Category Archives: Iraq

Bad Guys Now Good Guys

I do not know whether to report the following as “good news” or “bad news” but it certainly is interesting news. General Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, you know, one of the bad guys according to the United States of America, came out with a battle plan to halt the Islamic State of Syria forces who currently are in Iraq. Latest reports reveal the ISIS is murdering Iraqi soldiers who surrender, and their compatriots in Syria just crucified a few men. Oh, it was not Jesus, not was it any person of the Jewish religion. Well, back to the story about Iranian generals, the men who head Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, top on our list of bad groups. General Jazayeri informed the Iraq government that he was prepared to develop a plan, based on the Syrian model, that will end the reign of ISIS terror. I trust the reader is clear–the guy we consider to be a “bad guy” is ready to assist the USA in defeating the bad guys currently in northern Iraq.

According to the Iranian general, he is ready to employ “our successful experiments in popular all-armed defense, the same strategy used against terror on the defensive–mobilizing masses in all ethnic groups.” Of course, the “terror groups” he was fighting were the terror groups we were supporting in Syria. It is now clear. The terror groups we oppose are now the terror groups we support and the end result will be triumph of the groups that we oppose. Please do not get confused. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. This is now AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. Clear?

The Face Of Evil In Iraq

I confess to being ignorant about the connection between face and God which is among the most vital relationships of radical Muslims. They insist that women must cover up their faces when out in public because to reveal a face somehow angers God. Why God worries about faces is beyond my way of thinking, but Muslim fanatics and even some Orthodox Jews are into insisting that women cover up their bodies. But, for some strange reason, it is OK for males to wander around without covered faces. Um Ban was a Muslim female who lived in Mosul. She ran a beauty salon from her house which made her suspect among ISIL warriors who conquered the city. Again, somehow, a woman who makes herself attractive is deemed a bad Muslim. On the other hand, males can care for their faces, but this does not annoy or anger the Big Up in the sky. One day, Ms. Ban opened the front door and found a large X painted on her front door.

She decided it was time to flee, because after the X would come the gun and death. She felt ISIL were “trying to frighten us with psychological warfare.” She gathered her family and fled to Baghdad. Heck, in my Orthodox shul(synagogue) women had to sit behind a screen so we males could not see their faces. Even as a boy, the entire thing about women never made sense. I wonder if when I get to heaven, women sit behind curtains and can not go to a beauty salon??

Grand Ayatollah Has Grand Idea

I confess that like most Americans encountering another tale about the nation of Iraq is the last thing on my mind. I am a New York Knickerbocker fan and the last time my team won the NBA title I was forty years younger so I do understand the meaning of futility. The past decade of my life has involved reading, watching, hearing and thinking about the nation of Iraq. There is no sense reviewing mistakes made in the past since we lack a time machine to return backwards and fix things so that events unfurl in some logical pattern of intelligence. Here we are in June, 2014–Iraq is a mess. Period. Anyway, the leader of Iraq Shiites has reached a similar conclusion–things are a mess.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called upon all political leaders to come together and get rid of the world’s most incompetent Prime Minister–Nouri al-Maliki who created a disaster for his land. The Ayatollah wants political leaders from Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds to meet and select a new prime minister who can bring groups together, reform a broken military, and defeat ISIS terrorists who are sweeping through the country. He hopes this meeting would be a “prelude to the political solution that everyone seeks at present.” Common sense words.

I realize that Dick Cheney blames Obama for the mess. Hey Dick, YOU were the guy who selected Maliki! In other words, you were the dick head for caused the present mess.

Nouri Nourishes Continued Power!

There is not a doubt in the world what is transpiring in Iraq is the result of actions taken by the government of Nouri al-Maliki and the ISIS terrorists who are sweeping across the nation is due to a failed government. Maliki has spent the past few years persecuting the Sunni minority and causing them to lack any trust in government. He dismissed from the Army talented officers because they were Sunni or because they refuse to go along with his power grab. The result is that an army of about 10,000 men is causing havoc to an army containing over 150,000. Sorry, John McCain, President Obama is NOT guilty of anything other than common sense. Maliki and his crew of thieves and Islamic terrorists created the current crisis. Obama and just about any intelligent person is urging Maliki to form a national unity government.

So,what is the response of Maliki? “The call to form a national emergency governments a coup against the constitution and the political process. It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voter!” Either Iraq leaders get rid of this incompetent fool or the nation of Iraq will simply collapse.

So, Who Is To Blame?

The virtual collapse of the Iraq government has not hit the American people with resulting confusion and anger. Many now demand to know why this collapse occurred and who is to blame?

1. Dick and Don want to make clear they had nothing to do with the wolf blowing down the pig’s house.
2. George is in Texas chopping wood so leave him out of this discussion.
3. Republicans who voted to invade Iraq want the world to know that things were great when George Bush left the presidency. Since then, you know who is to blame for what happened.
4. The Iraq government blames lack of American assistance. Of course, Prime Minister Maliki turned down US offers for advisers.
5. Fox News is in a bit confused. Who the hell should they blame? Certainly, Fox News which backed the invasion has nothing to do with the current situation in Iraq.
6. Hillary was against it before she voted for it, and now wants everyone to know the Bush folk lied about the situation.
7. How about the American people who overwhelmingly supported this invasion?

