Archive for April, 2012

“A Veteran’s Death, the Nation’s Shame” by Nicholas D. Kristof (TIMES, 4/15/12)

April 19, 2012

     Kudos to Nicholas Kristof for his account of veteran suicides.  More than 6500 are logged every year.  That is more than have died in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.  “For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.”

     Despite these grim figures, veteran hospitals are slow to get help for these severely stressed individuals, some of whom have had to wait six weeks before getting the attention of a doctor.

     This is a disgrace but we should not expect help from the scoundrels (Republicans) and cowards (Democrats) who so quickly supported both of these wars to uphold the New World Order.

     Senior officers upon retirement get lucrative pensions and positions on the boards of directors of major corporations.  When the armed forces are finished with the grunts, the people who are put in harm’s way, they have little time to deal with their injuries.

     A. Garavente

RE: Main Editorial Page Vocabulary Check

April 17, 2012

     If Dick Cheney was “the key architect of the Bush administration’s lawless detention and interrogation policies,” wouldn’t that suggest that the United States had a shadow presidency from 2001 to 2009?

      If we are “still crawling out of a very deep hole” in the economy, wouldn’t that indicate that the U.S. has been experiencing a depression these last four years, not a recession?

     With all the layoffs of teachers evident lately, I would think All the News That’s Fit to Print could find someone to proof read your editorials.

     A. Garavente 

“In a Mixed Jobs Report, Ammunition for All Sides on the Economy” (TIMES, 4/7/12)

April 17, 2012

     “Ammunition for all sides” for a debate but the Democrats are in power and could initiate some action.

     As difficult as it is to rule sensibly in a presidential election year, the Obama administration has to push harder for a massive federal jobs program.  Even if the Republicans defeat its passage in the House of Representatives, the American people will see who is trying to deal with the unemployment problem.

     Waiting until they win the election still more than six months away is a dangerous gamble for the Democrats, even considering the pathetic candidates the Republicans have paraded before the electorate.  If the employment situation does not improve, the Democrats could lose in November.

     A. Garavente

“That Other Obama” by David Brooks (TIMES, 4/6/12)

April 10, 2012

     Neither President Obama nor any of the other candidates for the oval office could make Mitt Romney “look like Mr. Authenticity.”  More nonsense from the self-proclaimed ‘moderate conservative” and resident brain scientist.

     Obama apparently touched a sensitive nerve when he referred to Brooks’ favorite Republican as a social Darwinest.  But his “legitimate criticisms” of Ryan’s budget “got buried under an avalanche of distortions” is more immoderate talk from this goody two shoes in the ranks of conservative pundits.

     A glance under his nice guy mask reveals another media reactionary who has a blind spot when viewing the plutocracy that effectively runs this country.

     A. Garavente

“As Part of Pact, U.S. Marines Arrive in Australia, in China’s Strategic Backyard” (TIMES, 4/5/12)

April 10, 2012

     Excuse me, mate, I thought the Australians spoke    English.  So, what is all this gibberish from Defense Minister Stephen Smith: “the world is moving into our part of the world, the world is moving to the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean”?

     Centuries before Australia was recognized as a sovereign country an array of Asian peoples considered the Pacific and Indian oceans as parts of their world.  In the first decades of the 15th century, Chinese Admiral Zheng He, a Muslim, sailed  fleets of ships from southeastern China to various parts of  Asia, even reaching Mecca and the east coast of Africa.

     In allowing the United States to establish a base at Darwin, aren’t the Australian leaders toadying to the New World Order?  We put ourselves in harm’s way and then cry aggression when we are attacked or when one of our drones is shot down.  And then the scoundrels and cowards in Congress send young Americans who were not able to enroll in college  or find a decent job to fight  (and die) in faraway places.

     It’s a bloody damn crime, mate; that’s what it is!

     A. Garavente

“Ghosts Of Iraq Haunting CIA In Tackling Iran” (TIMES, 4/1/12)

April 3, 2012

     I guess it’s good news to hear that CIA intelligence officers are resisting pressure to get the United States into another war in the Middle East.

     Fortunately, the country doesn’t have a hawkish shadow president pressing for a bold move in Iran, as was the case when the CIA was assessing the situation in Iraq.  Biden functions strictly as a vice-president, not as a standin for Obama, which is the way it is supposed to be.

     Of course, if the Republicans win the election in November (and Cheney isn’t on the ticket), they might tap Uncle Dick to be Secretary of State.  Then, we will have that weekly briefing after a breakfast of hard-boiled eggs and cheesy grits.

     A. Garavente

“New Poll Finds Drop In Support For Afghan War” (TIMES, 3/27/12)

April 3, 2012

     How pathetic of Michael O’Hanlon, a so-called “military expert…close to American commanders in Afghanistan” to still be claiming that the war in that sorry place makes sense.

     Fortunately, the American people do understand that “there is a strategy” with “an end in sight,” because we have been hearing it for more than a decade from experts close to American commanders like O’Hanlon.  However, the strategy does not seem to be working, so there is no end in sight.

     Therefore, keeping our troops in harm’s way until 12/31/14 borders on the criminal.  If this was not an election year, they could be brought home by 12/31/12.

     A. Garavente

“General Says Next Decision on Afghan Withdrawal Must Wait” (TIMES, 3/21/12)

April 3, 2012

     Why must we wait; what’s going to happen between now and the end of this year?

     General John R. Allen claims that Afghan security forces are “growing stronger, having reached 330,000.”  However, a recent report in the TIMES (3/16/12) revealed that only one battalion of 158 “has been rated as able to fight independently.”  General Allen seems to be emphasizing quantity over quality.

     Why is is so difficult to bring the Afghan National Army up to combat readiness?  More to the point, precisely how many of these 158 battalions will pass muster by 12/31/14?

      I can only repeat Republican Congressman Walter B. Jones’ plea at a recent hearing of the House Armed Services Committee: “Why are we still there?”

      A> Garavente