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Thursday, July 06, 2006

A LETTER FROM A VETERAN




Recieved this letter from a veteran and thought that it was right on the mark and I need to share it with you!

This is the contents of that letter:

Frankly, this is more eyewash and cosmetic as the leadership of various right-wing conservative leaning VSOs, and you folks know who they are as they begin following the lead of the VFW and start blatantly doing TV commercials endorsing ONLY Republican candidates for Congress.

Then when any other ethical VSO finally has the COURAGE to cry FOUL, they can put to this (for those who were in the NAVY) Destroyer Smoke Screen and say, LOOK we are all non-partisan organizations SEE, we put together this here Veterans Committee to ensure Veterans needs are taken care of during the War on Terror.

If the leaders of the VSOs were REALLY serious about ensuring Veterans needs were taken care of:

1). They would stop using the term War on Terror, because it just fuels the War effort, and creates more Disable Veterans out government is not going to take care of.

2). Raise holy hell that any VSO is allowing any members to endorse any candidate I don't give a rat's ass if they are in the Communist, Libertarian or Constitutionalist party, wearing their official VSO cap boldly saying VFW State Commander 1993/94 is a friggin official VSO endorsement.

If that is condoned, then I'm going to encourage VVA members in Ohio to start wearing VVA related gear and volunteer to do TV commercials for Democrat and Libertarian commercials. Given they will not get on the air, because the Republicans own the airwaves in OHIO, but you get my drift. SPEAK OUT BECAUSE IT IS WRONG!!!!!

3). If VSO leaders really cared about Veterans needs they would stop endorsing political candidates in TV commercials and start doing TV commercials promoting mandatory funding of the VA system INSTEAD of giving lip service. If half, just half the money, manpower, and effort place in the Flag Amendment that at least got it through the House Floor and onto the Senate Floor for a vote was placed by the leaders of our VSOs on mandatory funding of the VA (as opposed to lip service) America's Veterans might have a Veteran's budget that looks something like mandatory instead of now having to compete with Military Retirees with very scarce resources. Being a military retiree and official to boot, let me be frank. Us military retirees are going to have to have an advantage over YOU as long as YOUR War on Terror keeps a going (so really makes no difference to me) you are cutting your own throats. Everytime you are being hypocritical (me and mine are in a win-win situation except my military family already lost our soldier we have nothing more to lose so screw America).

Fellows, more and more of us younger Veterans are getting your numbers and we are seriously going to hit you where it hurts---MEMBERSHIP!

Do you seriously think Iraq and Afghanastan Veterans are going to join the Bar and Bingo Veterans organizations in large numbers whenever they can escape Donald Rumsfeld's machine, and yes that day will come as it did for those of you who ONCE had the courage to launch the Vietnam Veteran's Movement, then got old.

Yes gentlemen, more and more of us younger Veterans are getting your numbers and are seriously going to hit you where it hurts---MEMBERSHIP!

That frankly, is easier to do with the American Legion and VFW. They cannot live without the Bar and Bingo scene. Iraq and Afghanastan Veterans of America and Iraq Veterans Against the War. combined with Veterans for America shine a light on how "un-family oriented" the Bar and Bingo scene is with 90% of the users being non-Veterans, and WE have the statistics to prove it from in house Legion and VFW data and testimony---We the new generation of Veterans can play hell eith their liquor licenses in every state shutting down lord knows how many VFW and Legion Halss before we are finished.

Hope VVA does not do liquor licenses my friends. We should be focusing on Veterans benefits NOT getting them DRUNK as Skunks no matter what the noble cause pays for or benefit it serves the Veteran community.

BUSH FACES WORLD OF CRISES

Beyong Iraq, Bush confronts a bleak foreign policy landscape

From deteriorating security in Afghanastan and Somalia to mayhem in the Middle East, confrontation with Iran and eroding relations with Russia, the White House suddenly sees crisis in every direction.

North Korea's long-range missile test Tuesday, although unsucessful, was another reminder of the bleak foreign policy landscape that faces President Bush even outside of Iraq. Few foreign policy experts foresee the reclusive stalinist state giving up the nuclear weapons it appears to have acquired, making it a long list of world problems that threaten to cloud the closing years of the Bush administration, according to foreign policy experts in both parties.

"I am hard pressed to think of any other moment in modern times where there have been so many challenges facing this country simultaneously," said Richard N. Haass, a former senior Bush administration official who heads the Council of Foreign Relations. "The danger is that Mr. Bush will hand over the White House to a successor that will face a messier world, with far fewer resources left to cope with it."

White House officials emphatically reject such pessimism, and yesterday leading figures in both parties saw some diplomatic opportunity for the United States out of the missile failure. But the events on the Korean Peninsula underscored how the administration has lost the inititative it once possessed on foreign policy in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, leaving at risk the central Bush aspiration of democracy-building around the world.

They also showed how the huge commitment of resources and time on Iraq---and the attendant falloff in international support for the United States---has limited the administration's flexibility in handling new world crises. "This is a distracted government that has to take care of too many things at the same time and has been consumed by the war in Iraq," said Moises Nalm, editor of Foreign Policy magazine.


