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
WEDNESDAY, October 29 through 31, 2007
I can't believe what I see and read here.
But then, I'm still young and inexperienced. GS
Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and
Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem.
Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real
name)......the article said he REFUSED TO NOT ONLY PUT HIS HAND ON HIS
HEART DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, BUT REFUSED TO SAY THE
PLEDGE.....how in the heck can a man like this expect to be our next
SUNDAY, October 28, 2007
- Shiites vs Sunnis. The Sunnis (and the
Kurds) now represent our only chance for snatching victory out of the
jaws of defeat in Iraq. The Shiites must not be allowed to thwart
that; and we must use all of our leverage to assure that.
- The Death Penalty. As you may know from
reading my Point and Counterpoint article (#30) posted under "Abortion,
Morality and Ethics" on this web site, I have personally and
with great difficulty come down against the death penalty. From
the front page article appearing in Sunday's NYTimes out of Cheshire,
Ct. - site of a horrible home invasion multiple murder scene - I am not
alone in dealing with this question. But, ultimately, "'VENGANCE
IS MINE', SAYETH THE LORD. 'I SHALL REPAY'".
- On a related subject, see the article entitled "Abolish
Parole" by Jeffery and Linda Meyer in Sunday's NYTimes,
Connecticut Section, Ct.p15. That requires further study.
- MRSA, a highly rersistant form of Staphylococcal
infection, is in the news - although it is not news to the medical
community. What is news proves again the maxim that "If you
want to do 'original research', read the research done 40 years ago -
and do it again". As with so many other diseases, existing
immunologic protection produced by vaccines (or prior contact) is the
best way to protect ourselves from that dangerous world around
us. So it used to be for decades with Staph infections, during
which time we had "Staph Toxoid" to use as a vaccine for susceptible
persons. Then it was removed by the FDA for "lack of efficacy" -
a position known to be false by all of its practitioners, including
myself. Now we hear that such a vaccine is under study. The
same is true of "Stock Bacterial Vaccine", some new iterations of which
are once again under investigation based upon the findings of the
"Hygiene Theory". As is so often the case in human history: "PAST
SATURDAY, October 27, 2007
FOR YOUR INFORMATION. GS
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WW II MOVIE STARS?
In contrast to the ideals, opinions and feelings of today's "Hollywood"
the real actors of yester-year loved the United States. They had both
class and integrity. With the advent of World War II many of our actors
went to fight rather than stand and rant against this country we all
They gave up their wealth, position and fame to become service men
& women, many as simple "enlisted men."
This page lists but a few, but from this group of only 18 men came over
70 medals in honor of their valor, spanning from Bronze Stars, Silver
Stars, Distinguish Service Crosses, Purple Hearts and one Congressional
Medal of Honor.
So remember; while the "Entertainers of 2007" have been in all of the
news media lately I would like to remind the people of what the
1943 were doing, (64 years ago).
Most of these brave men have since passed on.
"Real Hollywood Heroes"
Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft
James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the U. S.
Army on D-Day.
Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who
shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.
David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British
Commandos in Normandy.
James Stewart Entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his
the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber
his service record crediting him with leading more than 20 missions
Germany, and taking part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of
Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, France's
de Guerre,and 7 Battle Stars during World War II. In peace time,
continued to be an active member of the Air Force as a reservist,
the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in the late 1950s.
Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out). Although he was
draft age at the time the U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable enlisted as a
private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He attended the
Officers' Candidate School at
Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28,
then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943
he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where flew
missions over Europe in B-17s. Capt. Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct.
and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his
request, since he was over-age for combat.
Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.
Ernest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945.
Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver
and awarded the Purple Heart.
Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more
on B-29's in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.
George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.
Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic
action as a U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle
island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.
Brian Keith served as a US. Marine rear gunner in several actions
the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.
Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign
was wounded earning the Purple Heart.
