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.

Killing Leader Of Bad People Is No Policy

The foreign policy of the United States of America for over a decade has been predicated upon the assumption that if one kills the leader of bad people, the result will be the end of bad people. From George Bush promises to kill Osama bin Laden to President Obama’s joy at killing Osama bin Laden the American people have been assured that if one gets rid of those on the top of terrorist groups the end result is no more terrorist groups. This is an interesting theory, but the facts do not support the theory. From day one of the aftermath of 9/11 there have been promises, actions to kill the leader of bad guys since once he is gone, then… This has always been a THEORY, not a policy supported by evidence. Each day drones go out to spot a bad guy, and then blast him to pieces. The only result of this policy is that another ad guy emerges to take his place.

Terrorist groups contain men and women who believe in ideology based upon hate. Yes, they do follow a leader, but if he is gone, another person will step up to the role of leadership. One cannot defeat ideas with bombs. It is time to end the belief that killing one person ends the group. Sorry, no evidence supports this theory!

Bad News For Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin enjoys creating difficulties in the Middle East in order to prevent solutions to problems. He will veto any UN action that might lead to the destruction of ISIS or ending the conflict in Syria. His foreign policy is based on the principle of being an obstructionist to peaceful actions. Putin has blocked every effort to end terrorism in the Middle East. However, in the process of acting in this manner, the great leader has refused to confront how the Middle East directly impacts the safety of his beloved Mother Russia. Unfortunately for Russia, thousands of its Muslim citizens have gone to fight in the Middle East, and this can impact the safety of Russia.

A Russian official pointed out some problems for his nation. “We understand that these people have gained military experience and on top of that being religiously and politically inclined, upon returning h one can pose a serious threat to the national interests of our own country.” Yes, indeed, learning how to improvise destructive bombs in Iraq means upon return to Russia, one can do the same. The Putin policy of obstruction will one day lead to incredible terrorist activities in Russia. It is in the foreign policy interests of Russia to actively support efforts to destroy terrorism in the Middle East –or suffer the consequences in Russia!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, Washington Post: “America Is Shifting Right”

THAT, is the problem, not the solution.

Sweden, Local: “Feminists A Dark Force”

Much to the disappointment of Republicans.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Cops Steal Traffic Fines”

I assume they will be fined for this action.

France, Connexion: “Sarkozy Has Made Up His Mind”

Females, run for cover!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “I Will Beat This”

Unfortunately, all too often the beating is upon kids!

Are You Still Alive??

I do not know if any other human is still alive in Europe or the United States of America since we now know the appearance of terrorist groups threatens the very existence of our societies. American planes, Saudi Arabian planes and even some from Jordan or Qatar are blasting sites in Syria and Iraq currently under control of ISIS or one of the other dozen terror groups which daily display their power on the Internet. Just to make Americans feel fearful they chop off the heads of some innocent people. It is part of their campaign of terror– only the “terror” they display is on TV, which today has become a more powerful weapon than any machine gun or bomb on a battlefield. Recent surveys reveal that at least one out of three Americans fears they will be killed by “terrorists.” As of this day, after thirteen years of fighting in the Middle East about six thousand Americans lost their lives in the fight against terrorism. However:

1. During the battle of Antietam during the Civil War, over fifteen thousand died in that single fight in three days.

2. During the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, over ten thousand died in the course of a SINGLE WEEK!

3. During the War of 1812, the British set fire to Washington D.C.

No, terror groups are not going to kill you today or tomorrow. You face greater danger from AMERICANS with guns in their hands than from any terrorist. You face greater danger from any AMERICAN sitting in a car, that weapon of mass destruction than from any terrorist!

Modern Americans are the most fearful Americans in history! BOO!

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

New McDonalds, same old people.

In every end is a new beginning.

There are wars of necessity and wars of choice.

We fight terrorists and they fight us.

To understand one’s strengths is to understand one’s weaknesses.

For many, there is the slavery of the mind.

We all too often forget the importance of love.

