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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.

Middle East 101 For Dummies

marco Rubio and Rand Paul have suddenly become experts about Middle Eastern foreign policy. Both men have emerged as the leading experts on policy in this area of the world. Both men are determined the only solution in dealing with problems is to “send in the troops.” They demand action, and are tired of the inept policy of President Obama who refused to take strong military action, right now. Frankly, I doubt if either one of these two brave men who have never served their nation in the military have the slightest knowledge of what is happening in Iraq or Yemen.

1. Both demand confronting the “Iran-backed” Houthi in Yemen. Actually, the Houthi have two enemies in Yemen. One was the government which they drove from power. However, their main enemy is -AL QAEDA! I doubt if Rand or Marco even knows the group they want to take out is leading the fight against al Qaeda which both hate.

2. Actually, the Houthi initially were NOT backed by Iran, it was only AFTER the Houthi demonstrated success that Iran offered support. So, how come the US did not offer support?

3. Rand and Marco are the great friends of Israel. I hate to inform them but Israel is one of the problems in the area. Its failure to work with Palestinian leaders and create a modern Palestinian state is A cause of problems, not THE cause.

4. I hate to inform Marco and Rand that use of force was the MAIN problem of the Bush administration. It was GEORGE BUSH whose use of force created ISIS.

It is time for being calm and focus on economic development and provide young people in the region a reason to support Western powers. Above all, it is necessary to allow the emergence of Muslim moderate leaders if we desire peace in the region.

So, ends Middle East 101 for Dummies

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

Republicans believe in myths, the rest of us believe in reality.

Ted Cruz who opposes special treatment for Hispanics, termed himself, Hispanic, on the entry form to Harvard.

In discussing the Middle East, one wonders, where have all the good guys gone?

I suspect, “gone to graveyards, everyone.”

These days, hard to differentiate between, Jeb and George.

I wonder if we will enjoy a post Fox News era?

These days, I so miss Sarah Palin. At least she was funny stupid.

Four years ago, Herman Cain, today, Ben Carson, the necessary black dumbbell.

Iraq Myths

Once upon a time there was a great American president who sent soldiers into battle, and defeated the bad people. He did all the right things, bombing and shooting and before anyone knew what had happened all the bad people were gone. Unfortunately, this great man was soon replaced by a black dude from Africa who refused to follow the ideas of the great American president, and before anyone knew what had happened, all the bad people had returned to power. Jeb Bush was at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas when 19 year old Ivy Ziedrich, made the comment, “your brother created ISIS.” She went on to note that he was “spouting nationalist rhetoric.” Well, mam, those are fighting words to a real man of the West.

According to Jeb, “when we left Iraq, security had been arranged, al-Qaeda had been taken out.” Really.

1. It was President George Bush who appointed Prime Minister to the position of leadership.

2. It was Maliki who turned on Sunni leaders and made them turn toward terrorism.

3. Prior to 2001 the group known as “al-Qaeda, at best, had about one thousand followers.

4. By the time Iraq had been at war for three years, al-Qaeda had, at least, ten thousand followers.

IT WAS GEORGE BUSH WHO WIPED OUT THE TWO LEADING ENEMIES OF IRAN– AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ!

P.S. When US troops entered Iraq there were 800,000 Christians living in peace. When George Bush left office, half the Christian population had fled Iraq.

IRAQ WAS NEVER STABLE.

Another Fox News myth.

King Salman Is No Solomon!

Once upon a time there was a king who lived in the desert. Frankly, no one paid any attention to this royal figure whose main wealth lay in the vast expanse of desert. If you wanted to cross the desert which he claimed to own, then you had to pay for the right to get thirsty in HIS desert. Well, one day some stranger found something under the sand, and by golly, it was black and it was liquid. The King soon had thousands of strangers coming to HIS desert seeking his approval to get the black liquid which was known as –OIL — from the sand. And, by golly, this King soon became the richest man in the entire world. Suddenly, this who paid no attention to him came seeking his blessing.

Such is the tale of the house of Saud. Today, there is a new King Saud who rules Saudi Arabia. He is very angry at the USA because it is talking with clerics from the Shiite muslims in Iran. King Salman is guardian of Mecca and expects one and all to bow before him and seek his blessing. The Shiites in Iran don’t give a damn for his oil or his heretic brand of the Muslim religion. So, King Salman is angry and is blasting away at renegade Shiite Muslims in Yemen. His approach is rather unusual. His planes just drop bombs and whoever dies, dies. A King of Saudi Arabia is raised to believe that his word is law ands anyone who opposes him gets some lashes, if they are lucky. King Salman will not talk with President Obama until he agrees with how to solve problems in the Middle East. For some reason, President Obama does not believe bombing civilians will solve any problem. So, King Saud refused to come to the Obama party at Camp David.

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

There is no doubt Republicans will win the comedy act next year.

When fools speak, then one knows one must be a Republican.

I wonder who Americans would be afraid of if ISIS did not exist?

Once Americans had hope, today they fear hope.

Always seek to travel beyond the stars.

Just remember that former Republicans were Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower.

I so miss the remarks of Sarah Palin.

Jeb On Iraq

Jeb Bush wants one and all to know that he is proud of his brother, his father, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and all the others who gave us the Iraq war. OK, he does admit there were a few mistakes which should give assurance to those who lost sons, daughters, brothers, and parents in this war without end. “I would have authorized an invasion and so would Hillary Clinton. And so would just about everybody that was confronted by the intelligence they got.” There definitely, according to Jeb, were those few mistakes. “By the way, guess who thinks those mistakes gook place as well? George W.Bush.” I am so glad that George finally admitted those mistakes.