John Russell: In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he
battlefield commission and was wounded and highly decorated for valor
Robert Ryan was a U. S. Marine who served with the O. S. S. in
Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed)
the U.S. Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines
of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Audie Murphy, little 5'5" tall 110 pound guy from Texas who played
parts: Most Decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor,
Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2
Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian
Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems,
Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One
Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns)
Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern
France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal with
Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman
with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in
of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier,
Croix de Guerre With Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm,
Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.
So how do you feel the real heroes of the silver screen acted when
to the hollywonks today who spew out anti American drivel as they bite
hand that feeds them? Can you imagine these stars of yester-year saying
hate our flag, making anti-war speeches, marching in anti-American
parades and saying they
hate our president? I thought not . . . neither did I!
FRIDAY, October 26, 2007
standing on the corner and they can't speak English. I can't even talk
the way these people talk:
Why you ain't,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be...
And I blamed the kid until I
heard the mother talk.
And then I heard the father talk.
knows it's important to speak English
these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor
that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living. People
marched and were hit in the face
with rocks to get an education, and now we've got these knuckleheads
The lower economic people are not
holding up their end
in this deal.
These people are not parenting.
They are buying things
for kids. $500 sneakers for what ? ?
they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.
am talking about these people who cry when ! their s on is standing
there in an orange suit.
were you when he was 2 ? ?
were you when he was 12 ? ?
were you when he was 18 and how come you didn't know that he had a
pistol ? ?
where is the father ? ? Or who is his father ?
putting their clothes on backward:
that a sign of something gone wrong?
with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn't that a
sign of something ?
are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up ?
it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all
type of needles [piercing] going through her body?
part of Africa did this come
are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they
don't know a thing about Africa .
names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all
of them are in jail.
or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's
have got to take the neighborhood back.
used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight
different 'husbands' -- or men or whatever you call them now.
have millionaire football players who cannot read.
We have million-dollar basketball
players who can't write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a
better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are
have to start holding each other to a higher standard.
cannot blame the white people any longer."
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., Ed.D.
TO GO, BILL ! !
It's never been about color...
It's about behavior ! ! !
THURSDAY, October 23 through 25, 2007
Difference Between a Republican and a
Thompson and Hillary were walking down the street when they came
to a homeless
The Republican, Fred Thompson, gave the homeless person
his business card and
told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his
pocket and gave it to the homeless person.
Hillary was very impressed, so when they came
to another homeless person,
she decided to help. She walked over to the homeless
person and gave him
directions to the welfare office. She then
reached into Thompson's pocket and got out $20. She kept $15 for
her administrative fees and gave the
Now, do you understand the difference?
MONDAY, October 22, 2007
No common denominator to the following set of comments.
- The Nut doesn't fall far from the tree.
Hank Steinbrenner, son of George, is quoted as saying about Joe Torre
something to the effect that "We Made You...." Son, you
learned the wrong lessons from your blustering father...and it will
cost you - and the Yankees.
- Nancy Pelosi is catching it from all sides for
her stupid (or worse) foray into American foreign policy.
More gaffes to come from this light-weight.
- Teachers / Student Sex. Reportedly
substantial in frequency, this abrogation of a fiduciary relationship -
whether consensual or not - has been clarified as such by the recent
refusal of the US Supreme Court to review the conviction of a
teacher for reportedly having had consensual sex with "emancipated"
teenagers. And now, the misuse of "privacy" determinations to
hide these events by school officials should be eliminated. A
bright light is what those people need.
- Immigration Chaos. Need I say more?
- The PKK is reportedly a Kurdish separatist
movement in Iraq and in Turkey that has been using violence to further
its ends. That should not be tolerated by the Americans, the Iraq
central government, and by Turkey. That part of the world has
enough trouble at this time.
