Category Archives: Iraq

ISIS Gains Power

It has become the common refrain of those who want to blast the hell out of ISIS that all it takes is a few bombs or, maybe the Marines to send the black hooded group of terrorists back to where they came from. Reality: There are an estimated 35,000 ISIS militants in Iraq and they are confronted by over 150,000 Iraq soldiers, Iraq planes,and about 20,000 Kurdish troops. So, the question remains–how can a band that is outnumbered about six to one beat the hell out of these guys?

Reality check:

1. ISIS is performing tasks that win favor of those in Iraq cities.

2. Most reports from those who have talked with Iraqis who spent time under ISIS rule, usually report the following: ISIS cleans up a city, it ends corruption which is the common way of life living under the democratic rule of the Iraq government,and it certainly performs normal functions such as cleaning the streets and ending crime.

3. The best way to defeat ISIS is the creation of an effective, honest, and hard working Iraq army. That would be better than the US Marines!

Forever And A Day In Iraq

There are moments when I think fighting in Iraq has ben going on throughout my life, and that it will continue until I am laid away in my grave. The story is always the same: Iraq soldiers are fighting in Fallujah, of course a few years ago, American soldiers were fighting in Fallujah. President Obama insists that things are getting better, Senator John McCain insists that we have to send in the Marines to make things better. Of course, several years ago the Marines did go into Fallujah, but McCain just wants one more shot at victory.

Obama finally has grasped an essential truth about war– the side which is driven by belief, the side which has enthusiasm, the side which believes that God is on its side, has a better shot of gaining victory. So far, the bad guys have these feelings, the good guys don’t even know if they are the good guys. So, once more into the breach for God.

Another Clown On Political Stage

Well, he is back on the political stage, all eye glasses and all. Once again he is charging President Obama for any and all problems in the world. If the Texas Ranger baseball team loses a game, blame it on the black dude from Africa. So, here is the latest take from Rick on the situation in the Middle East. ” No decision, no decision has down more havoc then the president’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Back in January, 2009 when Barack Obama became the Commander-n-Chief, Iraq had been largely pacified. America has won the war.” It is now clear that Rick has decided to become an historian. So, Iraq was largely pacified, now that is an interesting take on what happened.

The so-called “Surge” under leadership of General Petraeus was, in reality, a joint effort by American and Sunni soldiers against al-Qaeda. But, George Bush had done a few things along the way toward destruction.

1. He disbanded the Iraq army which resulted in over 500,000 Iraq men to lose their jobs. And, he allowed them to return home with their weapons.

2. He installed Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite fanatic whose main friend was Iran as the prime minister of Iraq. It was MALIKI who disbanded Sunni Awakening Councils which led the fight against al-Qaeda.

3. So, why did Obama withdraw US troops? President Bush has arranged for an agreement with Maliki about retention of American forces. President Obama agreed to that idea, but the sticking point was refusal to Maliki to withdraw his demand that US troops in Iraq who committed a crime would be tried in a Sharia court. Just imagine what Rick Perry would say about Americans being tried in a Muslim court of justice!

It was Maliki who instituted a vicious attack on Sunnis which led to the arrival of ISIS. Oh, Rick, many of the leaders of ISIS are former Iraq officers who were fired on orders of George Bush!

ISIS STILL AROUND

American planes are bombing ISIS, Jordan planes are bombing ISIS, British planes are bombing ISIS, French planes are bombing ISIS, heck, even Iraq planes are bombing ISIS, but for some strange reason this group continues to advance and take over areas of Iraq. The Iraq Prime Minister Haidar al-abaci is pleading for help in halting this terrorist group which is now drawing men and women from all parts of the world to its banner of Islam. Why?

1. ISIS enforces struck laws of honesty when it takes over an area.

2. ISIS provides food and clothing and shelter to all. Of course, they take food, clothing and shelter from those who have those items.

3. ISIS establishes free education for the children and teaches them the Koran from dawn to dusk.

4. ISIS promises that if they triumph, Muslims will be respected in the world.

5. ISIS does not allow officers to steal money and it insists on respect for all soldiers.

6. ISIS pays soldiers a decent salary.

7. ISIS offers wives to its soldiers and provides for the family.

An idea can not be defeated with bombs, it can only be defeated by another idea.

This is NOT done by the Iraq government. Wonder why ISIS is still around and growing?

Outside Tikrit

As a child I learned the story of the Alamo when a handful of brave Americans held off the large Mexican army for several days before being overwhelmed and killed. Today, outside the city of Tikrit in northern Iraq there area about 1,000 members of ISIS hold up inside the city and ready to die for their cause, just as did the Americans at the Alamo. Apparently, there are over 25,000 soldiers in the Iraq army and nmow they have an opportunity to defeat 1,000 of the bad guys. During the initial stage of this battle, the good guys did advance and now they have cornered the bad guys. Apparently, the good guys appear stalled and they are hesitating about banging away into the main city. Reports indicate the bad guys are ready to die and are begging the good guys to come get them.