Of course, just about every political expert on the Middle East did NOT agree with those “intelligent agencies.” Anyone who had studied anything about the Middle East understood that Iran was confronted by two enemies, Afghanistan and Iraq. And, guess who got rid of the enemies of Iran? George W. Bush. Let us assume for a moment that Bush was right and Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. That would mean he had missiles. Not even the Bush crowd claimed those missiles could travel more than 500 miles. So, how could they threaten the US– if they actually existed?

George Bush authorized an invasion without any plan of what would happen after victory. George, please check the multitude of plans during WW II that detailed how an occupation would be carried out.

Jeb just proved that he is a true Bush!

Republican Tough Guys!

These days listening to Republicans boast about their desire for war against evil Iran, one wonders why it is that so many of these tough guys have never served in the US Army? Marco Rubio, who would not know the front end of a bazooka, quoted the words of “General: Liam Neeson, who is a movie actor and has never fired a single shot against anyone other than a blank bullet aimed at another actor. Marco the Brave wants t he world to know that when it comes to Iran, “we will find you,and we will kill you!” Wow, those are strong words of bravery. According to Scott Walker, “we need a commander-in-chief who will call it what it is, and that is radical extremism. We need a president who will affirm that Israel is an ally and start acting like it.”

OK, so here is the Obama record:

1. President Obama provided Israel with its Dome program that destroys at least 90% of missiles aimed at Israel.

2. Under the Obama administration the state of Israel with its seven million people receives more military aid than any other nation in the world!

3. President Obama authorized the dispatch of an additional TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND MARINES TO AFGHANISTAN

Marco, Liam Neeson is an actor. He has absolutely not experience fighting real people. If you really want to get ISIS, just join the US army or go to Iraq and join their army and actually FIGHT BAD GUYS!

Training Good Syrians

The United States government has finally gotten around to instituting a program to train ‘good” Muslims in order to end the war in Syria and allow the good guys to win. About $500 million has been allocated to train and equip about 5000 men who supposedly are to enter Syria and wipe out ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Syrian government. And, not an American has to be involved in any aspect of this war. Oops, I should not use the word, “war” since all we are doing is “training” people to kill the bad guys. Senator John McCain has called for instituting a “no-fly” over Syrian skies in order to prevent any group from dropping bombs. As he put it: “I don’t think it’s possible to recruit young men to be trained in Jordan or Saudi Arabia or some place and go back in and tell them you’re not getting protected from being barrel bombed. It’s immoral.”

Senator McCain does have a point. The US could impose a no fly policy without great risk to our pilots. But, the real issue is that Muslims must take over training and arming their own fighters without any Americans being involved. They will not be effective fighters unless they believe in the fight. And, Americans can not teach them how to believe!

Conversations With Izanians

I have been in contact for decades with some representatives from the planet of Izan. It is located light years away from this minor planet. I asked my friends for their reaction to Republican candidates fro president.

Ted Cruz: You are not joking, are you? He really attended what you term to be a prestigious university? So, what do inferior universities produce?

Mike Huckabee: He appears sort of out-of-shape to combat any foreign soldiers, doesn’t he? On the planet of Izan we term such people, “those who speak the wind, and fart from the ass.”

Ms.Fiorina: Let me get this straight. She was fired from running a corporation and has never even been elected dog catcher and she wants to rule your land? On Izan, one must have previously been elected head dog catcher before seeking a position dealing with intelligent life forms.

Rand Paul: He appears to have a tendency to say one thing on Monday and another thing on Friday. On Izan, we term such life forms: “One who can not make up his mind.”

Jeb Bush: He looks sort of tired and is for something but it is unclear what he desires. OH, we do know he desires to be this president.

Marco Rubio: For some reason he has a deep affection for the people of Israel. He does not look very Jewish or is it the money of this evil looking creature, Sheldon Adelson that prompts his comments?

The question posed by my contacts on Izan is what ever happened to Sarah Palin. They found her delightfully weird. They know she does not know anything about planet Earth, but she is very good at looking out of her window and seeing Siberia. In terms of gazing, she is superior to anyone on Izan. They also miss Herman Cain and that man from Texas who does not even know who is in the Cabinet.

By the way, they really want to meet this guy named God who everyone loves.

Gaza Deaths Were Never In Doubt

The Israel army has invaded Gaza time after time in order to destroy Hamas military targets. No one doubts that Hamas has been planning and, even carrying out, missions designed to inflict casualties upon Israel citizens. A central issue surrounding these attacks is whether or not the deaths imposed upon the guilty was also inflicted upon the innocent. Sixty Israel soldiers told investigators they were informed by those in charge of the latest attack in Gaza that everything in Gaza was a “threat” and they were not to worry about how much ammunition was sent in the direction of what was supposed to be Hamas forces. Tanks just blasted away at buildings whether or not they contained Hamas soldiers or innocent civilians. The guiding principle was, “we don’t take risks. We do not spare ammo. Anything in Gaza is a threat.”

If those are the operating guidelines for soldiers then it is not a surprise that innocent people will also die. An estimated four or five hundred Hamas soldiers were killed. An estimated 1500 other people also died. Perhaps, there is another approach to Gaza. Perhaps, if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu worked as diligently for peace as he does for war, then, just perhaps, the innocent would not die. His main guideline is always, ATTACK.