- There is a lot of demagoguery going on about the SCHIP
child health insurance coverage bill recently
vetoed by President Bush. A family of 4 with an income of
$80,000. probably does not need help to purchase private health
insurance. Any exceptions should be handled on a case-by-case
basis. But that's too reasonable for the profligate Democrats
(and emasculated Republicans) who are really trying to buy votes for
- Now comes just what Middle School children
need, in addition to "self-image": birth control pills and
instruction. See what that will do to increase sexual
activity at these too early ages, increase the incidence of STD's,
further marginalize so-called "parents", and probably increase the
incidence of bloated teenaged girls taking these powerful drugs during
their pubertal growth phase. As I have said too many times since
the late 60's: we are having to live through two generations -
"HORSE'S ASS, AND SON OF HORSE'S ASS.
That's enough for now. It is Sunday, after all.
SUNDAY, October 18 through 21, 2007
following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday
am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.
it does not bother me even a little bit when
people call those
lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel
I don't feel discriminated against.
That's what they are:
doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas'
me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to
a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it.
It shows that we are all
and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't
me at all that there is a manger scene
on display at a key
near my beach house in Malibu.
If people want a crutch,
just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred
don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't
Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.
people who believe in God are sick
and tired of getting pushed
period. I have no idea where the concept came from that
an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution
I don't like it being shoved down my
maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from
we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to
God as we understand Him?
guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there
are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and
came from and where the America we knew went to.
light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh,
is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's
it's intended to get you
Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and
Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this
Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful
said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are,
for years we've been telling God to get out of our
of our government and to get out of our
lives. And being
the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed
How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection
we demand He leave us alone?'
light of recent events...terrorists attack, school
etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare
murdered, her body found recently) complained
she didn't want
in our schools, and we said OK.
someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The
says thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, and love
as yourself. And we said OK.
Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children
they misbehave because their little
would be warped
we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed
We said an expert should know what
he's talking about. And we
we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience,
they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother
strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
if we think about it long and hard enough, we can
it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE
REAP WHAT WE
how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder
the world's going to hell.
what the newspapers say, but question what
how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread
wildfire but when you
messages regarding the Lord,
think twice about sharing.
how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles
cyberspace, but public discussion
of God is suppressed in the
how when you forward this message, you will not send it
many on your address list because you're not sure what they
what they will think of you for sending
how we can be more worried about what other people think
us than what God thinks of us.
it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard
no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought
don't sit back and complain about
what bad shape the world is
Honestly and respectfully,
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, October 15 through 17, 2007
First, some further commentary on recent issues...and then onward.
- Another murder in New London, Ct. This
warrants neither the overreaction of calling it a crisis, nor an
anesthetic response to all the violence around us. For example, I
have taken to calling the local TV channel of NBC (Channel 4) "The
BMW": burglary, murder...and the weather. No, this requires a
sustained call for explanation and action from our City Manager, our
Chiefs of Police and the State Police, the District Attorney, the
State's Attorney, and representatives of our Judicial System. Did
I leave out the Clergy and social workers? You bet!
Let's see what I can do about this.
- The sub-prime mortgage debacle. There's
more to this than the "usual suspects": greed and stupidity. The
article in Monday's WSJ entitled "The Subprime FHA"
(by John Berlau, pA23) supports a suspicion that what has been going on
is also a form of chicken-in-every-pot politics and crass social
engineering. Of course, who do you think will suffer the most
from this? Yup.
- House Speaker Pelosi and the "Armenian
Genocide". The following occurred to me also; but I discounted it
as being too Machiavellian. Now comes the editorial in the WSJ
Tuesday, October 16 (pA20) that gives voice to my vague suspicion: "...we
are no longer able to discern whether the Speaker's
foreign-policy intrusions are merely misguided or are consciously
intended to cause a U.S. policy failure in Iraq." If the
latter, would this not be treason?
- President Bush acted the statesman today by
doing what no other sitting President had done to date: meet with,
acknowledge and support the Dalai Lama pubicly.
