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RAPID RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, August 29 through 31, 2005

Katrina.  What can one say at this juncture?  A fair amount, if you think about it.  Because, beginning with the Great Flood, life was restored starting with a rainbow.  Looking for that rainbow, we can build a better future only by analyzing the past.

THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR HALF-MEASURES, NO TIME FOR WET-FINGER POLITICOS WHO HAVE TO BE WET-NURSED BY THEIR CONSTITUENTS FOR ANY DECISIONS MORE WEIGHTY THAN PROVIDING PORK.  THAT'S NOT WHAT WE ELECTED YOU FOR.  AND THAT INCLUDES YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, August 27 and 28, 2005

With one prominent exception, the offering on  Iraq, all of today's rapid responses will be in staccato fashion, with all sources to be found in today's NYTimes and / or The Day.  Work with me now....

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, August 25 and 26, 2005

Now, prompted by some very good reports in the press, some BIG IDEAS.

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, August 22 through 24, 2005

Lots of interesting issues this week.  Here are some quick comments:

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SUNDAY, August 21, 2005

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SATURDAY, August 20, 2005

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FRIDAY, August 19, 2005

"Say it isn't so".  Are we entering a 15 month period of lame-duck government while our fearless leaders posture for the Congressional elections of 2006?  There's too much to do for that kind of business-as-usual cop-out.

If our federal legislators give themselves a highly paid de-facto vacation until the 2006 elections, we should throw the bums out...all of them.

GS

MONDAY through THURSDAY, August 15 through 18, 2005

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SUNDAY, August 14, 2005

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MONDAY through SATURDAY, August 8 through 13, 2005

Sorry about the interruption; family time.  But not too much has gotten by me.

GS

SUNDAY, August 7, 2005

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SATURDAY, August 6, 2005

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FRIDAY, August 5, 2005

Today, we'll stay local...Connecticut and particularly New London.

New London is one of the true garden spots of the world, this from a couple who have seen a good bit of the world and who have lived here, by choice, for over 42 years.  Also, given its wealth of natural resources, you can't kill it with a stick...notwithstanding all the efforts - mainly made by locals - to do so year after year.  Another analogy: New London has all the problems of New York City, but in soluble form.  But what are we to make of the current infestation of problems over and above the usual ones: half of our land mass tax exempt; the social service capital of Eastern Connecticut, thanks to the dumping syndrome practised for decades by our neighboring communities; a political structure born and bred of Democratic incest, with the predictable decline in political IQ.  Now the new problems: we can't make a local decision about "education funds"; we can't divide our tax structure between private and commercial; we are becoming overwhelmed with new school construction in a system that has a constantly declining student base and that has not been a good steward of the substantial monies it has received to date, thanks to the local and national teachers' unions and to "education policies" that often don't pass the laugh test; and most recently, the four year fight over an entirely legal application of a Constitutional right...with an ultimate win being consumed by ignorant hysteria: right cause...wrong case.  And we can't even get a break from the local newspaper, which should be an educator and a leader - but which continues to pander to the hysteria.  See an otherwise fairly good article by Kate Moran which begins with "NLDC Acts To Correct 'Disservice'", where the quoted "disservice" comes from the statement by NLDC CEO David Goebel: "We feel there's been a tremendous disservice done in the way the publicity has been handled."  And then the piece ends with a gratuitous, incomplete and misleading statement about "problems that have plagued the redevelopment effort and prevented the promised benefits from materializing...." (The Day Thursday, August 4, 2005, pA1).  When will New London get a break?  When a large suffering but silent majority starts speaking up...and starts running for office.  Not until then.
GS

THURSDAY, August 4, 2005

Perhaps, following the lead of President Kennedy,  I should have declared the following motto long ago...but it is still apt:
"ASK NOT WHY I HAVE ALL THESE OPINIONS.  RATHER ASK WHY YOU DO NOT."

And now, the news...

Iraq. Things are going from bad to worse on the military - security front, regardless of what progress may be being made on the political front.  7 - 14 - 4. These are the number of American soldiers who have been killed in recent days.  As noted many times in this section during the last two years, the Rumsfeld doctrine of "Less is More"  has been shown to be an abject failure, with no other proper response than to have his resignation and to reverse course.  The stakes are extremely high for possible peace in that region and in the world over the next half-century.  As quoted by Thomas Friedman in his most recent article, Jordan's deputy prime minister has said: "But now all the existential threats to the different states are gone. Now the focus has shifted from national liberation to personal liberation, but in all spheres:more equality, less corruption, better incomes, better schools.  Governments are talking differently, but up to now people are still skeptical.  They have heard so moch talk.  The first country or party that really shows results will have a big effect on the whole region because everyone is looking for a new vision."   We in America also need new vision.  In today's The Day (theday.com), Professor Uwe E. Reinholdt of Princeton University, who has had a Marine - son in the Middle East since 2001, reports the obvious: "In U.S., Price Of Patriotism Is Burden Not Shared Equally" (Commentary A11).   He illustrates that it is not shared at all.  I have some ideas about that: 1) Reduce American oil importation by 5%, to start, and impose a rational rationing system on our citizens...just to demonstrate - to ourselves and to the world - that we can do it; 2) follow the suggestions offered by Peter Schweizer of The Hoover Institution and reported in USA Today, Monday, Aubust 1, 2005, The Forum, p11A: "Time To Tighten The Noose On Syria"; 3) institute a fair draft to replenish an anemic U.S. military, and fast - not through cynical traps being used by Democrats to undercut the President, but in a bi-partisan effort at true patriotism; 4) Immediately transfer at least 50, 000 American troops from their current stations in Europe to Iraq (and some to Afganistan), to seal the Iraq borders with Iran and with Syria, and to wreak holy hell on all "insurgents" and on their supporters with bullets and under military and not civil or criminal law.  The second-in-command of al Qaida today "promises" tens of thousands of more casualties in England (and if possible in America) if we do not immediately remove all our forces from Iraq.  The above would be an adequate response, for starters.    President Bush, continue to do the right thing...simply because it is the right thing to do.
GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, August 1 through 3, 2005

GS


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