Once I was poor, today I am not. Never forget who I once was.

There are days when I wish that I didn’t wish.

For some, their gun is their penis in action.

Never underestimate the importance of a free mind.

Americans Believe Republicans Fight Terrorism!

Among the most incompetent of President Obama’s failures in leadership is his inability to make clear the origin of groups like ISIS. Perhaps, he might speak about the following:

1. In 2001, al-Qaeda consisted of about 5,000 followers. Today, in the thousands.

2. In 2001, Iran had two powerful enemies on its borders-Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to President Bush, enemies of Iran were destroyed.

3. It was the war in Iraq which created terrorist groups. This was the legacy left to the next president.

4. It was President Bush who arranged for American troops to leave Iraq in 2011.

The Bush blunders created havoc and chaos in the Middle East. NO president could have eradicated what was the Bush legacy unless he simply packed up our troops and left!

REPUBLICANS CREATED THE CURRENT CHAOTIC SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST!!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You’d Better Believe It”

Reducing taxes results in less money for government, not more!

France, Connexion: “Shocking French Video

A French President NOT making love to a woman!

USA, Washington Post: “Why Is John McCain Always on CNN?”

He is THE expert on who should lead America, after all, he identified Sarah Palin!

Sweden, Local: “Donald Duck Gets Votes”

He may quack, but he is not a quack politician!

South Africa: “Life After Oscar Pistorious”

At least we will not hear gun shots.

People Make Decisions!

As one gazes around the world, one thing is very clear, decisions by people have caused problems, not ideology. Vladimir Putin has changed policies in Russia which resulted in death and destruction in Ukraine. Chinese leaders are responsible for persecution of those seeking to create a democracy in the land. Muslim clerics created terrorist groups by preaching words of hate and violence. Identify any problem in the world and it is clear that people made choices. Recep Erdogan, now President of Turkey, turned away from working toward creation of a democratic nation. Heck, former President Gul disagreed with Erdogan choices and now Turkey is moving away from democracy. Current leaders of Egypt had many choices to create a modern Egyptian nation, but refused. Instead of focusing upon economic development and freeing forces of economic changes, Egyptian leaders decided upon policy of terror.

Here in America, people like Ted Cruz or John Boehner, chose policies of obstruction and policies that protect the wealthy in order to create the current state of gridlock. The present mess in Washington has nothing to do with ideology, it is the result of individual choices. If people behave in stupid ways, don’t blame it on ideology, it is their decision to be a nut case who lacks any sense of intelligence! Blame it on individuals, not some ideology or religion!

Bombs Away To End ISIS

The air war which is designed to end the terror of ISIS is in full swing. Fighter jets, Tomahawk missiles, drones and bombers are blasting away at targets in Iraq and Syria. The goal is simple, drop bombs, bad people get killed, and, voila, that is the end of bad guys. This has been a central strategy of America’s armed forces for over a decade, and the results of this policy are clear to see. ISIS has grown more powerful, instead of about 5,000 members of al-Qaeda, there are now over twenty thousand. We bomb, we kill, and the bad guys continue to be bad guys. During World War II, we bombed and bombed the Germans, but until three months before Germany fell to the power of Soviet armed forces and armies from England and the US, the Germans continue to fight on despite bombing.

We used bombing in Vietnam, and, in the end, American forces had to leave that nation. Bombing alone is NOT a strategy. It must be accompanied by creating a government that is supported by people, by offering the average person in Iraq guarantees of a better life if they cease supporting ISIS. For example, where are the Imams of peace preaching a different version of the teachings of Islam?

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

There is always a third choice in life.

Muy elderly ears only hear fragments of words, good or bad news?

Some walk with fatigue.

Some carry unseen burdens of past.

I wonder if there is money in heaven.

Some are naturally curious.

Curiosity did not kill the cat, lack of it did.

Some remember what they should not.

Some are resentful, some are resourceful.

Some stride with hope.

Some seek Death, some Life.