Enough of this deference to China, which is simultaneously eating and
poisoning our lunch. Those parts of the world called the MidEast,
the Orient and Russia understand and respond to only one thing:
strength and the willingness to use it.
- Once again, the WSJ clarifies issues. See "The Rise of
the Religious Left" by Steven Malanga (WSJ Tuesday, Oct. 16,
pA21). Besides the American Clergy's temerity
under the dual pressures of an overly conservative Vatican and the
on-going clergy sex trauma with its massive financial toll, social
conscience at times takes leave of common sense. So, where do we
look for leaders? I'll keep looking.
SUNDAY, October 14, 2007
It looks like my first three comments in the last "Rapid Response"
- Al Gore is properly commended by Tom Friedman
(in the NYTimes, Sunday, Wk.) for his work on our behalf since his
declared loss to George Bush. But President Bush is unfairly
reviled by a journalist formerly known for his deep insights into the
MidEast. It's too early for the journalist to become
historian. Has he become politician?
- The long article in The Day (Sunday, Oct. 14) about "gangs
of New London, Ct" clearly frames the problem: long
quotes and opinions by Superintendent of Schools Clouet...and too
little by the police and by the DA. These are criminal matters,
not education matters. Schools have a responsibility, where
necessary, to protect their wards from societal injustice. But
they have no legitimate role in protecting society from their criminal
elements. And a "child" beyond the age of reason who kicks
another in the head or in the abdomen is guilty of attempted
murder. Do you get my drift?
- The continuing saga of lily-livered generals
and other military officers who hold their protests for a
time long after their statements could have saved lives. See
"At an Army School for Officers, Blunt Talk About Iraq
Strategy"( NYTimes Sunday, pA1. ). Maybe we'll do
better with the next crop of officers.
- Connecticut and other States, under heavy pressure from some of
their constituents, are looking for places to house sex
offenders who have completely served out their prison
terms. Be careful, folks. In the former - and probably
current - Soviet Union, they called such places gulags.
- Another example of "Stupid Is As Stupid Does": the
so-called sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Apart from the crooks in the pin-striped suits, the rest has to do with
something that used to be called "living beyond your means".
There should be no bail-out for that. But then, there is the old
saw: "If you owe the bank a little, the bank ownes you; if you owe the
bank a lot, you own the bank".
- An editorial in the Connecticut section of the NYTimes on Sunday
blows a belated whistle on the inebriated State of Connecticut,
decades of efforts to enact effective drunk-driving laws have always
been washed away in waves of "suds". Historically, the main
wave-surfers have been on the Judiciary Committee. When will that
change? Let's drink to that.
MONDAY through SATURDAY, October 8 through 13, 2007
Suddenly, we're back to a very active news cycle.
- I'm going to have to stop calling him "AlGore". Former Vice
President Al Gore has gained substantially in stature in the
last few years, on his way to becoming a "Class Act". As the
saying goes: "Character: Grace Under Pressure". Depending
upon who becomes the Republican nominee for President, I wouldn't
rule out voting for him if he ended up being the Democratic
candidate. As Mel Allen of the NY Yankees used to say: "How about
- Grisly and staged street fights, drug busts and now murder in New
London, Ct. This has got to stop.
No more political correctness. No more judges as social workers
of last resort. LAW AND ORDER!
- Here we go again. Why didn't General Sanchez
quit and protest the irresponsible prosecution of the Iraq War by
Rumsfeld and company in 2003 or 2004, instead of waiting until
yesterday to do so? (See my recurring indictments beginning in
the Summer of 2003. Would I, myself, have done what
I saying now? You bet! And, by the way, the good retired
General is also thinking of writing a book...now.
- President Putin is nothing but an old-style
dictator, in the mould of so many others that the Russian people have
deserved through the centuries. And we should deal with him as
- How do you send about 100,000 heavily armed American and American
paid civilizians (ie. Blackwater) to Iraq with no
legal oversight? Who is minding the store there in Washington
D.C.? What idiocy.
