Category Archives: Iraq

General Kelly Takes Command

I’ve been sworn into many positions of command, led marines all over the world, including in combat in Iraq, and am currently head of the of Department of Homeland Security in a capacity that compels me to warn that terrorism “is everywhere. It’s constant. It’s nonstop.” And it will continue, probably for generations. “If some […]

Also posted in Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump, John Kelly, Marines, Reince Preibus, Steve Bannon, Terrorism

Trump Aces Lady Golfers

Can you believe my fake news enemies wanted to steal the women’s U.S. Open championship from me and my Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey? They said the president shouldn’t benefit by having a major tournament played on his golf course and it would be inappropriate since they claim I’m not always a gentleman […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Golf, Health, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Russia

Obama Writes to Trump

Dear President Trump, I have to this point restrained myself from responding to your avalanche of falsehoods and insults but better speak now, in this letter I share with a public likely to suffer from your instability and that should know you’re a nonalcoholic version of witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose name still makes free […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Chemical Weapons, Donald Trump, Iran, Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Syria

One State or Two

I knew I was going to be a hell of a president but, frankly, I underestimated myself. I’ve got a great feel for diplomacy and international relations. Did you see me at the news conference last week with Prime Minister Abe after the North Koreans had test fired another ballistic missile? I coolly let the […]

Also posted in Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Syria

Trump Visits Obama

This story appear in the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Iran, ISIS, Nuclear Weapons

The First Debate

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Campaign 2016, Chicago, Federal Reserve, Guns, Hillary Clinton, Immigration, Iran, Korean War, Murder, Nuclear Weapons

Fighting Ted Cruz

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2016, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Egypt, George Wallace, Hosni Mubarak, ISIS, John Kasich, Libya, Marco Rubio, Muammar Gaddafi, NRA, Russia, Saddam Hussein, Supreme Court, Ted Cruz, Vladimir Putin, William Rehnquist

Dining with Bill Clinton

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, ISIS, Israel, New York City, Palestine, Syria

Deadly Numbers

I was an Iraqi professor of statistics until the United States and later ISIS destroyed my classroom and much of the university. I suppose I should thank each group for attacking when school wasn’t in session, but I believe that may have been coincidental. At any rate, like civilized people everywhere, I commiserate with the […]

Also posted in Afghanistan, ISIS, Middle East, Paris

Trump Crashes Democratic Debate

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Bernie Sanders, Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Guns, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Martin O'Malley, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism

Putin to Obama re Paris

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Beirut, Campaign 2016, Germany, ISIS, Japan, Lebanon, Middle East, Paris, Ronald Reagan, Russia, Syria, Vladimir Putin, World War II

Saudis Defend Refugee Policies

We in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are most chagrined by quite ignorant insults about our unwillingness to accept refugees from imploding Syria. It’s unconscionable, say arrogant Westerners, that the Saudis can’t welcome some of their Arab brothers and sisters who’ve been displaced by an enduring civil war; these refugees share the same language and […]

Also posted in Germany, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Syria

Saddam Battles ISIS

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2016, ISIS, Jeb Bush, Kurds, Marco Rubio, Middle East, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Turkey

Big Crowds for Bernie

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Bernie Sanders, Campaign 2016, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Vermont

Alluring Emails

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Campaign 2016, Echoes from Saddam Hussein, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Michelle Kwan

Jeb Slams Hillary on Iraq

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2016, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, ISIS, Islam, Jeb Bush

Saddam Confronts Netanyahu

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most recent sermon to the Congress of the United States, he marched into his palatial D.C. hotel suite where Saddam Hussein romped with several robust young women. The political titans excused their guests and bodyguards, and this conversation, preserved by a Mossad recording device, followed: Benjamin Netanyahu – What the […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Israel, Nuclear Weapons, Saddam Hussein, Vietnam

Chris Kyle Reloads

I’d like to thank Clint Eastwood for making a movie about me and being so nice to my wife and kids, but I want to correct the impression he gives in his column, as well as in American Sniper, that I was a weak man tortured because I killed so many people. That ain’t so. […]

