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.

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 do not understand why women place blond in beautiful dark hair.

I love my white hair, I would die for it.

I was in a movie theater in which no one was in the initial three rows. Another bomb threat?

These days with my bad hearing a prefer subtitled films.

Those sitting in the middle of a row have a dilemma, exit right or left?

Store had a sign, “Final Sale Days.” I wonder if that is forever?

I wonder if Jesus would actually return to this planet?

I recall during basic training being taught about the Geneva Convention, is that still around?

I saw a license plate that read: “God’s Work Is Uplifting” For some strange reason I read it as “God’s Work Is Shoplifting”

Dark clouds. Lightening. I guess God is angry about something.

What Went Wrong In Afghanistan

It is now clear after a dozen years from the initial invasion of Afghanistan what went wrong with American policy. Most Americans have forgotten that a large portion of the “invasion” force was composed of Afghan warlords and their armies. Afghanistan in 2001 and Afghanistan in 2014 is a large geographical areas in which dozens of tribal groups live as they have lived for a few thousand years. About a thousand years ago, these people converted to the Islamic religion, but they have always, and still are, governed by rules, traditions, values that predate the arrival of the Islamic religion. Americans sought to impose a “democratic ethos” to “Afghanistan.” But, the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio imposed upon tribal peoples a concept of nationalism that simply did not exist. Their idea of “nationalism” was their tribe, not the nation of Afghanistan.

Back about 2004, a British think tank proposed focusing upon tribal leaders rather than upon the government in Kabul. The argument was to create local armed forces which would guarantee peace and security within their tribal areas. Instead, the Bush, and then the Obama administrations continued their idea of “nation creation” when the population was tribal creation. Our failure to grasp that security lay within the power of tribes allowed the Taliban to return to power in many areas of Afghanistan.

We also failed to understand that growing poppy was the road to economic success for countless Afghan farmers. So, we destroyed their crops and drove them into the hands of the Taliban which preferred to allow poppy growing as long as they got a cut of the sales. We should have purchased the entire poppy crop, and made farmers our loyal allies!

Kobani Deaths Continue

I have written today about hysteria in America, but when one gazes at world events, the only apparent common pattern is death and destruction. No, these murders are not in any way comparable to deaths in World War II. We do not have a Holocaust, but we do have killers who openly boast about their murders. ISIS murderers in the embattled city of Kobani which is filled with Kurds is besieged by ISIS forces. Naturally, these men of God must show the world another example of how they can chop off a head. This is probably the first time since the French Revolution so much attention has been paid to chopping off heads. OOPs, sorry, I forgot about Saudi Arabia which so far this year has chopped off a dozen heads without a word of complaint from the Western world.

Death has become the natural event in Kobani. US Planes are bombing ISIS forces with some success. We can now boast that our bad guys are dying. So, this must be good news. Death will not leave the environs of Kobani, he has found a fall resting place. At least Death is a happy person in Kobani!

Life In Putinland

There are stories that come from Russia which reveal the extent of how Vladimir Putin has transformed a budding democratic society into one where what the Great Leader says is truth must be the truth or decide to spend your life in some prison in Siberia. The entire staff of the State Central Museum of Cinema has resigned. Yes, the entire staff of trained professionals because they do not wish to work for someone who simply mouths of the ideas of Putin, the great expert on cinema. The entire staff claims that Putin appointed Lavria Solonitsya “has demonstrated her incompetence more and more.. the non-transparency of her decisions has come accompanied with a stubborn unwillingness to listen to the opinions of employees.”

What better description of President Vladimir Putin. Place an egomaniac in charge of the nation and he will appoint like thinking people to key jobs. Anyway, I assume these employees will be offered a nice job at a cinema in Siberia.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Suicide Bomber Threat Ends After Four Years”

Are you certain that is enough time, how about twenty years?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Want Circumcision Banned”

OUCH!

USA, Army Times: “Lure Recruits With Women And Alcohol”

Where can I sign up, right now!!

USA, NY Post: “Guns For The Blind”

Just check the 2nd Amendment, we blind folks got our rights!!

France, Connexion: “Stores May Have To Give Away Food”

What next, pay workers a decent wage?

