George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
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
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
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
MONDAY through SUNDAY, September 15 through 30,
- There is another hysteria currently gripping the
liberal chattering classes in Washington: the fear that we are
about to attack Iran. Not that we wouldn't like to, given
Iran's efforts toward gaining military nuclear capability, and given
their attacks on our forces and interests in Iraq. And not that
Israel must be kept on a short leash regarding those same issues (? the
incident in Syria this week). But we won't because
we can't. Mismanagement of the war in Iraq by this
Pentagon and by this administration have nearly broken our military
capability. That's why we won't.
- More about nuclear proliferation. The
responsibility of world macro-thinkers is to think through all
options. And yet, one option - which I discussed months ago -
never appears. Preventing more nations from joining the nuclear
club may be like turning off gravity. And furthermore, nuclear
energy is the only environmentally safe alternative to the tyranny of
Oil. So, consider accepting a world with wider access to civilian
nuclear energy, access that is tightly controlled by the current
nuclear club nations by means of carrots and sticks. The Carrots:
free nuclear power for domestic civilian development, donated by the
nuclear club. The Stick" tight external oversight...and the
prospect of a deviant nation being bombed into oblivion if it deviates
into military or terrorist capabilities. Now, I can guess the
twenty "reasons why it won't work". I'll give just one reason why
it has to be considered: "the prevention of nuclear proliferation" is
at heart an exercise in futility and not a real option. The IAEA
is a joke. North Korea is not to be believed. And Iran can
be stopped only by Russia and China...and they won't stop it.
It's past time to consider this option.
- Meanwhile, the race-baiters in this country are alive
and well. There are the absolute idiots who for many
years took pride in a "Whites Only" shade tree on their school campus
in Jena, La. There are the craven professors at Duke and the
un-principled DA in North Carolina. There are the ignorant whites
and blacks throughout the country who still see and assert a
distinction between the races different from those of class and
education. Will this cancer in our midst ever leave periodic
remission and finally be cured?
- On the local scene, a comment must be made about the "completion
of Route 11". The Day newspaper ran three good summary
articles on this subject during the last ten days. In addition,
we are reminded daily about the pressing needs of our bridges and
particularly about I-95, whose Connecticut transit is one of the worst
of its entire run. My opinion at this time: completion of
Route 11 from Salem to East Lyme would be unnecessary
and wasteful, would rape a pristine region of the State, and represents
yet another boondoggle promoted by developers and by the independent
Duchy of DOT. Route 85 can be better modified and
monitored to improve safety. Our existing highways and bridges
need intensive care now. And mass transit could easily provide
for the alleged needs for transporation between the Connecticut
interior and the shoreline. Governor Rell, will you finally
provide firm leadership on important issues such as this. Or will
we continue to be "led" by a moistened finger held boldly into the
SUNDAY, September 14 through 16,
- The Democrats are absolutely hysterical over
Iraq and President Bush's belated candor on the subject: America
forces will be in the Middle East for a very long time, in our own
vital national self-interest. This hysteria is a direct reaction
to their self-delusion, beginning with the fact regarding who actually
won the Presidential election of 2000. Folks, CALM DOWN.
You look and sound silly, beginning especially with Harry Reid.
- Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling
for a "clean break" with the Bush administration and with
Washington business as usual. Although not announced yet, he is
another likely Republican candidate for President. There is a
great deal regarding the Bush administration to "break" from. But
even this short period of time with the Federal legislature in the
hands of Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi has shown how bad
change in the wrong direction can be. It also shows how "change"
is usually a facade in deeply entrenched Washington. What
to do? Vote for people who are honest with you...even
if you don't like their entire message.
THURSDAY, September 12 and 13,
The following letter was sent to me as attributed
to Jay Leno. If he disavows it, I'll take the
The other day I was reading Newsweek
magazine and came across some poll
data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent
of Americans are unhappy with the
direction the country is headed and 69
percent of the country is unhappy
with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the
ain't happy and want a change.
So being the knuckle dragger I am, I
started thinking, ''What we are so
Is it that we have electricity and running
water 24 hours a day, 7 days a
Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the
summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4
percent of these
unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability
to walk into a grocery
store at any time and see more food in
moments than Darfur has seen in
the last year?
Maybe it is the ability to drive from the
Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic
Ocean without having to present
identification papers as we move through
each state? Or possibly the hundreds
of clean and safe motels we would
find along the way that can provide
temporary shelter? I guess having
thousands of restaurants with varying
cuisine from around the world is just
not good enough. Or could it be that when
we wreck our car, emergency
workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a
helicopter to take you
to the hospital.
Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of
Americans who own a home. You
may be upset
with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of
trained firefighters will appear in moments
and use top notch equipment to
extinguish the flames thus saving you, your
family and your belongings.
