS simply lacks anti-aircraft weapons that can shoot down planes. Its soldiers now must move in small groups using cars to get from place to place, and the last thing they wish to attempt is displaying tanks in the open. NO, ISIS is not dead. I am certain crazy young men and women continue to head for Iraq in order to die for God or a cause. Unfortunately, the only cause they will be able to die for is -Death.

The good news is that Iraq lacks forests or jungles in which soldiers can hide. It is wide open for planes to bomb and destroy. Now, comes the hard part. Can an Iraq government emerge in which Sunnis and Shiites work together? That solution can only come from these groups and President Obama can not enforce US will upon these groups. The air force has done its job, now it is up to Iraqis to end the violence.

An Agenda For Democrats

The Democratic Party has for return to its roots as a party of ALL Americans rather than a party that has the one note of women’s rights. Of course, Democrats should protect women rights, but that alone will not win elections. So, here is a possible program:

1. Raise the minimum wage over a five year time period to $15 an hour.

2. Offer students in debt an option of the 2% plan. They could opt to pay 2% of their wages until the loan is paid off. In other words, if a student has a $30,000 debt and is earning $30,000 a year their payment would be $50 a month.

3. Present a ten year program to rebuild the infrastructure of this country that would provide jobs.

4. Have the Federal government work with community colleges to create job training programs that offer those interested in a college program leading to a job.

5. End the war on drugs and legalize marijuana. Place a detour on the road to prison.

6. In Federal prisons allow those in jail for drug use to go home. Empty the prisons of non-violent crime offenders.

7. Initiate law suits against Wall Street types who robbed the American people. How about a few months in prison for those Criminals!

8. Initiate a ten year program that will result in high speed trains– just like those in Europe and Asia!

9. Offer a law that provides a month paid leave for wives and husbands who want to remain home with the newly born baby.

10. Offer a ten year program leading to universal child care.

Now, this might just result in people voting!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Blind Faith”

Barack Obama’s main problem, he has blind faith in his political knowledge.

China, China Daily: “Blue Skies Greet Leaders”

Not the leaders of the Democratic Party!

France, Connexion: “Court Throws Out Graffiti Case”

Chalk that one up!

Japan, Japan Times: “Band Of Jihadists”

Off with their heads!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You Still Here?”‘

The feeling of many Democrats this morning about Barack Obama!

Obama’s Night of Sorrow

In 2008, many Americans such as yours truly decided we needed a new voice after eight years of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and we rejected Hillary Clinton because we assumed she was too close to the world that must be changed. So, we elected a former college professor who had spent a few years as US Senator. We assumed that he had new ideas and would institute changes in American society. Unfortunately, we did not realize his complete lack of knowledge concerning how politics operated in a federal system of government. Barack Obama must rank among those elected to the presidency who lacked any understanding of government in this nation. He has made clear a distaste with the political process which he regards as beneath his contempt. The result has been six years of incompetent leadership in America. Please do not get me wrong, Obama has some excellent ideas, but it is one thing in American politics to have ideas, and another to get them transformed into laws. So, what went wrong with the Obama administration?

1. Barack Obama never established a working relationship with Democrats in Congress. He rarely speaks with members of Congress let alone listens to their political needs.

2. Barack Obama has pushed legislation without any consideration as to whether these laws politically benefit Democrats in Congress.

3. Barack Obama assumed the presidency in the midst of an economic crisis. He was urged by some of his advisors to read carefully how Franklin D. Roosevelt handled the Depression, but he never studied this model. FDR focused on two issues for the short term–fixing the banking system and then JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. He took office in March and by August about 4,000,000 men and women were working rebuilding roads, bridges, reforesting our forests and building hospitals or bridges, etc..

4. Barack Obama was elected with support from young Americans. He failed the first requirement of a good politician, reward those who elected you. Where was any legislation to address the issue of Student Loans? Nothing was given youth for their hard work. A successful politicians MUST reward his supporters. Yes, that is “politics,”but that is how one governs in a huge nation such as the United States of America.

To sum up: former Professor Barack Obama though the was still back teaching in college where students took notes and obeyed the professor.