Category Archives: Middle East

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

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Military, War | Tagged , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Military, Veterans | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

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

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Military, War | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

KASHMIR CLASH

With the tension in the Middle East, one more hot spot only adds fuel to a region already suffering from the fires of upheavals and violence. India and Pakistan have been in conflict over Kashmir since the 1940s. The two … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, War | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

BUSH STACKS DECK WITH PETRAEUS NOD AS TOP MIDDLE EAST COMMANDER

General David Petraeus slid easily through Senate confirmation on his way to his promotion as the top commander in the Middle East. Democrats again could not seem to find the intestinal fortitude to take a position that would indicate active … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Iraq, Middle East, Politics, War | Tagged , , ,

NOW IT’S IRAN’S TURN

On May 22, 2008, Congress “expressed” its sense and passed a resolution that will no doubt start the process toward a confrontation with Iran. The following is the resolution. H.CON.RES.362 Title: Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed … Continue reading

Posted in Congress, Foreign Policy, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Uncategorized, War | 9 Comments

SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT – BUT NOT IN THE WHITEHOUSE

John McCain makes no secret of the fact that he will keep us mired in the Middle East for decades to come if he assumes the office of the presidency.  While many have talked about the similarities between Vietnam and … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Military, Politics, Republican Party, U.S. Presidency, War | 2 Comments

KING GEORGE – “WE DON’T NEED A CONSTITUTION AS LONG AS I AM KING”

Apparently Bush has decided, along with his “War Czar” General Douglas Lute, that permanent bases in Iraq don’t require the approval of either house of Congress. Lute said the White House intends to conclude negotiations on an enduring security guarantee … Continue reading

Posted in Bill of Rights, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Middle East, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidency, War

WHERE ARE OUR YOUNGINS? IS ACTIVISM TIED TO THE DRAFT?

Conscription is a system to provide manpower to be used in the armed forces. In the United States, conscription was introduced in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 1863 Enrollment Act permitted draftees to hire paid substitutes … Continue reading

Posted in History, Iraq, Middle East, The Sixties, Uncategorized, Vietnam War, War | 4 Comments