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.

Fruit Of Fox News Hate-Dead Police!

Two policemen went to have lunch and now they are dead. Why? Because the non-stop torrent of hate that spews from Fox News and members of the Republican party has confused and encouraged those whose hearts are filled with hatred toward the “government.” Jerad Miller and his girl friend felt a moment of glory in spending tike at the ranch of Cliven Bundy. They were proud to belong to a crowd of haters who insisted that Mr. Bundy had a right to graze his cattle on federal land without paying a damn penny. For them, this was the ultimate moment of TRUTH. They intended to make a statement about the rise of Nazi Germany or Communist Russia in their beloved land. They were ready to fight for freedom.

According to Miller: “I feel sorry for any federal agent who wants to come in here to push us around. I really don’t want violence towards them, but if they’re gonna come bring violence to us, well, that’s the language they want to speak.” So, Miller and girl friend decided to attack and murder two policemen eating lunch.

The criminals in this case are Fox News which spins the dialogue of hate toward government doing its job. The criminals in this case are John Boehner and Ted Cruz and the NRA and the entire Republican party which has become transformed into the party of hate and hate and anger. Yes, Mr. Miller and girl friend are dead, but so are the innocent. What has happened to this nation?

MISSION NOT ACCOMPLISHED!

As you recall, in the spring of 2003, President Bush announced MISSION ACCOMPLISHED which meant the war in Iraq was over and Saddam Hussein had been defeated. As you recall, it was two years later that President Bush dispatched General David Petraeus to Baghdad in order to ensure that when he says, Mission Accomplished, it is ended. General Petraeus initiated the famous, “Surge” and within a few months announced, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. It is now nearly a decade since the Mission was accomplished and war rages in Iraq. Prime Minister Maliki refused the Obama offer of military advisers because he would not guarantee that Americans would be tried in military courts if charged with crimes.

The situation in Iraq has now reached the stage of chaos. Al Qaeda style Islamic State of Iraq in Syria is now roaming undisputed in the country. Yesterday, they gained control of the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, freed over a thousand prisoners, and are wandering the streets firing bullets in the air because the Iraq army has fled. I have no doubt John Boehner, Ted Cruz, and John McCain will blame the dude from Africa for this fiasco. President Obama urged Maliki to form a coalition government, and include Sunni leaders with important roles. He refused and now terrorists are gaining control of the country.

Reality, Prime Minister Maliki must resign and allow a coalition government including Sunni leaders to assume control of the nation.

Then again, perhaps Fox News personnel would volunteer their military expertise in order to save Iraq.

Never Forget D-Day

The speeches have been made. The dignitaries have gotten their pictures taken as though any of them had anything to do with the June 6, 1944 landings in Normandy. Hand over heart in remembrance is now compulsory for anyone who wants to pose as a “leader.” Unfortunately, not a single one of world “leaders” who was in Normandy a few days ago has the intelligence, the mental toughness, and the desire to work with other nations to ensure peace in the world. June 6, 1944 was a different time, a different place, and it certainly had different leaders. Imagine the United States of America, the Soviet Union, England, and French exiles working together for a common purpose–the end of tyranny in the world? Heck, President Obama can’t even gain cooperation of Republicans in Congress whose only dream is more money for the wealthy. In 1944, the top tax rate was 90%! And, thousands of wealthy businessmen came to Washington to work as “Dollar a Year” men whose love of nation far surpassed their love of money.

Sorry, Congressman Boehner, but the 90% WWII tax rate never got below 70% until the 1980s and WE HAD PROSPERITY! Believe it or not, but the wealthy paid and paid, but the jobs kept on getting created. D-Day was another time and place when we were ALL AMERICANS. Just remember, those who fought received the G.I.Bill of Rights which guaranteed free education plus money to live on. And, PROSPERITY grew!

