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.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Prestigious Beauty Contest Coming Up”

According to Fox News it features the most beautiful wealthy people of the year.

China, China Daily: “Stay In Style”

IN Texas, that means carry your gun to church.

Sweden, Local: “I Stopped Hair Loss”

Just call me, “baldy.”

Russia, Moscow Times: “Doctors Call Off Strike”

They adopted the idea of bleeding leads to health.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Close Pay Gap”

In America that means billionaires are down to only a few billion between themselves.

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 rarely swing my arms when walking.

The US Army made me confident that my body could handle anything.

I assume the nose evolved to warn us of danger.

At some point in life we feel confident that we are in charge of our life.

Age makes the body dependent on others.

There was never a baby born who was not cute to parents.

Some place finger on nose to ponder what is being said.

These days my main struggle is opening doors.

Days of sorrow for families of those flying planes out of Singapore.

For modern Americans, everything is “the greatest threat facing our society.”

What’s Going On?

The conclusion of a year should be celebrated with some good news. Hopefully, people are considering the right of we humans to end one year with some good tidings of joy and peace to all mankind. But, things have really gone wacky. Another plane disappeared and now bodies have been floating in the waters of southeast Asia. How or why still another plane from the Singapore area just went off the radar screen is simply beyond the imagination of anyone. Perhaps, this is one for the X-Files. Over in waters around Greece a ship began to burn, a few lives were lost and late yesterday there was a distress call from an alleged “cargo ship” that apparently had a few hundred passengers. They claim that armed men are on board.

After checking with the Republican party and Fox News, it is now clear what is happening:

1. No such plane disasters occurred until Barack Obama became president.

2. Republicans are now in power which has sent terrorist groups employing terror before their arrival. Do you actually think a terrorist wants to confront another filibuster by Ted Cruz??

3. I await another verbal explosion from Rudy Giuliani in which he boasts that if only he were mayor of New York City no such things would occur.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “Xmas Gift From Pawnbroker”

An extra dollar for anything that you pawn over the holidays?

Norway, Norway Post: “Norway Backs Fight Against ISIS”

They are sending an ice berg to Iraq.

China, China Post: “Should Students Do Homework?”

Why waste time at home since they are wasting time in most classrooms doing boring work?

UK< Guardian: “Fewer Babies”

That translates into fewer criminals.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Close Dog Gap”

Fewer dogs means leas shit.

Xmas In Middle East

It is the day after Christmas and all is as is has been for several years in the Middle East. Oh, some tourists are visiting Bethlehem or singing Christmas songs, but life is somewhat normal for those living in the area.

1. The government of Jordan is warning ISIS that they should not behead the Jordan pilot who was captured while bombing ISIS. So, what is the protocol for handling someone who drops bombs on you?

2. Terrorists in speed boats attempted to capture oil terminals in Libya, killed twenty two soldiers but never go the oil.

3. South Lebanon is worried that war in Syria will soon spread to its land.

4. In Israel, settlers continue seizing land from Palestinians and Prime Minister Netanyahyu complains that no one wants to negotiate with him.

5. In Gaza leaders of Hamas are planning and plotting some sort of revenge.

6. Tunisia has a free election and militants were wiped out by voters.

7. In Turkey, President Erdogan continued his efforts to restore the Muslim religion to its former prominence. Much to the chagrin of secular Turks.

None of these events made Fox News.

Just another day in the Middle East.

A Chat With Santa

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Santa in the North Pole. He had asked what I want for Xmas, and my reply was to chat with the man who is actually beloved by members of the Tea Party and Barack Obama.

M: So, Santa, is there anything different about this Christmas from previous ones?

S: Well, to tell the truth it has been a rough one. Can you imagine what it is like getting this sleigh across open water when in the old days we had gobs of snow?

M: I hope you are not like those Socialist Liberals always complaining about the sol-called global warming?

S: Santa cares about all folks, whether or not they be liberals, socialists, or wealthy.

M: So, what did you bring to those working on Wall Street?

S: Actually,nothing. They already got their Xmas present in November. Bonuses and new laws to prevent them from paying any taxes.

M: Are you against those job creators?

S: Well, it would sort of help if we Santas got some health benefits, carrying those loads is mighty tough on my back.

M: I have always wondered if Santa ever got angry at anyone?

S: Have you ever dealt with little Teddie Cruz, he gets so angry if I leave some presents at the homeless shelter. He claims I am encouraging laziness and giving the money of those with wealth to a bunch of bums who live off the work of others. A real gem is little Teddie.

M: How do you feel about President Obama?

