Afghanistan: Good News!

In the San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 2018, article: “Islamic State surrenders after rout by Taliban,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Taliban-surge-routs-Islamic-State-in-northern-13123963.php) examines how the Taliban have routed ISIS in Northern Afghanistan. Last week, I blogged about the Taliban entered negotiations with a U.S. representative, something ISIS would never entertain. Could this be the door to finishing the 17 years [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Time to Go or Negotiate?

In the New York Times, July 29, 2018 article: “New Tactic in Afghanistan Urges Retreat,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/28/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-strategy-retreat.html) examines U.S armed forces being centralized in the heaviest population centers, the cities. The purpose is to protect military forces from attacks at isolated and vulnerable outposts, focusing on protecting cities and other populated areas. Does anyone remember Vietnam, [...]

By | August 1st, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Need a Vacation Novel, this, “Curse,” is for you.

Need a fast page turner for vacation, this is it. The following quotes an Amazon review of my novel, "Curse of the Coloring Book: "This book is a page-turner that reads like suspenseful fiction--but in the end it informs the reader about the true nature of war and the realities of being a soldier that [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Trump Making Democrats Stupid Crazy

The most striking casualty of the Trump/Republicans vs. Democrat political war is the Democrats failure to acknowledge when Trump has a valid point. Cases in point: 1. Iran. In the San Francisco Chronicle article, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Defense secretary backs Trump’s tough talk on Iran (https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/James-Mattis-backs-Trump-s-aggressive tone-13101321.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result) examines how Shiite Iran has been backing [...]

By | July 26th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

20 Veteran Suicides a Day, Discharge Training

A 2016 Veterans Administration found that 20 veterans a day commit suicide. That is 600 people a month and 7,200 people a year, or a small town. This tragedy needs to be addressed and skills learned in the military applied to civilian uses. Basic Training and Advanced Infantry training cost the taxpayer $73,000. This is [...]

By | July 24th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Quacks like Vietnam Duck

In the San Francisco Chronicle, July 17th, 2018, page A-3, article, “Militants accelerate attacks against state,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Militants-accelerate-attacks-against-Afghan-forces-13079396.php) examines how the Taliban stormed a police check point in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, killing 7 police officers. Earlier, a suicide bomber on foot attacked a Rural Development Ministry, killing 7, wounding 15. Last month, a suicide bomber [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Losing Afghanistan’s Civil War

In the New York Times, Sunday International section, page 13, article: “Video Shows Abuse by Afghan Forces,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/world/asia/afghanistan-video-abuse.html) examines how Afghan forces were videotaped abusing bound and wounded bodyguards of a powerful northern milita-commander arrested by U.S. supported government. The video, filmed by members of the security forces, shows soldiers kicking bloodied detainees and stepping [...]

By | July 16th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Immigrant Veterans Denied Promised Citizenship

In the San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2018, article: “Army quietly discharges recruits who had hoped to win citizenship,” (https://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Army-quietly-discharges-recruits-who-had-hoped-to-13058309.php) examines immigrant U.S. Army Reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to U.S. citizenship who are being discharged leaving their status questionable. The Army has failed to explain why some [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

July 4th, 20 Veterans a Day Movement

A 2016 Veterans Administration found that 20 veterans a day commit suicide. That is 600 people a month and 7,200 people a year, or a small town. This tragedy needs to be addressed and skills learned in the military applied to civilian uses. Basic Training and Advanced Infantry training cost the taxpayer $73,000. This is [...]

By | July 3rd, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

March for Peace in Afghanistan

In the Sunday New York Times article, “War Robbed him of His Family, Then his eyes, Then his love,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/world/asia/afghanistan-peace-march.html) examines Zaheer Zindani, an Afghan who at 17 years of age (Five years ago) whose eyes were reduced to cinders by a Taliban bomb. The reality of blindness, made him howl with grief, but another [...]

By | July 2nd, 2018|PTSD|0 Comments