Friday, December 26, 2008

George W. Bush’s Legacy; A Foot in the Mouth, a Shoe in the Face!

Thanks God/Allah there is few weeks left in George W. Bush presidency. No president in the history of the US has done so much damage to the country, to the US Constitution and the world like George W. Bush. For sure George W. Bush will down in history as the worst president ever n the history of the US and for good reasons. Not only he engaged the country in his war on Iraq with lies and reckless and irresponsible management of the war, he put his Republican cronies on Wall Street and K Street fleeced the country and stripped US treasury clean and allowed the Federal government to trample all of the constitutional rights that made the US such a great and special country.
No need to go into all of the verbal mumbo jumbo that became trade mark of George W. Bush and the source of laugh on late night television; it is so easy to go to YouTube and other website to see, hear and read an entire encyclopedia of stupid remarks and statement that only an illiterate can manage to say., and the guy claims he graduated from both Yale and Harvard universities. I am sure both universities will set up higher standards for their graduates so that someone like George Bush could never disgrace the names of such reputable schools again. However poor language skills are one thing, major policy disasters that badly and recklessly causing irreparable harm to the country and the world are another thing.

No thanks to Osama Bin Laden. Osama is perhaps the only persons who contributed the most to Bush survival as president of the US; otherwise George Bush would have been laughed out of the White House. September 11th attack that caused so much damage to the nation all but saved George Bush’s presidency.

The entire world without exception stood with the United States as it faced this new scrooge of international terrorism and George Bush with his reckless and stupid policies made sure that American would lose this kind of support and lose it very quickly.

The War on Iraq America was not America’s war, it was the private and experimental war of of the few, the Zionist Neocons of Bush and Cheney. It was not a war against Saddam over his killing of over 2 million Iraqis, Iranians and Kurds. This was has nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction or nuclear arms,it has every thing to do with the private and ideological agenda of Zionists like Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle among a number of prominent and leading American Jewish Zionist concocted the war as a way to serve Israel and reshape the Middle East in their own image. The war was nothing but a disaster and once these Zionist Neocons made sure the country was a deep hole, they simply walked away leaving George Bush and the nation holding the bag. Over $800 Billions of US tax payers was wasted on this private ideological war, not to mention the lives of some 4,400 of our brave young men and women and over 700,000 Iraqis in addition to the more than a million wounded both Americans and Iraqis.

With the War on Iraq, George Bush lost focus on the war on terror and his buddy Osama Bin Laden. Fighting terrorism became the new game in town where corporations and experts engaged in their own terrorism fleecing the nation treasury with programs and ideas that did not add to our sense of safety and security. War on terrorism because a business a big business. While the nation spent hundreds of billions Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are alive and well in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. His war policies are nothing but a total failure.

On the home front George Bush did not do any better. His handling of Katrina was anything but a disaster. His administration was not prepared to tackle and manage the after math of such disaster, but his administration was prepared to allow his cronies and so many corporate crooks to again fleece the nation treasury in the aftermath of Katrina.

However the worst was yet to come. With a Republican evangelical philosophy of little or minimal government, free market and hands off the economy, the crooks on Wall Street made like bandits, making billions of dollars for themselves and some money for their shareholder while implementing and carrying out the largest fleecing scheme ever in the history of the world. Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme of $50 Billion is nothing compared to what these incompetent crooks made while fleecing every one they could get into his/her pockets. Once they fleece the citizens once they ran out of schemes they came back to rob and fleece the national treasury out of $700 Billion, with more yet to come.

George Bush is leaving the presidency with a country in financial ruin, with a country in a recession not seen for decades with an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs like any thing unseen since the twenties. George Bush is leaving the presidency with the American Middle Class in total financial ruins. Not only his buddies and cronies robbed the poor blind with their sub-prime lending, but the middle class was financially wiped out with losses in trillions of dollars worth of retirement funds and 401Ks.