'A LOT OF ISSUES'

National Security adviser Stephen J. Hadley said in an interview yesterday, that such criticism is misplaced, adding that victory in Iraq is crucial to success in fighting terrorists and in creating a new democracy that could serve as a beacon to other Middle Eastern countries. "Is it a major investment? Yes," he said. "The stakes are high [in Iraq], but we think the rewards are commensurate to the effort, and the consequences of lack of success are sobering."

Hadley agreed that there are "a lot of issues in motion right now" on the international front. "In some sense, it was destined to be, because we have a president who wants to take on the big issues and see if he could solve them on his watch."

***But he can't do it alone and the rest of the world is no longer behind us!

Even in the context of a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world, the array of tough, seemingly intractable foreign problems is spreading. Renewed violence was expanded to major cities throughout Afghanastan, as Afghan rebels adopt tactics of Iraqi insurgents and as President Hamid Karzai's popularity has plummeted. Iran is balking at demands to come clean or compromise on its nuclear program, despite new U.S. and European incentives. Palestinians launched longer-range missiles into Israel, while Israel has authorized its army to invade part of northern Gaza.

Meanwhile, an Islamist militia in Somalia seized control of the capital, Mogadishu. Mexico's future is uncertain after a close and disputed election. And yesterday, the price of oil hit a new high of $75.19 a barrel.

Concern about such developements is cutting across the normal fault lines in American politics, with critiques being expressed by conservative realists such as Haass and liberal internationalists such as former secretary of state Madeline K. Albright. Albright said yesterday that the United States now faces the "perfect storm" on foreign policy. "The United States is not as unilateral as it is uni-dimensional," she said in an interview. "We have not been paying attention to a lot of these issues......Afghanastan is out of control because not enough attention was paid to it."

Even neoconservative hawks who have been generally supportive of the administration on Iraq and other issues said they are worried about the direction of American foreign policy, and hope for a muscular response from the Bush administration toward the latest North Korean provocation.

"North Korea is firing missiles. Iran is going nuclear. Somalia is controlled by radical Islamists. Iraq isn't getting better, and Afghanastan is getting worse," said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and a leading conservative commentator. "I give the president a lot a credit for hanging tough in Iraq. But I am worried that it has made them too passive in confronting the other threats."


DIPLOMACY ON NORTH KOREA

Senior administration officials said the United States is in a much stronger diplomatic position than it has been in the past dealing with adversaries such as North Korea and Iran. On both fronts, the administration has engaged in much more aggressive multilateral diplomacy than it did in Bush's first term, and that effort could still bear fruit, they said.

***They haven't proven that to the people, so they can say whatever they want to say and nobody is going to believe them. They have a tendency to lie to the people and we do remember that!

Hadley predicted the results of aggressive diplomacy would be seen in the next few days with a strong condemnation of North Korea at the United Nations. "We saw this coming. We worked the diplomacy," he said. "North Korea went ahead, and in doing so didn't defy [only] us but defied the entire national community."

*****The only thing that the United Nations agreed to was that North Korea was wrong in doing this. Don't let them build up a big story around that!

Some outside experts agreed that Tuesday's seven missile launches could help the administration make the case to China to work harder to rein in Pyongyang. "This has to have gotten China's attention, said the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. "What some my see as a series of setbacks, I see as a series of opportunities," she said.

Both Democrats and Republicans insisted that the United States can deal with multiple crises, but some questioned how effectively.

"Every situation makes it more difficult with another," said Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser in the Carter administration. "It's like a juggler. You have to keep all the balls going. Any one of them that is out of trajectory threatens all of the others."


Article By: MSNBC
By Michael Abramowitz and Robin Wright
The Washington Post Company
July 6, 2006

REPUBLICAN LIST OF FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY.....

Bush, Rove and Republicans insist they are the Party of "Foreign Policy" and "National Security" expertise. Here is the long list of their "successes:"

1). Iran refuses to stop their uranium enrichment program

2). North Korea fires off a series of missiles

3). Islamic Jihadists take control of Somalia, institute Sharia Law, and for good measure shoot innocent people for doing nothing more than watching a soccer match on television

4). In Afghanastan the Taliban---the people that harbored bin-Laden during the lead-up to 9/11---reemerges stronger than ever

5). The CIA shuts-down its bin-Laden taskforce even though he too, according to terrorism experts who highlight his increased video releases as proof, appears to be reemerging stronger than ever

6). Israel and Palestine are pushing the entire Middle East toward the edge of coming completely unglued

7). Saddam captured, Zarqawi dead, third and fourth government installed and Iraq continues its unabated march toward total chaos and civil-war

HMMMMMMM......LOOKS LIKE THE EXPERTS ARE MORE LIKE COMPLETE FAILURES. WONDER IF THE DEMOCRATS MIGHT FIGURE IT OUT ANY TIME SOON?


*****All of this was going on but J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Frist(R-TN) decided to allow flag burning to come to the floors of the House and the Senate. The only thing they are worried about is getting their seats back during this election season. They don't deserve them back if they don't bring these types of issues to the floor of the House and Senate. Noooooo! Their priorities are to protect the president and not let his problems be known to the public. If this keeps up, we're not going to have to worry about burning our "flag." There isn't going to be one because the U.S. is no longer going to exist! The United States is going to become a battlefield for the rest of the world to come and attack us!


Commentary By: A. Alexander
The Progressive Daily Beacon
July 5, 2006