Letters to the Editor

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:01am

Firestarters reunion

I couldn't help notice the juxtaposition of three U.S. presidents in front of The Oval Office proclaiming their united effort in giving aid and assistence to Haiti — and in contrast with their views and actions starting wars all across the globe.

Current President Barack Obama is pledging $100 million, as well as 10,000 Marines and National Guard. Sounds like the right and humanitarian thing to do. This is less than a month after he accepted the highly criticized Nobel Peace prize and sent 30,000 troops to Afghanistan as a war "surge." Somewhat opposite messages being sent?

Former president George W. Bush is standing there, the initiator of two concurrent wars the U.S. now finds itself in. How many hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's have been killed in his attempt to free them? And Mr. Bush is still mired in controversy over his handling of Hurricane Katrina. I believe many Americans in Louisiana are still living in trailers five years after the catastrophe.

Ex-president Bill Clinton expanded the fight in Somalia during his term. Otherwise, he was lambasted for "decimating" the military defense budget to a paltry $286 billion a year, compromising our Nation's security.

All that was missing was G.W.'s dad, who started the whole Iraqi mess with his invasion to force Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

Maybe in this century the American leaders we elect to the nation's highest office of President will realize starting wars is not the way to help another country's citizens. Delivering aid through humanitarian action, as we're experiencing in Haiti, is the right way.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

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Tagged: haiti | Obama

246 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 1/22/10 at 3:58

In defense of Bush 41 and the liberation of Kuwait I believe he was right . He also had the sense to pull out after the mission was completed and not escalate the war. His son , on the other hand , disagreed and as soon as he got his chance he showed his ass big time and got us into two wars that we are still engaged in and wrecked our economy in doing so.

By: TonyGottlieb on 1/22/10 at 5:24

So take it that you are OK with President Clinton's Balkan war in Kosovo and failure to intervene in the genocide Rwanda?

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 7:16

Yeah Darge, next time write an LTE with every relevant example possible and hope they print a ten page dissertation.

End sarcasm.

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 7:29

gdia: I agree. I forgot to leave out Clinton's cigar oby-gyn escapade. That would of added more punch to the LTE. Relevant too.

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 7:30

Gd: Hey, how many judges do we have on the payroll?

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 7:40

Approximately 73 nationwide (5 in Washington DC)

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 7:49

"How to Save the World in 350 Words or Less", by d7...
I'd be satisfied if you could just post a decent recipe for fruitcake.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 7:56

I'd love to save the world. But I don't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you.

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 7:59

house - recipe for fruitcake
1> walk down church street between 17th and 18th
2> turn south into a) bookstore or b) bar
:)

howdy ya'll

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 8:00

pain: Fruicake, by it's very definition, cannot and will not, ever, have a decent recipe.
But Home Depot has the best ingredients my grandma has been able to use.
I think putty and chaulk was her #1 paring.

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 8:03

d7 - and you forgot carter and the attack of his rabid rabbit :)

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 8:13

d7 - does Wilson and his invasion of haiti in 1915 get an honorable mention?

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 8:15

D-U: It just dealt with the 3 standing at the podium. Carter and G HW Bush weren't invited.
Tough crowd today! Where's Loner?

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 8:19

d7 - don't know where loner is but capt is probably in ATL with mama and the duct tape :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 8:21

I've been trying to look up "juxtaposition", but I can't find it in my Kama Sutra manual...

By: govskeptic on 1/22/10 at 8:22

Cherry picking, cherry picking, another briefing on how
lousy the US is past and present. One good act does not
make an administration's history at this point in time.

