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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.

Greatest Threats In American History

I continually encounter well educated people who at some point in our conversation refer to the “threat” posed by ISIS or the Taliban or al Qaeda to the very existence of the American nation. Naturally, this “threat” is on the minds of those who pose as “experts” on foreign policy. I so enjoy listening to Dick Cheney when he pontificates about the need to torture, sorry, I mean “enhanced interrogation” those who pose a “threat” to the continued existence of America as a nation. He is so serious and convinced that a bunch of men who lack a navy, an air force, tanks or artillery some how threaten the survival of the American society. How about the “threats to American society?”

The Revolutionary War which nearly resulted in failure.

The Civil War which led to the deaths of 500,000? In battles such as at Antietam or Gettysburg the death total was three times the number on 9/11.

The Depression which could have resulted in a revolution.

World War II which resulted in the death of over 400,000. Again, at battles such as Okinawa three times as many were killed than at 9/11.

Oh, and we fought against powerful armies with navies and air forces that matched our own.

So, enough with this expression, “the greatest threat in American history!”

Another Day Of Torture

I don’t know about you but I confess to being tortured out about the topic of Torture in this nation. Just about each day another official, another former member of the Bush administration or the current Obama administration issues a serious, profound comment about how torture has saved the very foundation of our society. They apparently believe that the Bill of Rights has one clause which clearly states that water boarding was in the minds of our beloved Founding Fathers. Actually, my life is currently confronting the torture of:

CIA former or current leaders who insist: We tortured in the name of Jesus Christ, just check the Sermon on the Mount.

You folks just don’t know how we saved your lives and prevented Los Angeles from being blown up by an atomic bomb.

What you liberals do not know is that what we did was simply the same thing done every week at college Fraternity places. Just some good old fun and games.

We know things that you will never know and since you don’t know what we know how can you ever know what we know?

We wrap ourselves in the flag of knowledge that Americans can never be told

IF YOU ONLY KNEW!

We Did Not Torture In World War II

During the course of my life, I have read about two thousand books dealing with the topic of World War II. The German army in that conflict had eight million soldiers, excellent tanks and artillery and a powerful air force. I do understand that contemporary supporters of torture believe that al Qaeda and ISIS are the “greatest threat in American history to our survival as a nation.” Of course, neither of these groups has possession of tanks, artillery, planes or ships such as submarines, but, what the heck, they are the “greatest threat.” At no point did the US Army employ torture of prisoners. Of course, there might have been some examples in the field, but torture was NOT an official policy. Teams of IPW -Interrogation of Prisoners of War- talked with German soldiers and used the power of intelligent inquiry to obtain the information we desired. Of course, we also had the “Enigma” program which listened into German communications. But, at no time during the war was the official policy to use torture of prisoners. Ironically, the greatest abuse of people was the Internment of Japanese Americans due to hysteria on the part of American generals on the West Coast. Reality was that Japanese Americans never helped the nation of Japan.

George Tenet, head of CIA from 1997 to 2004 insists that the torture program “was effective in saving the lives of Americans.” His comment stands in contradiction to the US Senate Report. I am certain that Republicans will go to their graves convinced that torture is in accord with the American form of government.

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

Some fear the unknown, I fear any and all technology.

People these days work hard to become obese.

Honor thyself to honor others.

It is beneficial to know what you do not know.

Teen girls chew and talk.

I assume cafe people used their hands to talk.

Tomorrow will arrive, just have patience.

I buy things in order to be a job creator.

Each day a new idea is born.

Work hard at identifying things to learn.

CIA Did Good Things-So Says Brennan

CIA director John Brennan is upset. For some strange and unknown reason some politicians do not appreciate the success of CIA operators. John insists the CIA “did a lot of things right and it is time to put aside this debate and move forward to focus on issues that are relevant to our current national security challenge.” He is also 100% certain that “the detention and interrogation program provided useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives.” Whenever the CIA is challenged to produce the results they claim that is happening, the Brennan statement invariably emerges. Well, look at the record:

1. The CIA did not predict the outcome of the Communist success in Vietnam.

2. The CIA was completely incorrect as to what would happen in the Soviet Union after the death of dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953.

