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Greatest Threats In American History

I continually encounter well educated people who at some point in our conversation refer to the “threat” posed by ISIS or the Taliban or al Qaeda to the very existence of the American nation. Naturally, this “threat” is on the minds of those who pose as “experts” on foreign policy. I so enjoy listening to Dick Cheney when he pontificates about the need to torture, sorry, I mean “enhanced interrogation” those who pose a “threat” to the continued existence of America as a nation. He is so serious and convinced that a bunch of men who lack a navy, an air force, tanks or artillery some how threaten the survival of the American society. How about the “threats to American society?”

The Revolutionary War which nearly resulted in failure.

The Civil War which led to the deaths of 500,000? In battles such as at Antietam or Gettysburg the death total was three times the number on 9/11.

The Depression which could have resulted in a revolution.

World War II which resulted in the death of over 400,000. Again, at battles such as Okinawa three times as many were killed than at 9/11.

Oh, and we fought against powerful armies with navies and air forces that matched our own.

So, enough with this expression, “the greatest threat in American history!”

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Elderly Man Fined For Walking Slow”

Please inform my 84 year old body to shuffle along a bit faster!

Norway, Norway Post: “Find Stolen Chocolate”

What a sweet story!

USA, aol: “Alleged Spying”

These days what other kind is around?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Say Farewell To Dead Miner”

I will have to dig into this story.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Proud To Come To Work”

Words never uttered by any American Congressman

Another Day Of Torture

I don’t know about you but I confess to being tortured out about the topic of Torture in this nation. Just about each day another official, another former member of the Bush administration or the current Obama administration issues a serious, profound comment about how torture has saved the very foundation of our society. They apparently believe that the Bill of Rights has one clause which clearly states that water boarding was in the minds of our beloved Founding Fathers. Actually, my life is currently confronting the torture of:

CIA former or current leaders who insist: We tortured in the name of Jesus Christ, just check the Sermon on the Mount.

You folks just don’t know how we saved your lives and prevented Los Angeles from being blown up by an atomic bomb.

What you liberals do not know is that what we did was simply the same thing done every week at college Fraternity places. Just some good old fun and games.

We know things that you will never know and since you don’t know what we know how can you ever know what we know?

We wrap ourselves in the flag of knowledge that Americans can never be told

IF YOU ONLY KNEW!

President Ted Cruz In Action

There are moments in which I have come to believe that Senator Ted Cruz of the great state of Texas is a combination of the following:

Senator Joseph McCarthy

Rudy Giuliani

Select any minister of faith who regards himself as the new Jesus Christ

Adolf, and I do not mean Adolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

The epitome of what happens when one sends a child to Harvard, arrogance!

The Pope

A man who has watched too many episodes of the TV series, “24.”

Bill O’Reilly, the pseudo historian of the fast written book.

Any cute pert blond haired damsel who reads the idiot chart while speaking on TV.

Put them all together and they spell –T E D C R U Z

Trials And Fears Of Recep Erdogan

About ten years ago, Recep Erdogan took over as Prime Minister of Turkey and initiated programs that led to a soaring national growth in productivity. He effectively ended the power of Turkey’s armed forces to intervene and end civilian government when displeased by some action of an elected government. There is no doubt that Erdogan made Turkey a nation that no longer faced the prospect of generals deciding how government would function. He also ended policies that curtailed the power of Muslim religious people, policies such as denying the right of females to wear a chador while in a college classroom. There is no doubt that his policies made Turkey a safer place. HOWEVER, along with these actions Erdogan revealed an ever increasing authoritarian attitude which resulted in the arrest of more journalists than has occurred in any nation in the world.

Erdogan is now President of Turkey and he continues to push his pro-Muslim ideas in a country in which secular Muslims are not interested in having their children deal with religion while in a public school. His latest idea is to push for teaching the Ottoman language! He has also become fearful of a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen who lives in the United States charging this man with fomenting revolution in Turkey. Actually, his followers believe in honest government, an idea which is not in accord with the Erdogan style of governance. Dozens of police officers have been arrested for seeking to uncover corruption in the government, and you can guess who are the corrupt officials!

Freedom Of Speech Vs Freedom To Live

We are still in the opening years of the great technology revolution that each day not only changes our lives, but changes our conception of basic ideas such as freedom of speech. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia is engaged in a dissipate with YouTube which goes to the very basic concept of freedom of speech. She wants an anti-Muslimm video removed because its very existence poses a threat to her life. The video claims that she uttered anti-Muslim comments which leads people to believe that she hates the prophet Mohammad. She never uttered the words attributed to her. Now, she confronts the possibility that some Muslims might regard her as one who has insulted their prophet.

