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 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 far old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Friendships of youth last forever and a day.

So, what is the day after forever like?

There was a moment in life when the penny was important.

Long time since heard, “a penny for your thought.”

Most worry about the money they desire rather than the money they need.

Wars today are fought by those whose family are not part of the 5%.

I wonder how one can invest in wars and make money?

Most commentators on Fox News just hate poor people.

No greater expectation than moving elsewhere.

To be poor is to be innocent.

Easy to forget our good deeds.

Elderly at McDonald’s cluster together in morning.

Hands of time move slower when we get older.

Words Of Wisdom From Chairman Chris

I was aware that Governor Chris Christie was an expert on traffic conditions on bridges, and when it comes to the issue of ensuring his wealthy friends get tax breaks, the good governor of New Jersey leads the nation. So, it was surprising to discover that Chris is an expert on the Middle East. However, to be honest, he is an expert on what Sheldon Adelson desires in life. A few months ago, Chris dashed to Las Vegas and kissed the hand of Sheldon as well as falling to his knees pleading forgiveness. He referred to the West Bank as “occupied land.” Sheldon does not give money or blessings to anyone who doubts the entire Middle East belongs to Jews–God promised them the region. Anyway, Chris decided to really prove to Sheldon that he loves Israel above all, particularly the truth. He gave a speech and explained to Americans why there are problems in the Middle East. Take one guess: BARACK OBAMA!

According to Chris, “Israel is not sure that they have American full support like they used to, and that is the failure of then presidency now.” He went on to emphasize, “that what you see in the Middle East is caused, not completely, but in some measure by the fact that the president has not acted in a decisive, consistent way.”

Oh, as I recall, a president invaded Iraq seeking weapons of mass destruction that never existed. The best friend of Israel is John Kerry who has worked to achieve peace with Palestinians. If not for the US, the Security Council would be passing resolutions blasting current Israel policy in Gaza. Chris, focus on bridges, that is your expertise!

Kick Or Pray

The 2014 World Cup has finally drawn to a conclusion which means that about one billion people can get back to the ordinary hum drum of daily life. Writing as an American who simply does not share the fervor that is so often demonstrated in nations that regard who wins the World Cup as among the most important issues in their lives. I appreciate the sport fanatic since I am one. Alas, not for soccer or World Cups, but for my beloved New York Giant football team or my long lasting love affair with the New York Yankees, and my tormented suffering with the New York Knick basketball team. So, I was intrigued by a study conducted in Saudi Arabia by Marian Dujain al-Kadi which reveals that 60% of Saudi females decide which team to root for in the World Cup based on the good or bad looks of players. Of course, in Muslim Saudi Arabia not only are women banned from driving a car, they don’t even have time in school for physical education. One is left wondering do Saudi women have extra energy and are dying to bang away at a football more than even banging away with a man?

The other aspect of the World Cup in Saudi Arabia that captures my attention is what happens if the game conflicts with prayer time. Sheik Mohamed al-Mahmoud insists that prayer takes precedence over the game. “When it is time for late evening and Ramadan-specific night prayers, one must go to the mosque and pray.” These are definitely not the words or advice of a sport fan. On Yom Kippur I would flee from the synagogue to find some friendly Christian family listening to the World Series. Since they recognized while I was not Jewish, I was a devout Yankee fan, they allowed me to listen.

I hate to inform the Sheik, but God is a fanatic sport fan. And, he is really upset that Saudi women cannot kick a ball!

What Comes Next??

It becomes increasingly clear that regardless of who is president of the United States of America our foreign policy will not reflect long term thinking. Both George Bush and Barack Obama are more similar than different in their approach to confronting issues in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry has been the only one in our government who thinks in long-term approaches, who seeks to assist in establishing the basis for permanent peace in the Middle East. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is riding the crest of a popular desire by many Israelis for an end to terror. His approach is to “out-terror” any Islamic terrorist. If they kill three Israelis, then he will kill a hundred. If they wound three Israelis, then he will wound 1200 Palestinians. For the short term, this approach might succeed in reducing rockets, but it is not a long term solution. At no point has Netanyahu offered a sensible compromise to the conflict with Palestine leaders other than to insist there will be more and more housing in the West Bank. Is there an end point to these settlements or do they proceed until no Palestinian is left on the West Bank?