2nd Amendment Triumphs-As Always

Once again a sick and frightened American was allowed to purchase high caliber weapons since our Founding Fathers definitely believed each and every colonist should possess weapons of war. Actually, the vast majority of Americans in the 1780s did not have any other weapon but a one shot rifle–and which took time to reload. Elliot Rodger is dead. Santa Barbara’s country sheriff, Bill Brown, is furious at lack of resources for the police to work with those who are mentally ill. Friends and family of Elliot had warned the police about the strange behavior of this boy, but Brown noted “a general lack of resources in mental health.” After all, we cannot tax the wealthy because to do so would destroy jobs in America. Of course, we need money to pay for jobs in mental health. This was a disturbed young boy, but he was allowed to proceed in life so that he could end the lives of others.

The father of a dead young woman wants to know how a mentally disturbed person in the United States of America can legally purchase 2 Sig Sauer P226 guns and a Glock 34 Long Slide with gobs of ammo in order to blast away? I forgot, it is his 2nd Amendment right to kill and kill and kill. Due to the National Rifle Association we have become a nation which has gone crazy and thus our crazy folk now possess the weapons of craziness.

An American–British Tragedy

There is an old expression that each and every person, at one time or another in life, has stated: we all make mistakes. Yes, we all do. But, for most humans, the “mistake” we made impacted our lives more than any innocent bystander. For several years the British government has allowed the Chilcot Inquiry to dig into the record of why the war in Iraq. It has examined thousands of documents and had people like former Prime Minister Tony Blair appear and explain their actions. For some strange reason, their conclusions are not yet completely available to the public. However, it now appears at least some of the documents will be made public along with conversations between President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. We, of course, can expect many important documents will remain secret and many comments made by former President Bush will not be revealed. But, at least, we can gain access to some.

Among the mistakes made by President Obama was failure to appoint a bipartisan group to dig into the Iraq war and issue a conclusion. Five thousand Americans died and over 40,000 were wounded. They deserve to have their families know why this happened.

I assume, as far as Fox News is concerned, the real issue is Benghazi and the death of FOUR people.

Days Of Glory Over?

Last Wednesday President Barack Obama addressed the graduating class of West Point and his comments to this group of young men and women suggests that America is entering upon new era in its conception of foreign policy and war. President Bush was ready to send men into battle because the “thought” there were the infamous weapons of mass destruction. He thought America had to invade Afghanistan because that was the place where Obama bin Laden trained and outfitted those who would blow up the World Trade Center. In neither case were these governments a threat to the national security of the United States despite efforts of Cheney and Rumsfeld and the president to convince the American people of the guilt of Saddam Hussein and company.

Based on the Obama speech it is now clear that America is prepared to take action when issues of global concern pose “a direct threat to the United States.” However, in the speech the president raised a new concept when international moral or political issues arose which threatened the well being of people, “the threshold for military action must be higher.” For example, in the kidnap of 300 Nigerian girls, the United States will not ask its soldiers to intervene even though moral issues are involved. From now on -into the foreseeable future, it must be a direct military threat to America’s security.

Once We Were A Nation Together

Those born after the United States sent a man to the moon have never experienced the sense of pride that once upon a time was felt by ALL Americans. Regardless of whether one was a Democrat, a Republican, had white or black skin or opposed the president of the United States, there was a burst of pride in being part of a society which had just sent a man to the moon. The man on the Moon represented each and every single person in the United States of America. There was a sense that we could accomplish great tasks and change the entire world.

Of course, those born in the 1920s and after had also shared such experiences when we were ALL Americans. The day after Pearl Harbor when President Franklin Roosevelt promised we would defeat Japan simply reflected the feeling of ALL Americans who were confident of victory even though just a few days earlier millions had demanded no war. We had this feeling on June 6, 1944 when British and American troops landed on the shores of France because we ALL knew it was simply another step on the road to meet the gallant Russian soldiers fighting against Nazism.

Of course we had the feeling on the day war ended against Nazi Germany and the day war ended against Japan. WE, together with our Allies had triumphed over great odds. Today, as I write these words my mind wonders why this feeling is no longer present in America. We now inhabit a land in which we can’t even build a new tunnel under the Hudson River. We have lost the spirit of adventure and become a divided people whose hearts are filled with hate and anger.

