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.

Barack Obama Just Can’t Communicate

I voted for Barack Obama twice, it was my assumption this was a man who would be able to uphold the rights of individual citizens, this was a man who would be able to curb the growing power of government, and this was a man who would be able to communicate issues to the American people. Boy, was I wrong. As of today, most probably, 80% of the American people still do not understand the Affordable Care Act and its provisions! On no occasion has our president clearly spoken to the American people about this law. For example:

The Affordable Care Act guarantees every American: (1) the right to affordable health insurance, (2) the right to select one’s doctor,(3) the right not to be denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions, (4) the right of young people to remain covered by parent health plans,(5) financial aid from the government for health insurance. Every American should have been sent a one sheet statement from the government with this information. Then, let Republicans blast away.

The same failure to communicate is obvious today. President Obama should be on national television with this statement: “The United States protected the people of Iraq at the cost of thousands of our young men and women. We provided billions of dollars in aid to develop their economy and create a modern armed force. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki ignored our advice to work with all Iraqi groups in order to create a modern society. Instead, he persecuted Sunni minorities and rid the armed forces of effective officers. The Iraq government created this current problem. We are ready to assist Iraq, but only after its government is committed to equal rights for all, and its armed forces are led by the best available leaders. No American will be placed at risk until Iraq has a unified government. Period.”

All Americans would then understand the situation. That is the role of a President of the United States of America.

Grand Ayatollah Has Grand Idea

I confess that like most Americans encountering another tale about the nation of Iraq is the last thing on my mind. I am a New York Knickerbocker fan and the last time my team won the NBA title I was forty years younger so I do understand the meaning of futility. The past decade of my life has involved reading, watching, hearing and thinking about the nation of Iraq. There is no sense reviewing mistakes made in the past since we lack a time machine to return backwards and fix things so that events unfurl in some logical pattern of intelligence. Here we are in June, 2014–Iraq is a mess. Period. Anyway, the leader of Iraq Shiites has reached a similar conclusion–things are a mess.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called upon all political leaders to come together and get rid of the world’s most incompetent Prime Minister–Nouri al-Maliki who created a disaster for his land. The Ayatollah wants political leaders from Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds to meet and select a new prime minister who can bring groups together, reform a broken military, and defeat ISIS terrorists who are sweeping through the country. He hopes this meeting would be a “prelude to the political solution that everyone seeks at present.” Common sense words.

I realize that Dick Cheney blames Obama for the mess. Hey Dick, YOU were the guy who selected Maliki! In other words, you were the dick head for caused the present mess.

Wither The Republican Party?

There was an interesting and sad television shot shown to the American people last night. On the anniversary of the fight for civil rights in the South, most members of Congress locked arms and sang the famous marching song of civil rights fighters, “We Shall Over Come.” However, neither John Boehner nor Senator Mitch McConnell moved their lips in order to display their opposition to anything that President Obama supported. A wonderful display of courage. If Jesus Christ appeared tomorrow and was walking with President Obama, the Republican party would come out against Christianity. A once great political party has become a negative, angry, hating group of men and women. Oops, sorry, I ignore the concern of Republicans for the oppressed minorities in our nation–the upper 5% of those with money and those who fight for the right to earn billions.

Let me review the history of this once great party:

1. Abraham Lincoln pushed through the first income tax. He gave away free land to all who desired in the Homestead Act. His government financed construction of the intercontinental railroad. He backed creation of colleges that were free to students. And, worst of all, he took property away–without compensation–from slave owners!
2. Theodore Roosevelt blasted the wealthy for their selfishness. He broke up monopolies and then had the Federal government supervise their operations. He advocated the Income Tax amendment. He ended segregation in the federal government. He also defended the rights of workers to have unions.
3. Wendell Wilkie lost the 1940 presidential election to Franklin Roosevelt. He then spent World War II as a special assistant for the president. Republicans in Congress worked with President Roosevelt to create a United Nations.
4. Dwight Eisenhower refused to lower the WWII top income tax level of NINETY PERCENT until debts were paid off. His administration fought for the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended segregation. Eisenhower worked to ends segregation in the armed forces and ended it in Washington D.C.
5. Republicans worked with President Lyndon Johnson to pass the Civil Rights bill.
6. Heck, Richard Nixon supported Affirmative Action, came out for national health insurance, and even toyed with the idea of a guaranteed income for all Americans.

