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Iraq: A Tale of Two Wars

Having been to Iraq during two wars, the Gulf War in 1991 and the Iraq Invasion in 2006, there are differences I found between the two wars, and my experiences, that I have wanted people to read.

So, here it is…

On Being Published

If there is one thing about blogging I enjoy, it is having the ability to impart knowledge, expertise, and experiences to those who may wish to read about it.

It is especially satisfying when a person’s writing is acknowledged as being pertinent, important, and is published.

So, imagine my surprise and joy when a submission of mine to was published.

The Media’s Propaganda and Military Contracting

In recent years, we have seen the media collusion to push government propaganda to the public.

One of the more egregious examples was the use of certain, Pentagon approved sources, who would be presented as “independent experts” on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, to talk about government policies regarding Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, detainee detention, etc.

After watching the History Channel the other night, I couldn’t believe the pure level of propaganda promotion.  

They did a show on Area 51…

It’s not Conspiracy; It’s Collusion

“Remember the Maine!”

That was the slogan used by William Randolph Hearst and The New York Journal to stoke American public opinion into war with Spain after the U.S.S. Maine sunk in Cuban waters in 1898.  However, Hearst started in the publishing business in 1887, when he took over the San Francisco Examiner.

William Randolph Hearst bought the failing New York Journal in 1896.  His sensational journalism style, now called “yellow journalism”, drove the failing paper to prominence.  While there is no historical evidence of collusion between the government and the Journal to get public support for the war, and, in fact, the government wanted no part of going to war with Spain, there is plenty of evidence that there was collusion later.  After spending time in the House of Representatives from 1903-1907, Hearst started several new papers in various cities with the help of the Democratic National Party in the 1920’s.

The story of William Randolph Hearst is now history, but, history has a way of repeating itself.  You see, Hearst saw profit in the Cuban revolt that occurred in 1895 and had been selling papers for years sensationalizing the Ten Years War in Cuba.

War meant selling papers and that meant profit.

Sucking Our Nation Dry

No, this is not an essay on some X-rated movie.  It is about how the government and Wall Street have continually conspired to take and use any new money it can get its hands on, which, now means YOUR money.

The latest new “idea” floated by FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair is to have state pension funds buyout failed banks.

Now, I am not totally ignorant about economics, nor, am I a studied professor on the subject.  However, I’m not sure who could glean any meaningful information out of the following:

In a speech to the National Association for Business Economics Washington Policy Conference, FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair outlined what she called “a pre-funded resolution mechanism,” but did not specify what exactly that is. She instead said it would be “similar to the FDIC’s receivership authority for failed banks,” exposing only shareholders to risk, as opposed to the bank bailouts that saw billions of taxpayer dollars funneled into a near-crippled financial system.

“Shareholders and creditors would bear the losses, not the public,” she explained. “But, the process would be orderly and help prevent a catastrophic collapse of other firms.”

Go ahead, do your head shake to clear the cobwebs, and let’s talk about the latest plan for the government to get their hands on YOUR money.

The Culture of Corruption in South Carolina

The state of South Carolina continues to disappoint its citizens from its elected politicians and its state law enforcement division down to its media.  Politician’s in South Carolina simply have no fear of being held accountable, and thus, continually take actions from openly lying to its citizens to brazenly breaking the law.  

The only accountability these politicians fear is that they will lose their elected positions.  That accountability, however, rarely happens as voters are continually left uninformed about the actions of these politicians by a media unwilling to damage the dominance of the GOP in the state.

The most egregious example of this circle of corruption stemmed from the arrest of Republican State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel.  Thomas Ravenel was elected to office in 2006 and had been office six months when he was arrested for the purchase and distribution of cocaine by the FBI.  What makes this case so egregious is what it actually took for Thomas Ravenel to be held accountable for his actions, and, what his accountability turned out to be for his actions.

The Hurt Locker and Iraq Today

As many know, there is a new movie out called, “The Hurt Locker”, which is about a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team in Iraq.

A former EOD technician myself that was in Iraq in 1991, and, who was in Iraq in 2006 as a contractor, I was only able to watch half the movie before I had to turn it off.  Some of the things in the movie were 100% true, and others, IF they were based on true events, totally astounded me.  So, imagine my surprise that anyone would admit that the movie was based on THEIR actions.

That is what has occurred.  U.S. Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver is suing under the claim that he was the person that the movie was based upon.

There are two things I am going to discuss; the movie and Sarver’s actions, and Iraq’s claim that they may ask some of our troops to stay beyond the “leave” date.

The loss of credibility in American Politics

The election of 1994 was a referendum against Democratic rule.  The House saw a 54 swing in votes from Democratic to Republican.  The Senate saw an 8 seat swing from Democratic to Republican.  It was an election where Republican politician’s promised, through the “contract with America”, that members of Congress would be held to the same standard as the rest of the country.  America responded to that promise.  

By 2006, America came to the realization that Republican’s had broken that promise.  The lies from the Bush administration, about the secret energy task force, the Iraq war, spying on American’s, and torture, had finally taken its toll on the GOP with voters.  In the 2006 election, the power of Congress again changed hands because a political party had lost its credibility with the public.

The 2008 was a continuance of the 2006 election for the fact that the Democrats in Congress seemed unable to govern with the slim majority they had gained two years earlier.  The excuses were that they didn’t have the votes, they didn’t hold the Presidency, and without those things, they simply could not govern against the GOP.  Voters responded by giving the Democratic Party the majorities necessary in Congress and the White House.

Now, it is the Democratic Party that is again facing a loss of credibility with the voters, and, it started with President Obama’s decisions and actions that, once elected, were contrary to what was promised on the campaign trail.

My Review of the SOTU

If you didn’t watch the SOTU address, you didn’t miss much.

There will be little intro here, as the review follows.

Obama driving the Titanic

I confess, the angst and anger of the Obama supporters is killing me with laughter.

The latest outrage is over people’s outrage that President Obama has decided to institute a spending freeze.  “I mean, come on, we haven’t even HEARD the proposal yet.” they are crying.

So, for the intellectually-challenged folks that simply cannot figure it out on their own, I’m here to give the road map to the Obama super-secret-multidimensional-chess strategy.

And… I’m going to use the Titanic to show people this strategy.

Supreme Court Ends Democracy

We know now that our nation, the one that our founding fathers fought for, is over.  That democracy, the will of the people to decide their fate, is over.  

The Supreme Court, with its corporate judges, has spoken.

A corporation can “legally”, and directly, buy our government, our Presidents, our Congress, and our elected judges with unlimited cash.

But, it is so much worse than people think…

Let the pearl-clutching begin!

Democrat Martha Coakley has conceded the Mass. election.

As much as the NY-23 special election, where the GOP should have held the seat, was as much about voters being angry at the GOP, the Mass. special election was about voters being angry at the Democratic Party.

As Gov. Howard Dean stated, the Democrats were elected on a promise of providing real change, and, they have failed in that promise.


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