Category Archives: Politics

Here Comes Saudi Arabia!

The nation of Saudi Arabia has a new king, he, naturally is in his seventies since to lead Saudi Arabia one must be elderly and among the God knows how many sons of the former King? King Salman, this is the short version of his name, is ready for action. He has initiated as bombing campaign in Yemen in order to halt the Houthi advance. There are some questions about his appointment of 30 year old Prince Mohammad bin Salman since who ever heard of a man in his thirties taking any leadership role in Saudi Arabia? Guys in this age should be devoting their time to making babies, not to making war. Anyway, the prince wants t he world to know that the King “is the one who is directing, not only the military operations in Yemen, but all important issues of internal and external affairs.”

This is the problem in Saudi Arabia, elderly guys with absolutely NO military experience are involved in directing military policy. Sorry, King Salman, but bombing Yemen will not end the Houthi advance. Oh, it will cause the death of thousands and lead to the growth of Houthi military armed forces.

Has anyone in Saudi Arabia contemplated the idea of allowing young secular minded military leaders to have some say in what happens in the war against the Houthi?

Republican Follies Opens The Show

I do not know if this is good news or bad news, but John Bolton has announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Now, you might ask, “who the hell is John Bolton?” He was the UN representative of the Bush administration. On the other hand, George Pataki has announced that he might seek the Republican nomination. Now, you might ask: “who the hell is George Pataki?” He did serve as governor of New York state. Stand by for the latest description of the greatest show in town– who is the Republican candidate for president in 2016?

1. Lindsay Graham, the US senator from the state of South Carolina has informed America: “Tomorrow morning(today) I will be giving an important update on my 2016 plans and I want to make sure you are able to hear it.” I have a funny feeling no one other than Lindsay will be paying any attention to his decision.

2. As of this date we have yet to hear from Donald Trump or Rick Perry or Sarah Palin as to their desires to run for president. Again, I do not know if this is good or bad news for the Republican party.

I wonder if it would be beneficial for potential candidates to present themselves to a play director and have that person decide as to who should be the lead in the play of 2016 titled: “Running for President.”
It will be a comedy in three acts: Act 1: Deciding to run. Act 2: Running in the Primary. Act 3: Running for President.

I can guarantee this will be one funny play.

P.S. George H.W. Bush only served on term as president, why shouldn’t he run for a second term?

Confusion In Israel

The only thing certain about Israel is the failure within the nation to create a government that represents both domestic and foreign policies that will bring prosperity and peace to the people of the nation. Most observers have lost track as to the number of “ministers with portfolios” who currently constituted the Cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In order to forge a government, Bibi has given “government portfolios” to just about every group in order to get the 61 seats necessary to form a “majority government.” There are Cabinet officials who seek to focus on restoring economic sense, there are Cabinet ministers whose main goal is protecting the rights of religious Jews not to serve in the army and to receive government benefits in order to “study the Torah.”

There is no coherent foreign policy that would center upon working in a cooperative manner with the Obama administration. Instead, the goal of Netanyahu is to work with Republican congressmen in order to have them take over foreign policy in America. What could Netanyahu do?

1. Work with the Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog and form a government that would work for peace with Palestinians and end the control of religious fanatics in Israel. There is no difference between a Muslim clergy and a Jewish clergy when it comes to focusing upon uniting a nation by including those who do not believe clergy should be in government.

2. How about apologizing to President Obama and appointing an ambassador who is not the buddy of Republicans in Congress?

Ramada And ISIS

Two months ago there were signs of an active attempt on the part of the government of Iraq to organize a successful fight against ISIS. For the moment it appeared as though leaders in Baghdad were ready to forget about sectarian concerns and seek to unite the nation against a foreign body that had entered. In order to be successful against ISIS it would have required the Shiite government in the capital to reach out to the 30% of Iraq citizens who are Sunni and seek a united front. This would require arming Sunni groups and offering them an important role in government. Alas, this never happened. It would have required the United States to cease opposing soldiers from Iran to play a role in the fight against ISIS. So, to no one’s surprise, the so called “fight against ISIS” has halted.

Instead of moving forward, the Iraq army is moving backwards. Units friendly to Iran have been kept out of the fight which has allowed ISIS to once again become successful. Sorry Barack, the Iraq government needs any and all soldiers ready to fight ISIS. It is time to unite with Iran and destroy the main enemy–ISIS!

Does President Obama have any logical foreign policy for the Middle East??

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

I think Jeb bush should divorce his brother if he wants to win an election.