Or if, while at
home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar
intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest
will come to defend you and your family
against attack or loss. This
the backdrop of a neighborhood free of
bombs or militias raping and
pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods
where 90 percent of teenagers own
cell phones and computers.
How about the complete religious, social
and political freedoms we enjoy
that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67
percent of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of
ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has
seen. No wonder the
world loves the U.S., yet
has a great disdain for
its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the
who do nothing but complain about what we don't have , and what we
hate about the country instead of thanking
the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president
who took us into war and has
no plan to get
us out? The president
who has a measly 31 percent approval
Is this the same
president who guided the nation in the dark days
after 9/11? The president that cut
taxes to bring an economy out of
recession? Could this be the same
guy who has been called every name in
the book for succeeding in keeping all the
spoiled ungrateful brats safe
from terrorist attacks?
The commander in chief of an all-volunteer
army that is out there
defending you and me?
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news
or talk show?
Did this news affect you so much, make you
so unhappy you couldn't take a
look around for yourself and see all the
good things and be glad?
Think about it......are you upset at
the President because he actually
caused you personal pain OR is it because
the "Media" told you he was
failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful
behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and
volunteered to serve, and in many cases may
have died for your freedom.
There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go.
They are able to refuse to go and end up
with either a ''general''
discharge, an ''other than honorable''
discharge or, worst case scenario,
discharge after a few days in the brig.
So why then the flat-out
discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of
Americans? Say what you want but I
blame it on the media. If
it leads and
they specialize in bad news. Everybody
will watch a car crash
with blood and guts. How many will watch kids
selling lemonade at the
The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit
They offer what sells , and when
criticized, try to defend their actions by
"justifying" them in one way or another.
Just ask why they tried to allow a
like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his
wife, but if he did he would have done it
Stop buying the negativism you are fed
everyday by the media. Shut off the
TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York
Times for the bottom of your bird
Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There
exponentially more good than bad.
We are among the most blessed peoples on
Earth and should thank God several
times a day, or at least be thankful and
"With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of
control, mud slides, flooding,
severe thunderstorms tearing up the country
from one end to another, and
with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
attacks, "Are we sure this is a
good time to take God out of the Pledge of
MONDAY and TUESDAY, September 10 and 11,
SUNDAY, September 9,
- Immigration Cowardice and Madness Continue.
The NY Times finds something useful in the current stalemate
between Republican fantasy-world and Democratic venality
(Sunday, Sept. 9, Wk p13). President Calderone of Mexico
bellows that "Wherever a Mexican is, Mexico is there".
And Cardinal Mahoney of Los Angeles, he of recent notoriety involving
his role in clergy - sex scandals, expounds on the rights of illegal
immigrants with little comment on their responsibilities. Does
the Cardinal have a problem himself with responsibilities? See my
earlier comments on this subject: Rapid Response, (in www.asthma-drsprecace.com)
May 31 and 2, 2007; Point and Counterpoint #20 (in same site); several
other comments, accessed by a Search of the above site for
"Immigration". And there will be more to follow, until this
nation of immigrants comes to its senses.
- How many prosecutors like the disgraced Duke
University one are there out there? New Orleans seems to have its
share, with the unwarranted and unsuccessful prosecution of the doctor
and the nursing home owners there. Why not turn your attention to
the elected officials, local, State and Federal, who were guilty of
gross negligence before and after Katrina.
- For another fine insight into the Middle East Cauldron,
see Thomas Friedman's article, in the same NYTimes edition noted above
(in Wk p14) entitled: "What's Missing in Baghdad".
That's better than anything you'll hear from General Petraeus this week.
SATURDAY, September 3 through 8,
- First, a comment
about the coming Budget Referendum in New London, Ct.
The greatest problem with this budget is the process by which it was
produced...the opposite of transparency, especially concerning the
Education budget. This happens year after year, with the
Education administration using smoke and mirrors. As a life-long
student, a 44 year resident of New London, and a former member and
Chairman of the Board of Education, I am definitely
PRO-EDUCATION. But I am pro-good education that provides full
value for every dollar spent. That is not the case in New
London...and in many other public education systems throughout the
country. (See my section on Public Education on this web
site). The Education and the City governance must be
encouraged to exert more self-discipline...and offer much more
information during this process. So, this is a message: VOTE
"NO" ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT 12.
