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.

Iran And US, History

Republican legislators went will cheering Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is ready to bomb the hell out of Iran in order to avoid…..? Following is the story of how Republican leaders have handled Iran:

1. In August, 1953, the American CIA led by Kermit Roosevelt, worked with British intelligence to overthrow the legitimate Secular leader of Iran. Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown and the result was return to power of the Shah who, in turn, was overthrown by a coalition of secular and religious groups in the 1970s,

2. During the 1990s, then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that time was running out before Iran had a nuclear weapon.

3. In 2001 when American forces swept through Afghanistan the Iranian reform President Khatami closed the border with Afghanistan to prevent Taliban forces from escaping. His intelligence provided information to American armed forces. Khatami offered the following deal to REPUBLICAN GEORGE BUSH:

UN inspectors could enter Iran to check on their nuclear work.
Iran would cease aiding terrorists.
Iran would recognize the state of Israel.

In return, Iran wanted:

recognition of their government.
end to sanctions.
business investment.

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH TURNED DOWN THIS OFFER AND CALLED IRAN A TERRORIST STATE.

So much for Republicans aiding Israel.

Preview Of Bibi Speech

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a speech tonight. We offer our readers a preview of what he will say. At least fifty members of Congress will not hear this speech because they prefer to boycott than to listen to a FOREIGNER give advice to Americans about their foreign policy. In the entire history of this nation this represents the largest number of congressmen who deliberately boycotters a speech by a foreign dignitary. Anyway, here is what Bibi will say.

1. I am one tough dude.

2. Barack Obama is not one tough dude.

3. John Kerry, who was awarded medals for bravery in the Vietnam war, has caved into Iran demands in a cowardly manner.

4. No deal with Iran ensures peace.

5. Since Iran will not have been provided with an alternative to peaceful use of atomic energy, there remains only one alternative–bomb the hell out of Iran.

6. Since Israel lacks the type of bombs that could penetrate Iran’s defenses, we need American bombers to blast away.

7. Israel stands for peace and that is why Israel uses force to end problems.

8. First Iranian terrorists came for opponents to democracy, then they came for Jews in Iran, then they will come for Israel,and then they will come for Europe, and then they will come for the United States of America.

As I said, this is sone tough dude.

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

I await the day when no black child will be shot to death on the streets of our nation.

Some seek the peace of death, some of life.

I encounter at age 84 fatigue when standing for more then five minutes.

Be a gardner of love flowers.

At least technology compels people to write.

These days the most angry in America are the wealthy, not the poor.

I wonder if God runs a life lottery?

We are simply passengers in life headed toward an unknown destiny.

Why Do Republicans Pose As Heroes?

I find most intriguing how so many Republican leaders have never been to war although they pose as heroes from battles they waged. Examine the record:

1. Dick Cheney got several draft deferments during the Vietnam war because he had “more important things to do.”

2. George Bush spent the Vietnam war at home in the National Guard.

3. Scott Walker never entered the armed force.

4. Rudy Giuliani fought the battle of New York City surrounded by a dozen cops and somehow saved the city.

5. Sarah Palin compares firing a weapon at undefended animals as equivalent to being in battle against armed soldiers.

6. Rick Perry compares the battle of the Rio Grande against Hispanic children as a “war.”

These are heroes who saved America.

On Multiculturalism

There are days when I wonder if somehow or in some way I failed to recognize my bigotry in modern America. Actually, the expression “pluralism” was coined in a New Republic magazine in 1916 in an effort to recognize America in this era. At that point in time, 25% of Americans were either immigrants or children of immigrants, today the figure is about 8%. The issue of creating a society in which people of varying religions, colors and ethnic heritages has long been at the center of how to recognize differences while creating a sense of unity. I laugh when Americans today worry about Hispanic children in schools who come from parents who do not speak English. In my immigrant neighborhood, the merchants like my pop who had a butcher store spoke Yiddish, not English to their customers. Multiply by a factor of ten if you seek to compare the issue of multiculturalism in 1914 with that of today.

So, what happened to we children of immigrants? We joined the army and helped win World War II. We joined the Army and fought in Korea. We got jobs, we invented things, we help create new industries like television and we wound up living in neighborhoods with those who in our childhood were the enemy. Fight to ensure equality for all, but every so often take a deep breath and recognize that times have changed, are changing and will continue to change. The United States of America, for all its failures to aid those at the bottom and those seeking equality HAS made a few strides. Again, what has changed is simply not enough.

John Boehner Has Principles!