I do not believe a single Republican candidate ever served in the armed forces, but they sure want to be a general.

Always take a deep breath before sending someone off to die.

I have mixed feelings about the death penalty.

There sure is a heck of water on this planet but God sure made a boo boo in making so little of it drinkable.

I never did see the reason to have a beautiful lawn, then again, I was raised on the streets of New York.

I doubt that God would take a vacation on this planet.

The Trouble In Africa

There is one idea which is ignored by those commenting about the lack of democracy within Africa, and that is the possibility that Africans at this stage of historical development do not desire the ideas of democracy. Robert Mugabe has been head man of Zimbabwe since 1980 and he desires for one more term in order to bring prosperity to his nation. After all, how can anyone develop a vibrant democratic society in only 35 years? President Pierre Nujkvunzizi was overthrown in a coup in Burundi only to stage a coup against General Niyombare who overthrew him. There are times in African politics when the game of democracy is somewhat like a game of musical chairs. What is wrong with Africa?

1. The continent has failed to bring forth leaders such as Nelson Mandela.

2. The few democratic leaders who were able to gain power failed to mentor the next generation of leaders.

3. Corruption has become the norm, not the exception in virtually all African nations.

4. Perhaps, the basic issue is failure to create nations that bound people into one society.

It is also time to quit blaming ‘IMPERIALISM” for the failures of modern African societies.

Africa needs leaders who will end corruption and share the wealth with the masses of people.

ISIS In Ramadi

I am so happy that the US army is training about five thousand “moderates” to confront the armed forces of ISIS. There is a theory within the USA that the best way to fight ISIS is to create a moderate group of Muslims who will desire to charge into battle because they believe in moderation. The factor that makes ISIS so threatening is that its forces are stimulated by the power of hate, violence, religion,and conquest. For some reason those in the West have lost their desire to fight and believe that sending men into battle who do not believe with fervor the cause for which they fight will somehow, in someway lead to victory. The only enemy of ISIS who will defeat this group of terrorists is another group of terrorists who are driven by a love for democracy. You know, the same attitude that permeated British and Americans who fought in World War II.

The training program for “moderates” doesn’t even have a moderate chance for success. Muslims who are driven, who want with fervor, democracy, are the only ones who will defeat the forces of terror. Of course, the problem is lack of charismatic leaders in the Muslim world who seek democracy and modernism. Find those people and ISIS will be defeated.

Bushes In Your Life

Wee are now entering thirty years of Bush folks somewhere near or around the White House. So, to understand the Bush clan:

1. A Bush holding your hand means the other one might hold a knife.

2. Together the Bush dynasty has led to three wars for America.

3. I believe the behavior of the Bush clan is bush league.

4. When a Bush lights a fire it can become a firefight.

5. Few Bushes grow up to be giant trees in the forest.

6. Plant a bush on your lawn and it will transform into a fungus that devours your sons and daughters.

I believe it is time to replace our bushes with flowering plants of beauty.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Sex Ed Protests”

For hands-on education, I hope.

UK, Guardian: “Moronic Immigration”

I guess seeking food is a form of being a moron.

France, Connexion: “17 Rare Monkeys Stolen”

Don’t worry, you can readily find them in the US Congress.

Sweden, Local: “Missing Girl Found”

I guess she is now not missing.

Norway, Norway Post: “Love Hotel”‘

No Republicans allowed in

ONLY IN REPUBLICAN AMERICA

I continually encounter young people who inform me that “politicians are all crooks so who needs to vote for one crook over another.” Actually, not all politicians are crooks, although politicians in modern America are controlled by the needs of money. Three days ago a horrible tragedy made clear why young people should vote and vote for politicians who, at least, are concerned about the welfare of this nation. The Amtrack tragedy outside of Philadelphia is a vivid example of what is happening in this country due to the crazy ideas of Republicans in Congress. Two days after eight people died in a train wreck and dozens were injured the Republican controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to REDUCE EXPENDITURES FOR AMTRACK BY ONW BILLION DOLLARS!!

There is a piece of technology that currently is found in most civilized societies that have trains. It is called: Positive Train Control. Had this technology been used on Amtrack train lines, the tragedy would have been avoided. Roger Ford, of the UK Modern Railway magazine, summed up the situation in America: “When it comes to signaling technology, the Americans are primitive.” Such is the fruit of electing nut cases to Congress whose only goal is to reduce taxes on the wealthy. For the rest of Americans, go to hell– or to Heaven!