Category Archives: Veterans

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Suicide Bomber Threat Ends After Four Years”

Are you certain that is enough time, how about twenty years?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Danes Want Circumcision Banned”

OUCH!

USA, Army Times: “Lure Recruits With Women And Alcohol”

Where can I sign up, right now!!

USA, NY Post: “Guns For The Blind”

Just check the 2nd Amendment, we blind folks got our rights!!

France, Connexion: “Stores May Have To Give Away Food”

What next, pay workers a decent wage?

Arrest Our Heroes!

Believe it or not but the American people used to be intelligent and brave enough to confront dangers without being treated as some delicate flower who could not be allowed out in the sun because it might get too much sunshine. We used to be a nation that welcomed challenges, but in modern America hysteria and fear are in the hearts of our leaders. Ebola is NOT going to sweep through this country. Some mistakes were made –by the way in the great state of Texas whose Governor Rick Perry continues to blame President Obama for errors committed by TEXAS HOSPITALS! There is something ludicrous when the Governor of Texas yells about President Obama when his own hospital was at fault. We now have a new dimension of hysteria. Dr. Chris Christie of the state of New Jersey has instituted 21 days of quarantine for any healthcare worker returning from Africa. Governor Christie is the same man who understands how to handle traffic on the George Washington Bridge, and now has become an expert on healthcare. Kaci Hickox, a nurse who returned from West Africa is now in quarantine even though she has NOT tested positive for Ebola.

President Obama has warned of “unintended consequences” of this hysterical response to Ebola. Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined the fear parade and also imposed quarantines. My question is whether these actions were proposed by medical leaders in the states of New York or New Jersey? As Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated: “The problem is the hero, having come back from the front, having done the right thing, is treated with disrespect.” Ms. Hickox feels as though she is being treated like a criminal. There are pygmies in our land, not giants of leadership!!

We Need A 21st Century Armed Force

In 1940, the United States of America has a smaller army than Bulgaria, and our troops were training with wooden rifles. President Franklin Roosevelt then compelled Congress to vote necessary funds in order to create a modern army and navy. What does it mean to have a “modern” armed forces? It requires providing those serving with the proper equipment, and leadership. Let’s face reality. Our present armed forces are not designed for fighting in the twenty first century. We continue building tanks and jet planes when we need troops who are versed in fighting wars against guerrilla organizations. We continue building aircraft carriers although there is absolutely no need for them. China has exactly ONE aircraft carrier, and we worry about the Chinese navy. What would a modern armed force look like?

1. Special forces, men and women who are able to function in lightening strikes would be increased.

2. We need men and women who understand the nature of their enemy. They must be educated about Islamic traditions and concepts.

3. We need officers who understand the enemy. Few, if any, American officers who entered Iraq or Afghanistan understood their enemies. They wanted to blast away with terrible results for the civilian population.

4. Our armed forces must understand how to work cooperatively with local populations.

During World War II when American soldiers entered France or Italy they were provided information about people of those nations. How many US soldiers knew anything about the people of Afghanistan or Iraq prior to those invasions? An educated soldier is a more effective one. That is essential in the 21st century!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

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

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I wonder if elections for God are financed by the Koch Brothers?

I walk in the air, never in malls.

A woman dressed in white always captures my attention.

Cell phones compel people to spend their days looking down.

I never walk in sandals.

My hope is that Death takes off for a winter break.

Allowing a car to get in front of you means it is the last car to get the green

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Never Dull Moment In Politics”

More important, never an honest moment in politics.

France, Connexion: “Less Income Tax For Wealthy”

So, what else is new?

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russia Halts Import Of Chicken Legs”

I can hear Vladimir Putin clucking about this one.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Noodles Laced With Marijuana”

Point me in the direction of the nearest Chinese restaurant!

Japan, Japan Times: “Suicide Cells”

Hopefully, they commit suicide in the cells!