One thing for sure, George W. Bush did succeed where Newt Gingrich failed with his “Contract on America” scheme. The Republicans finally succeeded in taking America and 90% Americans to the poor house while lining up their pockets with hundreds of billions of government contracts. George Bush conspired with his Republican Party to down size the government only to transfer the work of government to the private sectors at treble the costs. Not so sure if Bush learned this at Harvard Business School.

Mr. Bush leaves the presidency with a country that has lost its moral and ethical compass, leaving behind a nation in ruin with little to show for at home and a big loss overseas. No administration ever engaged in the systematic destruction of our constitutional rights and liberties like that of George Bush. His administration engaged in illegal detentions torture, invasion of privacy with its wire taps without due process or constitutional restriction, engaged in racial profiling not seen since slavery.I am sure he will not be missed by this nation or the world. He has done so damage to America and the world he should be put on trial for all of his failings. His legacy is an economy in ruin, a middle class all but wiped out, a nation at war on two fronts and failing, the largest organized heist in the nation history, and of course more than a million dead. His administration was nothing but a complete failure on all front, domestic and international. If any one remember a single success please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fiddler on the Roof and Bernard Madoff.

When the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” came out back in 1971, it was such a big hit with me that I took 4 different dates to see it. It was a very moving story of a poor Jewish man named “Tevye” who endured a very tough and difficult time in Tsarist Russia and its frequent pogroms. With all of the difficulties he clanged to tradition, kept the faith in God and always wished he was a rich man.
Tevye perhaps speaks for all of us made poor by George Bush and the financial pogroms that put millions of Americans through, and I am sure Tevye speaks for the all of the rich Jews made poor by Bernard Madoff. I am sure all of us remember the wonderful and moving lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof
"Dear God, you made many, many poor people.
I realize, of course, that it's no shame to be poor.
But it's no great honor either!
So, what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?"

I'd build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen,
Right in the middle of the town.
A fine tin roof with real wooden floors below.
There would be one long staircase just going up,
And one even longer coming down,
And one more leading nowhere, just for show.”
Good thing Tevye did not live to see the day when a fellow Jew, Bernard Madoff stiffed so many rich and elite Jews out of tens of billions of dollars. Had he lived that long and immigrated to America, and became rich perhaps Tevye would have been one of them. The names Bernard Madoff stiffed looks like whose who in American Jewish community and include “ Senator Frank Lautenberg, New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, real estate and media mogul Mortimer Zuckerman, GMAC Financial Services chairman J. Ezra Merkin (who ran a hedge fund, Ascot Partners, which reinvested many charities’ funds with Madoff), the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Steven Spielberg’s Wunderkinder Foundation, Jeff Katzenberg, the Boston-based Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation (which has closed its doors), Eliot Spitzer’s family, the Chais Family Foundation, the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, Hadassah (the Women’s Zionist Organization of America), the United Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington , the Los Angeles’ Jewish Community Foundation’s $238 million Common Investment Pool, the American Jewish Congress, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology” this is a quote from an article that appeared in “Counterpunch” of course not to mention Yeshiva University where Bernard Madoff served on the Board of Trustees.
Since many of these charities and major Jewish personalities are heavy investors in Israel and Israeli causes, I wonder how many of these charities that lost money with Bernard Madoff support and finance Jewish settler terrorism and Jewish terrorism. One thing is for sure we know that most if not all of the money that comes to these criminal Jewish settler terrorists comes from the US. Many if not most of the money that comes to support these Jewish terrorists and criminals comes from US tax exempt charities. Charities that fund them as they go about forging documents and committing fraud to enable them to steal and rob Palestinians of their homes and properties in West Bank cities of Jerusalem and Hebron and take over lands for their settlements, no to mention terrorizing Palestinian farmers and villagers on a daily basis. These charities make it possible for these criminal terrorist settlers not to have a job but make terrorizing Palestinians a full time job paid for by American Jewish charities.
It will not be a surprise if some members of the Congress who feel Jewish charities suffered major losses that prevent them from continuing the support they give to these criminal Jewish settlers will add the Bernard Madoff Investment to the list of financial institutions qualifying for the $700 Billion bail-out.
Only on few occasions did I wish to be a Jew, and who wouldn’t (there is no need to go through difficult circumcisions since by tradition we are circumcised at young age) especially those of us born in Palestine or have Palestinian parents and lost our properties to Jewish settlers and to the State of Israel. If we were Jews we would have the rights to our properties and land and no one, not from New Jersey, or New York or Orange Country can claim the land as deeded to him/her by God.
Of course as I look and see Jews from Moldavia, Russia, the Ukraine, Hungry, New Jersey, New York, North Miami and Orange Country have a right of return, not only return but can chose the piece of land he/she wants and claim it as his/her irrespective of who is the Palestinian owner and as I look at those of us born in Palestine not only are denied the right of return, but denied the right to visit and stay beyond the 3 months tourist visa. My late father, a US citizen who qualified for the “family reunification” program as applied to my late mother had to fly out of the West Bank town of El-Bireh to Cyprus every few months (for more than 10 years) until such time he bribed an Israeli working for the civil administration who gave his a residency card to live in his home town. Denial of residency applies to any Palestinians wishing to return and live in the areas under the civil administration of the Palestinian Authority.
I am sure I do share with Tevye his wish to be a rich man, but not so sure I wish to be that rich and Jewish to qualify to be one of the clients of Bernard Madoff. Boy the man has lots of Chutzpah. Not all Jews could qualify with him, but only certain Jews, the country club type the very supper rich, the philanthropist who gives lots of money to Jewish causes and to Israel. I am sure Tuvye is laughing in his grave and perhaps continue to wish he was a rich a man. As for Palestinians conversion to Judaism is always an option, why not? We could easily solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict peacefully and without much shedding of blood.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