- What do you get when you place light-weights in a heavy-weight
job? You get House Speaker Pelosi declaring war
on a critical ally at a critical juncture in the
MidEast. "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES".
- Kids - guns - parents. What the hell is going on here?
Parents should be held legally and criminally liable for the criminal
mis-adventures of their minor children when they "knew or should
have known...." And get rid of this "privacy" crap. If
a minor child wants "privacy", including locking the bedroom door, let
him or her rent an apartment. And that includes college students
who are still dependents of their parents. COMMON SENSE,
- One developing disgrace is the story of our dealings with our
veterans. You will hear much more about this in the near
future. This is a cause that we all should inlist in.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, October 6 and 7,
BARABING! America owes its independence in
part to France. Now, do we love to hate them? Or do we hate
to love them? GS
couple you may not have heard yet.
when Colin Powell was Sec of State he was being interviewed in England
by a group of international reporters when a French reporter asked him:
"Does America expect to retain control of any of the territory you have
slowly responded with: "Yes. We will surely retain control of some
territory It will be like the territory we retained in France after
World War II. If you will check you will see that we retained an area
of about six feet by three ft for each American lost in France who is
there was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American.
break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have
you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend
to do, bomb them?"
engineer stood up and replied quietly:
carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred
people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical
power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity
to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several
thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry
half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to
and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does
France have?" Once again, dead silence.
Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals
from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
Officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French
admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English.'? He then asked, 'Why is it
that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits,
Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to
could have heard a pin drop!!
FRIDAY, October 5,
Demographics of Newspapers...For Your Reading Pleasure". GS
1. The Wall
Street Journal is read by the people who
THURSDAY, October 4,
run the country.
2. The Washington Post is read by people who think
they run the country.
3. The New York Times is read by people who think
they should run the country and who are very good at
4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought
to run the country but don't really understand The
New York Times. They do, however, like their
statistics shown in pie charts.
5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who
wouldn't mind running the country -- if they could
find the time -- and if they didn't have to leave
Southern California to do it.
6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents
used to run the country and did a far superior job
of it, thank you very much.
7. The New
News is read by people who
aren't too sure who's running the country and don't
really care as long as they can get a seat on the
8. The New York Post is read by people who don't
care who's running the country as long as they do
something really scandalous, preferably while
9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are
running another country but need the baseball
10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people
who aren't sure there is a country . . or that
anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all
that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions
if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist
atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens
from any other country or galaxy, provided of
course, that they are not Republicans.
11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped
in line at the grocery store.
12. The Oregonian is read by people who have
recently caught a fish and need something in which
to wrap it.
Is there anyone in this gang that you would feel
comfortable with leading our country? GS
Democratic debate, rivals assail Clinton
By Steve Holland and Ellen Wulfhorst Thu Sep 27, 1:31 AM ET
HANOVER, New Hampshire (Reuters) -
Democratic presidential candidates pounced on rival Hillary
Clinton for her positions on Iraq and
Iran in a debate on Wednesday as they sought to undercut her status as
the campaign front-runner.
John Edwards, a distant third place in most national polls and
needing a breakthrough performance, led the attack against Clinton on
the campus at Dartmouth
With the Democratic left-wing demanding a
hasty U.S. timetable out of Iraq, Edwards criticized the New York
senator for not ruling out that U.S. troops might engage in some combat
missions in Iraq if she were to win the 2008 election.
"To me that's a continuation of the war,"
Edwards said. "Combat missions mean that the war is continuing. I
believe the war needs to be brought to an end."
Edwards' broadside put Clinton on the
defensive at a time when she is enjoying a comfortable lead in opinion
polls and trying to appear above the fray. But there was no sign that
the debate would prompt a major shake-up in the Democratic field.
"There may be a continuing
counter-terrorism mission," she said, while adding that "the vast
majority" of American troops would be out of Iraq by the end of her
prospective first term in 2013.
