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Ukraine, Donald Trump and Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian nuclear weapon

It is hard if not impossible to keep up with everything that is going on within the last 24-48 hours. Somehow, Ukraine is back in the news. The president made a call to the new Ukrainian Pres. and basically said that he wanted Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to be investigated. The implications worried that if the investigation were to get underway, Pres. Trump would free up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.

Why are we sending hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine? The answer is somewhat complex. In the 90s, the Ukraine voted overwhelmingly to separate from the Soviet Union. This led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and also to the Ukraine obtaining independence. Once Ukraine became a sovereign nation, it inherited a large nuclear arsenal from the Soviet Union. The United States along with several other countries negotiated with Ukraine to destroy the nuclear weapons. The deal was pretty simple. Destroy your nuclear weapons and the United States along with its allies will protect you from any threat/invasion from Russia. Simple deal, right?

If you remember, this is a big deal at the time. We sent nuclear experts to Ukraine in order to aid with the destruction of the nuclear weapons. We’ve been giving Ukraine military aid ever since.

Now, also remember, that Ukraine was recently invaded by Russia. The Russians have taken Ukrainian land. The Russians have killed Ukrainian military and private citizens. In order to fight this, we have sent Ukrainians military aid. It is this aid that Donald Trump was using as a bargaining chip to try to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Does this feel inappropriate to you? It does to me.

By |2019-09-26T02:30:06-04:00September 26th, 2019|Party Politics|0 Comments

9-11, What have we learned?

I’m not going to pretend to be a 9/11 guru. I don’t have total knowledge of the event. What I do remember is that the event changed me. I’m a different person today then I was 18 years ago.

I was on call the night before. I got home and was in bed. My mother-in-law called and said that a plane hit one of the twin towers. My mother-in-law seemed to never sleep. She always had the news on. She was always very concerned about some blonde teenager who was missing in Haiti or the Bahamas. I told my wife, after she hung up the phone, don’t worry about it. Then I figured that I would turn on the TV. For the next several hours, I sat in bed and watched the events unfold.

The first lesson that I learned was that a determined enemy can inflict damage on a much larger foe. The twin towers going down were heart breaking to see. Over 2700 people lost their lives.

The second lesson that I learned as that we were asleep at the wheel. There were plenty of clues  but no one in charge thought that a band of knuckleheads could really attack the United States.  If the job of the US government is to protect the people then they failed.

The third lesson is that we went into the “War on Terror” like a bull in a China shop. Either you are with us or against us. We killed or kidnapped anyone in our way. This created tons of new enemies.

The fourth lesson is that folks in power have agendas. We half invaded Afghanistan then decided Afghanistan doesn’t matter any more. We decided that Iraq was the problem. We packed up and took the show to Iraq. We tried to do the war on a budget. We were told that Iraqi oil would pay for the invasion. We didn’t get Iraqi oil. Folks at companies that we had never heard of before made billions of dollars (Halliburton).

The fifth lesson is that we can be real bad assess when we need to be. We completely folded up Al Qaeda in Asia. We kicked butt and took names.

What lessons did you learn?

By |2019-09-11T18:04:24-04:00September 11th, 2019|Terrorism, War on Terror|Comments Off on 9-11, What have we learned?

Zeke and the Cowboys

Yeah, Zeke Elliott got paid. Now, the Cowboys are ready to go out and do… what exactly? The Dallas Cowboys can be a good team. I don’t think that they will be a great team until Dak, not Zeke, steps up his game. Dak is a good quarterback. He is not great. He can make great throws. Unfortunately he is not that accurate. At times, it seems that he has trouble pulling the trigger. Sometimes, you need to drop back, read the play, hit that back foot and throw the ball. Troy Aikman was great at this move. Dak Prescott is not great at this move. He will pat the ball. He wants to be 90% sure, 95% sure, 100% sure that the receiver is open and that the throwing lane is clear.

Zeke will play well. He will run hard. He will get even better than he is right now. I think that he will become a better receiver.

I have no idea what to expect from Amiri Cooper. Can he consistently beat the #1 cover corner? Can he consistently beat double coverage? I don’t know. Who is going to be our go to slot receiver? Randall Cobb? Whose best days were 5 years ago? Who seems to be hurt, a lot? What about Trevon Austin? Can he be the security blanket that Dak needs?  Can Jason Witten be the guy, again? The answer to all of these questions is I don’t know.

Just for a second, I think that the Cowboys defense can be one of the best in the league this year. If Dallas fans want something to cheer for then this is it. If the offense doesn’t turn the ball over, then the defense will keep us in the game. The secondary is very good. Our linebackers are very good. We should be able to stop the run and rush the passer.

Finally, this may be the last year of the Jason Garrett show. He has been the coach of the Cowboys for awhile. He has been the best average coach in the league. His record is as close to 8-8 as it can be. He almost never loses big. He almost never dominates. Is he awful? I don’t think so. The real question is can he lead the Cowboys deep into the playoffs? Can he take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl? In the end, that’s what it is all about isn’t it? The Super Bowl. If you can never see Garrett leading the Cowboys to the Super Bowl then what is the point of having him?

By |2019-09-05T22:44:08-04:00September 5th, 2019|Domestic Issues, NFL|Comments Off on Zeke and the Cowboys