America; a Country That Lost its Moral and Ethical Compass!

Mr. Barack Obama, may God/Allah (oops, did I say Allah, sorry) and all deities help you and guide you. You need all of the help you can get, as you assume the leadership of the US on January 20th, 2009. Not only you are taking the helm of a country on the edge of financial and economic collapse but you also taking over a country that after 8 years of George W. Bush and 35 years of the “Right Nation” has lost its ethical and moral compass.

I am sure you and millions of Americans and hundred of millions around the world are mindful and understand the collapse of Wall Street and the entire financial sector and the immanent collapse of the American auto industry and soon the collapse of the credit cards industry are not a result of economic and market conditions as we are led by our business and financial leaders and but as a direct result of business and political leaders losing their ethical and moral compass.

The collapse of the mortgage industry has nothing to do with market conditions and economics. It has every thing to do with the greed, incompetence and absence of moral values and business ethics. Wall Street and executives of both Fannie and Freddie sought to maximize short term profits for themselves and their shareholders while pushing for and promoting predatory lending and sub-prime and marketing “products” that are nothing but trash, knowing well this practice is nothing more than “bonzy” scheme and will soon collapse. Wall Street in its greed was coming up with more and more risky financial instruments and products that with the blessing of the Federal Reserve and Congressional leadership contributed directly to the collapse of the market. Yet because Wall Street and the entire mortgage industry have no scruples went ahead, only to leave tax payers hold the bag. If in fact these executives were following the market rules and proper business practice none of this would have happened.

No one can convince me and the American public those executives at US automotive industry not only failed to learn from the energy crisis of the early seventies, but did not know the consequences of building poor quality cars that rattles and break down often. The same is true of failing to understand the consequences of an ever expanding and costlier network of dealership and having too many models and too many divisions. Any idiot or a fool knows that one could never sustain a business with poor quality product and poor service. Even the Chinese who are new at market conditions knew this when they executed the man in charge of quality control for export. I never know what these executives where doing while getting paid tens of millions in compensations?