The cross-fire on the campus of Dartmouth
College came at the first debate of the critical autumn season leading
up to the early voting contests in January ahead of the November 2008
election to replace President
George W. Bush.
Iraq was a dominant theme of the debate
as Democrats seek a way to force Bush to change his war strategy, which
may leave as many as 100,000 troops there by the time the next
president is inaugurated in January 2009.
IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD
Iran occupied plenty of attention as
well. Washington accuses
Iran of trying to develop a nuclear bomb and supplying weapons
to Iraqi guerrillas fighting the U.S. forces. Tehran denies the charges.
Edwards criticized Clinton for voting
earlier in the day in Washington to approve a nonbinding motion calling
on the State Department to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as "a
foreign terrorist organization," which Edwards said was a potential
first step toward war against Iran.
"I have no intention of giving George Bush
the authority to take the first step on a road to war with Iran,"
Edwards said, pointedly mentioning that two other candidates on stage, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden
Dodd, had voted against the measure.
Long-shot candidate Mike Gravel
jumped on Clinton as well, saying, "I am ashamed of you, Hillary, for
voting for it."
After a loud laugh at the often-comical
Gravel, Clinton defended her vote.
She said it would allow the U.S.
government to designate the Revolutionary Guard "as a terrorist
organization which gives us the options to be able to impose sanctions
on the primary leaders to try to begin to put some teeth into all this
talk about dealing with Iran."
OBAMA HOLDS HIS PUNCHES
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama,
in second place in the polls despite leading in fund-raising, held his
punches against Clinton.
He reiterated his position that he would
engage in direct talks with Iran, a pledge Clinton has said shows Obama
is too inexperienced to be president.
"We've got to talk to our enemies and not
just our friends," Obama said.
Biden suggested Clinton's experience as
first lady in the administration of her husband, former President
Bill Clinton, when she tried unsuccessfully in the 1990s to
reform health care, would hamper her effectiveness as a U.S. president.
"I'm not suggesting it's Hillary's fault.
I think it's a reality that it's more difficult, because there's a lot
of very good things that come with all the great things that President Clinton
did, but there's also a lot of the old stuff that comes back," Biden
As Clinton fixed a chilly stare on him,
Biden hurriedly added: "When I say old stuff, I'm referring to policy,
WEDNESDAY, October 3,
WRITTEN AND VERY, VERY SCARY! IT IS WELL WORTH YOUR TIME. GS
CASH, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.
recently about the war in Iraq and the larger war against radical
Islam, eliciting a number of responses. Let me try and put this
conflict in proper perspective.
the current battle we are engaged in is much bigger that just
What happens in the next year will affect this country and how
kids and grandkids live throughout their lifetime, and beyond.
Islam has been attacking the West since the seventh century. They
been defeated in the past and decimated to the point of taking
hundreds of years to recover. But they can never be totally
Their birth rates are so far beyond civilized world rates that in
they recover and attempt
dominate again. There are eight terror-sponsoring countries that make
up the grand threat to the West. Two, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan just
need firm pressure from the West to make major reforms. They need to
decide who they are really going to support and commit to that
support. That answer is simple. They both will support who they think
will hang in there until the end, and win. We are not sending very good
signals in that direction right now, thanks to the Democrats.
other six, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Libya will
require regime change or a major policy shift. Now, let's look more
and Iraq have both had regime changes, but are being fueled by
outsiders from Syria and Iran. We have scared Gaddafi's pants
he has given up his quest for nuclear weapons, so I don't think
is now a threat. North Korea (the non-Islamic threat) can be handled
diplomatically by buying them off. They are starving. That leaves Syria
and Iran. Syria is like a frightened puppy. Without the support of Iran
they will join the stronger side. So where does that leave us? Sooner,
or later, we are going to be forced to confront Iran, and it better be
before they gain nuclear capability.
