Written in April of 2015

          الدولة الإسلامية في العر   اق والشام

ISIS

The topic of this paper is is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or sometimes called The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). For the sake of picking one out of the air, lets just call it ISIS.

So far 95% of all press reports are about either their battlefield successes or their depravity and cruelty. I have come to the conclusion the press loves the word beheading, it seems as if that’s all they talk about.

A few weeks ago the Des Moines Register carried an article I wrote regarding declaring war on the Islamic State. It was posted here on my blog in late November. This editorial is written to explain what I believe are the important elements of that decision

Today we went to the park and our veterinarian met us there to put dear Sable to sleep.

We got there at 11:00 am and we went for a walk in the woods near the river. Although almost blind his sense of smell was as good as ever. We wondered through the woods for a while and then started back to Sweet Pea’s tree, named after another loving dog from our past. My wife Kerry, our vet and the vet tech were all waiting, so we sat on the blanket and he settled down while a needle went in his leg. He looked up at us and gave the look of trust that he so often gave when something was happening he was not confortable with but knew we thought it best. The sedative began to take effect as I rubbed his ears, the thing he liked the most. He became calm and the second fluid of death drifted into his body. As the tears of humans came down he moved into another world not controlled by man but by God and he slowly –left- us.

Throughout America’s history Congress has declared war eleven times. Six of those Congressional authorizations were declared against various countries as we entered World War 11.

A congressional resolution, but not a declaration of war, got us into eleven additional conflicts. Both Iraq wars and the Viet Nam conflict were fought under a congressional resolution.

I could not believe I did it. I watched every minute of over 11 hours of hearings of the Select Committee on Benghazi.

So after all that time what did I learn? Well, supplementing some other insight I have regarding State department culture, rules and process, I come up 3 major points.

In today’s political America we seem to be divided between the right and the left. As one who has a couple of degrees in Political Science I should understand the difference in the various positions but I must admit I stay thoroughly confused.

On the issue of abortion for instance it should be relatively simple to explain the conservative position vs. the liberal/progressive position, but if you think about it from an historical perspective it gets a bit muddled.

For example, former Senator and Republican candidate for President Barry Goldwater, the epicenter of conservative thought in the 60s, had a very simple position on abortion –it was up to a woman to choose. This was under the conservative theory that government should stay out of a person’s private life. Today that position would be considered a liberal/ progressive position.

It has recently been in the news that both Ben Carson and Donald Trump are asking for Secret Service protection. There is a specific process in place to determine who and when Secret Service protection is granted.

Basically it starts with a request to the Director of DHS and is then reviewed by congressional leadership to determine if a presidential candidate has enough support among the electorate and that there may have been or is likely to be, various threats against a candidate. The question of does the government have the resources to provide protection is never an issue.

There are pros and cons to having protection. The obvious advantage is that it does give a candidate “street creds” in terms of their viability and protection is usually a good thing given the multitude of crazies running around.

Jerry Parr died last week. Jerry was a true American hero. He was in the right place at the right time and acted with foresight and decisiveness. Because of his actions Jerry changed the course of American history.

I knew Jerry because he was a member of an association managed by my former company. The company was Diversified Management Services (DMS), the association was the Association of Former Agents of the US Secret Service (AFAUSSS) and Jerry became an American hero because he saved the life of Ronald Reagan.

Columnists, political pundits and editorial writers throughout the country will spend the week reviewing and analyzing each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the good and bad one-liners that came out in the debate.

There are a number of things that I think most pundits will miss that are important take a ways which should be examined.

Years ago-a quick airport run –a large crate-and a huge black dog appeared –

Cisco-black lab-made up of a bundle of energy and boundless love came into the young family of Goodsons-later- went away with a neighbor to start a new

life as an Alabama coon dog- I’m sure he loved the woods-the water and life in general

 

Fast-forward some 35 years and his soul mate Blackie appeared-

Black-black-the longest tongue in dog dum- sparkly eyes- boundless energy-jump from couch to chair to floor to lap-only need is love-only gift is love back-

Blackie went away as most do because a loving family wanted no pain for him.

He lived 100 years –compacted in only-8