VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | > | >>

Finally, someone is in charge of the Iraq War


Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Czar or Tsar - an Emperor or in more modern usage a Monarch or King. The word originates from the deified Roman dictator Caesar and came to represent the Roman Emperor. (Wikipedia)

We have been waging the Iraq War or Debacle for over 4 years now. We've waged this war with the usual hierarchy. Commander in Chief, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chief of Staff, National Security Advisor, hundreds of Generals, Admirals and the usual compliment of military and civilian advisors.

After four years, 3400 American fatalities, over 34,000 wounded and maimed and a somewhat premature declaration of victory we now have discovered that what we need is a "War Czar". Having run out of ideas to convince the American public we are making progress, Commander in Chief, President George Bush, yesterday appointed one of his generals to the new position of war czar or war emperor or war king or whatever.

According to the President the war needs to be "coordinated" and this new position will do just that. Wow, it's hard to imagine we've been waging an uncoordinated war for over four years! No wonder it's not going well. Just think how much faster WWII would have ended had it been "coordinated". Maybe what we needed in Vietnam was someone to "coordinate" the war.

Not only does adding additional bureaucracy to the war effort seem like a bad idea, I think the choice of title for the position is a bad omen as well.

You may remember the Czar's of Russia, Ivan the Terrible and company. Ivan was known for throwing pets out the window of the Kremlin and other cruel acts. Not a particularly successful bunch those Czars. Their ineptness eventually gave birth to communism.

The only context I've seen the word Czar in lately is in relation to our "Drug Czar". You know, the guy in charge of the War on Drugs. Now there's a war that's going real well!

Earlier in this article I used the word, ineptness. Webster's Dictionary defines inept(ness) as: incompetent, silly or foolish.

Appointing new Czars, Emperors or Kings can't hide the fact that this administration has set new standards for ineptness in dealing with Iraq. There can be and is no excuse for ineptitude when our men and women are being killed every day. The human toll of Iraqi's is staggering as well.

As a decorated Vietnam Veteran, it deeply saddens me to see mistake after mistake made while our brave soldiers try to do their duty, once again putting their lives .....
[Read the Rest]

Springtime renewal

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Spring is a time when we throw open the windows, clean out the closets, and get our hands back into yard work. It's all about taking advantage of fresh air, reevaluating your needs, and nurturing the green space in your life. Most people look forwar ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Buying the War

Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Bill Moyers calls himself a "citizen journalist."

He is also an ordained Baptist minister, one-time aid to President Lyndon Johnson and, of course, a journalist with PBS.

Moyers is first and foremost a seeker of truth. That he work ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The power of words

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Could there be some good to come from the Don Imus foot-in-the-mouth scandal?

In the aftermath of Mr. Imus's unfortunate utterances some are now questioning the public use of terms most would find offensive. These offensive words and phrases ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Handicapping the Republican presidential candidates

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

John McCain's stay the course speech about the War in Iraq on April 11 certainly sealed any hopes of his becoming the next president of the United States. For the past several months he has been soldiering on for George Bush and the Republican Party ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Hospice care provides end of life options

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary



About a month ago Charles Krauthammer wrote an article in Newsweek titled "The Good Death". It called to be read because the magazine printed a picture of Mohammed Atta (the leader of the 9-11 attack) juxtaposed with Sister Theresa. Shortly ..... 
[Read the Rest]

America's hired guns in Iraq

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Mercenary - a person who takes part in an armed conflict and is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain.

As a young student studying the United States War of Independence I remember having a part ..... 
[Read the Rest]

99 bottles of beer in the ditch

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Commentary



Ahhh...must be spring in the Root River Valley...flood warnings, chocolate brown water cascading over the Lanesboro Dam, and beer cans leaving a trail in the ditch as if I were Gretel following them home. And by the way, on my last count the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Who was the real fool on April 1?

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Last week as I was checking my emails I came across an article The Old Farmer's Almanac had sent dealing with April Fools' Day. Reading the article, I was instantly transported back nearly 50 years ago when I was a pre-schooler playing on the sidewa ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | > | >>