Category Archives: Iraq

OBAMA’S VIETNAM

Afghanistan has become Obama’s Vietnam.  As the struggle descends into madness, and Kharzai flirts with the Taliban, the country is no closer to stability than it was years ago when we first blasted our way into the countryside in search … Continue reading

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OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST

How many times do we need to learn a lesson?  The cause in Afghanistan is not winnable.  So listen to the John Fogerty song once again and see if you can learn anything.   And, if you can’t, then I … Continue reading

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REPUBLICAN ANGST OVER ACORN LEADS TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

The angst over ACORN has led to introduced legislation that – whoops – well sweeps in such entities as military contractors and could conceivably lead to defunding of some of the military-industrial giants.   Representative John Boehner, the ever-omnipotent partisan pol … Continue reading

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BUSH – THE END OF AN ERROR

I know that this reference isn’t new and has been bandied about for some time now, but it sure sums up my feelings about the departure of the 43rd president of the United States. From the moment Bush arrogantly swaggered … Continue reading

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OOH – HAS BRITAIN’S TONY BLAIR BEEN A NAUGHTY BOY?

Apparently George W. doesn’t trust even his closest friends and allies. Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister who stood shoulder to shoulder with Bush on Iraq throughout Bush’s trials and tribulations with the rest of the world, has been the … Continue reading

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IRAQ EXACTS CONCESSIONS ON EXTENDED STAY AGREEMENT

As predicted, if the approaching “show of hands” vote by the 275-member Iraqi assembly goes as expected, the United States will be mired in Iraq for another three years. The assembly is set to vote on a pact between the … Continue reading

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NEW STUDY TO SHOW AFGHANISTAN IN “DOWNWARD SPIRAL”

Rising Taliban influence, corruption in Hamid Karzai’s government, and increasing attacks from militants inside Pakistan are leading to a downward spiral in Afghanistan. A classified report set to be released, conveniently, after the November elections shows Afghanistan suffering from a … Continue reading

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COMBAT VETERANS UNDER INCREASING STRESS

For the first time in history, a growing number of combat troops are taking daily doses of anti-depressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Army’s fifth Mental Health Advisory Team … Continue reading

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STOP-LOSS – BACKDOOR DRAFT IN FULL SWING

The peacetime draft – signed into law in 1940 by President Franklin Roosevelt – lasted 33 years until it was abolished in 1973 by the government after almost a decade of unrest and protest during the Vietnam War era. But, … Continue reading

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IRAQ TO U.S. – WE WANT YOU OUT

Iraq’s prime minister has indicated that a timetable needs to be set for our departure. That notion must really have the right-wingers in a snit. Imagine those uppity Iraqis – after all we have done for them – to actually … Continue reading

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