That used to be the Republican party!!

Nouri Nourishes Continued Power!

There is not a doubt in the world what is transpiring in Iraq is the result of actions taken by the government of Nouri al-Maliki and the ISIS terrorists who are sweeping across the nation is due to a failed government. Maliki has spent the past few years persecuting the Sunni minority and causing them to lack any trust in government. He dismissed from the Army talented officers because they were Sunni or because they refuse to go along with his power grab. The result is that an army of about 10,000 men is causing havoc to an army containing over 150,000. Sorry, John McCain, President Obama is NOT guilty of anything other than common sense. Maliki and his crew of thieves and Islamic terrorists created the current crisis. Obama and just about any intelligent person is urging Maliki to form a national unity government.

So,what is the response of Maliki? “The call to form a national emergency governments a coup against the constitution and the political process. It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voter!” Either Iraq leaders get rid of this incompetent fool or the nation of Iraq will simply collapse.

Once Again Impeachment Is Proposed

Congressman Barletta of Pennsylvania is upset at the course of American politics, and he is determined to do something. Well,if one is a Republican, and, if one is upset, the only alternative left open is to impeach the president. Of course, Republicans only become upset when the president is a Democrat, so it is clear there is only a single path to pursue. According to the Republican Congressman, “we have a president that is taken this to a new level. And, it’s put us in a position where he’s just absolutely ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances. You know, what dis you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or by bypassing the laws.” He is certain an impeachment resolution would “pass the House.”

We did have a president who lied about weapons of mass destruction, but Republicans have no interest in such a person. We did have a president who sent 5,000 Americans to their deaths and wounded 40,000, but that is of no interest to Republicans. The OBAMA dude did not check with Congress about an exchange of prisoners. Now, which is more important, the exchange of five prisoners or the death of 5,000 Americans? Just ask Congressman Barletta.

The Dilemma Of Iraq Is No Mystery

We are pleased to report that leading experts on the Middle East are appearing on talk shows in order to explain to the American public that President Obama is THE villain in what is transpiring in the Middle East. HE is the one who created the madness of Iraq. Senator John McCain is demanding air attacks and troops on the ground. For some reason, not too many fellow Republican congressmen are getting into the “send troops to Iraq” proposal. Of course, Dick Cheney has informed the American people, once again, that Weapons of Mass Destruction WERE in Iraq and thanks to his brilliant ideas, America defeated Saddam Hussein, America defeated Osama bin Laden and America left a peaceful Iraq for newly elected President Obama. Oh, President Bush signed the agreement with Iraq for withdrawal of US troops by 2011. So, what does Cheney claim, Obama left Iraq and caused the subsequent collapse of its government.

President Obama has made clear that “no American firepower would be able to hold the country together.” He went on to point out the obvious. “We gave Iraq the chance to have an inclusive democracy, to work across sectarian lines.. and unfortunately what we have seen is a lack of trust.” He pointed out that Prime Minister Maliki had instituted program against Sunni Iraqis. Thus, Sunnis have no access to using the political process to deal with their grievances.”

Finally, an American president who is being blunt and honest about Iraq

Wisdom Of Chairman Dick

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has offered his wise words of wisdom to the American people. You know, the man who insisted that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, and it was imperative, and I mean, imperative, that America sent forces of mass destruction into Iraq. It was March, 2003, and UN inspectors asked for an additional three months in order to complete their investigation, but Chairman Dick, along with General Rumsfeld, and the dude from Texas, insisted the invasion HAD to occur in March! We all know the aftermath of this incredible blunder and we all know who is responsible–BARACK OBAMA!! Yes, Dick and Liz Cheney informed the Wall Street Journal that the culprit in Iraq was none other than BARACK OBMA!!

