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.

Whatever Happened To?

These days I wonder about, Whatever Happened TO:

The end of the Cold War in Europe?

The balanced budget that President Clinton left newly elected President Bush?

The promise of Barack Obama to end secrecy in government?

Our failure to pay attention to the words of wisdom of Sarah Palin?

The agreement that in view of John Kennedy’s assassination something had to be done to control access to guns?

The concept that a business was just that, a business, not a person?

Michelle Bachmann who daily offered her thoughts which led to another column about nonsense?

Firing those in government who lied to the President and Americans?

When we called people, people, not folks?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Saddam Hussein was dead?

The end of violence in the Middle East now that Muammar Gaddafi was dead?

Creation of the independent state of Palestine?

When people at lunch talked with one another rather than with a machine?

Arabs, An Appointment In Samarra

There is an old Arab folk tale which should be read every morning by every leader in Hamas. “Once upon a time, a servant went out into the market place to shop for his master. As he gathered up fruits, he suddenly noticed that Death was in the marketplace. He ran home and told his master that he had seen Death in the marketplace. His Master grew frightened and decided to flee to the town of Samarra. He left in a hurry. The servant returned to the marketplace and walked up to Death. He berated Death for frightening his Master. Death apologized if his presence frightened his master and told the Servant that he had merely halted for a few hours because he had an appointment in Samarra.” The leaders of Hamas have an appointment in Samarra. The problem is that they will not go to that town, but people living in Gaza will be forced to head in that direction. The 72 hour ceasefire ended, and Hamas sent 35 rockets headed toward Israel. Naturally, Israel artillery responded with shells. Naturally, more civilians in Gaza will receive a premature appointment in Samarra.

Leaders of Hamas insist they won the recent war. The last time they fought the Israel Army only about ten Jewish soldiers were killed, but during recent weeks they killed 60. A Hamas spokesperson said there would not be a ceasefire until Israel agrees to its demands. On which planet are Hamas leaders living? The only “victory” for anyone is–an end to violence!

Collateral Damage In Iraq

Since day one of the great invasion of Iraq that was initiated by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, the collateral damage of this conflict has simply been ignored by the American government and media. For example, how many Americans know that in March, 2003 there were nearly a million Christians in Iraq who traced their ancestry back nearly 2000 years? How many Americans know these were descendants of early Christians who followed the word of Jesus Christ? Today, thanks to the Born Again Christian, George Bush, only about 400,00 of these CHRISTIANS still remain in Iraq. George and the boys created a Muslim fanatic government which did not intend to grant Christians any favors. Of course, the Kurds in northern Iraq said “goodbye” to Iraq and went their merry way of independence. In fairness to George, he is not responsible for the flight of 150,000 Jews who left Iraq by the 1970s.

Let me explain something to the Dynamic Trio–Christians were a second class minority within Muslim societies. They lacked power and existed due to sufferance of Muslim rulers. Saddam Hussein granted them equality in order to have a group that was disliked by Muslim clerics. In other words, “my friend is the enemy of my enemy.” By the way, Georgie boy, as you chop wood and go to church on Sunday in Texas, just remember, YOU are the one responsible for the flight of Iraq Christians from their homeland.

Today, yet another example of Collateral Damage. There is a minority Muslim group called the Yazidi. They are deemed heretics by Muslim clerics. They have been around for several hundred years. However, since growth of ISIS, the latest form of fanatical Muslims, the Yazidi have fled their towns. Over 100,000 are now in Kurdistan. About 40,000 are trapped on Mount Sinjar. As one refugee noted: “we are being told to convert or to lose our heads. There is no one coming to help.”

How about contacting George Bush? At least he could provide wood for your fires!

What Should Be US Foreign Policy?

The ongoing complaint of this blog is lack of a foreign policy on the part of the United States of America that goes beyond handling the current crisis of the day. Since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and that of Iraq in 2003, American foreign policy essentially is based on the premise that our nation does not like bad people. We got rid of the bad Taliban, then we got rid of the bad Saddam Hussein, then we got rid of the bad Libyan dictator Gaddafi because he was bad–at least for this moment. America does not like Chinese leaders because they are dictatorial, but we DO like dictators in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. I assume they are among the “good dictators.” The only clear aspect of US foreign policy over the past decade is our concern for “dictators.” Of course, even though we are against dictators, we really mean “some dictators.” From 1946 until 1991, American foreign policy was based on the theory of Çontainment. In the end, the Soviet Union imploded, and Çontainment wound up proving accurate as a foreign policy.

What then can be a foreign policy for the Middle East?

1. Our goal should be creation of a Mediterranean Union that includes all nations in the region.

2. Creation of the MU should not be predicated on the assumption that all nations participating in the Union were, at this moment, democracies.

3. Our goal should be an Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders that results in formation of an independent state of Palestine which governs 95% of the existing West Bank and Gaza.

4. The US should take the lead in creating a modern Marshall Plan for the MU to stimulate economic development.

These four goals have nothing to do with democracy. The end result of this policy would be peace in the region and economic development. Period!

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

The last President to have a balanced budget was Democrat Bill Clinton.

The last President who had a $200 billion surplus in his budget was Bill Clinton.

Two thirds of our National Debt came from Republican Presidents.

Under Barack Obama’s tenure twice as many illegal immigrants have been returned to Mexico than under George Bush.

Barack Obama has yet to fire any head of a secret service agency.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in lowering medical costs.

Not one mass shooting of students occurred in an urban school.

The vast majority of those blasting away in schools are white, from middle class families, and live in the suburbs.

The top tax rate in World War II was 90%!

The top tax rate in the 1950s when Republican Dwight Eisenhower was president was –90%!

