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.

Suicide Gone Crazy

Chelsea Manning used to be a he before he became a she. As a soldier in the Iraq war he came into possession of numerous classified information, and decided to reveal what he had learned to the public. His court martial resulted in a prison sentence and for the past few years she has been at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Ms.Manning decided to commit suicide,but failed. Unknown to most Americans is the act of attempting suicide is also a court martial offense.

Ms.Manning was punished for her suicide attempt. She has been placed in solitary confinement for 14 days on ground: “she interfered with the orderly running, safety and good order  and discipline of the facility.” Some studies indicate that people who attempt suicide and are placed in solitary confinement stand a 73% probability of succeeding in their suicide while in solitary confinement.

So, who are the nut cases at Fort Leavenworth?

Culture Of Police

Recent events make clear the importance of rethinking the basic core of police practices. In situation after situation,the scene is always the same. A group of cops are surrounding the “perp,” they confront a man in his late twenties or in middle age, they are shouting at the man, he appears to look somewhat bewildered,and then, one of the cops shoots the man. In other words, police have been trained to shoot first, and never attempt to talk down the suspect without concluding in death. So, what must be changed in police training:

1. The goal is always to ensure that death is the LAST option.

2. Talk can continue, talk enables the suspect an opportunity to save his life.

3. Police have to learn there are OPTIONS other than death.

4. In every tense situation, one does not have to assume the suspect will blast away with a gun.

5. The person being confronted is a SUSPECT, not a person out to kill anyone.

6. The goal at ALL times is to prevent death to anyone.

7. One cannot assume the suspect has a gun.

8. There is always the option of hitting the suspect in a leg.

9. Police must always be CALM.

10. Be proud and feel successful if the suspect is captured alive.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26  year old mind trapped in an 86 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Perhaps, cops should be taught not to shoot straight when encountering a black male.

For some reason, the mere sight of a black male in public creates a sense of fear within cops-white or black.

Oh, to be in merry  England when Bobbies did not carry guns.

Donald King, two time murderer spoke in favor of the Trump candidacy.

It is true, the Trump children are definitely children of Donald.

Hillary has to pound away demanding specifics from Trump, of course, he has none.

So, is it difficult to become a Canadian citizen?

I assume ISIS leaders have developed a new prayer which seeks the triumph of Donald Trump.

Whatever happened to Rand Paul?

If Trump wins, Chris Christie gets to head Transportation.

I wish I could have heard the conversation between George H.W.Bush and son, Jeb.

 

The Worse Of Times?

Place Donald Trump in a black church and his mind begins to wander and out of his mouth come strange words. Yesterday, he told some black folks that for the black community,”this is the worse, the worse ever, ever” time for anyone who is an African American. So, Donald, let me take you in my time machine to a different era in America.

1. In the good old days, blacks walked in the street when encountering whites in public.

2. Blacks sat in the back of the bus.

3.Black schools in the South averaged about 30% of school expenditure that was provided white schools.

4. Black graduates of high school could NOT attend State universities.

5. Not a Single American corporation had a black executive.

6. The last lynching took place in the late 1940s.

7. Black skinned officers in the US Army could not command white troops.

8. There was one black US Senator in the 1870s, and one from Massachusetts in the 1950s. The only black Congressmen were from either Detroit, Chicago or New York.

9. No black skin person could be seen kissing  a white person in a movie or on TV.

10. Less than three percent of Negroes in the South were allowed to vote.

Yes, Donald, those were the good times, unlike today  when we have bad times!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 26 year old mind trapped in an 86year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

When was the last time the media discussed issues concerning the future of America?

I await a debate in which emails and hate are the topics of discussion.

How about deciding the election by who wins the 100 yard dash?

Still confused as to whether or not Edward Snowden is the good or bad guy.

If we want a healthy  America, just  ban emails.

Syria is simply too confusing for this human mind.

In my youth, bad guys were the ones with guns, alas, not so today.

