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.


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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Athletes Banned For Taking Dope”

Who else but a dope would take dope?

France, Connexion: “Police Appeal For Bomber Identity”

OK, bomber, turn yourself in, PLEASE!

USA, NY Post: “Police Issued New Guns”

Great, now they can shoot new people.

Sweden, Local: “Town Hall On Fire”

Did anyone see Ted Cruz in the area?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “I’m A Sane Gun Owner”

I just do insane things.


We offer observations on the human experience from a 25 year old mind trapped in an 85 year old body.


Donald Trump should turn to writing fiction. That’s all he talks about.

At some point, all Americans were refugees.

Such tough talk of war from Republicans who never served in the military.

Talk about ISIS turns Americans away from talk about higher minimum wages.

Bernie Sanders is dead, he simply does not come across as a leader in war.

Who knows what awaits America when fear rums rampant?

I wonder who we next hate when Muslims are not the topic?


I so enjoy the rants of Republican candidates how they will destroy ISIS by bombing or putting all Muslims in jail. Few examine the reasons for the ongoing success of ISIS. Reality is that young men and women are voluntarily seeking to become part of this group. Why?

1. ISIS offers hope of being part of some meaningful experience in a world in which few can obtain this desire.

2. ISIS offers fascinating videos on the Internet of young men doing daring things, young men shouting with glee.

3. The videos capture a spirit of belonging at a time when fewer and fewer feel they belong to any meaningful experience or group.

4. ISIs offers membership in a group of brave young men. Who cares what they are doing, they certainly come across as willing to sacrifice their lives.

5. The post industrial world emphasizes the Self, it does not enable people to feel part of the group. But, being part of the group has been the most important feeling for thousands and thousands of years.

6. Best of all ISIS provides a meaningful way to die.

How Long The Refugees?

They journey on foot, they journey using rubber boats, they journey in trucks while hidden in the back, sometimes they die in those trucks. They are the unwanted, they are the refugees who are wandering around Europe seeking a place of refuge. They are the people who frighten most Europeans because they desire to work, they desire to find a place where their children can actually go to schools without fear of being killed by bombs or nut cases dressed in black who chant death, death, death.

They are the refugees from Syria, from places in Africa, they are the modern wandering Jew. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised them a home in her land. We wonder how long this promise will be fulfilled. Already, she is hinting at restrictions, the voices of fear within her land grow louder. Frankly, there are just too many refugees and it is simply a matter of time before she must announce restrictions.

In modern times, the refugee is not a welcome person. Certainly, not when modern people fear terrorists or lack of work. The door will soon be shut.

Words Not Spoken By Republicans

Following are words that will not emanate from the lips of Republicans seeking the presidency.

Donald Trump: About that Plan. There is none, but I can build a wall of bullshit.

Ben Carson: OK, I admit it. I don’t have the faintest idea what a president does.

Jeb Bush: OK, OK, so my brother was a damn idiot!

Carly Fiorina: I’m a fuck up artist, and I would screw anyone, and that includes the American people.

Ted Cruz: If I encountered a man holding a gun pointing at me, I would run for my life!

John Kasich: I can’t win this damn primary, but I sure enjoy the attention.

Rand Paul. How did I get stuck on this platform with these fools?

Chris Christie: I’m a big fat fuck up.

Donald’s Fantasy World

I was among the millions in New York City on the day of 9/11. I was among the millions who witnessed the horror of that day. For some strange reason, I simply do not recall the Trump version of those days. I admit to being age 85 and somewhat senile, but I simply have no recollection of his recall of events.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering. It did happen. I saw it. I saw people cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have Arab populations.”

There is no doubt this happened in the mind of Donald Trump.

Confronting ISIS

Just about every Republican has a plan on handling ISIS. To sum up their plans–bomb, bomb, bomb, and a few boots on the ground, but not too many. Here is reality:

1. ISIS simply represents deep seated issues within aspects of those sectors of the world which have not entered the modern era of economies that offer incentives for young people to become productive members of society. If not, ISIS,there will be a dozen similar groups.

2. ECONOMICS is at the center of a long range plan. The Middle East needs vast economic investments.

3. Saudi Arabia MUST be confronted. It is the source of the Taliban and of ISIS. It is Wahabbi clerics who created these organizations and they live in Saudi Arabia and preach from that center. An American president, a French president an English prime minister and a German leader must make clear to Saudi Arabia it is either the end of Wahabbi sparked terrorism or Saudi Arabia will confront terrorism without the West. If no such action is taken, ISIS will continue to exist.

Perhaps, Donald has a PLAN to handle Saudi Arabia, we await information about the great PLAN.

On Defeating ISIS

There are no cameras rolling, I am not running for any public office so it is possible to discuss the situation in the Middle East with common sense.

1. ISIS is one outcome of the Iraq invasion of 2003.

2. ISIS is one outcome of the disastrous decision of President Bush to disband the Iraq army and send one million men home with gobs of weapons.

3. ISIS represents a portion of al Qaeda. Of course, the original al-Qaeda was formed during the war in Afghanistan against Russia. The CIA provided its weapons.

4. ISIS is an outcome of a Middle East that has languished behind other nations in terms of economic development. Anyone with education has to leave to get a good job–other than killing people.

Defeating ISIS will entail:

1. Vast economic development in the Middle East

2. A new form of the Muslim religion which marries modernity and faith.

3. Honest non-corrupt governments.

Hillary Gets Tough

It is the fall of our discontent and the time when those seeking public office make certain that voters understand they are tough dudes ready to take on any Mooslim who dares to kill anyone. Once upon a time Americans seeking to become leaders volunteered to serve in the military and actually risked their lives in combat. These days Hillary or Ted or Mike or Marco utter words of bravery behind a nice safe podium.

Hillary Clinton told the world that she intends to “press forward on both sides of the border, in the air on the ground, and diplomatically. She is ready to dispatch Special Forces and she made some vague reference to troops. Actually, her recommendations are very close to what is actually happening in Syria.

Boko Haram Goes Bonkers

Boko Haram is an organization of fervent Muslims who match ISIS in hate, in anger, in brutality, and in desires to destroy and murder.They continue their fury in various parts of Northeastern Nigeria. Unlike the dramatic rise in unification which has swept through Europe in the aftermath of murders in Paris, whatever Boko Haram is doing about killing hundreds of people seems far away and of no interest to the world.

Yesterday, an eleven year old and an 18 year old girl blew themselves up in market areas resulting in the death of dozens. It is doubtful if these deaths warranted more than a blurb in newspapers and hardly a comment in the media. Those killed were Muslims and these days Kill-A-Muslim for God will not stir anger and cries of revenge.

I wonder if Republicans would allow in Muslim refugees from Muslim terrorists?