Iraqi Unintended Consequences

The Republican party has spent this election blasting President Obama for failures in Iraq. According to this story, the great war leader, George Bush left office with the presence of an Iraq army prepared to fight against all enemies. It was failure on the part of Obama to retain American troops in Iraq which resulted in the debacle of a collapsed Iraq army. Nice story, completely incorrect. It was under the administration of George Bush that Nouri al-Maliki became head of Iraq. This sectarian bumbling incompetent leader angered the Sunnis and drove them to support terrorist groups in order to protect themselves from the brutality of the Maliki government. The reason no US troops were retained in Iraq is clear- President Obama refused to leave them because the Maliki government insisted that any US soldier charged with a crime in Iraq would be tried by a Sharia court. Imagine the reaction of Fox News to that one!S.

ISIS had about 25,000 men when they confronted the Iraq “army” of over 200,000. The Iraq army fled the field of combat and left tanks and missiles for ISIS. Yesterday, ISIS forces shot down an Iraq Army helicopter with one of those missiles. This means many US attack Helicopters can not be used in Iraq or Syria due to the loss of the equipment. Blame the problem on its source- the failed government of Maliki which allowed corruption to run rampant and destroyed morale in the Iraq armed forces!

We Need A 21st Century Armed Force

In 1940, the United States of America has a smaller army than Bulgaria, and our troops were training with wooden rifles. President Franklin Roosevelt then compelled Congress to vote necessary funds in order to create a modern army and navy. What does it mean to have a “modern” armed forces? It requires providing those serving with the proper equipment, and leadership. Let’s face reality. Our present armed forces are not designed for fighting in the twenty first century. We continue building tanks and jet planes when we need troops who are versed in fighting wars against guerrilla organizations. We continue building aircraft carriers although there is absolutely no need for them. China has exactly ONE aircraft carrier, and we worry about the Chinese navy. What would a modern armed force look like?

1. Special forces, men and women who are able to function in lightening strikes would be increased.

2. We need men and women who understand the nature of their enemy. They must be educated about Islamic traditions and concepts.

3. We need officers who understand the enemy. Few, if any, American officers who entered Iraq or Afghanistan understood their enemies. They wanted to blast away with terrible results for the civilian population.

4. Our armed forces must understand how to work cooperatively with local populations.

During World War II when American soldiers entered France or Italy they were provided information about people of those nations. How many US soldiers knew anything about the people of Afghanistan or Iraq prior to those invasions? An educated soldier is a more effective one. That is essential in the 21st century!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Never Dull Moment In Politics”

More important, never an honest moment in politics.

France, Connexion: “Less Income Tax For Wealthy”

So, what else is new?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Halts Import Of Chicken Legs”

I can hear Vladimir Putin clucking about this one.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Noodles Laced With Marijuana”

Point me in the direction of the nearest Chinese restaurant!

Japan, Japan Times: “Suicide Cells”

Hopefully, they commit suicide in the cells!

Forget About The Iraq Army

Every so often I realize that over a decade has passed since the trio of George, Dick, and Don sent our men and women into Iraq to bring democracy to the backward people of that region. I recall the days when Americans were promised by President Bush that he was fully in charge of what was being done to ensure that Iraq had a modern government and that Iraqis would become a leading democratic government. Oh, and along the way of this task being accomplished evil doers such as al-Qaida would be destroyed. That was then, today is now. It is so easy to blame Barack Obama for every problem in the Middle East when, in reality, he inherited a mess, and simply lacked the ability to transform disaster into some form of success. What is most amazing about this story is American failure to grasp some basic concepts regarding the situation in Iraq.

1. Iraq is composed of tribes. These tribal groups are centered in religion. About 30% are Sunnis and the remainder are Shiite.

2. Urban Iraqis have a much higher percent of people educated in modern school systems, but they still are centered in religion.

3. Saddam Hussein destroyed leaders who might have led the nation.

4. Americans imposed leaders who never were leaders.

Reality check: The current Iraq army lacks faith in its purpose. It has been led by kleptomaniacs whose only desire was to make money. Iraq army officers never trained soldiers, let alone inspired them to fight. It will take months, hopefully, to equip and inspire an Iraq army to fight.

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

If ignorance was a virtue, Ted Cruz would be a saint in heaven.

I found a weather beaten dime. I wonder what is its story?

When my wife and I enter a car dealer establishment the salesman always comes to me. I make clear she makes car decisions.

If Barack Obama is on the “left,” then who is in the center?

I have a hard time handling a tall attractive woman holding open the door for me.

I wonder who made the decision that prices change on Wednesday?

Mystery of life: who or what decides our gas prices?

Given obesity and lap tops, we need larger tables in coffee shops.

Wonderful, I made fifteen green lights before hitting a red one!

Four tall women entered the coffee shop within a ten minute time period. Were they trying to tell shorty something?