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May 9, 2010 was going to be a happy day: I had time to write another cover letter for yet another job that was not my forte, not being an author, before I dressed up for a party, to be ready to be picked up by my fiancé…
My tears had no reason to roll down since I did not know any of these people and they were neither the first, nor the last Kurds executed by the Iranian government. But tears don’t look for reasons and I surrendered to hours of non-stop sobs that smudged the words I’d been writing.
Resolving not to ruin my fiancé’s evening, I showered and put on a smile. But a “What’s wrong?” coming from a person that knew me so well…
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Obama’s indecision concerning the ISIS invasion of Iraq will go down in history as one of the most costly humanitarian errors ever launched by a U.S. president. Lost will be lives, dollars, and consciences. When the world’s safety rides on one man’s decision or indecision, something is wrong. Dead wrong. It’s immoral and unjust. Two things that are anti-American. It strips the very core of what America stands for.
Two months ago, in June of 2014, when ISIS, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or also called; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and also called Daesh by locals, a name the terrorists hate, invaded Iraq from Syria, and started massacring innocent people, American leadership should have instantly started mobilizing our intelligence and military forces. Supercarrier strike groups (CSG) with full forces of the 5th and 6th Fleet, should have been in both the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea, respectively–ready to engage. Aircraft from those fleets should have been deployed to stop ISIS immediately. Two months ago! I had stated, in social network media, we should have exterminated the ISIS barbarians when they moved from Mosul. They traveled through the desert south to their next planned attack. They never stopped. We never engaged. That cost lives. Many lives. Women and children became sex slaves and house slaves for a barbaric subhuman culture. America let it happen. The world stood silent. The screams were loud but the ears never heard them. That is, not until one day a journalist who escaped once from the barbarians returned, this time he was not so lucky and James Foley was beheaded. Then, and only then did America wake up. It still has one eye closed. That one eye may never fully open. We’ll see….
“Obama, if you weren’t such a slow thinker, we could have cut these demons down in the middle of the desert a hundred miles from any civilian.” –Cliff Harrison, 17 June 2014
We could have caught the ISIS boy scouts in the middle of the Iraqi desert and used cluster bombs to decorate them like Christmas trees with extra red and sent those demons off to meet their imaginary virgins and imaginary god. Not a single Iraqi citizen would have been lost. Not an innocent one, anyway. Not a single citizen would have perished, but every single one of the invaders would have been slaughtered in a dignified manner befitting for barbarians from the Dark Ages. They could have been, as they need to be, exterminated.
The lack of leadership in this country and around the globe caused that missed opportunity to prevail while tens of thousands of innocent souls, and some not so innocent, continued to lose their lives after a trillion U.S. dollars spent, thousands of U.S. military personnel killed, wounded or left with lifetime battle scars that never leave the mind and a coward Iraqi army left peeing their pants, repenting–or so they thought they were–and taking a few bullets in the head. But no, the Big Shot in the White House stayed the course with indecision, failure to listen to his key advisers and went golfing to pleasure his mind.
People died. People cried. People had every humanitarian and humanity violation waged against them while the powers that be in Washington D.C. either slept like babies or vacationed.
I also said in June that we should have maneuvered the Sixth Fleet into the Mediterranean Sea with the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf to be in the ready to protect Lebanon and Turkey from ISIS spillover from Syria and Iraq. At the same time conflict again arose between Palestine and Israel. The Middle East was going to call America back to war rather or not we wanted to go. Every time we wait, something greater consumes us. That is the case now with the ISIS butchers from hell.
The current class of American politicians is the weakest leaders in our history. They are the doom of us and the world.