3. Of course, the CIA was completely wrong as to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

4. The CIA was wrong about the success of Fidel Castro in Cuba, he is still in charge.

5. The CIA was completely wrong about what would occur in Iran.

6. The CIA was completely wrong about the success of al-Qaida in Iraq.

I do believe it is about time we as Americans had a discussion about this failed intelligence agency whose track record is always being wrong!

Qaid

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Neo Fascists Want Apology”

Big deal, in America, torturers want an apology from Diane Feinstein!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Underwear Matters”

And, so do smells.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Keep A Cool Head”

I think this refers to Dick Cheney who has lost his head.

Norway, Norway Post: “A New Start”

I believe that is what is necessary in the CIA.

Russia, Moscow Times: “When Its Too Good To Be True”

Sanctions, sanctions, on the bad guys!

Punish The Torturers??

It is now clear among the most important mistakes made by the newly elected Barack Obama was failure to appoint an outside bipartisan commission to investigate CIA behavior during the Bush administration. As I recall, he did not want to stir up old problems, and preferred to pretend that from now on things would be OK. In the United Kingdom, the Chilcot Commission was created to study the entire process of how Great Britain got involved in the Iraq war. We now must live with the errors of the Obama decision. Senator Mark Udall has called for the firing of CIA officials who participated in torture. CIA head John Brennan just a few weeks ago was arguing that “enhanced interrogation” helped to “thwart attacks, plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.” So, does President Obama retain this man whose comments do not accord with the reality of what actually happened. There is simply NO evidence that “enhanced interrogation” helped to capture terrorists or prevent terror attacks.

Many of those in the CIA who participated in torture are still around. Dick Cheney is going wild yelling that torture saved America and that those who tortured “deserve all the credit.” The ball is now in the court of Barack Obama. If he retains John Brennan then the report was a waste of time since those who tortured remain free from punishment. I wonder if Barack Obama these days wonders if he should have appointed a Chilcot style commission?

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

My motto in life, “the more life changes, the more life is the same thing.

There is always an open door to go through, the good news is that it leads to new opportunities.

Some require food to talk with others.

Man entered coffee shop with tie, and departed without one. Mystery of life.

I have absolutely no interest in firing a weapon, I shot enough in the Army.

People assume God bears a grudge against their enemies.

Little boys must pick their noses.

The future always begins today.

Girls must pull down their blouse.

Some fear the unknown, I fear the known

Whatever Happened To?

I was born in 1930 and thus had the opportunity to live during the administrations of a few American Presidents. I miss some of their behaviors in the year 2014.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?

A President like Harry Truman who had on his desk the motto of his theory of being President: “The Buck Stops Here!”

Mail being delivered twice a day–during the Depression.

About 36% of workers belonging to unions.

Free colleges for poor people–we had four in New York City.

Nurses in school who monthly checked the health of children– my life experience in elementary school.

A President who talked with Americans and discussed world events.

A President who weekly held press conferences and allowed reporters to pose impertinent questions.

A New York Yankee team that won the world series.

Children played without parents being present.

Children who made their own toys.

The list could go on and on.

Fox News On Torture

Without securing permission from Fox News we have decided to present their interpretation of the report that was submitted by Senator Diane Feinstein to the world:

“Once again the Obama administration has made clear its hatred of the United States of America and the people who live within its borders. Once again it is clear that the office of President of the United States of America is occupied by a man who seeks to degrade our reputation and aid forces of Islam who seek to destroy the very basis of our society. The report of the so-called “torture” of prisoners simply reveals that when a free society which is dedicated to the ideals of our Founding Fathers attempts to defend itself against the horror of Islamic bestiality, those whose ideals are foreign to those of Americas, offer a report on how real Americans performed their duties.

1. There is not a single example in this report of any prisoner being beheaded.

2. This report transforms examples of physical fitness activities into “torture.”

3. No mention in this report is made of the brutalities of al-Qaeda or ISIS. Why?

4. There is not a single example in this report of anyone being shot by a firing squad.

5. No mention is made in this report that by retaining these brutal people in Guantanamo, the lives of thousands of American were saved.

When will Barack Obama begin acting like a true American?”