America’s Middle Eastern Policy

A president of the United States is once again confronted with what to do in what we term, the Middle East. Actually, the expression, “Middle East” was invented at the turn of the 20th century by American Admiral Alfred Mahan. He was discussing the conduct of American military policy, and cited the importance of that area in our trade relations. A major problem confronting President Obama is: what exactly should be the foreign policy of the United States in the Middle East? Let me offer some suggestions:

1. It is critically important for Israel to build positive relations with Arab nations. Both Israel and Arab leaders share a joint concern about terrorist groups in the region. First step on the part of America is insisting that the Israel government cease its settlement building, and work with President Abbas to create an independent Palestinian state. That action would open doors for Israel to establish diplomatic relations with most Muslim nations in the region.
2. Iraq requires a coalition government including both Sunni and Shiite leaders. Either Prime Minister Maliki agrees to this basic concept or he is on his own. Fighting guerrilla groups depends upon winning the support of local people.
3. The situation in Syria has deteriorated to such an extent that moderate forces no longer have any power. Whatever such groups are still existing need moderate military support.
4. An agreement must be reached with Iran that includes their right to pursue nuclear development for peaceful purposes.
5. Nations such as Tunisia should be provided economic assistance since leaders in that nation have come together to work for peace and stability.
6. Egypt is now beyond our influence. It is simply too late to support moderate groups seeking to develop a democratic society. Just wait and listen.

You Gotta Go! NOW!

Every so often members of the Republican and Democratic party finally decide they can agree on something. Usually, that agreement has scant to do with the lives of the American people, but the issue concerns something far away. It is now unanimous in the Congress of the United States of America that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must depart from power if there is to be US military assistance. Maliki ended any opportunity for cooperation with Sunnis when he arrested the Sunni Vice President of Iraq, and proceeded to remove Sunni officers in the armed forces. The end result has been sectarian violence, and Sunni cooperation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers fled the battlefield which has resulted in the ability of an eight thousand man force wiping out the 100,000 man Iraq army.

Senator Diane Feinstein made clear, “Maliki has to go if you want reconciliation” while Republican Senator John McCain wants the President to “make very clear to Maliki that his time is up.” Naturally, Maliki insists he loves Sunnis. President Obama has made clear “we will aggressively attempt to impress upon that leader(Maliki) the absolute necessity of rejecting sectarian governance.”

This blog for years has been saying the same thing!

I Can Kill More Of You Guys!

Shiite forces are moving steadily towards Baghdad,and just what is most on the mind of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki? Most probably he just received a report from a police station just north of Baghdad where, prior to fleeing for their lives, police executed 44 Sunni prisoners. According to the officer in charge of these murders, “these people were detainees who were arrested in accordance with Article 4 serious offenses. They were killed by the policemen in the jail before they withdrew from the station.” Ho hum,another 44 dead. This obviously means that Shiites must execute a bunch of Shiites.

In all honesty, neither side requires any excuse for killing the other guys. Many in the Iraq government are pleading with Maliki to reach out to Sunni leaders and get their support. His response is since there is a crisis this is the wrong time to form a coalition. Huh? Unless this incompetent man makes a dramatic shift in thinking, it is a hopeless cause to send Americans into battle to aid his survival.

Death Is Punishment For Wrong Religion Sect

Throughout human history we humans have continually displayed the ability to uncover some reason in order to kill another human. Europeans spent a hundred years in the 1500s and 1600s slaughtering one another in the name of Christ. Protestants killed Catholics and Catholics killed Protestants and Christians united to kill Jews.It was a time when, regardless of one’s religious orientation, someone was ready to shoot or stab or chop off a head. So, the current madness of al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant(ISIL) is not surprising. ISIL has just released pictures of dozens of young men, probably captured Iraq soldiers, being led to grave sites and then gunned down by the dozens. Pictures of masked men are shown along with comments such as: “the filthy Shiites are killed by the hundreds. This is the destiny of Maliki’s soldiers.

The object of this tirade of hate is clear -anger Shiites in order to unleash a wave of murders against Sunnis. The goal is always, kill and murder in the name of God. Fortunately, Shiite Grand Ayatollah has urged his followers, “exert the highest possible level of restraint.” Some will. Unfortunately, some will not. We can expect retaliation followed by retaliation. Death is not proud in Iraq at this time in history.

Obama-TALK WITH AMERICA!

Another crisis is confronting the American people. Right wing media are out in arms to depict President Obama as an incompetent leader who has failed to prevent the spread of terrorism in the Middle East. Every important American president has confronted a “crisis.” Every American president has been assailed by opponents as, “incompetent.” George Bush responded to criticism by simply lying through his teeth. Barack Obama has responded to every crisis by-silence! He refuses to become proactive. He prefers to allow the crisis to arise, and then comes across as being on the defensive. How did American presidents respond to crisis?

1. During the Cuba Missile Crisis, President John Kennedy appeared on television and reviewed issues confronting the nation. He explained how he would respond to the crisis.
2. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt confronted a nation that did NOT wish to confront Adolf Hitler. He began a series of “fireside chats” in which he discussed issues facing the American people and why it was important to take a stand against Nazism. Poll numbers revealed that he slowly, but surely, was persuading people that America could not avoid confronting Hitler. He also has private groups sending people around the nation discussing the importance of intervention.

The greatest public relations failure on the part of Barack Obama has been failure to adopt a proactive position. He should appear on television tonight. He should discuss, honestly, what are the causes of collapse in Iraq.

He must reach out to Iran and work with President Rouhani to ensure that Iranian troops go to Iraq to confront terrorism. This would provide a unique collaboration between t he US and Iran. It might even lead to resolution of our conflict over nuclear weapons.

Talk with America!!