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.

On Goodwin’s Law

There is a law which recently has come to my attention. According to Goodwin’s Law, “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler approached one.”

How about a few other laws?

1. If Rick Santorum speaks longer than five minutes, he invariably will make a nasty comment about Pope Francis and bad scientists.

2. If Jeb Bush makes a speech, he will, at some moment, refer to his brother, George, and get in hot water.

3. If Ted Cruz opens his mouth for more than two minutes the issue of what exactly did he learn at Harvard enters the picture.

4. If Sarah Palin makes any comment, at some point someone will wonder why John McCain ever selected her in 2008 will arise.

5. If Rick Perry appears wearing glasses, someone will make a comment about his “new approach.”

Stopsky’s Final Law, allow any candidate for the Republican Party to speak, and within one minute there is a reference to Barack Obama as the blame for Iraq problems.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Iran, Tehran Times: “Iran Sells More Pistachios Than US”

See what happens when you elect dudes from Africa to head America!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Know Your Place”

This is Putin Land, and we do what the boss says!

USA, aol,com: “Goose Attacks Drone”

God loving Americans can not allow our nation to be attacked by drones, send in the Texas National Guard.

Sweden, Local: “Death Test”

I guess if I pass then I live.

UK, New Statesmen: “Play The Hitler Card”

Just send in the little corporal and clean up the mess in Syria.

Theology In Israel Grows Stronger

I am quite aware that Jews these days are rather upset at the Middle East and the country of Iran. They are very angry at Muslim religious fanatics, but for some strange reason have scant interest in Jewish religious fanatics. The original leaders of Israel were secular Jews who did NOT wish to have a nation that was under the control of a bunch of rabbis, particularly those of conservative bent. Each year in Israel there are more and more signs of growth of Orthodox views as the ones that will be imposed upon ordinary Jewish Israelis. A few months ago there were stories of little girls being hit by stones cast by Orthodox Jews due to their “inappropriate dress.” Orthodox Jews believe women are sort of not on the same level as we Jewish men. Their place is in the home and they should be producing lots and lots of babies, hopefully, most of them should be boys who could devote their lives to the study of the Torah.

Jewish girls in high school are forbidden to wear shorts because it is not appropriate attire. Some girls are furious that boys can wear shorts in the hot weather, but they must dress like nice little Orthodox Jewish females. It is the fault of girls since when they wear shorts, the boys gaze at their bodies. Perhaps if boys spent their time gazing at the Torah, girls could wear shorts. Of course, at the West Wall in Jerusalem they should know that women can not pray with men. They have an assigned place. So, what has happened to the dream of a modern secular Jewish state? I guess we Jews should check with Sheldon Adelson since his money increasingly controls what happens in Israel!

Another Clown On Political Stage

Well, he is back on the political stage, all eye glasses and all. Once again he is charging President Obama for any and all problems in the world. If the Texas Ranger baseball team loses a game, blame it on the black dude from Africa. So, here is the latest take from Rick on the situation in the Middle East. ” No decision, no decision has down more havoc then the president’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Back in January, 2009 when Barack Obama became the Commander-n-Chief, Iraq had been largely pacified. America has won the war.” It is now clear that Rick has decided to become an historian. So, Iraq was largely pacified, now that is an interesting take on what happened.

The so-called “Surge” under leadership of General Petraeus was, in reality, a joint effort by American and Sunni soldiers against al-Qaeda. But, George Bush had done a few things along the way toward destruction.

1. He disbanded the Iraq army which resulted in over 500,000 Iraq men to lose their jobs. And, he allowed them to return home with their weapons.

2. He installed Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite fanatic whose main friend was Iran as the prime minister of Iraq. It was MALIKI who disbanded Sunni Awakening Councils which led the fight against al-Qaeda.

3. So, why did Obama withdraw US troops? President Bush has arranged for an agreement with Maliki about retention of American forces. President Obama agreed to that idea, but the sticking point was refusal to Maliki to withdraw his demand that US troops in Iraq who committed a crime would be tried in a Sharia court. Just imagine what Rick Perry would say about Americans being tried in a Muslim court of justice!

It was Maliki who instituted a vicious attack on Sunnis which led to the arrival of ISIS. Oh, Rick, many of the leaders of ISIS are former Iraq officers who were fired on orders of George Bush!

All Quit On Middle Eastern Front?

In November, 1918 the guns of war fell silent because those fighting finally agreed it was time to put away the violence that had destroyed the lives of over twenty million humans and destroyed vast areas of land. In May, 1945 those fighting in Europe allowed the guns of war to become silent. It would take until August for all guns to cease blasting away in Asia, at least for the moment. The tragedy of modern life is that we will NEVER have a day when weapons grow silent and peace, at least for the moment arrives. Our young men, and these days, our young women, will never know what it is like to live in peace, at least for the moment. Heck, little Corporal Adolf Hitler went home in November, 1918 and, at least enjoyed a few years of peace and quiet.