When the ISIS crossed from Mosul into the desert, the American leadership could have stopped them dead in their tracks–as stated, not a single Iraqi would have died. The 1st Cavalry Division and Special Forces, Special Operations Forces and the Joint Special Operation Forces could have done their respective jobs and retaken Mosul and secured Iraq and that would have been the end of it. The United States of America could have liberated the oppressed people there once more, burned the black flag with the barbarian stamp and left the worms and vultures with something to eat and terrorists the world over would fear Americans. They’d be on the run hiding, if any survived, rather than terrorizing women and children. They’d crawl back into the hole from hell that they crawled out of… that is if America had leaders. But it doesn’t and they didn’t. Instead, they grew. And they took our weapons that we left behind and they slaughtered more innocent people with them and ruined centuries-old churches in the process destroyed homes and families and ruined young lives.
America could have stood proudly instead of in shame. America does not need to engage in prolonged political wars that politicians seem to admire so. We need to employ surgical operations when the call to duty arises. That is well-planned, well-executed military operations that meet our objectives without early warning to those we intend to strike as is the habit of the current breed of misfit politicians and military leaders. We don’t need to camp out on the world’s doorsteps; we need to go in with the right task force, solve the conflict and get out before they know what hit them. Period!
Crisis like the ISIS escalation is not really America’s problem or responsibility. The responsibility belongs to the United Nations, not the United States. But the U.N. is largely dysfunctional and incapable of coordinating anything significant so the U.S. bears the burden to do the U.N.’s job–as it always has–for the world’s safety. The U.N. needs to be restructured so it can be an effective fighting force the U.S. is, only with a global collation. The power needs to be distributed more balanced and even across all nation members. More human rights and humanitarian laws listed and enforced, the worldwide abolishing of patriarchal societies and Sharia law that suppresses females in Muslim countries. We cannot tolerate such Dark Age, barbarianism against the world’s females that so-called religious extremist and even Islam moderates encourage and condone. We must route out of our civilized society any nation that supports suppressing women on anything less than an equal rights standing in all avenues of life, and those nations that fail to severely punish their citizens for violations of human rights against women.
We are a global economy, we need global laws to govern and global military enforcement. We need world armies, not U.S. armies solving world problems. Militaries made up of world troops going into nations of conflict and solving global problems at hand and then getting out to leave the nation sovereign. But that possibility appears to be a long way off. With our current population of politicians, it seems to be a long way off. In the meantime, we need to stop any sort of terrorism no matter where it is on this planet and stop the gross abuse and violation of the world’s women and children by subspecies of barbarians.
5 Things We Can Do to Win the War Against the ISIS and Any Other Terrorist Organization.
1.) Escalate our military defense system to DEFCON 1 or at least DEFCON 2 without hesitation. Remain at that defense level until all threats are neutralized and our southern borders are sealed.
2.) Order all social media networks globally to refrain from posting, publishing or communicating any terrorist-linked organization, group or individual including but not exclusive to; YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Message Boards, Cell Phones, Wireless and Cable Communications and any other forms of communications from terrorist groups either between themselves or to the world showing their content. We need to stop ISIS and any other terrorist groups and users from communicating their ideology, images, text, chats, victories, and messages. Hold all such services responsible for violation of this order.
3.) Stop all cell phone, radio, and TV sources from transmitting ISIS and terrorist communications.
4.) Identify all suppliers and funding sources of the ISIS and terrorist groups and then place them on notice to stop all such activities and surrender all information on the terrorist groups or face attacks from the United States military, The United Nations members and/or global collations such as NATO. Do not delay the engagement of such attacks on behalf of the world citizens. Immediately shutdown all activities of such nations favoring terrorist activities through funding and supplies, no matter what nation it is. Any and all such funding and suppliers to the ISIS by any such nation shall be considered an enemy of the United States of America and the world and handled accordingly.
5.) Install GPS/satellite technology tracking and vehicle-immobilization systems frequently used in the automobile industry to disable vehicles of consumers delinquent on their car loans on military equipment that may be left behind during withdrawal from war zones. This would allow U.S. military to locate and destroy such vehicles or weapons and/or to disable them remotely.
[Note: This article was drafted prior to the beheading of journalist Foley and Obama’s speech concerning the decision to wage military escalation against the ISIS and later updated.]
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