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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?

A Couple of Things – Spain, Charlottesville, Justin Thomas

I know that I haven’t posted in awhile.

I had the opportunity to visit the Normandy Memorial. Over 9,300 Americans are buried here.  It spoke of sacrifice, honor and courage.

The attack on Barcelona, Spain is so cowardly it makes you want to cry out with anger. To take a car and plow it into a crowd deserves a special level of Dante’s Place.

Justin Thomas played wonderfully to win the PGA Championship. Sometimes we stress winning way too much. Justin has been playing really good golf for more than 18 months. It was only earlier this year that he started winning and winning often.  He was brilliant on the back 9 on Sunday.  Congratulations Justin! (Let me say a few words about Quail Hallow. It sucked. I’m not a fan of ridiculously fast greens.  I’m sorry I don’t that if you breath on a golf ball and it wobbles for 20 feet down a slope that it slow slippery that ants put out a don’t cross sign, that’s crazy. I know purists say, ” all you have to do is stay below the hole.” I blow those idealists a raspberry. I want to see the best in the world roll the rock from anywhere on the green. I think they took at really good golf course and made it worse. )

By |2017-08-20T23:53:20-04:00August 17th, 2017|Sports, Terrorism|Comments Off on A Couple of Things – Spain, Charlottesville, Justin Thomas

News Roundup – John Oliver, Trump, Bowling Green, Yemen

I didn’t watch the Last Week Tonight show after the election. John Oliver was exactly right. This is NOT normal. Trump is not normal. We have no idea what Trump is going to do. This is a leaky White House. I really, really want to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, but I still believe that he does not have the intellectual curiosity to be a good president. Remember, we had a long national discussion about Bush and his lack of being curious. He just accepted information that was given to him. You simply can’t do that.

Great opinion piece by John Marshall at Talking Points Memo. He argues that Trump was never a populist; rather, he is a nationalist. This could be a good thing, but it could also be interpreted negatively. From the perspective of a nationalist, it would seem that the fact that America is an open and inclusive society, embracing abd loving our melting pot, is one of our strengths. Trump, however, has adopted a different type of nationalism.

Paul Krugman has put my fear into words. It seems as if we are picking fights with everyone. Why would we want to pick a fight with Australia? BTW, what does “putting Iran on notice” actually mean? I have a bad feeling that we are going to be at war with someone pretty soon.

There is so much going on that it is easy to miss things like a raid on a compound in Yemen. For me, American casualties are never a good thing. We need to think long and hard about everything we are doing any time any American soldier dies. Was the raid worth it? So far, I don’t have any idea. I understand the problems with counterterrorism. The purpose of this raid was to stop what exactly? As the American soldiers approached the target they knew that they had lost the element of surprise. So why press on? Was this that important? I don’t know. We lost a $75 million MV-22 Osprey (an aircraft that got a terrible reputation 20 years ago as it was being developed).

Have you heard anything about the Bowling Green Muslim Massacre? Nope, neither had I.

So, it is Black History month. The White House usually does something to honor Black Americans. Trump was Trump. He started on the topic of Black History, covering the basics – Martin Luther King, Fredrick Douglass, and Harriett Tubman. He then veered off the subject into nothingness. It isn’t that I think that our president needs to be an expert on Black History, but he should at least pretend that it is important to America. That’s all that I ask…maybe that’s too much.

What stories are you following?

By |2017-03-04T01:17:57-04:00February 4th, 2017|Civil Rights, Elections, Iran, Party Politics, Terrorism, Trump administration|Comments Off on News Roundup – John Oliver, Trump, Bowling Green, Yemen