Iraqi Muslims do not deserve the blood of American patriots

Some time during 2003, I performed a medivac out of Baghdad  as a C-141C Flight Engineer.  Over 18 months, I would perform dozens.  At the beginning of the war, all air traffic from Ramstein Air Base would  be routed down the Arabian peninsula and then  make a turn at Jeda for Kuwait international VOR.  Then we would turn north again and fly to Baghdad international. Depending on winds, it was 9 hours down and 7 hours back. Air evac  and preflight duties could be as long as 3 hours  before leaving Ramstein. Once on the ground in Baghdad, it could take 4 hours to load wounded, especially while under rocket and mortar attach. So, a normal air crew duty day was about 23 hours. When we took off from Iraq, the entire fuselage was always full of wounded. Our greatest anxiety as aircrew  and med-crew members, was losing a patient on one of our missions. Our second greatest fear was being hit by anti aircraft rockets on approach and departure.

Our Medivac technicians were the most dedicated and selfless  human beings I was ever associated with.

During Desert Storm, Iraqi soldiers gave up in brigade strength. During the second Invasion of Iraq or “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” The Iraqi soldiers again  abandoned their posts and surrendered in brigade strength. When ISIS came in with only 3,000 militants, Shiite soldiers ran from their posts and left copious American military hardware. Just a few days ago, Shiite troops ran from Ramadi and left more American military hardware. Military hardware that can now be used to kill American soldiers. We spent utter billions in Iraq. The banks were filled with American money. The Iraqi bases  that ISIS over ran, filled with American military equipment. Equipment that could outfit an entire army. The cost will eventually cost the American tax payer over $6 trillion. The VA budget grew from $50 billion in 1999 to $178 billion a year today. There is a VA claim  back log of one million.  There is no end in sight. Now, Rick Perry wants to add another trillion to the bill and ship it to our children. In 2012, he said “don’t spend all the money!”  Now he has changed his mind.

Rick Perry’s position of boots on the ground in Iraq seems to be totally misguided.. The Iraq soldier has proven time and time again that they will run from a fight. Why then should we commit the blood of our children to their civil war. Why should we send our sons and daughters to Iraq a third time and spend their blood for the freedom of peoples that will not stand and fight for their own families?

Did our gallant marines go door to door in Fallujah and spill blood just so Iraqi soldiers could give back all the gains made at the drop of a hat. Is that not an insult? Fool me a third time well damn……

As an airman, we are considered boyscouts with Baretta 9mm.  We are not the heroic tough guys.  We are highly trained , dedicated and operate million dollar machines. Instead of boots on the ground, we have 150,000 pounds of fuel sitting behind us. One simple mistake and we become BBQ.

When I was performing Air evacs, I garnered more respect for the boys and girls that served in uniform and less for the idiots that run the country. I grew up on a Navy base that had a contingent of every service. I went to school with the kids or Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines.  My father served in Vietnam and Agent Orange shortened his life by 20 years. We always support the troops if not the mission.  I learned that at Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot  when I was 12 years old during Vietnam.

The Muslims in Iraq have proven that they do not deserve the blood of American patriots. Why on earth would we send more men and women to die in Iraq when Iraqis refuse to fight for their own freedoms. Where does it say that Americans are responsible for the domestic  and religious relations of a Muslim country? How are you able to construct an argument that supports more intervention in Iraq? Why are we supposed to intervene in a Sunni Shiite war? Whose side are we on?  Logic dictates that we simply seal off Iraq from weapon logistics and let the population kill each other off.  It wont be long until they will want to quit fighting and come to terms.  It is not in our national interest to take sides in 7th century Muslim idiocy. We would always be the bad guy. As it is, Muslims are now taking us as fools from Benghazi to Syria and Iraq.

Iraq was an oil war. The idea that we fought for Iraqi freedom was smoke and mirrors.

Sorry if I am not a tough guy… Sorry that I preferred saving lives than taking them. Sorry if I feel that diplomacy is more important than the application of blood and guns.  Sorry If I feel that Muslims 10,000 miles away do not deserve the final measure of our gallant troops.   In the Strategic Air Command, our motto was  “Peace is our Profession!” Our so-called conservative leaders have changed that motto to “Perpetual war is our profession!” The US is now using the American troop in nation building and regime change. Our entire foreign policy has been bastardized so special interest can make money. It happens in every war. But now, Republicans have turned it into strictly a money making proposition for their political benefactors. It is quite embarrassing to see politicians jumping through hoops for special interest like a monkey on the streets of Bangkok.

