Psst! I am as anti-American as you are pro-American. Who’da guessed? There is very little about this country I like. A few loonies have screamed at me, “Go back to where you came from if you don’t like it here!” Thanks for the advice. Just where is it I came from? I think (not sure) it was Lutheran Hospital at the edge of Brownsville, Brooklyn, near the East NY section. I doubt it is even there any more. So much for the good suggestion. And, anyway, hospitals are just one more thing I hate about this country. Of course, my pet peeves are with police, politicians, and “doctors” [those weird creatures who, with over-the-top stupidity like to say, "Hello, my name is Doctor..." It is no use telling them that they are wrong, that a check of their birth certificates would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that "Doctor" is not any physician's first name. They have the same sense of humor that Freddy Krueger, the monster, hero of many movies, has.] Really, now, don’t just say the politically correct thing – be honest. If you had to choose between killing the despicable Freddy and fifty world-renowned surgeons, wouldn’t the choice be easy? Wouldn’t you do the same as I would? And don’t be coy and ask, “What choice is that?”
BUT MY PROBLEM TODAY IS WITH POISON GAS. The U.S. intelligence community [sic] believes “with some degree of varying confidence” that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
Chuck’s boss, Barack, says that if Syria is using poison gas in its war against Syrian rebels then it has crossed a red line and he won’t put up with that. He said, using an incomprehensible metaphor, that the use of chemical weapons “would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” What the hell does that mean? Would Barack drop the Pythagorean Theorem in favor of E=mc square? Are you such a fan that you think he knows what he is talking about?
A big problem is that Syrian officials say their country has not used poison gas and never will, that the Americans are a bunch of liars. Look, for me it is simple. When country X says one thing and the U.S. says something diametrically opposed, I usually go with country X. What else can I do? History is on my side.
- The Gulf of Tonkin, Aug. 4, 1964: The U.S. went to war against North Vietnam on the basis of a false report that the warships USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy came under attack by the North Vietnamese navy.
- The Al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant, Aug. 20, 1998: the U.S. destroyed this Sudanese factory with cruise missiles in retaliation for a pair of bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa two weeks earlier. The Clinton Administration said it had evidence of chemical-weapons production at the facility, and that it had ties to Osama bin Laden. Both claims were lies.
- Operation Desert Fox, Dec. 16-19, 1998: The U.S. and Britain launched a four-day bombing campaign against assorted targets across Iraq suspected of housing Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. But there were no such weapons and up to 2,000 Iraqis died in the attacks.
- Operation Iraq Freedom, 2003-2011: More lies. More than 100,000 Iraqis, most of them civilians, are believed to have been killed in the war, along with nearly 4,500 U.S. troops.
Beyond that, any military action to take out Syria’s chemical arsenal risks spewing plumes of the deadly agents and killing innocents in the way. Hitting chemical-weapons storage areas, sends those chemical weapons somewhere.” What do Chuck and Barack say to that?
In the course of doing your homework, determine how many unjustified military interventions the U.S.A. has engaged in. Would fifty be a bad guess? I doubt it. Give me the legal life. Sing “Give me the simple life” but make a few necessary changes, for example, the ones I suggest below.
Der Bingle will guide you with the tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTzudIVvUaM
I don’t believe in lyin’ and killin’
Why mess around with strife
I never was cut out to step and strut out
Give me the legal life
Some find it pleasant killing a peasant
Those things roll off my knife
Just serve me tomatoes and mashed potatoes
Give me the legal life
A cottage small is all I’m after
Not one that’s loaded with bombs
A house that rings with joy and laughter
and filled with the music of Brahms
Some like the mined road, I like the safe road
Free from the care and strife
Sounds corny and seedy, but yes indeedy
Give me the legal life