Also posted in American Sniper, Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, George W. Bush, Movies, PTSD, Saddam Hussein

Eastwood Battles American Snipers

I usually don’t spend much time arguing with critics of my movies and I’m not going to today. I’ll just refute those who accuse me of glorifying war or, at minimum, celebrating a man they scream online was a “psychopathic killer.” Listen, I’m not trying to transform Chris Kyle, the American Sniper who killed more […]

Also posted in American Sniper, Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, George W. Bush, Movies, PTSD, Saddam Hussein

Saddam Counters Islamic State

Thankfully I’m an empathetic man or I would’ve hammered my driver into the head of the flunky who interrupted my backswing on the gorgeous eighteenth tee at Doral. He said he was an aide to President Barack Obama and urged me to help save Iraq and the Middle East and vital American and Israeli interests. […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Iran, ISIS, Middle East, Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein, Turkey

Dick Cheney Speaks

Thank God I’m healthy and on TV to warn Barack Obama is lousy president and responsible for IRS persecuting conservatives and terrorists murdering several Americans in Benghazi. I, by contrast, am proud national security expert who protected you on 9/11 and strategic wizard who more than anyone, except underling President Bush, saved American lives by […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Libya, Short Pieces - GTC, Taxes

Counterattack

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Afghanistan, CIA, David Petraeus, Marriage, Middle East, Sex, Short Pieces - GTC, Taliban, West Point

Death Sentences in Iraq

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Crime, Lawyers, Middle East, Murder

Conservative International Action Plan

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, China, Cold War, Conservatives, Iran, Middle East, Nuclear Weapons, Pacific Ocean, Republicans, Russia, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Taliban, Vladimir Putin

More Bombings in Iraq

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Middle East, Saddam Hussein

State of the Union

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Economics, George S. Patton, George W. Bush, Immigration, Iran, Lyndon Johnson, Mexico, Mitt Romney, Nuclear Weapons, Poetry - GTC, Richard Nixon

Martin Luther King: “Beyond Vietnam”

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Communism, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Iran, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Poverty, Racism, Religion, Richard Nixon, Terrorism, Vietnam, War

Nuclear Engineers

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Iran, Middle East, Nuclear Weapons, Poetry - GTC, Terrorism

Sign Holder

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Economics, Homeless, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC, Poverty, War

Saddam Comforts Americans

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Bashar al-Assad, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Nouri al-Maliki, Saddam Hussein, Syria

Sam Retired in Florida

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Fidel Castro, Middle East, Poetry - GTC, Saddam Hussein, Syria

Iraqi Women

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Prostitution, Sex, Women's Rights

George W. Bush on Men and Women

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush, King Abdullah, Middle East, Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabia, Sex

Diary of Osama bin Laden

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Europe, George W. Bush, Iran, Islam, New York City, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Palestine, Religion, Spain, Terrorism, Washington - D.C.

Book Tour

I had secretly taken an earlier flight to elude the media and (I later learned) several dozen readers who, by the standards of literary greetings at airports, constituted a throng. I wasn’t being rude. I was terrified. I couldn’t allow them to see me stagger out after one of those hemmed-in, gut-busting, ear-popping, time-altering twelve-hour […]

Also posted in Adolf Hitler, Amazon.com, Auschwitz, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Edvard Benes, Europe, France, George Thomas Clark, Germany, Hitler Here, Holocaust, Iran, Japan, Middle East, Short Stories - GTC, World War II

Hosni Mubarak Vows to Protect Egypt

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Anwar Sadat, Ayatollah Khomeini, Barack Obama, Egypt, Hillary Clinton, Hosni Mubarak, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, Palestine, Saddam Hussein, Tunisia

Historian Presents the Statistics of War

I bumbled by that smoking, manure-laden vehicle that didn’t explode in New York City last week and felt foolish I wasn’t the one who detected it and that I should have since I’ve spent my career analyzing wars but concede I’m only a historian, hiding in academia, who would’ve cringed at the sound of real […]

Also posted in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Alexander the Great, Taliban, War, World War I, World War II