Imagine if we had spent the money we spent in Iraq here in America, on planes, infrastructure, medical equipment, and education. Where would we be?

Perpetual war is not a conservative position. It is a neocon construct that has been fed to the public. The money we spent in Iraq could have paid for a new Air Force aviation fleet  in it’s entirety hundreds of times over. The opportunity cost 15 times that. If the stimulus did not work, then show me the Iraqi freedom return on investment? Show me the return on investment in Iraq that our patriots paid for with their final measure?

My lineage served at Valley Forge with Washington’s last 2500. They endured terrible hardships and gave themselves selflessly for the cause of freedom. The troops that threw themselves at the stone wall at Fredericksburg to end slavery ,deserved our support.  The Seaman who fought at Midway  against Japanese tyranny, deserve our respect. The airman flying B-17s  and dropping bombs on NAZIs over Europe deserve  our gratitude. The Marines that stormed the streets of Fallujah in the name of Iraqi freedom, our  greatest reverence. As far as the Iraqi soldier, they don’t deserve another tiny drop of blood from any American patriot.

John Kerry, the Winter soldier, should be saying: ” who wants to be the last soldier to give his or her life for Muslim extremists in a civil war in the deserts of  Iraq!”

 

 

 

NeoCons fixating on ISIS and avoiding America’s domestic issues.

Of all the candidates in the field for 2016, Rick Perry has the most well rounded resume. He can go toe to toe with  any other candidate on economy, border security, deregulation, energy growth, State’s rights and a plethora of other issues.

Rick Perry owns the border issue in 2016 like Duncan Hunter owned it in 2008. George Bush turned a blind eye to the border fence until he was forced to act on it. In 2012 Rick Perry set up up a balance between border security and the dream act.  This is a winning hand. 

Most of my friends are between 30 and 40 years old. Most if not all have had enough of the Bush era of torture, perpetual war and NSA surveillance. Rick Perry has to strike a balance between isolating ISIS and application of military power. He does not have to talk about this right now. Let Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker burn that bridge.

My administration  and my group of foreign relations specialist will address the foreign policy  issues of the day with a new perspective and a focus on protecting Americans. .  

One week, Rick Perry is talking about decriminalizing marijuana which is supported by 90% of people under 40 and 53% of the state of Washington.  In Colorado, relaxed marijuana laws have led to a housing and economic boom for the short term.

The next week, Rick Perry is talking about how to secure the border and reducing prison populations.

All these things will resonate with individuals below 40 years old.

Then Rick Perry goes off and starts elaborating on water boarding, rectal feeding and another trillion war in Iraq? WTF? These positions immediately turn the below 40 something crowd off. In addition, it is clear that folks in New Hampshire and Iowa are rejecting the Bush era.

Rick Perry must stay on message. A message of economic growth, deregulation, energy independence, and retooling a 60 year old federal aviation and DOD air fleet. The arsenal of democracy is getting old and shop warn. Our soldiers have been deployed up to a dozen times in 10 years. Our VA budget has exploded from $40 billion in 1999 to over $178 billion in 2016. There is a million backlog of VA claims and the Iraq war will end up costing $6 to $10 trillion over the next 50 years.

Americans want a vison of renewal and a vision of recapturing the american spirit here at home. We do not want to talk about torture that violates the Geneva convention. We do not want to talk about rectal feeding, a third war in Iraq, or the NSA harvesting all of our electronic behavior.

So Rick, buddy, for the good of your campaign stay on your strong suit and forget the terror rhetoric until you are forced to talk about it during the debates. I mean, nobody wants to hear a piano playing while someone gets  a tube stuck up their ass.  I will give you one more chance….

Rick Perry has the opportunity to situate himself to the right of Rand Paul on libertarian issues and social issues. The strong suit is the economy stupid, border security, an energy renaissance, resting our troops, retooling our nations aviation fleet, decriminalization of weed, reducing prison populations for non violent offenders, addressing 3 strike laws, and managing the Sunni Shiite civil war in a responsible manner.

Rick Perry does not have to compete with the Neocon ass kissers at this point….  And dam sure does not have to talk about anything that violates the Geneva convention. Get a grip for the love of Pete. I dont think your college student  foreign relations adviser is giving you value adding information.  Make some adjustments.

Lastly, you need to come up with a health care plan that either refines or replaces the affordable care act at the federal level. There is a vast voter pool of people that currently like free healthcare and will vote for Hillary to maintain that free bee.  As it is, those that make a livable wage get jacked, and those that pay zero taxes get free health care. Somewhere in the middle is a solution…. A kinder gentler approach is in order.

