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Exceptional Russian President

It is Friday, so Vladimir Putin has something exceptional to say about Russia or people he does not like or nations which lack the leadership possessed by the people of Russia. His current moment of anger is focused on American society. “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional.” Vladimir is a modest man. “There are big countries, and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.” So, where do these Americans have the right to claim their society is the best? Got me.

As any objective individual knows, Vladimir Putin is the most exceptional leader in the world. Yes, all people are equal but he does make an exception for those of the gay and lesbian way of life. They do have a right to be treated in exceptional ways because they are exceptional and lack the right to be treated as an ordinary person.

HOpefully, one day the American people will be able to match the record for democracy currently held by those residing in Putin Land.

Spies In My Life

The United States of America has confronted a few minor problems during its 250 years as a nation. We had a civil war, we fought in one world war and then confronted a second one which witnessed the death of nearly 500,000. Of course, we had a great Depression, we had the Korean and Vietnam wars, but untilk 9/11 which cost the lives of 3,000 people, it has not been necessary for the government to devote billions in the pursuit of discovering what we ate for breakfast today. Obama government officials for three years have accessed data on thousands of US domestic phone numbers they had no legal right to secure. But, even worse they misrepresented their actions to a secret court in order to obtain reauthorizaton to once again spy. Officials argue that the complexity of computer systems, misunderstanding of laws, court orders, internal policies and God knows what else are the excuses given by the Obama government. I assume that former Constitutional Professor Barack Obama DOES know that ignorance of the law is NOT an excuse for breaking the law!

I understand that President Obama will justify any and all actions that violate the rights of Americans on ground that he is destroying their rights in order to protect their rights. NATIONAL SECURITY. Ah, the two magic words which allow the government to do whatever it damn well pleases. Back in 2009 a judge told the NSA counterterrorism office that records could not be shared with anyone you desired sharing in the office. Naturally, the records were shared. Such is the behavior of the former man from Harvard.

No And Yes

During my 83 years of life in the United States of America it has been my opportunity to witness the presidencies of fifteen presidents. I so awaited the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and expected great things from this man. My vote for him was the correct decision. However, little did I know this young man was politically inept and lacking in leadrship skills. As a child on the streets of New York City lesson one was-never make a threat unless you are 1000% confident it can be carried out. The second lesson was-avoid making threats. Obama got himself into a position in which he could not win a vote in Congress. HUH! A president who makes a decision to have a vote should have made completely certain the vote would be won. President Obama simply lacks a coherent foreign policy in the Middle East. Vladimir Putin has made him come across as the town fool.

Iran, Israel-Palestine-Syria-Egypt, all are possible foreign policy issues. Which is the most vital to peace in the region? I am not posing-which is the most humanitarian issue? A president must focus on what is most critical to the foreign policy issues confronting his nation. Barack Obama is clueless in Gaza and other areas of the region. Perhaps, it is time for President Obama to have someone in his administration who can focus him on foreign policy.

Alternative To War??

On each occasion that a nation or leader insists there is no alternative to war, someone points out possibilities of peace rather than of war. The Russian government is proposing that Syria turn over its chemical weapons to a United Nations control and thus end the possibility of air strikes by the United States. Russia argues this would end the problem of using chemical weapons in Syria and restore the possibility of peace in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry’s initial reaction was that Syria is stalling. If Syria is engaged in stalling activities it is simply a matter of weeks or a few months before this becomes transparent.

France will prpose a resolution which requires Syria to place its chemcial weapons program under UN control. russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is working with UN officials to gain control of Syrian chemical weapons. Some argue this is a diversion, so what? What exactly is another two or three weeks?

Always opt for the road leading toward peace. OK, it may take a bit longer to wander down this road, but no one will die. Always remember: JAW, JAW, NOT WAR, WAR!

Putin Pontificates On Syria

President Vladimir Putin is a man of action. If you need someone to bring supplies to the surrounded fort, just make a phone call to the man who not only bares his chest in defiance of the world, but also makes clear that his mind is always focued on the issue of peace and love. When asked if he would help the beleagured nation of Syria, he did not hesitate for a moment when replying: “We will. We are helping them right now. We supply weapons, we cooperate in the economic sphere, and I hope will cooperate in the humanitarian sphere..to provide for those civilians who are in a difficult situation.”

Vladimir is a caring man. After all, he spent early youth in the KGB, among the organizations in this world whose only concern is for the welfare of people. Heck, they send folk to an insane asylum to help get them insane. Need a beating today in order to feel happy and content, just give Vladimir a call. He just wants to help in a sort of humanitarian way– want help in building a new home, he will handle destruction of the old one. If only Barack understood the only way to work with a Republilcan Congess is turning over the problem to your local KGB agents.