Three judges in the 9th Circuit Court are demanding that YouTube remove the offensive video on grounds that its presence poses a threat to the life of Ms.Garcia. On the other hand, some argue this is a threat to the First Amendment right to free speech. Of course, she is now receiving death threats. We agree with the judges, free speech does not allow anyone to yell, “fire” in a crowded theater.

We Did Not Torture In World War II

During the course of my life, I have read about two thousand books dealing with the topic of World War II. The German army in that conflict had eight million soldiers, excellent tanks and artillery and a powerful air force. I do understand that contemporary supporters of torture believe that al Qaeda and ISIS are the “greatest threat in American history to our survival as a nation.” Of course, neither of these groups has possession of tanks, artillery, planes or ships such as submarines, but, what the heck, they are the “greatest threat.” At no point did the US Army employ torture of prisoners. Of course, there might have been some examples in the field, but torture was NOT an official policy. Teams of IPW -Interrogation of Prisoners of War- talked with German soldiers and used the power of intelligent inquiry to obtain the information we desired. Of course, we also had the “Enigma” program which listened into German communications. But, at no time during the war was the official policy to use torture of prisoners. Ironically, the greatest abuse of people was the Internment of Japanese Americans due to hysteria on the part of American generals on the West Coast. Reality was that Japanese Americans never helped the nation of Japan.

George Tenet, head of CIA from 1997 to 2004 insists that the torture program “was effective in saving the lives of Americans.” His comment stands in contradiction to the US Senate Report. I am certain that Republicans will go to their graves convinced that torture is in accord with the American form of government.

Bye Bye Justice Scalia, Leave The Court!

One continually hears stories about the “brilliant” mind of Justice Anthony Scalia even though his opinions support any and all desires of those with wealth. He has absolutely no interest in the interests of the American people. However, it is clear that he enjoyed watching the TV show, “24” and the adventures of Jack Bauer. How and why a Supreme Court Justice believes that TV shows depicting torture and abuse of people is in accord with the US Constitution is a mystery. He recently gave a talk in which this Supreme Court Justice argued: “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘oh torture is terrible.’ You post the situation where a person you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions.” In such a situation, then one has the right to torture.

When asked if the US Constitution allowed torture, he responded: “I don’t know what article of the Constitution that would contravene.” As a teacher my students and I discussed the Bill of Rights which forbids, “cruel and unusual punishment.” If that does not apply to torture, then what does? Oh, years ago when asked if an anonymous tip could result in halting and searching a car, Justice Scalia commented. “Let the car go, Bye,Bye, L.A.” Such are the words of a brilliant mind!

CIA Did Good Things-So Says Brennan

CIA director John Brennan is upset. For some strange and unknown reason some politicians do not appreciate the success of CIA operators. John insists the CIA “did a lot of things right and it is time to put aside this debate and move forward to focus on issues that are relevant to our current national security challenge.” He is also 100% certain that “the detention and interrogation program provided useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives.” Whenever the CIA is challenged to produce the results they claim that is happening, the Brennan statement invariably emerges. Well, look at the record:

1. The CIA did not predict the outcome of the Communist success in Vietnam.

2. The CIA was completely incorrect as to what would happen in the Soviet Union after the death of dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953.

3. Of course, the CIA was completely wrong as to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

4. The CIA was wrong about the success of Fidel Castro in Cuba, he is still in charge.

5. The CIA was completely wrong about what would occur in Iran.

6. The CIA was completely wrong about the success of al-Qaida in Iraq.

I do believe it is about time we as Americans had a discussion about this failed intelligence agency whose track record is always being wrong!

Qaid

Big Troubles In Israel

There once was a nice Jewish man named Albert Einstein who endeavored to explain the meaning of the universe. He was also a supporter of Israel, but I wonder if he would support the Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? I suspect the people of Israel could use someone who might explain the origin and development of the current crisis in which Palestinians are using various strategies in order to vent their anger and frustration. I do realize anyone who dares to write that Palestinians are “angry” or “frustrated” is undoubtedly a self hating Jew. Yesterday, a member of the Palestinian government was killed by Israel soldiers. Ziad Abu Ein was engaged in a terrible display of this Palestinian anger by endeavoring to plant trees in an area that Jewish settlers were once again taking land that originally belonged to Palestinians. So Palestinians are crashing cars into Israelis, throwing acid at innocent Jewish families, and yelling and screaming.

So, if Albert Einstein was alive today, he probably would offer this piece of advice:

1. Sit down with Palestinian authorities and announce that Israel will recognize the new nation of Palestine.

2. Agree to evacuate all but 5% of the West Bank and place all Jewish settlements in that 5% area.

3. Announce that Palestinian refugees would be allowed to return to the West Bank area and a yearly $1 billion Israel fund would provide for 200,000 a year to come home.

4. Establish an Economic Union with Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt in order to foster economic cooperation.

It does not require an Einstein to figure out how to end this anger!