Even the American government is now becoming frightened at the aggressive assault on Gaza. It is warning Israel not to send in ground forces. The UN is urging and urging Israel to reduce the assault and once again seek peace through negotiations. Naturally, Israel leaders insist prior efforts have only failed. Naturally, they blame President Abbas. This is the moment for Netanyahu to make a dramatic offer that can not be turned down. What might that be?

1. A promise that no further housing will be built on the West Bank.

2. An economic solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees. The Israel economy can certainly handle one billion a year for the coming two decades.

3. A promise that Israel will initially request the UN to establish a commission that will investigate any Israel complaint prior to massive assault on Palestinians. The commission could not prevent action,but it might slow down the process.

Finally, the time has come for a UN sponsored negotiator who would be charged with proposing the basis of compromise between Israel and Palestinians. Both sides would have to respond to the proposal. The Palestinian delegation would have to include a representative from Hamas if Hamas is still part of the coalition. The Israel delegation would have to include representatives from at least two other Israel political parties. We propose John Kerry as the UN negotiator. This means he would have to resign as US Secretary of State.

On National Debt

These days every conversation I have with a member of the Republican party entails their complaints about the National Debt. In their view, this monstrosity is the creation of the Democratic Party and its spendthrift approach to government. In their version of history, under Republican presidents our government was led by those who possessed sound fiscal thinking. It was very simple according to Republicans, lower taxes on the wealthy would result in job creation leading to more tax revenues into the government and the result would be the end of our National Debt and a balanced budget. Such is the Republican mantra.

Let’s Examine the Record:

Democrat President Jimmie Carter left a National Debt of $900 Billion.
Republican President Ronald Reagan inherited this $900 Billion. He left office with a
National Debt of $2.5 TRILLION.
George H.W. Bush inherited $2.5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 TRILLION
Democrat Bill Clinton inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $5 Trillion. However, he left office with a budget that showed a $400 billion surplus. If following presidents did what he did, the National Debt would have BEEN PAID OFF BY 2010!
George Bush inherited $5 Trillion and left office with a National Debt of $11 TRILLION. BUT, he wrote the budget for 2009 and it had a deficit of $1 Trillion.
Barack Obama inherited a $12 Trillion deficit and due to interest payments and a collapsed economy, the National Debt continued to rise to its current $12 Trillion.

So, which party is responsible for the National Debt?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Prison Guards Get Lounge Chairs”

To relax after beating the hell out of prisoners, I assume.

Norway, Norway Post: “Helicopter Pilot Gives Girl Lift To Beach”

How about a lift to the waves for the helicopter?

Sweden, Local: “Swedish Teachers Feel Not Valued”

By students or parents is the question?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Boy Wins Battle For Log House”

Congratulations, Daniel Boone.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “God Goes To A Festival”

Leave it to we humans to use this as one more excuse for murder.

USA, aol: “Surely Common Sense”

If you cut taxes and less money comes to the government, your deficit rises.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Man Kills Wife In Broad Daylight”

That’s what happens when a woman goes out without a hijab?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Black goes nicely with pink.

If I dwell in the House of the Lord, what is the monthly rent?

Mom has blond hair with dark streaks as does daughter.

One wondrous moment when child serves mom.

Is chubby mom the future for daughter?

There are unlimited chances in life, so take one.

Some dwell too often on past slights.

Tall boys place hands in pockets to appear taller.

White haired woman dressed in white is a fetching sight.

This is not a good time to be elderly and poor in America.

A lottery for many is the most important dream of life.

Some waddle to death.

We elderly await the dawn and hope for another one.

Why must front and back of human body be covered but not the face?

Mystery of life: shoe lying in middle of road.

There are mysteries that will always remain a mystery.

I have always wanted to work in a supermarket.

Are We Americans Racist?

