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.

Gunman Who Could Not Shoot Straight

The recent episode in which two young Americans thwarted a terrorist on a speeding train in France has created all sorts of confusion. Was this man a terrorist out to murder the innocent? The young man,Ayoub el Khazanni insists that he was merely a Jesse James who wanted to steal from the rich and give to the poor. He is “dumbfounded” that anyone could take him for anything other than a modern Jesse out to rob the train.

This does raise issues as to how does society define a genuine 100% criminal who simply seeks a few bucks from those who have the dough? If anyone who robs trains is a terrorist this means the James gang and the other Western gangs must now be re-evaluated.

Bush Legacy Lives On And On

Let me recite the new Republican fairy tale about Iraq.

1. The famous Surge ended the war in Iraq and the good guys won.

2. Iraq was a peaceful land in 2009 when along came Barack Obama.

3. His inept lack of leadership ended peace and along came ISIS.

4. We should all thank God George Bush was President and his wonderful advisors, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Reality Check:

1. President Obama DID offer to keep about 10,000 US troops in Iraq.

2. The point of contention was that he could not agree with Iraq demands that American soldiers would be subject to Islamic Law.

3. It was the Maliki government which Bush installed that persecuted Sunnis and led to their becoming friendly to ISIS.

Erdogan-I Demand Power!

For many years President Recep Erdogan was the prime minister of Turkey, and he did a few good things about assisting the economy to become more modern. He did a few good things about checking the power of the military. He did assist Turkey on its march to become a modern society. But,alas, POWER soon became the name of his game. He wants POWER and he wants to crush any and all factors in Turkey that prevent him from having POWER. Just last year he was working to have Kurds become an integral part of Turkish society. But, alas, his desire for POWER led to an election that resulted in his political party losing its majority. So, what has he done since that event?

He launched attacks on Kurdish military units fighting in Syria and Iraq against ISIS. Beating ISIS will not gain him any votes, so the hell with that game. However, there are Turks who do not like the Kurds-a minority in Turkey–so fight them and call a quick election in hope of gaining COMPLETE POWER!

Too bad Erdogan is not head of North Korea -now that is one country in which the ruler does have COMPLETE POWER!

Death Of Scholar

Another Muslim died yesterday. He was 82 years old and had spent his life working to preserve the human heritage. He worked in Palmyra in Syria and his days were spent digging, collecting and saving the precious human heritage. Khaled al-Assad, no relation to President Assad, was a world renowned collector of antiquities and had saved many artifacts. ISIS arrived on the scene and when they discovered this old man knew where one could find antiquities to sell or destroy they demanded answers. None were given.

In the end,ISIS beheaded this scholar and quiet dignified man. My only question is: how could anyone who possesses the slightest spark of human dignity decide to become brothers and sisters in arms with these vile creatures??

Tragedy Of Middle East

There has been an ongoing tragedy in the Middle East for over seventy years. It has to do with reactions of Muslim nations to their fellow Muslims. After the forced or voluntary departure of Muslims from the new state of Israel, not a single Arab/Muslim nation would allow their fellow Muslims to become citizens of the land in which they were now living. They have spent the next seventy years as aliens in Muslim societies. Today, over two million Syrians are now refugees in a Muslim society. They are not allowed to become a citizen, they are denied opportunities for work, for a role in society.

Syrians are NOT welcomed into Muslim societies anymore than Palestinians were or are. They live on the fringes of society. A Syrian who enters Sweden is allowed to become a citizen and enjoy the benefits of that role. But, not a single Muslim society offers Muslim refugees the same right. The question is why don’t Muslim societies integrate Muslim refugees?

So, What About Iraq?

We are now experiencing the resurrection of the triumphant trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. In the new Republican narrative, these men were not only responsible for the overthrow of evil, terrible Saddam Hussein, but they saved the world from the bad man’s nuclear or chemical weapons of destruction. It was due to the intelligence and bravery of George Bush that peace and prosperity were restored to the people of Iraq. Alas, then appeared the black dude from Africa, whose blunders led to the rise of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and you name the other evil people.

1. It was the dynamic trio who appointed Nouri al-Maliki to the position of Prime Minister. It was this man who transformed the Sunnis who had worked with American forces into the enemy of the Iraq government.

2. The success of the so-called, Surge, depended upon cooperation of Sunnis. Guess who ended that cooperation.

3. President Obama DID offer to maintain US forces. BUT, he refused to allow American troops to be subject to Iraq law. THAT was the reason they left.

I await Jeb Bush publicly saying he was ready to have American forces placed under Iraq law.

Donald Has Some Ideas

It is now clear that Donald Trump DOES have solutions to rejecting the Iran nuclear deal and how to handle events in the Middle East. First, Donald is clear that accepting a nuclear deal with Iran is the first step toward a “nuclear disaster.” He promises to rip up any agreement with Iran if elected. I do assume he understands this agreement is with SIX nations, and if the US abandons the agreement, the other five can enter trade agreements with Iran. I assume he understands that Russia will sell anti-missile systems to Iran.

Donald also wants to take over Iraq oil fields, and is willing to send US troops into Iraq to fight ISIS. We get the oil, and we keep the money. What exactly then happens in Iraq, who the hell cares! I believe this step is the greatest recruiting step for ISIS, but Donald is not worried.

He also discussed his anger at Saudi Arabia, another country he intends to clean up.

We now know that Donald has a plan. At least he has one. Which other Republican candidate can make that statement?

World Terrorist Cup

The entire world and most Muslims are getting tired of the chaos in the Middle East,Somalia, Libya and Nigeria. It is time to organize an all-Muslim World Cup on who is the best terrorist. Of course, participants would agree that the group which comes out on top, would become the acknowledged top dog in terrorism. Oops, I forgot that Muslims do not like dogs. How about the top guerrilla?

1. Naturally, there would be shooting contests. Of course, one team against the other team.Last man standing, wins.

2. We could have a contest in which teams compete in rocket firing.

3. How about which team that first destroys a city?

4. Of course a main feature would be which group can produce the most suicide bombers.

5. The finale would be which team that most quickly destroys itself!


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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Butt Found In Salad”

Butt out of my food!

Sweden, Local: “Getting Pregnant Swedish Way”

I assume a man and woman are involved.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Pay Your Dues”

In Republican America, that means the middle class pays and the wealthy do not.

China, China Daily: “Should Children Kneel For Parents?”

What a day that would be!

Canada, Toronto Star: “Apologize For Shooting Black Man”

He threatened me with a water pistol!!

Blame It On George

Let me get straight the current Republican version as to what happened in Iraq:

After some blunders by President George Bush, he got things straight with the famous “surge” and al-Qaeda was ready to surrender. Then, this black dude assumed the presidency, and refused to support George’s successful ideas. The result was the current chaos.

General Ray Odierno, who was part of the Surge, but is now Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a slightly different version. According to the General, “I remind everybody that us leaving at the end of 2011 was negotiated by the BUSH ADMINISTRATION. That was always the plan. We promised them(Iraq government) that we would respect their sovereignty.” The Maliki government insisted that American troops would be subject to Iraq law. When, they refused to back down on this point, President Obama had troops leave.

I can just imagine the reaction of Republicans to President Obama allowing American troops to be subject to Sharia law!