I served as a Command Director inside the Cheyenne Mountain
located in Colorado Springs, Colorado for almost three years. My
there was to observe (through classified means)
missile shot anywhere in the world and assess if it was a threat
the US or Canada. If any shot was threatening to either nation I
only minutes to advise the President, as he had only minutes to
respond. I watched Iran and Iraq shoot missiles at each other
day, and all day long, for months. They killed hundreds of
their people. Know why? They were fighting for control of the
East and that enormous oil supply.
time, they were preoccupied with their internal problems and
care less about toppling the west. Oil prices were fairly stable
we could not see an immediate threat. Well, the worst part of
have done as a nation in Iraq is to do away with the military
capability of one of those nations. Now, Iran has a clear field
dominate the Middle East, since Iraq is no longer a threat to
They have turned their attention to the only other threat to
dominance, the United States. They are convinced they will win,
because the United States is so divided, and the Democrats (who
control Congress and may control the Presidency in 2008) have
said we are pulling out.
have any idea what will happen if the entire Middle East turns
support to Iran, which they will obviously do if we pull out? It
not the price of oil we will have to worry about. Oil will not be
available to this country at any price. I personally would vote
any presidential candidate who did what
with the space program---declare a goal to bring this country to
total energy independence in a decade.
is about oil. The economy in this country will totally die if
Middle East supply is cut off right now. It will not be a
It will be a depression that will make 1929 look like the
bottom line here is simple. If Iran is forced to fall in line,
fighting in Iraq will end over night, and the nightmare will be
One way or another, Iran must be forced to join modern times and
global community. It may mean a real war---if so, now is the
before we face a nuclear Iran with the capacity to destroy Israel
begin a new ice age. I urge you to read the book "END GAME" by
our best Middle East experts, true American patriots and retired
military generals, Paul Vallely and Tom McInerney. They are our
finest, and totally honest in their assessment of why victory in
Middle East is so important, and how it can be won. Proceeds for
book go directly to memorial fund for our fallen soldiers who
the country during the war on terror. You can find that book by
to the internet through Stand-up America at www.ospreyradio.us or
other hand, we have several very angry retired generals today,
evidently have not achieved their lofty goals, and insist on
and raving about the war. They are wrong, and doing the country
harm by giving a certain political party reason to use them as
to back their anti-war claims.
be one of those who believe nothing could ever be terrible enough
support our going to war. If that is the case I should stop here,
that level of thinking approaches mental disability in this day
age. It is right up there with alien abductions and high altitude
seeding through government aircraft
I helped produced those contrails for almost 30 years, and I can
assure you we were not seeding the atmosphere. The human race is
war-like population, and if a country is not willing to protect
itself, it deserves the consequences.
last comments will get to the nerve. They will be on politics. I
not a Republican. And, George Bush has made enough mistakes as
President to insure my feelings about that for the rest
life. However, the Democratic Party has moved so far left, they
made me support those farther to the right. I am a conservative
totally supports the Constitution of this country. The only
between the United States and the South American, third world,
dictator infested and ever-changing South
governments, is our US Constitution.
Republic (note I did not say Democracy) is the longest standing
world has ever known, but it is vulnerable. It would take so
change it through economic upheaval. There was a time when
could disagree, but still work together. We are past that time,
that is the initial step toward the downfall of our form of
government. I think that many view Bush-hating as payback time.