Either way, I am heading to Laconia bike week in New Hampshire. You can make some adjustments and I will carry your banner or you can continue the course that competes with Lindsey Graham style idiots and I will jump on Rand Paul’s campaign. Then again, nobody cares about me. That is until I spend $500 on FB campaigns in New Hampshire like i did against Jeb Bush that started all the ruckuss on Iraq. It is called thought leadership.

Rick Perry needs a campaign manager that filters his gibberish

Of all the candidates in the field for 2016, Rick Perry has the most well rounded resume. He can go toe to toe with  any other candidate on economy, border security, deregulation, energy growth, State’s rights and a plethora of other issues.

Rick Perry owns the border issue in 2016 like Duncan Hunter owned it in 2008. George Bush turned a blind eye to the border fence until he was forced to act on it. In 2012 Rick Perry set up up a balance between border security and the dream act.  This is a winning hand. 

Most of my friends are between 30 and 40 years old. Most if not all have had enough of the Bush era of torture, perpetual war and NSA surveillance. Rick Perry has to strike a balance between isolating ISIS and application of military power. He does not have to talk about this right now. Let Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker burn that bridge.

My administration  and my group of foreign relations specialist will address the foreign policy  issues of the day with a new perspective and a focus on protecting Americans. .  

One week, Rick Perry is talking about decriminalizing marijuana which is supported by 90% of people under 40 and 53% of the state of Washington.  In Colorado, relaxed marijuana laws have led to a housing and economic boom for the short term.

The next week, Rick Perry is talking about how to secure the border and reducing prison populations.

All these things will resonate with individuals below 40 years old.

Then Rick Perry goes off and starts elaborating on water boarding, rectal feeding and another trillion war in Iraq? WTF? These positions immediately turn the below 40 something crowd off. In addition, it is clear that folks in New Hampshire and Iowa are rejecting the Bush era.

Rick Perry must stay on message. A message of economic growth, deregulation, energy independence, and retooling a 60 year old federal aviation and DOD air fleet. The arsenal of democracy is getting old and shop warn. Our soldiers have been deployed up to a dozen times in 10 years. Our VA budget has exploded from $40 billion in 1999 to over $178 billion in 2016. There is a million backlog of VA claims and the Iraq war will end up costing $6 to $10 trillion over the next 50 years.

Americans want a vison of renewal and a vision of recapturing the american spirit here at home. We do not want to talk about torture that violates the Geneva convention. We do not want to talk about rectal feeding, a third war in Iraq, or the NSA harvesting all of our electronic behavior.

So Rick, buddy, for the good of your campaign stay on your strong suit and forget the terror rhetoric until you are forced to talk about it during the debates. I mean, nobody wants to hear a piano playing while someone gets  a tube stuck up their ass.  I will give you one more chance….

Rick Perry has the opportunity to situate himself to the right of Rand Paul on libertarian issues and social issues. The strong suit is the economy stupid, border security, an energy renaissance, resting our troops, retooling our nations aviation fleet, decriminalization of weed, reducing prison populations for non violent offenders, addressing 3 strike laws, and managing the Sunni Shiite civil war in a responsible manner.

Rick Perry does not have to compete with the Neocon ass kissers at this point….  And dam sure does not have to talk about anything that violates the Geneva convention. Get a grip for the love of Pete. I dont think your college student  foreign relations adviser is giving you value adding information.  Make some adjustments.

Lastly, you need to come up with a health care plan that either refines or replaces the affordable care act at the federal level. There is a vast voter pool of people that currently like free healthcare and will vote for Hillary to maintain that free bee.  As it is, those that make a livable wage get jacked, and those that pay zero taxes get free health care. Somewhere in the middle is a solution…. A kinder gentler approach is in order.

Either way, I am heading to Laconia bike week in New Hampshire. You can make some adjustments and I will carry your banner or you can continue the course that competes with Lindsey Graham style idiots and I will jump on Rand Paul’s campaign. Then again, nobody cares about me. That is until I spend $500 on FB campaigns in New Hampshire like i did against Jeb Bush that started all the ruckuss on Iraq. It is called thought leadership.

 

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While Rand Paul was Filibustering the so-called Patriot Act, Rick Perry was expanding on rectal feeding, water boarding and bulk surveillance in Iowa?