Obama Screwup Extraordinaire

The story of President’s approach to foreign policy reveals his ineptitude and ignorance of foreign policy.A foreign policy must be based on national interests, and that does not mean checking on what each person in the country says on his cell phone. Which, at this moment, are the most vital issues confronting American national interests?

1. Developing a working relationship with Iran that leads to resolving our conflicts, and creating the basis of cooperating in the Middle East. If this goal is attained, it leads to resolution of the conflict in Syria.
2. Working with Palestinians and Israelis to achieve a resolution of their conflicts. Attaining this goal reduces violence in the region and ensures the interests of Palestinians coincides with those of Israel.
3. Working to establish a Middle Eastern Union that achieves for the Middle East what has been attained by the European Union. Today, the EU has ended war in Europe, THAT should be the goal of American foreign policy in the Middle East. Economic development in Egypt would diminish the power of the Muslim Brotherhood and establish the basis of democracy in Egypt.

Note that none of these goals deal with Syria. However, in attaining these foreign policy goals it leads to resolving the civil war in Syria.

You Can’t Bully Me!

The situation in Syria has now entered the stage of various nations and leaders making clear they will not be bullied by other entities in this clash of wills. President Bashar al-Assad is a murderer, a tyrant an evil man, but he is also simply one of many such creatures who are found in some part of the world. He kills his own people, he allows the murder of children and goes to bed at night with his family feeling perfectly normal. Of course, there are dozens of such individuals in this world and each has a sense of belief in his own normality. A major problem is that evil has become a norm so if one is evil, they are convinced that is nothing abnormal. Assad warned the United States that it if dared to bomb his land, there would be repercussions. “You’re going to pay the price” he informed President Obama.

The world, due to modern technology, has reached a point in human development in which there are no surprises as to what evil can or will do. The sickness of Assad is his belief that what he has done is simply a normal series of events. Assad does not believe himself to be doing anything wrong. THAT IS THE HUMAN CONDITION!!

Senator Cruz, The Harvard Man

I continue encountering those insisting that Senator Ted Cruz is “brilliant” since he attended an Ivy League institution. Actually, he is living proof of what the famous Republican Conservative once said that he would prefer voting for any of the first hundred names in the Boston telephone directory than someone who went to Harvard. Over a hundred thousand humans have been murdered in Syria, but what bothers the idiot man from Texas? BENGHAZI!! He fears that by focusing on Syria we miss the big picture that no one has hunted down those who killed Americans in Benhghazi. This man is should be awarded a Nobel Prize for Stupidity. He wants to forget about Syria and concentrate on “radical Islamist radicals.”

Who does he think are fighting in Syria?

On War Crimes And National Security

There is scant doubt that since the advent of the present Cro-Magnon race in each era of our existence someone has proclaimed to the people their security is at risk from some strange outside group. In America, we had to extend to the west coast and since Mexicans were in our way, we just had to wipe them out and take their land. The Spanish government had ruled the island of Cuba for nearly four hundred years but the explosion of an American naval vessel by some unknown factor was a threat to our national security and we simply had to do something. Every nation makes such claims at one point or another. Today, the current “national security” issue confronting America is the evil nation of Syria.

President Bashar al-Assad is a violent, evil, horrible man whose crimes against his own people have earned him top quarters in Hell. Catherine Ashton of the European Union terms his actions, a “blatant violation of international law, a war crime and ac rime against humanity.” Absolutely accurate. But, those charges have nothing to do with national security. Assad is a criminal, but he poses no threat to the national security of the United States of America. Hate him for his evil, but not for national security issues.

Who Wants War?

I have a hunch there are moments in life whn Mitt Romney heads to church to offer a prayer that he did not win the recent presidential election. Of course, I suspect that Rudy Giuliani wishes that he had become president so the world would know there was a tough guy in the White House who is ready to press any or all buttons leading to death and destruction for the United States or the entire world. Barack Obama admitted yesterday the fight for war was an uphill trail and he might not reach the summit in time to press a few buttons that send missiles headed for Syria.He admitted to the media that, I am not going to play parlor games about whether of not it’s(war resolution) is going to pass.” What happens if Congress says, “NO” to the future of war?

Barack Obama has never grasped the importance of leadership. That means alerting and educating Americans concerning issues of war and peace. This approach requires honesty and not pulling punches. Obama is not comfortable in the role of not being the supreme center of wisdom. He wants to call the shots. Unfortunately, edcated men of the Obama genertion never went to war, never understood the meaning of what actually is war nor did he ever grasp the problem in conducting a war over a long time period.