- Fred Thompson to the rescue! We are
told that the "Republican Base" has been unhappy with the
Republican Presidential candidates available to them. Not pure
enough. But who is? Before the last few days, we had to
wait and see whether the Base would be willing to embrace a necessary
compromise candidate that could actually win...like John McCain or Rudy
Giuliani; or whether they would be pure and nominate an un-electable
choice. Now we have Fred Thompson...not pure, but pretty darn
close, and so photogenic! If he is nominated, he could even be
elected based upon his star qualities. But I fear that a lot of
people would be surprised on the day following Election Day to find
that they had not only voted in a talent show...but that they had
actually elected the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Wow. Only in America.
SUNDAY, September 2,
Here is the first exhibit for the historical review of the Bush
- Rumsfeld - Iraq debacle that is beginning...a debacle clearly
predicted in this section from the Summer of 2003. GS
Second British general slams U.S.
policy in postwar Iraq
By Adrian Croft Sun Sep 2, 12:22 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. plans for
handling Iraq after the 2003 invasion were "fatally flawed," a retired
British general said, adding that the U.S. administration had refused
to listen to British concerns about postwar planning.
Major General Tim Cross said he had
talked to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before the invasion
about the need to have international support and enough troops on the
ground to reconstruct Iraq.
"He didn't want to hear that message. The
U.S. had already convinced themselves that Iraq would emerge reasonably
quickly as a stable democracy," Cross told the Sunday Mirror.
"Anybody who tried to tell them anything
that challenged that idea -- they simply shut it out," Cross, the most
senior British officer involved in planning post-war Iraq, added.
His comments echoed those of General Mike
Jackson, head of the British army
during the invasion, who was quoted by The Daily Telegraph on Saturday
as describing Rumsfeld's approach as "intellectually bankrupt."
The unusually outspoken comments by
former top military men follow weeks of commentary, mainly in the U.S.
press, suggesting British forces have failed in southern Iraq and are
set to flee.
Defense analyst Charles Heyman told
Reuters the criticism was surfacing "because everybody realizes this is
now a failed policy and they are all casting around for scapegoats."
"Why didn't someone resign at the time
and say this is foolish and foolhardy?" he said.
He said the recriminations were not
helpful to future military and diplomatic relations between Washington
which have traditionally boasted of a "special relationship."
PULLOUT FROM BASRA
British troops are expected to pull out
of their last base in Basra city in the next few days to concentrate
their presence in an airbase outside the city.
This is part of a plan to hand over
control of the province to Iraqi security forces by the end of 2007 and
pave the way for an eventual pullout of all British forces.
But the departure of Prime Minister Tony
Blair in June to be succeeded by Gordon Brown
has raised speculation that Britain could speed up the withdrawal of
Blair had staked his personal reputation
on standing "shoulder-to-shoulder" with the United States.
Heyman said it would be very difficult
for the British to withdraw entirely from the airbase as they were
needed to protect supply routes and, if necessary, the oil fields.
He said he expected quite large numbers
of British troops still to be there six months from now.
William Hague, foreign affairs spokesman
for Britain's opposition Conservatives, said on Sunday the generals'
concerns strengthened the case for Britain to
hold a full-scale inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Iraq war.
The British government has successfully
resisted previous opposition calls for an inquiry while British troops
are operating in Iraq though it has not ruled one out in the future.
Hague, whose Conservatives supported the
Iraq war, said "very crucial mistakes have been made."
Planners "clearly underestimated ... the
number of troops that would be needed for an effective occupation force
in Iraq (and) they clearly made a mistake in the immediate disbandment
of the Iraqi army," he told Sky News.
Rumsfeld resigned last year after
becoming a focal point for criticism of the U.S. administration's
handling of the unpopular Iraq war.
SATURDAY, September 1,
- Here is another example of the "30 second attention
span" dumbing down Americans. A provocative article in
the NYTimes is entitled "As 9/11 Nears, a Debate Rises:
How Much Tribute Is Enough?" (NYTimes Sunday, Sept. 2, pA1).
We no longer talk much about the Battle of Yorktown - but well over two
hundred years have passed. We still are moved by the Gettysburg
Address given during the Civil War. We know (or should know)
about our role in the terrible World War 1. We still "remember
Pearl Harbor"...or do they teach that in our schools any more. We
carry the brand of our first defeat, Viet Nam, on our psyche.
Then came 9/11/2001, the first time we were massively attacked on our
shores. Do you think that we might just possibly remember that
for a few decades, at least?
- The battle continues over Schip, the Federal
health program for children. But even the NYTimes is choking,
despite its ample gullet, over the Democratic proposal to include in
this good Federal assistance program "Help for the $82,000 Family" (NYTimes
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, pWk 9). Where is the line between
legitimate need and personal responsibility?
- That question is also relevant regarding the cries of both the
needy and the fat cats over a bailout from the sub-prime
mortgage orgy. If you think that you have a clear answer
to these two questions, remember that answer when you choose
between Democrats and Republicans in November, 2008.
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