Category Archives: Asia

Why Not Me, President?

Aung San Suu Kyi has been the leader of most people in Myanmar but she is not allowed to run for president because military leaders know that if she ran, they would lose the presidency. So they inserted a clause in the Constitution that prevents anyone married to a foreigner to become the president–her dead husband was born in England. So, Suu Kyi has come up with a novel idea. “I’ve made it quite clear that if the NLD wins the election and we form a government, I’m going to be the leader of that government whether or not I’m the president. Why not? Should you have to be president to lead a country?”

I assume that she wants to make Myanmar just like the good-old USA. After all, in the coming presidential election, if Republicans win, the Koch Brothers will be president and, Sheldon Adelson will handle foreign affairs, particularly in the Middle East. Now, if Jeb wins, which of his donors gets to be the guy running the show?


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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Mass Mystery”

How Americans who do not posses guns want everyone to have them.

Russia,Moscow Times: “Putin Seeks Center Stage”

Alone, I assume!

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Unauthorized Research”

No one will ever know what actually resides in the brain of Donald Trump.

France, Connexion: “Leaning Towers Approved”

In Texas, that means leaning to the right.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Cash Appointed Minister”

At least the cash will wind up in an elected official’s hand.

Bombs Away, Means Death Arrives

One of the enduring myths spouted by our President and the Republican party is that bombs dropped from the sky will fall exactly where they are supposed to fall. We possess modern technology that results in accurate destruction of targets. We have accepted this myth since World War II, we were convinced during the Vietnam war that our bombers only hit military targets. The dream lives on and on in Afghanistan which has witnessed the death of thousands due to our drones and planes.

American planes “hit targets” in Kunduz in Afghanistan. They aimed their bombs at the bad guys. After our planes departed, there were nineteen dead at a hospital including twelve members of the medical staff. “The bombs hit,and then we heard the second plane circle around and then there was a pause, and then bombs hit.” The dead included members of Doctors Without Borders.

I am certain US military officials will insist:

There were insurgents hiding in the hospital.

P.S.Has anyone considered sending Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to clean up the mess in Afghanistan?

Russia’s Afghanistan??

During the 1980s, when Vladimir Putin was an obscure operative for the Russian secret police, the KGB, a Russian Communist leader decided to come to the aid of some Afghan Communists and sent Russian troops into the land. About ten years later, and thousands of dead Russian soldiers later, the Russians departed that land of sorrow. Now, there is another Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, who has decided to send in the troops, this time, not to Afghanistan, but to Syria. Putin insists his soldiers will mainly be members of the air force or navy,no boots on the ground.

So, welcome, Vladimir to the mess in Syria. Send in your troops, sent in your air force, send in your navy. There will come a day when some Russian soldiers will be killed on the streets of Damascus,and Vladimir will demand revenge.Again Russian troops will die.

Barack, just remember, there is NO western solution to the mess in Syria, remain out and let them fight it out. In the end, Muslims must solve their own problems.

More Troops On The Ground?

The ongoing mantra of Republican candidates is the need for “more boots on the ground.” If we just send a few thousand American soldiers the war against ISIS will be over within a few months. As I recall, that was the promise of George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld who assured the American people we would be welcomed by joyous crowds. Latest figures indicate that during the past three years at least 30,000 new recruits have joined ISIS. Send in our boys and we can double that numbers.

There is a city in Afghanistan named Kundiz. It was attacked by Taliban forces numbering less than a thousand soldiers. Inside the city were over FIVE THOUSAND AFGHAN SOLDIERS. The Taliban took the city and the soldiers are now on a mountain top protecting an air base. After all, planes can fly them quickly away from actual fighting.There are plenty of boots on the ground, but few contain the feet of soldiers who want to fight for their country.

Hillary Comes Out Swinging

These are not the best of times, nor the worst of times for Hillary Clinton so she decided to cease being on the defense and come out swinging. Since she cannot blast those checking out her emails,Hillary decided to go after a guy who is not particularly liked in most parts of the world outside of China-President Xi Jinping. NO,she did not accuse him of cheating in ping pong games, something much worse-he was “hosting a meeting on women rights at the UN while persecuting feminists back home.”