I do not know if President Barack Obama could have been able to reach out to Republicans in some sense of comradeship. Perhaps, their hearts are too filled with hate. But, I do know that Obama never understood the importance of speaking WITH Americans to explain the need to work together. He never understood the importance of explaining the Affordable Care Act. He failed to hold weekly Press conferences which Franklin Roosevelt always offered. Perhaps, the division had proceeded too far. I do not know.

Seeking The Lord

In 2003, President George Bush sent thousands of American soldiers to Iraq in the name of democracy and God and all that is wonderful in the United States. Bush termed the adventure a great crusade in the name of freedom. Well, we all know what happened. Today, in nations like Uganda or the Congo or South Sudan a man named Joseph Kony wanders these lands claiming to be the Lord’s disciple and he simply wants to help people. Of course, in the process of spreading his version of “Christianity,” children might be forced to kill their own parents and then become part of his Lord’s Resistance Army which wanders the land spreading death and rape and disorder. The LRA hides in jungles and emerges with violence and death along with kidnapping children. Latest estimate is the Army has now been reduced to about 250 people including the children and females who serve as sex slaves.

President Obama has dispatched Special Forces to Uganda in order to assist in tracking down this murderous group and freeing innocent children. This is not a great crusade for freedom, simply finding and destroying those who really employ weapons of mass destruction.

Ashamed To Be An American

I am the child of New Immigrants. Those who arrived from southern and eastern Europe between 1180-1924 when we were finally told that “real Americans” did not enjoy our presence. Our parents fled poverty, war and hatred to find a home in the “Promised Land” of America. As a small boy my pop and I would walk through the park on Sundays as men and women on soap boxes proclaimed their ideas and he would say: “America, America, here a man can walk the streets in safety and no one will kill him. Here a man can earn a living.” Yes, that was the American Dream. My mother on reaching Manhattan Island from Ellis Island, looked down on the streets and cried. She did not see gold that she could pick up and become wealthy. My people fought in World War I, we fought in World War II, and we fought in Korea. Most of us such as myself joined the armed forces because we thought it to be our patriotic duty to serve the land which had given us so much. I was proud to serve in the US Army.

Today, I feel ashamed to be an American. I voted against a president who sent thousands of men and women to their deaths or to suffer wounds because there were weapons of mass destruction that never existed.
I voted for a president who promised to clean up the mess in the Veterans Administration and five years later proclaimed that he was “mad as hell”about the mess which threatened the lives of those who had served.
I inhabit a land in which crazy men and women believe it is their “right” to wander the streets armed to the teeth.
I am ashamed that our Republicans in Congress can not even raise taxes a few percentage points in order to secure money for rebuilding our nation or paying off student debts. Oh, by the way, during World War II and the Korean War the top figure was 90% taxes on high wealth. And, believe it or not, millions of jobs were created.
I am ashamed of young men and women who lack any interest in creating a new America, they are too busy fiddling with their iPads or gazing at films of violence.
Millions go hungry in this land, and few care. It is shameful.
Millions are finally securing needed health care while millions yell their anger.

Who are these new Americans? There is one thing I do know about them–they will never be the generation that sent a man or woman to Mars, let alone to the Moon.

Idiots In Government Foster Death

Death took the lives of seven people in Santa Barbara. Once again, the media is filled with stories of anger and rage by those whose children died because this nation has become paralyzed by the National Rifle Association. Richard Martinez lost his son, Christopher when Elliot Rodger, a mentally ill young man was allowed by American society to purchase weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Martinez spoke the truth of reality because his son is dead. “But, what kind of message does it send to the world when we have such a rudderless bunch of idiots in government.” One frequently is left speechless by those who represent the American people in Congress. They tremble in fear because the National Rifle Association will list their name as one who cares about human life. Mr. Martinez noted that at least he had a son for twenty years while the parents of murdered children in Connecticut only saw them for six.

OK, I write words of anger. A million such words will be written today and during the coming weeks. After that, one of the idiots in Congress will rise in defense of guns and boast that was the goal of our Founding Fathers. As I recall, they referred to weapons that were a one shot rifle. How about returning to those days. No one allowed to possess more than a one shot rifle–one that had to be reloaded in ten seconds?