Modernity means there will never be ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. We are doomed to lives in which the guns of war go on and on and on. Does anyone in Syria have the faintest idea who is on their side, let alone knowing when peace will arrive? They just go on and on fighting and killing because they know there will never be an ALL QUIET ON THE SYRIAN FRONT moment.

Say, What About Edward Snowden?

During the past few days my mind continually returns to the saga of Edward Snowden, you know, the guy who is a “traitor” and gave important information to the “enemy.” Our government insists that whatever information that he made public was a threat to our national existence. Funny, he made the data available to the entire world and I have yet to come across any example of that data being used to kill or harm members of our armed forces. As one who once worked at an Army Headquarters it is clear that 99% of what is classified as SECRET or TOP SECRET is rarely so. People in the government just love stamping pieces of paper and it is doubtful if many of those pieces of paper have anything important on them.

Ironically, members of Congress have now pushed to make legal the ideas that Edward Snowden was urging years ago. NSA will no longer have access to our phone records and, guess what? There is no likelihood this action will ever damage the security of this nation. Then again, would NSA please give us examples of how gathering information about our phone records actually halted any attack on our nation? We are finally returning to common sense and believe it or not this is being done by our CONGRESS!

Guantanamo Forever

There are always some certainties in life and when it comes to the issue of the infamous 9/11 then Fox News and most Republicans are absolutely certain that torturing people, innocent of guilty was an absolute necessity. During World War II, when the US and its allies fought the German army and the Japanese army, they, for some strange reason, did not have to resort to torture. OK, there were incidents when members of our armed forces did torture the enemy, but such tactics were never part of the policies of our government. And, gee whiz, we defeated enemies which had combined forces of at least fifteen million men. Of course, when it comes to defeating an enemy which has, at best, about one hundred THOUSAND, the threat to our very existence is much greater.

Majid Khan was one of the two bit terrorists who was involved with Osama bin Laden and the CIA needed information so they sort of tortured the guy. He claims they poured ice water over this genitals, beat the hell out of him. A rule enforced by those who tortured during the Bush administration is that lawyers for the person being tortured were not allowed to tell anyone their client was being tortured. This was an example of how the American government got information. I hate to inform the Bush folks that interrogators during World War II obtained information without beating the hell out of anyone. Just ask Henry Kissinger who was an interrogator if he ever employed torture!

NOBODY ASKED ME

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Has anyone considered a shoot out as to who will be the Republican candidate?

Perhaps, we need to build a new stage to hold all these people, you know, another example of building by Big Government.

Rand Paul has become the young John McCain and John is upset.

I am disappointed because I thought Donald Trump would have posted his entry statement by now.

Then again, so where is Herman Cain to add some more black color.

Ben Carson is the poor black version of Amos and Andy.

One female and the rest are men. Just another example of Republican attitudes toward women!

Jeb Bush Salutes Our Heroes!

I feel so reassured to know that at least one candidate of the Republican party refuses to abandon our admiration for the former government of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Jeb Bush wants the American people to know that “what I admire most about my brother was that he kept us safe. And I believe people will respect him for a long time because of that.” He also wants Republicans to know that he disagrees with Senator Rand Paul who wants to end government surveillance of our lives. “This is a matter of national security. We shouldn’t surrender the tools that keep us safe. It would be irresponsible. It would be reckless;” Mighty strong words in defense of the Bush-other Bush, that is– policy of defense against weapons of mass destruction.

I wonder what the five thousand Americans who died in this venture into nothing that had anything to do with terrorism feel now that they are dead. I wonder if the 40,000 who were wounded feel about being “saved” by President Bush feel about that caring effort. And, I wonder what the estimated 500,000 who returned with PTSD feel about being “saved” by George Bush? I have a hunch this campaign approach is a losing one.

So, Why The Girls Of War?

Among the most fascinating events of recent times has been the decision of hundreds, if not thousands of young Muslim females who have decided they wish to become Jihad Brides and help their brothers in the Middle East. For the most part these girls are from middle class families and, in many cases, have been excellent students in school. But, they, suddenly abandon school, their families, and their communities in order to take a plane ride to the Middle East. These Jihadi Brides share some common attitudes:

1. They are, for the most part, teenagers.

2. They make contact with Islamic terrorist groups on social media.

3. They seek sexual contact with terrorists. They want to marry and have children with these warriors.

4. They seek to adhere to Sharia law and its demands for obedience to their men.

5. They want to abandon their female freedom in order to become an obedient wife.

6. They apparently seek a man who is strong, who is virile and who will dominate them.

7. They want to become a devout Muslim who adheres to old traditions rather than modern ones.

They are girls seeking meaning in their lives and that meaning entails death and destruction!