Category Archives: US Foreign Policy

Ted Cruz, Our Modern McCarthy

The other day I watched a clip of Senator Ted Cruz from the great state of Texas making one of his now famous rants and raves about the evils of Obama and the need to close our border in order to prevent illegals from destroying our nation. I was particularly struck how this Harvard educated man employed expressions such as “gosh darn” and pretended to be one of the boys who wander around in jeans and high boots pretending to be homespun cowboys back from the range. It is doubtful if the Ivy League graduate ever got on a horse and rod the range rounding up cattle. He does work hard at seeking to project an image of an ordinary American who got a degree from Harvard. Of course, it is rathe ironic that someone born to an American mother in the great state of Canada insists that he a “real” American unlike the black dude who was born in Africa.

In many ways he reminds me of Senator Joseph McCarthy from the 1950s who rode the horse of anti-communism in order to frighten Americans and wreck the lives of thousands of Americans. Most historians believe that Joe got into the anti-communist business in order to get re-elected and then discovered it was a path to power. Ted Cruz really does not give a damn about illegal immigrants. His words of false anger simply disguise his desire for power, regardless of how many suffer. Ted, Joe McCarthy wound up the laughing stock of America. You already have won this distinction.

Handguns Of Death

It was just another day in the United States of America and someone was killed by another person who employed a gun in order to end the life of another. I was raised in the Depression in New York City long before the NRA was a power in the land. We played cops and robbers of cowboys and Indians. Since this was a time of poverty, we kids had to make our own guns out of wood. Actually, it was not too hard to construct a weapon of mass destruction, but for us this meant shooting pieces of cardboard from the gun. In those days, we had the Sullivan Act which made it difficult for most people to possess a gun. So, if anyone got hurt with a gun, it simply was a piece of cardboard hitting them in the face. Fast forward to America in the year, 2015. Two brothers in Eagan, Minnesota were also playing cops and robbers, one was thirteen and the other was fifteen. They discovered a 9 mm handgun along with gobs of ammunition. The result was death for the thirteen year old.

I assume that dad and mom wanted a gun in case some bad person attempted to enter their home and do some bad thing to one and all. I have a hunch they would have been better off with one of our wooden handguns.

Bibi Seeks To Halt Peace In Middle East

The Obama administration just ended a policy that has failed to work for nearly seventy years when it decided to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Naturally, to Republicans if something has not worked for seventy years why not continue for seventy more. A similar Republican and Democratic approach is the policy desired toward Iran. Before discussing this issue, let me fill in readers with the story of what happened to our policy toward Iran in 2001. As you recall, American forces swept into Afghanistan after the 9/11 horror. What Americans do NOT know is that President Khatami, then leader of Iran, offered aid to Americans and worked with our military leaders by providing Intelligence about Taliban forces. He also prevented the Taliban from entering Iran. Khatami offered the US a deal. He agreed to recognize Israel, cease aiding terrorists, accepted UN review of his nation’s atomic development and wanted in return the end of sanctions and recognition of his government. President Bush turned down the deal.

Today, President Rouhani is attempting his best to reach an agreement with Western nations. But, Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu wants to pull another Bush response to Iran. According to PM Netanyahu, “in the coming weeks, the powers are liable to tech a framework agreement with Iran, kan agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state.” In other words, Iran would become like that other Middle Eastern state which refuses to allow UN into their nuclear facilities–Israel! It is time to end this madness and work With the Iran government. Cease being frightened by someone like Bibi Netanyahu whose only response is always -kill and kill!

We Americans have becomes so accustomed to the fear spread by Fox News or Republican leaders about how Barack Obama has failed to halt the spread of Muslim terrorists that we simply forget how safe life is in the good old USA. The people of the Philippines have been living with the reality of Muslim terrorists for over three decades. They thought the problem was solved last year when leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF) agreed to lay down the arms of 11,000 soldiers in return for extensive local autonomy in the southern area of that country. Sorry Fox News, groups like the MILF actually murder and kill citizens of their nation. However, the the Philippines had failed to kill a top ruthless terrorist named, Zulkifi Abdhir who remained at large planning further bombing attacks. He was responsible years ago for the bombing in Bali that cost the lives of 202 people.

Commandos thought they had trapped this thug while pursuing a group of his followers. For some reason the Commandos ran out of bullets and now thirty are dead. Such is life and death when a nation confronts real terror attacks, not the false ones that are claimed by Fox News. We do not know if Abdhir is dead or wounded, but we do know that 30 commandos are dead.

Greeks Gamble On Standing Up To EU

The country of Greece is a living example of what would have occurred in the United States of America if either John McCain or Mitt Romney had become President of the United States of America. The European Union has approached the problem of a recession by insisting that its members cut and cut and cut government services and pay off debts immediately. Greece owes billions and has been forced to devote its economic efforts to austerity actions. The result is a sharp decline in the economy, millions of people without jobs and a lack of decent services to meet the needs of those without. German leader Angela Merkel has warned the people of Greece they must pay their debts and should not elect anyone as a prime minister who fails to understand the primary need in Greece is to cut, cut expenses. Well, the people of Greece have defied warnings and elected Alexis Tsipras as their prime minister.