We Americans can get on our knees and thank God that John Boehner is ready, willing and able to protect us against the forces of terrorism that were created by the inept policies of one, Barack Obama. At a time when ISIS is murdering people or the nut cases in Nigeria are kidnapping and killing, as far as John is concerned the greatest threat to the American people are those who enter America in order to pick our crops and clean up our dirt. John and his merry group of nut cases in the House of Representatives have passed a bill to provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security as long as they ensue no money goes to handle illegal immigrants. I do realize that few reading this have the historical understanding possessed by House Republicans who are convinced some illegal immigrant kids pose the real threat to the survival of the American nation.

The US Senate can not get support to pass a similar bill and wants to pass two bills, one that funds DHS and one that deals with children. According to John: “I’m waiting for the Senate to act on the bill.” So, come Friday, less money for DHS and fewer working to deal with terrorism. Sheldon Aldeson and the billionaires are happy, they will get tax cuts and when one has a billion, the fear of terrorists is not central to life. Republican congressman John Fleming wants America to know, “To cave in on this point, I think our leadership sees real danger in doing that.”

Welcome to America one and all terrorists. Just don’t allow them Hispanic kids to enter!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human experience from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Oh, to be a child and run with the wind.

No world leader today impresses me.

No American political leader impresses me other than Senator Warren.

Why do we refer to the “Valley of Death” but never to the “Valley of Life?”

Life offers second chances, why not Death?

Long time since I heard, “show me the money.”

I have always loved a good mystery.

Why Do Israelis Elect Idiots?

Let us get a few facts clear when discussing the nation of Israel. It contains about eight million Jews in an area of the world which contains nearly two hundred million Muslims and about forty million Christians. I admit the Israel air force is the best in the region and the Israel army is certainly the best. Of course, the American army was the best in the world and has yet to be able to defeat guerrilla style forces in the region. Members of the Democratic party in the USA contacted the Israel prime minister and urged that he meet with them during his trip to the United States in order to discuss with Republicans why they are right to hate a president who was twice elected by the American people. Senator Richard Durbin and Senator Diane Feinstein asked the Israel leader to meet with Democratic senators.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu responded that he could not in order not to “compound the misperception of partisanship. So, the Israel leader does not wish to be perceived as favoring one party over the other. I assume that is why the Israel ambassador to the United States of America secretly met with Republican congressmen to plan this trip!

So, Israelis, why did you elect this man to lead your country. Do you people have an appointment with disaster?

Why Do Americans Distrust President Obama?

I am old enough to recall when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was hated by one third of Americans during the Depression, some even referred to him as “Roosenfeld” in order to claim he was Jewish. I remember when most Americans did not trust Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate for president in 1964, I recall when most Americans had lost trust in Richard Nixon and I certainly recall when George Bush was not the most beloved man in the White House. But, what exactly is the reason for the intense feeling by 69% of Republicans in this nation that President Obama does “not love America?” I readily admit that Obama has made numerous political mistakes. I admit that he has lacked an overall plan in dealing with the Middle East. I admit that he could simply have extended Medicare to all Americans and gained the support of Americans for health insurance. Heck, I admit that he is an introvert who lacks political sense. He certainly does not come across as one who makes friends with those on Capital Hill.

But, for God’s sake how does his behavior translate into hating America. The man was elected by a majority of Americans twice! There is only one conclusion to this hatred THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN! Let’s face facts, at least one third of Americans still harbor race hatred.

Mouth That Roared

Members of the Republican party have a rendezvous with any nut case who can utter words of defiance and hatred of the president of the United States of America. For years this title has been held by Senator
Ted Cruz who believes any and all problems in this nation are the result of immigrants from the land of Mexico. I should make clear he refers to illegal immigrants. Of course, Ted was born in Canada, but what the hell, his mom was American. Now, after years of making millions of dollars speaking to businessmen about his heroism during 9/11 surrounded by dozens of cops wants to once again emerge into the limelight of making more money by attacking the patriotism of President Obama. Now, Congressman Darrell Issa is touting the wise words of the millionaire from New York. Darrell made clear that Rudy needs our “thanks” for clarifying the issue of who is a patriot.

Rudy and Darrell believe the president does not believe in the American experience of being an exceptional nation. I wonder if there is a nation in this world, a group of people in this world who do not regard themselves as “exceptional.” The issue is not whether a nation is exceptional, but what is the nature of that exceptional behavior? I do know that Rudy Giuliani is exceptional as making money using the bravery of others.