I pulled for Rick Perry in 2012. I tried supporting him in 2016. It is clear that Rick Perry is campaigning as an alternative to jeb Bush. He is basically a hybrid of Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Lindsey Graham. he basically supports the same stale positions that George Bush maintained. Rick Perry does not believe in the 4th Amendment or our right to privacy. He does not believes that soldiers have rights under the Geneva convention. He believes that American soldiers must invade Iraq a third time.

Rick Perry is basically regurgitating the same republican scare tactics that has plagued the republican party since 1991 and Desert Storm. Except for border security, Rick Perry is a Bush/Cheney wannabe.

So, while Rand Paul was filibustering the so-called Patriot Act, Rick Perry was in Iowa expanding on water boarding, rectal feeding ,and bulk surveillance of the American people. Screw that..

Americans want a renewed vision for America void of scare tactics and a president that fixates on torture and reliving the Bush era.  It is time to “Stand with Rand!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Gates needs to take a look at Rick Perry

As a world wide aviator  on the C-141 in the Air Force Reserves, I was at the tip of the sword. With regularity, if we heard it on CNN, chances are we would be tasked to do a mission in support of it. I was at Mildenhal AFB , England doing missions to Kuwait when George Bush started dropping bombs on Iraq in 2003. The next morning, I was activated. Just like Desert Storm, there was Wolf Blitzer in front of the big screen with bombs bursting in air over Baghdad.

I think the most irritating moment of the entire war was when Donald Rumsfeld blurted out “Shock and Awe!” In fact it was embarrassing. I am certain the Vietnamese thought of “Shock and Awe” when the B-52s dropped bombs on the Ho chi min trail. Their response was miles and miles of tunnels on two bowls of rice a day and the TET offensive.  Donald Rumsfeld was the newest version of a neocon ass kissing bureaucrat that had gone off his rocker.  He talked of war as if it was a TV show.  His use of hand gestures literally mad e me sick. Of course we also had Dick Cheney wanting more and more stock value return. Meanwhile, every other word we heard from George junior was kill this kill that. Then it all became “Shock and awe shit” when the economy crashed. We spend a trillion in Iraq, leave and a couple years later 3000 ISIS militants stroll in and take it all back.  Oh yaaa, Hillary Clinton was really good at her job….

When Robert Gates showed up, it was a breath of fresh air. Then we had  the incontinent old guard democratic operative Leon Panetta…I dont feel like writing tonight. Gates needs to look at Rick Perry etc.

 

 

Rick Perry not speaking ill of other Republicans

Reagan stated that “Republicans should not speak ill of other Republicans or something to that affect!”

Carlton Heston stated   “Political correctness is tyranny with manners!”

Mark Twain stated    “It could possibly be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress!”

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence to never practice either of them.

Sane and intelligent beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption

Many politicians understand that in order for one to get an endorsement from another candidate that rings the bell, one must be congenial, nice and supportive.

I make no apologies for stating my positions.  Some of us have to do the good dirty work so our patriots are not squandered for special interest.

 

George Stephanopolous has no shame when it comes to political partisan hackery for Hillary

When I attended Louisiana Technical University after getting out of the Air Force the first time, I majored in poverty and minored in beer drinking and chasing Southern belles.

As a person that has never lived vicariously, I ran for Congress in Oregon in 2008 and 2010. In 2008 it was as a virgin writein candidate. In 2010, I actually signed up for the ballot, but my wife would not let me do the $1500 voter pamphlet. Even after endorsing a Mormon, I received a staggering 1.5% of the vote. When I ran in Washington state, I improved that position to .9%.

The reason why I ran in Oregon and fired up everybody else was because David Wu was the 1st district congressman. During his college years, David Wu attempted rape on a college girl.  The college report even documented that David Wu put a pillow over her face to muffle the screams. All men with integrity understand that one never forces one’s self on a woman or forces intimacy. Any person who does this is an insensitive  sexual predatory scum bag. But even after all these revelations and attacks from the Oregonian and bloggers, David Wu was re-elected over a Mormon who ran a a so-called sports marketing academy out of his home. The sports marketing academy turned out to be a cold calling ticket selling sweat shop. In fact, students paid a tuition fee and then were required to work two weeks for free selling tickets for sports events.