Forget About The Iraq Army

Every so often I realize that over a decade has passed since the trio of George, Dick, and Don sent our men and women into Iraq to bring democracy to the backward people of that region. I recall the days when Americans were promised by President Bush that he was fully in charge of what was being done to ensure that Iraq had a modern government and that Iraqis would become a leading democratic government. Oh, and along the way of this task being accomplished evil doers such as al-Qaida would be destroyed. That was then, today is now. It is so easy to blame Barack Obama for every problem in the Middle East when, in reality, he inherited a mess, and simply lacked the ability to transform disaster into some form of success. What is most amazing about this story is American failure to grasp some basic concepts regarding the situation in Iraq.

1. Iraq is composed of tribes. These tribal groups are centered in religion. About 30% are Sunnis and the remainder are Shiite.

2. Urban Iraqis have a much higher percent of people educated in modern school systems, but they still are centered in religion.

3. Saddam Hussein destroyed leaders who might have led the nation.

4. Americans imposed leaders who never were leaders.

Reality check: The current Iraq army lacks faith in its purpose. It has been led by kleptomaniacs whose only desire was to make money. Iraq army officers never trained soldiers, let alone inspired them to fight. It will take months, hopefully, to equip and inspire an Iraq army to fight.

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

If ignorance was a virtue, Ted Cruz would be a saint in heaven.

I found a weather beaten dime. I wonder what is its story?

When my wife and I enter a car dealer establishment the salesman always comes to me. I make clear she makes car decisions.

If Barack Obama is on the “left,” then who is in the center?

I have a hard time handling a tall attractive woman holding open the door for me.

I wonder who made the decision that prices change on Wednesday?

Mystery of life: who or what decides our gas prices?

Given obesity and lap tops, we need larger tables in coffee shops.

Wonderful, I made fifteen green lights before hitting a red one!

Four tall women entered the coffee shop within a ten minute time period. Were they trying to tell shorty something?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Oldest Eeel Dies At 155″

Big deal, we have at least 220 heels in the House of Representatives.

USA, aol. “Does Race Matter”

it depends upon how fast you are.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Russian Journalist Missing In Ukraine”

That isn’t the only thing or person missing in Putin Russia.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Police Shut Down Illegal Hotel”

Was that “shut down” or “shake down?”

Africa, Mail & Guradian: “Health Workers Injure Disabled Man”

Now, you know why he is disabled!

Fight For Kobani Goes On And On

I can just hear Fox News commentators yelling about how President Obama allowed US military supplies to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists. There was an air drop and some of the parachutes landed among ISIS soldiers. Wow! During World War II every time there was an air drop at least ten percent of supplies fell among German troops. I hate to inform Republicans, but President Obama has yet to prove that he can control the air. Naturally, if America would only elect to public office men like Ted Cruz this nation would once again be in control of air. The entire ISIS episode is blamed on failures of President Obama. Let us examine the record:

1. It was under the administration of President George Bush that former Prime Minister Nouri Maliki came to power.

2. It was under the administration of President Bush that Maliki destroyed the alliance that had been formed between Shiites and Sunnis.

3. President Obama OFFERED to retain US soldiers in Iraq. It was PM Maliki who insisted that US troops would have to be under Sharia law if they committed a crime. Just imagine what Fox News would have screamed if Obama placed American troops under Sharia law?

The entire Iraq situation was the fault of President Bush. There simply was no sensible solution to issues in the area. There are times in history when if a nation makes mistakes, they live on as mistakes. ISIS is simply a result of the Iraq war, and guess who began that blunder??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Clues About Oracle Uncovered”

No, he is not Ted Cruz!

USA, NY Daily News: “Slum Lord Lives In Mansion”

Being a slum lord is the road to living in mansion.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Pistorious Could Be Gang Raped In Jail”

In America this could never occur, inmates have constitutional rights to carry guns!

Norway, Norway Post: “Pastor Dies After Writing Nude Girls”

Was it the writing or the nude girls that gave him the heart attack?

China, China Daily: “Tips For Driving In China”

Red means go?