Syria Forever

I suspect the average American, and the average member of Congress has absolutely no idea how or why the war in Syria began. I am certain that not a single member of Congress could offer an  intelligent explanation as to who is fighting in Syria other than the Syrian government or the Russians. Of course, Donald Trump has a PLAN, it is a secret plan that he will not reveal to US military leaders because they would steal his idea and attempt to boast about their intelligence.

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry worked out a cease fire with Russian diplomats that has just taken effect. On day one of the cease fie, UN trucks wanted to bring food and other supplies to civilians in Aleppo. At this moment, the Syrian government controls one half of the city while rebels control the rest. So,the UN thought it would be wonderful to provide all  people in Aleppo a few decent meals and medical aid.

Don’t Ask Mr.Trump

I am rather amused when Trump supporters only refer to him as “MISTER TRUMP.” Blond haired super Trump apologist Kellyanne Conway was interviewed by CNN Alisyn Camerola who asked about the failure of the Trump campaign to produce his tax returns. “Will Donald Trump  release anything from the IRS proving he’s under audit?” In case you do not know, Donald insists that he is  under audit and forbidden to release his tax returns.

The idea that a citizen can release his tax return is challenged by the entire Trump camp, even though it is  perfectly legal and thousands release such information. Kellyanne became furious when Camerola continued asking will he produce evidence that he actually gives to charities. “Are  you calling me a liar? This is badgering. I don’t see this as journalism.”

Gee, what does one term the nonstop badgering of Hillary Clinton about the famous emails??

Obama Hates Israel!

I continually am told by my Orthodox Jewish family members that Barack Obama hates Israel. They even are convinced that he hates Jews,OK, many Jews work for him, but,most probably, they are self-hating Jews. The current mantra among many Republicans is the Democratic party is led by Jew hating people, particularly, the African born Barack Obama. Just check the record:

Only one American president has enabled Israel to attain peace with an Arab neighbor. His name is JIMMY CARTER, who is disliked by many Jews because he hates Israel. Carter was responsible for Israel to sign  peace treaty with Egypt. This eliminated the only Arab nation with an air force and navy.

Well, the Israel hating Obama has provided Israel during the past eight years with about $19 billion  worth of military aid. He just signed a new agreement that provides Israel -over an eight year period with: $38 BILLION.  NO prior president has provided Israel so much aid. Yes, he hates Israel!!

Fists In Air For Freedom?

Colin Kaepernick began the latest drive to end oppression in America by refusing to rise for the national anthem. He has now been joined by a few others such as Martellus Bennett who raised his fist. I gather someone else just went to his knees during the national anthem. Naturally, these brave examples of fighting for human justice have aroused anger, if not fury,among millions of Americans who believe fervently that the most important action one can take in support of American democracy its rise for the national anthem.

This is another example of a ‘storm in a tea cup” or, as Shakespeare would put it, “much ado about nothing.” The United States of America will not change because Colin did not rise, police brutality  will not end because Martellus raised a fist. I wonder what might have happened if Martellus visited each police precinct in Kansas City  and talked about police actions that impacted young men and women. I wonder if Colin spent a few days interacting with police in San Francisco if he might have reached into the hearts of some cops and got them to reflect and change. Just wondering.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from an 26 year old mind trapped in an 86 year  old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

These days I even feel sad for Paul Ryan who constantly has to refute his party’s candidate.

I wonder if Hillary and Bill feel a twinge of regret for selling the name of the president for money.

Jimmy Carter has raised money for  one thing–to help poor  people.

I suspect Vladimir Putin must be happy these days,  not only running Russia, he even may run America.

Old expression, “idiot’s delight” always makes me think about our  current idiot’s delight.

Day one Donald says he knows more than “our generals.” Day two, he says he wants their plan to end ISIS. And, day three…..

Face it -the current group seeking the presidency, are not the best of our society.

Or, are they???