After David Wu was re-elected, the media caught wind of “Tigger gate”. It seems David Wu was acting weird and had a picture taken of himself in a Tigger outfit.  It turned out that this was just smoke and mirrors. George Stephanopolous  actually had David Wu on TV to interview him about his bizzare behavior. What it really turned out to be was a free press national TV fundraiser for David Wu. The TV interview allowed Wu to raise copious dollars before the real story came out. The real story was that David Wu had attempted to have sex with the 18 year old daughter of a close friend and political donor. Knowingly or unknowingly, George Stephanopolous, the Democratic operative for the Clinton’s, basically helped out an alleged sexual predator congressman with a national free TV press event fundraiser. David Wu would resign, but not until he did one last fundraiser to squeeze every last ounce out of his supporters.  How unethical can one get.

It is clear that George Stephanopolous is a hardcore Democratic party operative and should simply remove himself from the 2016 election process. I mean if George Stephanopolous will help David Wu, he will do anything for the Clintons

Anita Perry: The sweetest heart in Texas

I my younger days, I crossed or visited Texas a million times.  My parents lived in Longmont, Colorado. I was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport Louisiana from 1980 to 1982.. I also attended Louisiana Technical University from 1982 to 1984. Over the four years that I lived in Northern Louisiana, I became  very familiar with Texas.

While serving at Barksdale AFB, many weekends were spent in Dallas, Texas. I would hop on my 1975 Triumph Trident with a change of clothes and a sleeping bag and head for Dallas. After partying in down town Dallas, Bachman lake or on Walnut hill, I would head to Lake Grapevine and simply sleep on the shores of the lake. Then there were the trips to Houston when Gilleys was popular. But then again, back then, as a poverty stricken airman, I did not have the money for even the cover charge at Gilleys. In those days, a Gilley’s cover charge would buy a pair of Levi 501s or two tanks of gas.  Anyways, I would rather spend the money on  fresh Texas  farm raised shrimp on the way to the sparkling waters of the  gulf of Mexico and the gorgeous sandy beaches of Galveston. In those days, one could roll up on to the beach in a VW bug and camp for the night. There is nothing like  moonlight illuminating and sparkling the waters off the beaches of Galveston in October.

My Air Force basic training was at Lackland AFB and my aircraft maintenance training was at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls. Because my parents lived in  Colorado, I became very familiar with Interstate 20 and US 287.  I would drive I-25 to the beauty of Colorado’s Raton pass. The jaunt across New Mexico would be wonderful with the land dotted with little mountains, and dark storm clouds raining off in the distance.  US 287 in Texas would begin in Stratford and then become miles and miles of Texas prairie.. It would progress to Dumas, Amarillo, Wichita falls and Decatur etc. I never did figure out how to say Quanah. My sister was born at Amarillo Air Force Base.

When I was a C-141B/C Flight Engineer, we did many a trip to  San Antonio and hung out at the river walk. I can remember the beautiful Texas women, the beer, and the huge frog legs I ate at a restaurant in the gorgeous cool and refreshing confines of the San Antonio river walk gorge.

The most memorable trip across Texas was when I drove a 1968 VW bus from Shreveport to San Diego. It was August and 100 degrees. During the day time, the air cooled engine would vapor lock every few miles. So, I would either have to set there for awhile or douse the fuel pump and engine with a gallon jug of water. This was repeated utter dozens of times. So for 900 miles  from Shreveport to El Paso, and two full days of driving a beat up VW bus, I sang “Deep in the heart of Texas!”    Those were the only words I knew. In Midland, I picked up another GI hitch hiker, and for another 400 miles we both sang  “Deep in the heart of Texas!” Then we found that if we sang “Deep in the Heart of Texas” when the VW bus started to vapor lock, it would magically keep running. I think the VW bus or “Gus the bus,” just wanted us to sing to it.

In fact the trip acorss Texas in a vapor locking VW bus was a bit like Jeb Bush and his vapor locking presidential campaign. Sadly or maybe not so sadly,   a jug of water, and a song wont fix  George Bush’s legacy.

Oh and then there is Texas Barbecue. When I separated from the Air Force August 6th 1982, I headed to Dallas and attended the Ozzy Osborn concert at the Cotton Bowl.

Brodheads served in Congress with  and were personal friends of Sam Houston. We also fought in Mexico along side Texans.  One of these days I will make it to Southwest Texas. This time in a Sprinter van that wont vapor lock.

I think the “biggest heart in Texas,”  belongs to Rick Perry in the name of  Anita Thigpen Perry. As always, behind every successful man is a good woman. In Anita’s case she is a damn good woman and an educated and giving professional in her own right. It behooves everyone to actually read her bio. The registered nurse with a master’s degree did copious good things.   I am following her on Facebook and twitter and you should too.  

 

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