Mr. Tsipras has one goal in mind: give Greece a break, allow it to restore government services and reduce its debt payments. He wants to expand government services, get people back to work and hold off on austere measures until there is money in the pockets of the people. In other words, he wants the opposite of what Republicans demand in America, reduce government expenses and just allow our beloved wealthy folk to prosper and eventually the money will trickle down to those on the bottom. It has NOT happened in Greece anymore than it has happened in the US.

Anyway, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised not to wear a tie until he gets a debt reduction deal with the European Union!

Horror Of Nigeria Is Horrible

Every so often I console myself living in the United States of America with the thought that at least I am not a member of the nation of Nigeria. Imagine being a citizen of a country in which the President and his corrupt cronies devote their days and nights to robbing the people blind even as Muslim fanatics wander around murdering hundreds of people? President Goodluck Jonathan doesn’t give a damn if terrorists take over a large section of the country as long as his corrupt allies can siphon off billions from the nation’s oil. He allows an army in which soldiers are not provided weapons and are happy if they at least get paid every so often. When asked about the horror of Boko Haramhis response is to blame failure of other nations to wipe it out. He lacks any sense of responsibility for what transpires in his own nation. Goodluck reminds me of Chinese leaders in the 1940s who stole money as the Communists gradually took over the country.

Boko Haram murderers swept through small towns killing and burning. Imagine guerrilla forces taking over an army base! Rachel Adamu summed up the feeling of her fellow Nigerians: “Please pray for us, we are in danger, under serious attacks. Goodluck to those in danger of their lives, Goodluck doesn’t give a damn!

Freedom Summit Frees Bullshit To Flow

Members of the Republican Party are holding a Freedom Summit meeting. In order to spare you the tiresome responsibility of finding out what transpired at this meeting of the minds, let me quickly sum up the gathering.

1. Ted Cruz promised to halt the influx of THOSE people who reside south of the USA. Of course, he was born in Canada so it stands to reason that THOSE people who reside North of the US are welcome in our midst.

2. Rick Perry will spend the days adjusting his eye glasses which are intended to prove to the world that he is a scholar and DOES know the names of those who are in the Cabinet. Sorry, he does know the names of at least three Cabinet positions, but I doubt if he knows the names of those who lead those positions.

3. Chris Christie will promise that if elected President of the USA, that he personally will place his body on a bridge in order to screw up morning traffic. In this way, he will force cars not to move which will assist in conservation of our oil supplies.

4. Governor David Walker will promise, if elected President, that he will crush the last remaining unions in America and save our business people from the horror of paying more than $7.25 an hour.

5. Rand Paul will promise to cease discussing over flowing prison populations since fewer prisons cuts into the profits of businesses that run prisons.

6. At some point, Sarah Palin will throw her gun into the ring of candidates.

7. Oh, black Dr. Ben Carson will promise to halt doctors from doing their jobs as doctors who serve the needs of women.

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

Mystery of Life: Why do people adorn bodies with Tattoos?

At age 84 I increasingly stumble when walking.

There comes a point in life when all one can say is, “that’s life”

Pain in a heel ensures that one walks with difficulty.

Fear not the dawn, it just signifies another day of work.

I so miss running.

Our government increasingly resembles the gang that could not shoot straight.

For some, mother is in the face of the daughter.

Unfortunately, for some the body of mom is the body of daughter.

Some slap knee when others depart.

Kid Barack In Action

There is a new fighter in the boxing ring in Washington D.C. Weighing in at 180 pounds and displaying two lethal hands of power is one, Kid Barack, the fighting dude from Hawaii. For some reason Kid Barack has been hiding his lethal two fists for over six years. Instead of displaying his powerful blasts to the stomachs of Republican leaders the Kid has behaved like a mild mannered sissy kid like Clark Kent who wanders life hiding his true identity as Superman. Kid Barack is now hitting Republicans with one blow to the stomach after another. He just grins when they respond with anger. Oppose man made climate change? OK, another veto of pipe lines. Oppose treating children from Mexico with dignity? How about a rabbit punch to the kidney?

It has been a long time coming, but Barack Obama is finally showing his opponents that he will stand up for human rights. Now, how about showing this toughness and release from Guantanamo those who have need been charged with any crime? How about taking on those police who refuse to behave as a member of a police force whose duty it to PROTECT PEOPLE! Go after the bad cops and support the good ones.

Time To Talk With Syrian Government?

The Foreign Minister of Denmark has suggested that is time to enter discussions with the brutal dictator of Syria, President Bashar al-Assad in order to move toward ending the horror that is known as the war in that land. During World War II, England and America formed an alliance with Soviet Russia’s dictator, Joseph Stalin. Why? They decided that Adolf Hitler and the German army were the greatest threats to the safety of the world. Stalin had murdered at least ten million of his own people, but as English Prime Minister Winston Churchill told a reporter who wondered why this staunch anti-Communist would ally with the Russian monster, “Sir, I would make an alliance with the Devil himself if it meant the survival of England.” Are there times when nations forge alliances with horrible leaders?

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard made it clear: “it is obvious that Syria’s future needs to be negotiated.” So, how about shaking hands with the Devil and seek to end the daily murders in Syria which only result in more power for Islamic terrorists like ISIS? Sorry, we have to negotiate with Assad. The only way to end evil may require shaking hands with evil.

Any other suggestion on how to end the conflict in Syria?