Reminder: Novella, Duke And Skip’

February 25, 2014


Duke And Skip’ /152 pages, is available on kindle. If you download it and read it through, any comments would be appreciated.

“The Long Goodbye in Afghanistan” (TImes, 11/24/13)

February 5, 2014

     Well, Eisenhower warned the American people in January 1961 about the danger of maintaining a “military-industrial complex!

     Therefore, at this late date, it is necessary to shout: WITHDRAW ALL OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN BY MARCH 31, 2014!

     Since a complete withdrawal is not actually going to be concluded by December 31, 2014 (8000 to 10,000 U.S. troops will remain there indefinitely), the American people can change the timetable.

     Four months is enough time to withdraw our troops from that quagmire. As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Obama has the authority to give the order.

     Assert yourself, Mr. President; assert yourself!

A. Garavente

The purple strategy

February 5, 2014

     American workers are being disfranchised!

     In fifteen states of the union, it has been made more difficult to vote. Those “red states” have to be countered by “blue states” willing to support a more liberal agenda.

     Since many states identified as blue are actually purple, the Democratic Party should focus its attention there. Only after purple states have been made blue, can any attention be given to the red states.

     When more purple states (e.g., Ohio and Pennsylvania) become blue, we can hope to put an end to the gerrymandering that is undermining our democracy. Moreover, it is easier to make a purple state blue than it is to turn a red one purple, especially given the fact that the Deep South and the Bible Belt remain so conservative. 


A. Garavente

“An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan” (TImes, 10/21/13)

February 5, 2014

     All 51,000 American troops should be withdrawn from the Afghanistan quagmire by 12/31/13. There is no reason to keep them there until the end of 2014.

     American lives will be saved by such a move and billions of dollars as well.

     Our commander-in-chief should take care of this urgent matter now!


A. Garavente


October 7, 2013

     Since a war with Syria is a distinct possibility (whether with drones or boots on the ground_ in the near future, it would make sense to accelerate the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

     It is time for American conservatives to acknowledge that Donald Rumsfeld created a mess in that sorry country, despite his boast that he didn’t “do quagmires.”

     If we bring our troops home by December 31, 2013, a year earlier than scheduled, we will save many lives and much money.

     Come on, Mr. President; show a little gumption!

A. Garavente

A Modest Proposal

July 11, 2013

         If the United States needs a strike force at the ready for an intervention in Syria, then the drawdown in Afghanistan has to be concluded by December 31st of THIS YEAR.

     The U.S cannot fight two wars at the same time. Bringing the troops home from Afghanistan  by 12/31/13 will save a lot of American lives and billions of dollars as well.

     President Obama, it is time to stop being a politician and start acting like a statesman! The American people voted for you twice. That is enough of a mandate for you to function with more resolution.

     A majority of the American people want to end the war in Afghanistan! 

A. Garavente

“Many Rival Nations Surge Past the U.S. in Adding Jobs” (TIMES, 6/8/13)

July 11, 2013

     The pundits are assuring us that the economic “recovery” is tepid (i.e., lukewarm), which is better than anemic (i.e.,bloodless), I guess.

          Given that good news (!), when is our Socialist president going to push for the massive federal jobs program that is needed?

 A. Garavente

“With Bags Of Cash, CIA Seeks Influence in Afghanistan” (TIMES, 4/29/13)

July 11, 2013

     Has anybody told the leaders of the Republican Party about this situation? Surely they would put a stop to this wasteful spending of government funds.

     I don’t have his address handy, but certainly Congressman Paul Ryan, the ace economist of the GOP, would stamp his foot at this excessive government spending. We all know how he frets over the budget deficit.

     Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. Plenty of money for corrupt Afghani warlords to build their “dream houses,” but chump change for American workers!

Why can’t we withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year?

A. Garavente


2nd Announcement:

April 23, 2013

My novella DUKE AND SKIP’ is available as an E-book for $12.50 + shipping expenses and can be downloaded onto a kindle for $5.95

“Bold at Both Ends” by David Brooks (TIMES, 4/12/13)

April 23, 2013

More gibberish from the celebrated “moderate conservative.”

How can Obama build a “majority coalition” that includes the party of NO? No matter what he advocates, the despicable Republicans will call him a socialist.

Conservatives are responsible for the paralysis of the American political system, not liberals (if one can even call the Democrats by that name).

Can anybody take this master of obfuscation seriously?

A. Garavente


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