There is absolutely NO correlation between tax rates and job creation.

One third of American bridges are in danger of collapsing.

Suffer The Civilians

A hundred years ago today, thousands of German troops crossed the border of Belgium on their way towards Paris. Thus, began World War I, an experience in death that would take the lives of over twenty million people, including a few million civilians. It is not surprising that during the first month of war, hundreds of Belgium civilians were murdered by German troops because they resisted, rather than accepted the dictates of their invaders. Oh, these killings were carried out by Christian men, not Muslim militants. German artillery blasted away at cities, destroying churches and homes. Ironically, this was the first twentieth century murder of civilians. There were shouts of horror from neutral America, but the Germans argued, speed of their armed forces was necessary in order to quickly end the war. All military forces employ some form of excuse if they are set on murder of the innocent. In all honesty, throughout human history, civilians have been murdered. But, between 1815 ti 1914, Europe basically enjoyed a hundred years of peace without a major war, and without civilians dying.

Fast forward to 2014. Another Israel bomb exploded in a UN schools. ONLY ten civilians died. OH, a few dozen were wounded. But, we are living in the twenty first century, a time when we humans have advanced from the days of Hun warriors sweeping across the plains of Europe murdering all in their way. WE are modern humans. We do not send hordes of horsemen to murder, we remain far from the source of death and simply send in the missiles of destruction. Isn’t is wonderful that we no longer are barbarians??

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

There is always another mountain to climb.

We arrive, we depart, such is life.

Somewhere over the rainbow is a rainbow.

Certain foods require large bites.

I wonder how many problems are really unsolvable.

Some cast stones, some catch stones.

Some stride with a grim determined look.

Some in life seek Death.

Some enjoy the laughter of Death.

My door is always open to life.

I wonder if machines are used in Heaven.

Some are not persuaded to know.

Some read for pleasure, some for knowledge.

ISIL Keeps Moving South

The past few months have witnessed conclusion of a process that began years ago– the slow disintegration of what we term to be the nation of-Iraq. Ah, recall the pride of George Bush and Barack Obama as American forces withdrew from Iraq and left a nation with a “democratically elected” government, at least that was the boast of George Bush. Yes, we had defeated evil Saddam Hussein, of course, he used to be our ally during the 1980s when he fought against evil Iran, but times change and who we term to be an “evil doer” also changes. So, America left Iraq which contained an army of over 150,000 men armed with American weapons of war. Of course, since Shiite leader Nouri al-Maliki was now in charge, the first order of day, once the Americans were gone, was to rid the Army of Sunni soldiers and officers. It was time for -REVENGE- against the evil followers of the evil Saddam Hussein. Together with ridding the armed forces of Sunnis, Nouri also wanted to make certain that HIS BOYS were in charge. After all, if MY BOYs are in charge, we control money, we control jobs, and we control corruption.

A few months ago, Islamist soldiers numbering under 15,000 stormed into Iraq, confronted the 150,000 man army and sent them fleeing south toward Baghdad. A new Islamic state was proclaimed and any Iraq soldiers were no where to be seen in northern regions. Kurdish soldiers appeared in several cities. The past weekend, ISIL attacked the Kurdish held Zumar and Sinjar allowing them to hoist the Black Flag of triumph. Perhaps, someone will inform me why an Army of 150,000 armed with modern weapons cannot defeat militants who are fewer than twenty thousand in number?

How about sending in the Sunni Awakening Councils?

Libya Gets Into The Act

I finally have grasped the reason why intense fighting has broken out in Libya. This intrepid reporter interviewed some Libyan fighters.

M: Sir, why are Libyans now fighting with one another?
L: Frankly, I do not like these other Libyans and decided to attack them.
M: But, they are fellow Libyans.
L: Look, let me be perfectly honest. Pick up a newspaper, follow TV, get on social media, and what do you encounter? Story after story about fighting in Gaza. Not a word about we Libyans.
M: Are you saying that Libyans feel neglected by the media?
L: It just is not fair for these Jews and Gazan Muslims to hog the daily media.
M: In other words, if the media would devote more space to your little war, this would make you feel better?
L: Absolutely, do you have any understanding how marginalized we feel?
M: Frankly, I never realized how those Muslims and Jews insult the fighters of Libya.
L: Well, before they begin killing one another, they might stand back and consider our feelings.
M: I feel terrible. My blog has ignored you guys when you kill one another.
L: Perhaps, if blogs spent time describing how we kill one another, we might be inclined to hold back a bit.
M: You have my word of honor to devote space and time to the killings in Libya!

It’s Friday, So Here Is The Daily Benghazi Report

It is Friday, August 1, 2014, and we recognize that no one reading this blog would enjoy proceeding on their daily work or social tasks without benefit of the latest report on Benghazi. The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, is going to declassify its study of the infamous Benghazi attack. This report will make clear that NO order was ever given to ANYONE about STANDING DOWN. The report makes clear there were lapses in security, but no order was issued by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to result in the death of our ambassador or personnel. The House Committee makes clear that personnel “acted bravely.” However, we still have the NEW House Select Committee with a budget of $3.3 million to conduct still another investigation into nothing. We find amazing that not a single House investigation has ever been proposed to examine decisions made in the invasion of Iraq which resulted in death for over 4,000 Americans and wounding of 40,000.

As far as Republicans are concerned the death of AN American diplomat is more significant than the death of thousands of Americans. In an attempt to assist the new investigation, let me point out to Republicans:

1. The word, Benghazi, consists of two words–the name, Ben, and the word, ghazi or gaze.

2. The real issue to investigate is who is this: BEN?

3. The other issue to investigate is–what was Ben gazing at?

Please discover the answers to these questions so Americans can sleep peacefully tonight!