Attorney General Eric Holder when assuming office back in 2009 made some comments that continue to infuriate members of the Republican party. He was commenting on attacks made on the new president. He said that “in things racial we always and continue to be in many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He was recently asked if this view continues to be held by him. Holder responded, “there’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there is a racial animus.” There is no doubt that racism continues to dwell in the hearts and minds of all too many Americans. But,the question as to whether or not Barack Obama has fostered these ideas is another question? Could he have handled the racial aspect of assuming the presidency in other ways than how he performed? In defense of Obama, there is no question whatever and how ever he handled anything as president, X number of Americans would have responded with hate and venom toward him. They would have accused him of not being a “real American.” Certainly, that has been the main focus of Fox News. Their commentators continue to raise the issue of “patriotism” and his alleged hatred of the US Constitution.

However, there is no doubt in my mind, regardless of which Democrat became president in 2008, a similar response would have emerged. Republicans of the 21st century are filled with incredible anger and hatred toward anyone who suggests sane policies. They are convinced that terrorism is the main enemy of this country and Obama has failed to halt its spread. They also are convinced this nation depends for its economic survival on our top 5% of wealthy people. During my 84 years as an American I have never witnessed such a love of wealthy people and dislike of poor ones. Frankly, this is the confusion that drives me crazy. Why do so many Americans adore those who have rather than those who do not?

We are less racial and more stupid is the problem. I suspect when unions left the scene we lost an institution that provided education and realism to the average American worker. Today, they rely on things like Fox News.

Just A Matter Of Time

At this moment that I write there are about 200,000,000 people on this planet who reside in a country that was not their native land. In other words, there are hundreds of millions who fall into the category of being An IMMIGRANT. My parents fled eastern Europe after the end of World War I seeking a place of safety and refuge from war or poverty as well as the vicious anti-Semitism that prevailed in their native lands. As I write, there are at least two million people whose native land is in Syria, but have fled because of war or religious hatred or not particularly enjoying life in Assad Syria. The majority who have fled are Muslims, but there begins the problem–which type of Muslim? Shiite or Sunni or whoever? The overwhelming majority are now in a Muslim nation. Alas, that is where the problem begins. Muslim nations in the Middle East never cease complaining about the evils of Israel, but when it comes to welcoming their fellow Muslims, the end result is anger, discrimination and refusal to offer assistance. No Middle Eastern nation has allowed refugees from Israel-Palestine– to become citizens. So, why should Turks behave any different?

There are over a million Syrians in Turkey whose government has responded to the crisis with care and concern. But, to the average citizen, an immigrant is “not one of us.” Over a thousand people in the province of Kaharmanmares rioted against local Syrian refugees and chanted words of hate and violence. I live in America, the land which is 100% made up of immigrants. Which nation of the world surpasses us in expressions of hate toward immigrants? Turkish demonstrators said immigrants were –criminals– words that flow from Tea Party followers. To be an immigrant is not to be a person who will get a welcome wagon greeting.

Germany Disgusted With US

As I recall, many Americans were so delighted at the election of Barack Obama in 2008 since we believed once he became president many nations of the world who disliked George Bush policies would be more likely to respect the United States of America. At that point, even our closest allies in Europe were disgusted by the foreign policy of George Bush. So, along came Barack Obama, and five years later just about every European nation has lost respect for the United States and its insane spying policies. Every poll in Germany, which used to be our closest ally, reveals complete distrust for America. Revelations that US spy agencies hired Germans working in the German intelligent agency to spy for the US! Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has always prided herself on care and concern for her American ally, is now totally disgusted with the US. She told a German newscaster of her doubts that America either understands how its actions are infuriating Europeans or whether it has the slightest desire to make changes in European spy policies.

“I think it’s not that easy to convince Americans to completely change the way their intelligence works… It is not about how angry I was. For me, it is a sign that we have fundamental different concepts at the work of intelligence agencies.” I assume German Intelligence focuses on terrorist groups in the world, American Intelligence focuses on anyone and everyone on the assumption by the law of probability casting the wide net means you, at least, might catch a tiny fish.