Fortune Cookie Blog (mythology analogy)

 

In Greek mythology the Hydra was a serpent-like, multi-headed beast. Were
a warrior to cut off 1 of its heads, it would, instantly, regenerate 2 in its place.
Heracles knew he would need his nephew Iolaus’ help to emerge triumphant.
In American mythology, a headstrong “commander” takes on a multi-headed,
regenerative beast a.k.a. the Terrorist. With too many heads to contend with,
sans a latter-day Iolaus, he could be in over his head; and emerge defeated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune Cookie Blog (Who wins the war?)

 

Lackluster lone wolf leaders, who only kill the terrorist bigshot of the moment,
merely attack terrorism’s symptoms. To cure the disease, itself, will require a
consortium of altruistic visionary leaders, who’ll foster the innate human spirt
of industriousness, self-respect and self-reliance to rescue our world’s needy
from poverty. Terrorist recruiters’ salespitches will soon fall on deaf ears when
hungry tummies and minds are fed and sated with decent food and thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

Talking Turkey

“I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.” ~ Donald J. Trump

Oh really? While I could never claim to be a military genius, it’s safe to say that…

Even I know more about ISIS than Donald J. Trump, believe me.

Granted, this post’s discussion will be limited to my general knowledge re the War on Terror’s Rule #1… namely…

One must never throw allies under the bus. However, that’s exactly what the Trumpster is doing.

The 4 – 1 – 1:

• American and Kurdish forces have both been fighting against ISIS within Syria.
• The Kurds have played a major role in helping America defeat ISIS.
• Trump is now pulling U.S. troops out of Syria.
• That will facilitate Turkish prez Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s invasion of Syria.
• With no American protection, the Turks will slaughter the Kurds.
• Trump’s decision to aid and abet Turkey will also aid and abet ISIS.
• With a resurgence of ISIS… well… need anyone say more?

So, what might motivate this sudden change in Trumpian foreign policy? Hmm… might a “little” quid pro quo be in play? Perhaps Erdoğan was able to shovel up some fake dirt on Joe Biden?

Hey, seeing how the Don has been shaking down nations, spanning our entire globe, why would Turkey be an exception?

 

 

 

 

The 9/11 Prez’s Stench Rendered Naïve Voters Nose Blind

 

Let’s rehash George W. Bush… the 9/11 “prez”. For starters, his very rise to power hinged upon his mouthpieces and handlers successfully corrupting 5 of the 9 SCOTUS judges… coercing them into denying his opponent, Al Gore, what should’ve been the mandatory, statewide recount of the disputed Florida ballots.

In the end, W wound up stealing the 2000 elections… cheating his way into the Oval Office. The glaring irony… he had never actually wanted the presidency. He had amply demonstrated his disinterest by turning a blind eye to his 08/06/2001 Presidential Daily Briefing’s figurative, flashing red lights… a deaf ear to the accompanying, figurative, high decibel klaxons. What part of that PDB’s headline “Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US” did he not comprehend?

That spot-on, invaluable intel had forewarned W of the imminent hijackings five full weeks before they went down. Why the hell… at the very least… had he not beefed up airport security?

OK… in all fairness… it’s totally possible such an effort would’ve proven insufficient to prevent 9/11. Nonetheless, he should’ve tried. But, instead, W went on vacation… and after a mere seven months into his first term.

And so, his slacking off allowed the jets to crash into the twin towers, five sided architecture and rural real estate… caused nearly 3,000 needless deaths. And so, he was caught with his commander in chief trousers down… staring into the cameras… caught in their unforgiving glare like the proverbial, dazed deer caught in the headlights.

At that point, his in a tizzy spin doctors and image consultants went into damage control mode to beef / stiffen up his flaccid, unpresidential image. Yep, they were already thinking way ahead towards his ’04 reelection campaign. To that end, they’d begun to mutate their little boy W into “The Boy Wonder”… the “blood and guts”, “rampaging”, “superhero” persona he never had and never would. He’d order US troops to pointlessly rampage into Afghanistan and Iraq… to bomb the crap out of them… to commit crimes against humanity such as the waterboarding / torturing of their captured POWs… to permit Osama bin Laden to flee.

And, as if that weren’t bad enough, already, W collaborated with US Congressmen to bulldoze and bury the US Constitution… to gut that once hallowed, Founding Father penned document of any promises that’d “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

W’s legacy… He became an un-convicted war criminal and bank robber. He needlessly rolled out the tanks and tanked out the economy. He militarily splattered the red blood and monetarily splattered the red ink.

To keep it real… statistically, W blew away one million humans and blew one trillion bucks fighting his no-win, never-win war on terror.

All that had actually accomplished was to set the Republican, presidential expectations bar low. In other words… if the majority of American voters could put up with the stench of George W. Bush, they could easily go nose blind to the far worse stench of Donald J. Trump.

The End!

 

BlogCast Special: A 9/11 Soundtrack

 

This time around, our musical get-together doesn’t require much of a set up at all. In fact, my above headline says it all.

Simply scroll down, click away and, while listening, be sure to remember all the good people we lost or who got wounded on this day, sixteen years ago… all their surviving families and dear friends… all the victims who live on, forever physically scarred, challenged and disabled.

Remember, too, all who’ve met similar fates while fighting on the side of good during the subsequent wars on terror… as well as all the innocent bystanders residing in the vicinity of those battlefields.

And never forget that the ongoing, more recent terrorist attacks, still spread like raging cancers all over our world and are no less damaging and deadly.

 

Tom Paxton ~ The Bravest

Mary-Chapin Carpenter ~ Grand Central Station

Be sure to also check out MCC’s interview.

Sheryl Crow ~ God Bless This Mess

Eagles ~ Hole In the World Tonight

If you LIKE what you heard, click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Past programs are archived in my BlogCast and music categories.

 

Halcyon Days Lost… Forever?

 

 

Month / Day: Nine / Eleven… Year: Twenty – Naught – One,

We all lost, sense of safety, our Days Halcyon.

Despite fifteen laps, which we’ve jogged ‘round our Sun,

Still nowhere to hide. Still nowhere to run.

 

Be it al Qaeda or ISIS, or lone wolves, homespun,

Be it suicide bomber or crazed sniper’s gun.

Each insurgent’s first goal is to shock, awe and stun,

Their surprise element can’t be thwarted, undone.

 

The stick figure dispassionate, bare boned skeleton,

Once gutted of values, compassion they’ll shun.

The body count mounts, victims’ souls jettison,

Perhaps peace exists ONLY in O-blivion?

 

War on terror is futile, no truce can be won,

Each tactician in dispute is a simpleton.

Just whom do troops conquer? Zip, zero none!

Can we rise from the FALL of ol’ Twenty – Naught – One?

 

 

99 Word Blog (#040) A Way to Win the War On Terror?

 

Fifteen 9/11s later, conventional combat has yet to conquer an unconquerable terrorist ideology, which knows no specific longitude and latitude on any map.

It’s delusional to believe past killings of terrorist masterminds (e.g. Osama bin Laden) can ever win the war on terror.

After all, replacing terrorist leaders is awfully easy. This reminds us of the mythological, nine-headed Hydra… when one head gets lopped off, two heads pop up in its place.

To conquer terrorism involves feeding our world’s nutritionally and intellectually starving people… provide good food and thoughts long before terrorist recruiters take their shot at poisoning minds.