S: That is one curious dude. He could use a present of a good speech writer. I call him the Great Miscommunicator.

M: Anything for Vladimir Putin?

S: Vodka and a muzzle for his mouth is the best I can do.

M: Anything for Sarah Palin or Ms. Bachmann?

S: A bear to wrestle for Sarah and a history book for the woman who could use a bit of knowledge.

M: What can I get for you?

S: Snow would help.

Figure Americans Out, I Can Not!

I am old enough to recall the presidential election of 1968 when liberals were upset at the policies of Lyndon Johnson and his Vice President, Hubert Humphrey so they decided to allow Richard Nixon to become the president. Two months ago, most Americans sat out the congressional elections and allowed one third of the nation to decide who runs our Congress, actually, I should have written, “who ruins Congress.” We Americans have a propensity to vote into office those who will pass legislation that damages our lives. We just elected a Republican Congress who serve the interests of wealthy people and don’t give a damn about those who struggle to survive. For example, at least seven million fellow Americans now have access to medical care. I forget. This is the generation of Americans who lack any interest in our fellow Americans who are surviving rather than being part of the upper middle class. When it comes to shooting ourselves in our feet, limp away with your fellow Americans.

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm just got re-elected to office. He ran on the program that his indictment for tax evasion was part of some Obama plot. He hid over a million dollars in wages and sales in his restaurant, but what the heck, if one blames Obama for the weather, why not blame him for the grim news of Grimm being a criminal? We now elect any incompetent to office because we do not like Obama, the man who caused the recession and wars in the Middle East!

Tunisia Beacon In Middle East

Americans have forgotten that the Arab Spring initially sprung up in the country of Tunisia. It was in that land where people rose up against a dictatorship which had been in power for over forty years. Tunisia is also a country in which secular Muslims have lived in peace with Christians and Jews. Yes, there are still some Jews living in Tunisia. At no point during the past few years have those with secular ideas been suppressed by a Tunisian government. The “Muslim” party of the land has worked with secular groups to restrain fundamentalists from imposing any form of Sharia law upon the people of Tunisia. The past few days a democratic election was held in which secular leader Beji Essebi won about 55% of the vote. There were a few scattered attempts to employ violence by fanatics but these were crushed by armed forces.

In other words, there is a democratic Muslim society in the Middle East. It has free elections and fanatics are challenged by the armed forces. I realize this is not what most Americans have been led to believe. Even Bill Manher is convinced that the Muslim religion is not appropriate to democracy. Sorry Bill, just check out Tunisia!

North Korea Is Upset. So Is Fox News

There are moments when listening to comments from the leaders of North Korea when I wonder if Rupert Murdoch who owns Fox News is really the owner of that country. The wording, the vocal anger at hatred toward President Obama are the same from North Korea as is heard each day on Fox News. Kim Jong-un is a rather plump man who sort of walks with a limp and he just does not enjoy any sort of comment that is negative. After all, it has been nearly seventy years since anyone has publicly made a negative comment to a leader of North Korea. The very idea that one does not agree with the words of wisdom from the Great Leader is simply not part of the lexicon of anyone in North Korea.

North Korea has “clear evidence” that the United States is a “cesspool” of violence. Actually, Fox News commentators would regard that comment as not appropriate since they regard Barack Obama as the center of incompetence, of stupidity, of hatred of the United States and just about any crime you can name. Finally, Fox News has discovered another group which shares its hatred of the black dude in the White House. I wonder of Rupert will soon be establishing relations with the jolly little man in North Korea.

What Went Wrong In Iraq?

The history of the Iraq War has been a tale told by idiots bearing scant resemblance to what actually happened. From day one when Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld uttered lies about the so called Weapons of Mass Destruction until today, the American people have been fed one lie after another. There was no reason to have a war, and the hoax that began it simply continued day after day. The Bush decisions to fire every soldier in the Iraq War allowed thousands of men with weapons in their hands to initiate a civil conflict that continues today. Perhaps, the most critical mistake was a propaganda war which insisted the famous “Surge” led by General David Petraeus was the reason for reduction in fighting by al Qaeda.

The most important factor in crushing al Qaeda stemmed from creation of Awakening Councils led by Sunni tribes. They handled forces of Osama bin Laden and led to peace. American leaders obtained promises from Prime Minister Maliki that Sunni leaders would be integrated into the Iraq army and Sunni tribes treated with respect. That promise was broken by Shiite leader Maliki and today we live with consequences of his actions. He destroyed confidence among Sunnis and the child of his decision is ISIS.

Peace in Iraq will only come about if Shiite leaders seek to create a new Iraq. Simple as that.