It is too bad that America’s business leaders are trying to justify their ethical and moral laps by putting the blame on market and market conditions. They were and are getting paid tens of millions to think of market conditions and changing economies and to plan for it, yet their greed and lack of business scruples blinded the reality of what is out there and their lack of any business ethics contributed to the collapse of companies they manage and ran. $50 Billions simply did not disappear because Bernard Madoff was doing the right job for his clients. This has noting to do with market conditions, but it has every thing to do with being a crook and the absence of an honest and good cop.

As we look beyond Wall Street and the auto industry, and look at our own government and how it operates, and look at our Congress and how it operates, we see the absence of moral and ethical practices and values every where we turn around. It is no accident that over $10 Billions of “unfinished “contracts are out there within the Department of Home Land Security. It is no accident that over $10 Billions simply disappeared or wasted in the aftermath of Katrina. It is no wonder that over $100 Billion, yes over $100 Billions wasted, lost or disappeared on the reconstruction of Iraq. Tens of billions of dollars were fleeced from the Pentagon budget. These things do not happen because of bad market conditions. They happen because someone responsible out there did not do their job right. It happened because the contractor was less than honest. It happens because our government under George Bush not only nurtured incompetence but nurtured corruptions and lies as well. Bush and his now discredit NeoCons lied all the way to Baghdad.

It is not an accident that our political leaders from the guy occupying the White House to the leaders of the Justice Department and Defense Department think and believe harsh interrogation measures, torture, subcontract tortures to Middle East countries, indefinite detention, denial of rights to counsel is Ok and morally and legally right and part of our American values. It is not an accident that our president with the consent and approval of Congress think it is Ok to spy on people and invade their privacy without strict control and supervisions of an independent judiciary. It is not an accident that our government and our congressional leaders think it is OK to pass legislation that targets certain ethnic and religious group and actively engage in racial profiling and call it of all things the “Patriot Act”. These things happens because our political leaders from the Oval Office to the lone soldier in Abu-Greib thought it was Ok to do all of these things under our new and revised standard of morality and ethics of the “Right Nation”. Donald Rumsfeld thought there was nothing wrong with the looting the Iraqi museums and ministries immediately with the arrival of our troops in Baghdad even made fun of it.

It is not no accident that we not only we murder hundreds of thousands in our wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and murder over 4,300 of our finest men and women, but waste some $700 billions of our hard earned tax dollars and simply say’ mistakes were made” and the “the war was not managed right”. Because those who are in charge have lied, have no scruples and no sense of honesty and decency and have lost their moral and ethical compass. And worse no one is held accountable for these moral and ethical lapses let alone for their incompetence and stupidity. Some even earned the highest honors by our nation.

Every where we go in every town and every city, there is a contractor, some business executives, some lobbyist is cheating and engaging in briberies, breach of trust, that some government official or elected official is taking bribes and overlooking the fleecing of government and tax payers. We have become nations of thieves and crooks.

However putting the country back on the right economic track is easy compared to putting the country, our business executives, and our political leaders back on the right track of moral and ethical standards is not that easy. This will require more than just simply throwing money, and more debt money on the problem. It requires presidential leadership setting the standards for moral and ethical values at every level of government. Every one in America must be re-educated and re-introduced to the basic American values and ethics that made this country a great nation. The damage done by George Bush and the “Right Nation” will take a long a time to repair and heal.

All of these things happened not by accident but by design, deliberate design. Total failure by our business and political leaders to put a standard, a reference of moral and ethical values and incorporate it in all business and political decisions. Yes, Mr. Obama you will need all of the help you can get from all of the gods out there including Allah. Our nation is not only in economic ruins, but lost its moral and ethical compass.

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Special Note: I hope that invoking the word “Allah” in this posting does not rattle the minds and provoke the anger of Michael Chertoff, Michael B. Mukasey and the Islamophobists Steve Emerson, and Daniel Pipes.