Republicans hated the Clintons and now the Democrats hate Bush.
both parties are putting
hate toward willingness to do anything for political dominance to
include lying and always taking the opposite stand just for the
of being opposed. JUST HOW GOOD IS THAT FOR OUR COUNTRY?
lifetime, after serving in uniform for President's Kennedy,
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush I have a pretty good feel
which party supported our military, and what military life was
under each of their terms. And, let me assure you that times were
under the Republicans. Service under Jimmy Carter was devastating
all branches of the military. And, Ronald Regan was truly a
choose to listen to enriched newscasters, and foolish people like John
Murtha (he is no war hero), Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Michael
Jane Fonda, Harry Reid, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Ted
and on-and-on to include the true fools in Hollywood if you like. If
you do, your conclusions will be totally wrong.
reason that I write, appear on radio talk shows, and do
can to denounce those people is simple. THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR
FOR POLITICAL POWER AND QUEST FOR VICTORY IN 2008 ABOVE WHAT IS BEST
FOR THIS COUNTRY.
abide that. Pelosi clearly defied the Logan Act by going to Syria,
which should have lead to imprisonment of three years and a heavy fine.
Jane Fonda did more to prolong the Vietnam War longer than any other
human being (as acknowledged by Ho Chi Minh in his writing before he
died). She truly should have been indicted for treason, along with her
radical husband Tom Hayden, and forced to pay the consequences.
country has started to soften by not enforcing its laws, which is
another indication of a Republic about to fall.
Democrats, along with the Hollywood elite, are sending us headlong into
a total defeat in the Middle East, which will finally give Iran total
dominance in the region. A lack of oil in the near future will be the
final straw that dooms this Republic.
if we refuse to let this happen and really get serious about an
energy self-sufficiency program, this can be avoided.
afraid, however, that we are going in the opposite direction. If we
elect Hillary Clinton and a Democrat controlled congress, and they
carry through with allowing Iran to take control of the Middle East,
continue to refuse development of nuclear energy, refuse to allow
drilling for new oil, and continue to do nothing but oppose everything
Bush, it will be over in terms of what we view as the good life in the
I think that all who do not support the war are un-American---of course
not. They just do not understand the importance of total victory in
that region. Another failure of George Bush is his inability to explain
to the American people why we are there, and why we MUST win. By the
way, it is not a war. The war was won four years ago. It is martial law
that is under attack by Iranian and Syrian outside influences, and
there is a difference.
do I believe? What is the bottom line? I will simply say that the
Democratic Party has fielded the foulest, most power hungry,
anti-country, self absorbed group of individuals that I have
in my lifetime. Our educational system is partially to blame for
allowing the mass of America to be taken in by this
George Bush has done the best he can with the disabilities that
possesses. A President must communicate with the people. And, I
tell you that Desert Storm spoiled the people. Bush
100-hour war convinced the people that technology has progressed
the point that wars could be fought with no casualties and won in
short periods of time. I remember feeling at the time, that this
tragedy for the US military. To win wars, you must put boots on
ground. When you put boots
ground, soldiers are going to die. A President must make the war
decision wisely, and insure that the cause is right before using
last political option.
IRAN AND DEMOCRATIZING THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE ONLY CHOICE IF WE ARE
HELL-BENT ON DEPENDING ON THEM FOR OUR FUTURE ENERGY NEEDS.
Cash, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret. email@example.com
TUESDAY, October 2,
#1 A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas.
Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated
by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the
average American household does in a year. The average bill
electricity and natural gas runs over $2400 per month. In natural gas
alone, (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property
consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American
This house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern "snow belt"
area, either. It's in the South.
House #2 Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national
university. This house incorporates every "green" feature
home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square
bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie in the American
A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing
ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water
(usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in the winter and cools it in
the summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or
and it consumes one-quarter electricity required for a conventional
heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and
funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater
showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks
then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates
surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to
area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural
HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee; it is the abode of the
"environmentalist" Al Gore.
HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas; it is the residence
of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.
(It was Gore who released the documentary film, "An Inconvenient
Truth", on the issue of global warming!)
Here's the verification:
MONDAY, October 1,
Yes, I'm still here. But, to borrow the message that
air raid wardens periodically gave to their wards in London bomb
shelters during "The Blitz": "Ladies and Gentlemen, the news
is...there's no news". Or at least nothing that I have not
But please "stay tuned".
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