According to Chairman Dick, “rarely has a U.S. President been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. The President is willfully blind to the impact of his policies.” As I recall, it was Dick and Don and George who pushed Nouri al-Maliki to leadership. Maliki is undoubtedly the most inept leader in the Middle East and his refusal to work with Sunni leaders has resulted in the current situation. As I recall, it was President Bush and Vice President Cheney who agreed to the withdrawal of American forces in 2011. As I recall, 4,500 Americans died during their watch and 40,000 were wounded.

But, in the end, says Dick, it is the fault of BARACK OBAMA!

You Gotta Go! NOW!

Every so often members of the Republican and Democratic party finally decide they can agree on something. Usually, that agreement has scant to do with the lives of the American people, but the issue concerns something far away. It is now unanimous in the Congress of the United States of America that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must depart from power if there is to be US military assistance. Maliki ended any opportunity for cooperation with Sunnis when he arrested the Sunni Vice President of Iraq, and proceeded to remove Sunni officers in the armed forces. The end result has been sectarian violence, and Sunni cooperation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers fled the battlefield which has resulted in the ability of an eight thousand man force wiping out the 100,000 man Iraq army.

Senator Diane Feinstein made clear, “Maliki has to go if you want reconciliation” while Republican Senator John McCain wants the President to “make very clear to Maliki that his time is up.” Naturally, Maliki insists he loves Sunnis. President Obama has made clear “we will aggressively attempt to impress upon that leader(Maliki) the absolute necessity of rejecting sectarian governance.”

This blog for years has been saying the same thing!

Where Are Religious Leaders?

Hardly a day goes by without some example of human brutality or damage to planet Earth. Children are kidnapped in Nigeria or kidnapped in Israel, thousands just got shot in Iraq, millions go without health care or enough food to eat, but it is rare for any member of any religion to speak out. The so-called “religious right” in America are concerned about two males marrying, but have absolutely no concern that over thirty million Americans lack access to health insurance. Hundreds of thousands of young people in this country struggle to pay off debts while Wall Street billionaires get free handouts from the government to pay off their debts Heard any comment from religious leaders about this inequity? Thousands of Hispanic “illegal immigrants” are stranded, but how many churches have opened their doors to care for children?

The silence of imams in the Middle East and Africa is bewildering to me. I, a Jew, speak out more often and with more violence in defense of Muslim rights than most Muslim clerics. Boko Haram is a group of crazy Muslims, but how many Muslim clerics denounce the murder of thousands of Muslims by these nut cases? Let me make clear, it is not only Muslim clerics, but Jewish and Christian and Buddhist who remain silent in the face of atrocities. Heck,in Myanmar the assault upon Muslims is being led by Buddhist monks!

Oh, a word about planet Earth which needs some assistance to remain as planet Earth. I assume if there is a God up there in the sky, He must be pissed off as to what is being done to HIS planet! Just remember, those of the clergy, you guys had a chance to speak out for this planet and blew it. I sure as heck hope the Earth God is not into revenge!!

World Turned Upside Down

I gather there are still people who believe that some sort of sanity is present on planet Earth. Let me cite some facts which should dissuade them of such thinking.

1. George Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan. Then Iranian President Khatami assisted US forces and was rewarded by being branded asa terrorist by the American president.
2. President Khatami offered a compromise with President Bush that included ending pursuit of nuclear weapons. He never received a reply.
3. Saddam Hussein was wiped out and Shiites took over Iraq.
4. Shiites proceeded to persecute and imprison Sunni leaders.
5. Americans organized Sunni Awakening Councils to fight al-Qaeda.
6. Prime Minister Maliki then proceeded to disband these groups and put in prison its leaders.
7. Sunni Iraqis have drifted into the arms of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, (ISIS).
8. ISIS forces took over the city of Mosul and were warmly greeted by Sunni residents.
9. President Obama continually offered to assist Maliki but he refused to grant American soldiers the right to be tried in a military court.
10. ISIS forces are marching on Baghdad.
11. Iran has dispatched 2,000 troops to aid the Iraq government.
12. President Obama has dispatched the George HW Bush aircraft carrier to aid the Iraq government.

In other words, American and Iranian forces will be working together. When asked about this possibility, Iran President Hassaan Rouhani replied: “If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can think about it.”

I wonder if Republicans in the US Senate will block US cooperation with Iran that is designed to aid Iraq??