Let me offer a defense of the Chinese leader. As authorities correctly pointed out these women were “creating a disturbance.” First we allow women to make disturbances, and then we allow women to go to college,and before you know it, those damn women have taken our corporate jobs! Xi is simply fighting to protect men all over the world from having contact with women who create disturbances.

Bad Air Everywhere

A basic assumption of those seeking the Republican nomination is that pollution or global warming is an American issue and there is no need to examine whether or not this thing is occurring in other parts of the world. If one simply ignores the issue elsewhere then we here in America can continue doing whatever we do. Believe it or not, as Pope Francis notes, we are ALL guardians of this planet.The India National Health Profile indicates that at least 3.5 MILLION people in this country are suffering from acute respiratory infection and that thousands will die.

Naturally, this pitch about pollution does not resonate with Republican voters in the good state of Iowa. The concept of ‘connection’ is one lost on the clowns who seek the presidency. If any health problem is happening in the world, it is occurring thousands of miles from Wisconsin so, who cares? Of course, incredible fires in California, yes, California IS part of the US, occur partly due to global warming. But,then again, California will vote for Democrats, so who cares?

At age 85, I do not recall any such narrow minded candidates seeking the presidency.

Some Talk Iran, Few North Korea

Organizations such as AIPAC warn the American people that Iran should not be allowed to develop a single atomic bomb because no nation should be allowed to make one. Of course, Israel has about 80 atomic bombs, but they are one of the good guys on this planet. Off in Asia there is a country which openly insists it is working on atomic bombs. North Korea is making clear that it will soon have an intercontinental missile containing an atomic warhead and it is ready to send one toward the United States.

Perhaps, AIPAC which insists that it is worried about the safety of the United States has yet to utter a single word of warning about the REALITY of the North Korean atomic development. Republicans shout and scream the sky is falling with Iran atomic bombs,but not a single one is worried about a nation that HAS warned the United States of its intention to use atomic weapons. Such is life in modern times–worry about a nation that is willing to allow UN inspectors into its facilities, and do not worry about a nation that IS working on atomic weapons!

Can He Change The Catholic Church?

There is no question that Pope Francis seeks to make dramatic changes in the Catholic Church. What he seeks for Catholics is not exactly what Catholics such as Marco Rubio or Rick Santorum or Jeb Bush would desire in their version of Catholicism. Pope Francis is attempting to create a Catholic church for the 21st century. It would be an institution in which the poor, the working class, the middle class would enjoy a sense that their leaders are concerned with a world in which the good life goes to those whom Jesus regarded as his flock. It would be a church in which the wealthy would be expected to pay their fair part of the needs required by the State. In simple words, pay higher taxes and provide higher wages to those who do the real work.

However, at some point, Francis has to address the most critical issue for Catholics–what is the role of women? His recent step to make annulment easier is a good beginning. However, given the continued drop in the number of young Catholic males the ONLY way to get more native born Catholics into the priesthood must include:

Marriage for priests.

Female priests.

Sorry, there is no other alternative!

Jeb Does It Again!

Let me get this straight–the grandfather of Jeb Bush was a distinguished US Senator,his father was a President, and his brother was sort of a President. One would assume with that political background, Jeb would understand something about the world of politics. Jeb was down Texas way when someone raised the issue of “anchor babies,” those born to mothers who were not American citizens at the moment of their birth. Jeb wanted to make clear his position on anchor babies. When he refers to those babies, he means “those born to Asian parents.”

Jeb, Jeb, my little Jeb boy. There are a few million people in this nation who come from Asian societies and are working to become US citizens. So, my little Jeb boy, when you refer to “Asians” you just insulted a few million people.

Jebbie, my boy, a bit of advice: Whatever the Donald man says,you say the opposite. At least you will not wind up insulting people –who vote!