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.

Jihad Makes Me Feel Strong!

There is a missing quality among those who term themselves believers in democracy, but the feeling of being ready to die for a cause is growing ever stronger among many young Muslims in Europe. For most Europeans the very idea of serving in the military is not an attractive idea. For most Americans, the concept of serving the nation is much less interesting that what is on my iPad. For those raised prior to the onset of material comforts, serving in the armed forces was part of being a member of society. The most amazing aspect of the growth of Jihadism among young Muslims is the desire among those raised in the modern technological world to risk life for a cause, a dream.

Ismail Cetinkaya told a German reporter that he was raised in Germany and for most of his early life behaved like a modern person seeking the good life. Then, he discovered the power of belief, only his new belief was in the Muslim religion. “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother God and the desire to put self to Jihad.” He went off to fight in Syria and discovered that his new felt love of the Muslim religion made the thought of dying a hope, rather than a fear. As he now tells fellow Muslims, “I call you to Jihad. This is where you will find freedom.” Being a jihadist enables this young man to challenge his weaknesses and discover that he has strength.

How many young Americans have this attitude. During World War II millions did!

Bombs Away!

It was during World War II that modern ideas about mass bombing of cities became the norm of our military beliefs. Germans began the process with mass bombing of Amsterdam and London. However, by 1942, English and American planes were making Germans sorry they ever came up with this idea. At night, a thousand British bombers would blast a city, and the following day, a thousand American planes dropped their bombs. OK, so ISIS likes to cut off heads, but the United States air force, along with planes from several other countries is bombing these people. Yesterday, there were 31 bombing attacks on the city of Raqqa in Syria, the so called, capital, of the nut cases who so enjoy cutting off heads of the innocent. We are now killing the bad guys, along with a few of the good people, but war is war. In the end of any modern war, the innocent must die because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

OH, dictator Bashar al-Assad is joining in the fun. Heck, he has already murdered at least a hundred thousand Syrians, but now he gets an opportunity to bomb and bomb. Who knows, perhaps the war in Syria will conclude when everyone is dead.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Russia, Moscow Times: “Putin Gets 8th ‘Degree Black Belt”

I assume tigers will be running for their lives!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “I Do Not Wish To Run”

Words never spoken by those in the US Congress.

USA, aol: “Poverty Penalized”

You damn poor folks earn to much money, time to help job creators.

Sweden, Local: “So, How Was Everybody’s Thursday?

Full tummy and hands full of junk picked up in stores!

Australia, Canberra Times: “Bad Week Gets Worse”

Just wait to Congress meets, a bad spring will get worse!

Bad Guys CAN Win

I have now reached the age of 84 meaning that during my life there has been a world war, war in Vietnam, war in the Middle East, and God knows where else that good people have been murdered because some folks were convinced that God or some other power was on their side. Naturally, those who murder are always convinced that killing the innocent is simply behaving in a logical manner because if those without power are allowed to possess power, it is simply the beginning of the end of sanity. It has now been several weeks since thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong in pursuit of some basic rights. Actually, the protesters simply wanted to be able to vote for the person of their choice in the so called, “election” that the Chinese government allowed to take place. Of course, it was no election, more in the nature of a dictate imposed upon the people of Hong Kong by the men who rule China.

At this moment, the streets of Hong Kong do not display thousands marching with banners demanding the right to vote. The bad guys are in power, and from now on, march and face some years in prison. Frankly, this is normally what occurs when people are powerless. Those with power invariably win the game of who makes decisions. Was it worth the display of protest? Yes, protest may now win today, but there is always tomorrow!

US Never Had Middle Eastern Foreign Policy

The foreign policy tragedy of the Obama administration is that it never developed a foreign policy for the Middle East. Symbolically the comment by President Obama as to his policy toward ISIS was, ” I do not have a strategy.” His problems in the Middle East began years before that statement. Does he even today have a Middle East foreign policy. In fairness, he inherited a mess from President Bush, and never figured out what he wanted to accomplish in this region of the world. Examine the reality of the Middle East.

1. The most important military centers are in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Algeria. Only these nations have armies.

2. Poverty is the most important driving force in this region.

3. Well educated young people lack work. This results in them winding up working with jihadist groups.

4. The unresolved problem of Palestinians hovers over the region. It is a source of anger and violence.

5. President Assad was a wild card who hated militants of the Muslim religion.

At no point did the Obama administration:

1. Address the economic realities of this area of the world. Economic aid was crucial. NO “Marshall Plan” was ever offered to the region.

2. Some form of military alliance between Turkey, Egypt and Algeria might have created an armed force that could handle militants.

3. The issue of Israel HAD to be addressed. It never was.

In other words, a Mediterranean Marshall Plan just might have won over young educated Muslims in the region. The key element of the original Marshall Plan was -no money without cooperation between nations seeking funds.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

France, Connexion: “French, A Language Of Love”

L’amour, toujours!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “No Hard Feelings”

These words will never pass the lips of John Boehner when speaking with Obama.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Jihadists Banned From UK For Two Years”

After that, please engage in jihadist actions.

UK Guardian: “Why Mosquitoes Bite Humans”

Who would turn down free blood?

Russia, Moscow Times: “McDonald’s Reopens In Moscow”

Was there a bare chested man who was first on line?

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

In my childhood I ate what mom set upon the table.

I miss standing in line for cheap tickets to New York Giant football games.

Study the past in order to understand your future.

Children love studying menus.

I am grateful for what I have and do not worry about what I do not have.

The noise of war these days overwhelms the silence of peace.

In any group, people pair off.

I do not gamble with Death.

One should never abandon the sense of humor.

Some slip one leg under body, I cannot.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

China, China Daily: “Chinese Officials Charged With Graft”

I never knew that taking graft was wrong. After all, they run the entire government.

France, Connexion: “Ferry Hits Wall”

We are able to report the wall is in fine shape and will recover.

UK, Guardian: “More Storms On Way”

You ain’t seen nothing yet until this Republican Congress gets started helping the wealthy!

Australia, Canberra Times: “Sex At 72″

Frankly, not much since it is hard getting you know what, up!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “91 Year Old Dead Woman Awakens”

Did FDR Win the election??

LET’S PRETEND

Sometimes, my mind enters the world of, what if:

1. What if 80% of Americans voted?

2. Wealthy people paid at the same tax rate as the middle class?

3. Fast food workers got paid $20 an hour so they could buy consumer goods?

4. The Supreme Court ruled a candidate for President had to be born in America. Good bye Ted Cruz!

5. Obama held weekly press conferences and talked with Americans.

6. Obama appointed a Republican as Attorney General?

So much for pretend, unfortunately, I live in reality!

Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As To Iraq

As you may or may not recall back in 2008 the newly elected President Obama promised to end our wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. OK, he did remove most soldiers from Iraq although he did insist upon a “surge”in Afghanistan which was about as successful as the one in Iraq–in other words, it never worked aside from a few months. I do not blame Barack Obama for the ineptitude of Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who single handedly created the current mess. His anti-Sunni program turned thousands against the Iraq government and compelled most to ally with ISIS. Most probably Obama had limited options in Iraq. Although he could have frozen any and all aid until a coalition government was formed in Iraq.

President Obama will soon dispatch about 1,500 US troops to join the 1,000 currently training Iraq forces. Did Obama have options? Most probably not. However, he could have offered the Iranian army military equipment if they would train Iraqi soldiers. Of course, that would have annoyed AIPAC and led Republicans to go ballistic. I await the Republican military strategy for Iraq. So do Americans!