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 8:24

More bad press for the leader of Tea Party Nation, Judson Phillips: :)))

“This is the first time we’ve done anything like this,” Phillips told POLITICO. For now, he said, his plans for a 527 group are off the table. “We’re not even done with the convention yet and there may not be any profits. We could still end up losing money on this convention.”
POLITICO has learned that Phillips obtained a $50,000 loan to pay a deposit towards the $100,000 fee Washington Speakers Bureau charged to secure Palin as the keynote speaker at the convention. Much of the loan came from Bill Hemrick, a baseball card tycoon whose loan contract didn’t call for interest, but did set a deadline for repayment last week, which Phillips missed.
American Majority, a leading training outfit for tea party organizers, canceled two planned sessions at the convention and withdrew its sponsorship after learning about the convention’s for-profit structure and the criticisms of Phillips.
“Who is this guy? What are his motivations? And what gives him the credibility to try to step in and insert himself as a leader of the movement?” Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, said he started wondering of Phillips.
Another former sponsor, the American Liberty Alliance, cited as a red flag Tea Party Nation’s use of PayPal accounts linked to Phillips’ wife’s e-mail address to process ticket payments.

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 8:29

pain: It's the Chpt. right after, "Doggie Style", and before, "Missionary".

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 8:35

I guess they'll just have to start charging $1000 a plate...you know...because the average American who's fed up with paying so much in taxes has that kind of disposable income just lying around...right next to the Bible...

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 8:37

gdia - talk about hijacking a movement :(

By: Loner on 1/22/10 at 9:05

Good morning, Nashville!

Excellent LTE, Paul. I fully agree. The problem is that the War Lobby formulates US foreign policy; there is no Peace Lobby to counterbalance the War Lobby. Again, the War Lobby in the USA consists of three seperate but related lobbies; the Defense lobby, the Israel lobby and the Energy lobby. The vital interests of those three lobbies come together in the ME and extend into Central Asia.

Apparently, there is more interest in destroying things and killing people who are standing in the way, than saving lives and rebuilding devastated nations. This is part of our national heritage. Our society values warriors more than it does healers and builders, 'twas ever thus.

The US Supremes decided to scrap what was left of campaign funance reform,. yesterday. There will now be no limits on how much the special interests can pump into any election. Again, we will be feeling the negative effects of the Bush family's failures for years to come, their SCOTUS appointments will be right there to secure the influence weilded by the special interests.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:07

anyone catch Nashville Jumps this morning? Pete played Eddie "Cleanhead" Vincent doing "Kidney Stew."

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 9:07

We've lost our country (as if we ever really had it to begin with).

I suggest that we revolt!! Or eat pizza...whatever...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:08

yeah, we need to revolt!

what time does American Idol come on? we can do it after that.....

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 9:10

Hey, anybody watch, "South Park"? I hadn't watched it in 5 years, and saw one last night. Unbelievable. They (the characters) call each other "Jew", douche bags, morons, butt-kisser, ass-wipes....kinda like this board.

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 9:15

d7 - yeah I've noticed a resemblance between some of the characters and some of our posters :)
so capt is ???
and sid is ???

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:17

i dunno. i watch Family Guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:17

i think dargent is Stewie.

By: Loner on 1/22/10 at 9:18

The NYT's Frank Rich called this one, on the 16th of January. He called it the Great Tea Party Rip-off. Here's the URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17rich.html

Seems that the tea baggers are being exploited...who knew?

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 9:18

I'd have to be Cartman...just not as fat.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 9:21

You know what was on TV last night that was great? Hockey. That's right, I went there...

Preds lost though...damn Scotty Upshall...!