This story is repeated time after time. Bad guys ready to die, and good guys ready to hold off from being brave. There is no question that bad guys in the Middle East BELIEVE in their cause. They are ready to go to heaven or wherever good guys posing as bad guys wind up. Iraqi forces have now summoned the US air force to blast away. There is no question they will send thousands of missiles and bombs into Tikrit. The real question is why do the good guys lack determination in this struggle. It is clear that until members of the Iraq army come to believe in their cause, such hesitation will continue. Who knows, perhaps in this case the guys inside the Alamo will survive!

Bibi Blasts Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to America in order to end the threat of Iran. He made clear that he spoke for ALL JEWS INCLUDING THOSE WHO OPPOSE HIM. Well, this is one Jew who opposes this man. Let us first examine his credentials as an expert on the Middle East.

1. In the 1990s he warned the world that Iran was close to a nuclear weapon and must be halted.

2. In 2002 he made clear the overthrow of Saddam Hussein would bring peace and prosperity to the Middle East.

3. In his speech, Bibi told Congress that Iran is both “powerful and unchanging” while further on insisting that Iran was “weak and vulnerable.”

4. Bibi insists that the US must change the government of Iran and bring in new leaders. How this change will occur was not in his speech.

5. Bibi insists that no deal should ever be made with Iran, at least with the current government.

CONCLUSION

WAR. Oh, the only nation which has in its possession of bombs that can penetrate the mountain defenses where nuclear development is taking place is: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

So, cheer on and on Republicans and sell this war to the American people.

Fruits Of War Linger On In Minds Of Veterans

I, along with millions can not forget what happened to millions of young Americans who were sent off to war by the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. They were asked to fight, get wounded or die in a war that had no plan, no purpose, and no conclusion. Yes, “American Sniper” is making millions pretending the war was a glorious moment for at least some people. But, the millions of veterans will not cash in on a Hollywood moment, they must spend their days and nights reflecting on the horror of combat and loss of their friends. Why them and not me is THE question in so many minds? A new bill has finally been passed in Congress called the Clay Hunt Suicide prevention act. Its focus is upon dealing with Post Traumatic Disorder.

1. It creates new peer support systems for those in psychological need.

2. It establishes a comprehensive VA suicide prevention program.

3. It provides for hiring additional mental health specialists.

4. It even provides student loan assistance to psychologists who will work with these veterans.

Of course, nothing can wipe from minds what happened. Then again, nothing has been done to punish those responsible for what did HAPPEN!

ISIS Got A Prisoner!

It was simply a matter of time before a plane was shot down or experienced engine failure before a pilot bombing ISIS positions fell into their hands. A plane flown by a pilot from Jordan, Lt. Muadhi al Kasabeh, age 26, was captured when he ejected from his jet and landed in a lake where he was captured by joyous ISIS soldiers. Videos depict them leading the pilot with arms draped around the shoulder of the downed pilot. So, what is next on the agenda of life?

1. Republican Congressmen will blame President Obama for not preventing planes from having engine problems.

2. Republican Congressmen will blame President Obama for allowing planes to be shot down by ISIS.

3. Fox News will have an interview with Dick Cheney who will point out that under the Administration of George Bush no pilot was shot down!

4. Fox News commentators will demand sending in Special Forces to free the pilot.

5. President Obama will urge calm in America, then head for Hawaii for his vacation.

6. There will not be a single demonstration in the US, after all, he is a Jordanian.

7. ISIS will promise a beheading and tease the world with several mock trials.

8. Vladimir Putin will offer to go in by himself and free the pilot.

Life In A ISIS State

I hav the greatest respect for people who truly believe in any religion whose goals are the betterment of human life. Why else believe in a religion unless the outcome of this belief is to further the welfare of humans? The folks who call themselves, ISIS, continue to behave as though their aim is to kill and harm anyone who is a Muslim. They behead Muslims, they rape Muslim women, heck they lashed a 14 year old boy whose crime was to take a sip of water during Ramadan. On the other hand, ISIS leaders insist their actions are in accord with the Muslim religion. During the course of my life I have heard Christians insist their behavior is in accord with the teachings of Jesus as they murdered six million men, women and children whose crime was to be Jewish. Germans insisted that is what Jesus wanted. Over in Japan, religious fanatics murdered millions of Chinese, including the rape of thousands of women, God told them.

In Africa, Muslims and Christians vie to see which can murder ordinary folk, in the name of God. ISIS Muslims are no different from any other religion. I doubt if God wants his creations to be murdered.

Iraq Knows NO Peace

Perhaps, one day in the future, people in Iraq will experience a complete day without someone getting blown to pieces. I confess there are moments of confusion being able to understand why or how anyone who believes in God or religion is able to proceed to murder innocent men, women and children. Somehow, it is hard to conceive of any God up in the sky who demands murder of the innocent in His name. More suicide bombers in Baghdad, more broken bodies. At this point in time it is simply open season on those who have nothing to do with the government of Iraq, nothing to do with any of the assortment of groups who sincerely are committed to murder and destruction.

I recall that back in the 1950s there were Americans who used to say: “Kill a Commie For Christ.” Although they expressed this silly idea, few, if any, did anything other than shoot off their mouth. Perhaps, it is time for religious fanatics in Iraq to just shoot off their mouths and leave the innocent alive to go to the mosque and pray??