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 9:21

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Aid is reaching earthquake-torn Haiti, but getting it to the people who need it remains a challenge.
Large quantities of medications, baby formula and other relief supplies are sitting on the tarmac and in warehouses at the Port-au-Prince airport, but no one is moving it out, according to CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta found pallets of formula, pain medication and antibiotics standing unattended next to the runway.
U.S. military personnel in a warehouse tent at the airport gave Gupta a trash bag full of supplies to take back to a hospital he had visited earlier but couldn't explain why there seemed to be no organized system for distribution.
"There is stuff here waiting to be taken out, that's a true statement," said Air Force Col. Ben McMullen, deputy commander of the Joint Special Operations Air Component. "Is it a lot? I can't speak to it. I will tell you the reason you got it is that everyone on this side, specifically the U.S. government side, is dedicated to getting as much stuff outside as they can. ...
"It's a shame, because you would hope that everything could get out there within seconds. But that kind of infrastructure just isn't in place."
The magnitude 7.0 quake that rocked the impoverished nation on January 12 damaged its capital's north and south piers. Haitian authorities and the U.S. military had restored one-way traffic to the south pier, which is the smaller of the two, by Thursday.
Port-au-Prince's north pier remains unusable.
The bottlenecks have delayed food and medical aid to the estimated 3 million Haitians who have been affected by the quake.
At least 72,000 people have been confirmed dead in the quake, according to Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
Renzo Fricke, field coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, said staffers had to buy a saw in the market so surgeons could do amputations. A CNN crew loaned a medic a pocketknife for another operation.
Lacking rubbing alcohol, doctors have used vodka to sterilize equipment and instruments. Surgical patients are receiving over-the-counter pain medicine because doctors lack stronger medication. One nurse used a string of Christmas lights as a makeshift extension cord. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen saw a belt used as a tourniquet. When that broke, a garden hose was used.
Bellegarde had waited more than six hours outside a money-wiring branch.
More than 300 aid distribution sites are up and running, a senior U.S. administration official said. More than 700,000 meals and 1.4 million bottles of water have been delivered, along with 22,000 pounds of medical supplies, said Lt. Gen. Douglas Fraser of the U.S. Southern Command.
About 120 to 140 flights a day are coming into the single-runway Port-au-Prince airport, compared with 25 a day just after the quake struck last week. More than 840 have landed since the airport was reopened, but there is a waiting list of 1,400 to come in, Fraser said.
International aid contributions since the quake have totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. U.S. spending for relief in Haiti has hit $170 million, the federal government announced Thursday.
About 13,100 U.S. troops are in and around Haiti -- nearly 2,700 on the ground and 10,400 more offshore. Many Marines spend time in Haiti during the day but sleep on ships at night. More U.S. troops are to arrive by this weekend, bringing the total to about 4,600 troops on the ground.

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 9:22

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:17
i think dargent is Stewie.

If the shoe fits :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 9:24

Upshall is a Canadian sympathizer.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:26

You know what else was on TV last night? Super Bad.

By: Loner on 1/22/10 at 9:26

I think Lois is hot. Brian, the dog, is my favorite Family Guy character. The dirty old man character is also comical, IMO.

I remember when WB cartoons were voiced by one guy, Mel Blanc. That was before the PC police started to vet the scripts. Eg. Christopher Columbus had a NYC Italian accent, Bugs Bunny would dress in drag, negroes would get "spooked" etc.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:27

Seth McFarlan is a genius.

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 9:28

Our last episode of South Park found Kyle's (the jew) cousin leaving early to go back home. "Why?" they all asked him. "Because you're all a bunch of douche bags".
And, to think, I grew up on Popeye, Felix the Cat, and Rocky & Bullwinkle...."must get moose and squirrel".....loved Boris and Natasha.

By: DustyU on 1/22/10 at 9:29

house - damn commie sympathizers - we should invate em! :)

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 9:29

That's right, I'd take Rocky and Bullwinkle over Looney Tunes.

Mel Blanc vs Paul Frees...grudge match from the other side...

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/10 at 9:30

Good morning.

Nice letter Paul. You left out FDR and WW2. lol

By: dargent7 on 1/22/10 at 9:30

So, is Stewie a psychotic, cross dressing, liberal, tree hugger,... who writes?

By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 9:30

Upshall had an "interesting" celebration after the hat-trick...let's just say that I bet his teammates head for bench next time he scores.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/10 at 9:31

and acts, dargent.

By: Loner on 1/22/10 at 9:32

Stewie is incontinent. Does that match your profile, D7?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/10 at 9:33

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 7:49
"How to Save the World in 350 Words or Less", by d7...
I'd be satisfied if you could just post a decent recipe for fruitcake.
By: gdiafante on 1/22/10 at 7:56
I'd love to save the world. But I don't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you.
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The world got along just find before humans came along and it will be here after we have all gone.

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 9:34

So will fruitcake, Nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/10 at 9:34

Stewie could play chief.

By: house_of_pain on 1/22/10 at 9:35

Adam West is fantastic on Family Guy.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/10 at 9:36

That is true house. I think I still have some in me from 1957.