Flying Shoes

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush

Bush Embraces Missiles

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Europe, George W. Bush, Missile Shield, Nuclear Weapons, Weapons

President Bush Strives to Ensure Iraq’s Future

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush, Middle East

Delighted after Five Years in Iraq

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Al Qaeda, George W. Bush, Terrorism

Saddam Hussein Vows to Rescue Bush

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein

Grand Speeches

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Al Qaeda, George W. Bush, Middle East

Boehner Rebukes Republicans

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Drugs, John Boehner, Lobbyists, Republicans, Tobacco

Consequences of Defeat in Iraq

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush, Middle East, Terrorism

Saddam Gloats over Iraqi Chaos

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Saddam Hussein

White House Statement on Proper Deaths

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in President W. Bush, War

President Bush Explains the Surge

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush

Saddam Hussein’s Final Interview

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Saddam Hussein

Discouraged

I’m not going to tell whether as security officer I serve old Baathists, new Sunnis, Sadr Shiites, Iranian Shiites, autonomous Kurds, Christians, or CIA operatives. I can’t tell you because I often don’t know. Look what happened November fourteenth – year doesn’t matter – at Ministry of Education research center: several dozen men driving pickup […]

Also posted in Short Pieces - GTC

Supreme Power

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein

President Bush’s New Language about War

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush

President Bush Celebrates Three Years in Iraq

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush

Fortress America and “The Long War”

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, George W. Bush, Iran, Terrorism

Congressman John Murtha Tells Truth about Iraq, GOP Bleats, Demos Bolt

Tough and forthright Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha recently told the truth about United States involvement in Iraq and for that good service was bombarded by vitriol from Republicans and the stampeding feet of retreating fellow Democrats.  Evidently, most leading Democrats in congress either agree with the current fight-fight-damn-the-consequences policy of President George W. Bush or […]

Also posted in Democrats, John Murtha, Republicans

Saddam Hussein Meets Eminent Leader

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Saddam Hussein

President Bush Warns of More Destruction

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Al Qaeda, George W. Bush, Terrorism

Dashing Saddam Deluged by Proposals

This is story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Saddam Hussein

Letter to President Bush: Try to Stabilize Iraq, then Leave

Dear President Bush, Let’s relax a few minutes and acknowledge that you are the most powerful man in the world, and the United States is fighting another war in Iraq, and the war is already more than two years old and the insurgency more deadly than ever and that your strategic reasoning for putting troops […]

Also posted in George W. Bush

Explosions and Elections in the Middle East

Several days ago Iraqi insurgents in Hilla detonated a massive car bomb scattering body parts and clothes onto a street puddled with blood.  About one hundred twenty people died and many more were wounded.  Most of the victims – typically – were unarmed, unprepared, and lightly guarded recruits for the army and police.  They were […]

Also posted in Afghanistan, Egypt, George W. Bush, Hosni Mubarak, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestine, Syria, Yasser Arafat

Courageous Iraqis Prepare to Vote

It is most ironic that a historic political event in Iraq – the first free election – is, or should be, a fundamentally apolitical occurrence in the United States and other democratic countries.  Today – January 30, 2005 – everyone who believes in liberty is in the same cheering section.  For at least a day […]

Surgically Enhanced Saddam Backs Democracy

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Saddam Hussein

What President Bush Could Be Thinking About Iraq

This story is an excerpt from “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush

Bush’s Popularity Rises in Concert with Death Toll

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Campaign 2004, George W. Bush, John Kerry

Saddam Back on Stage as Insurgency Grows

The man’s a bona fide survivor, isn’t he? Hundreds of thousands of his victims inside and outside Iraq are dead. His sons are dead. Thousands of people mired in the mess he left have recently died. But Saddam Hussein lives on. He’s harder to kill than a cockroach in the deepest crevice, more difficult to […]

Also posted in George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein

Gaddafi’s Daughter Joins Saddam’s Exciting Legal Team

Google and Yahoo are search engines of astonishing reach and daily utility but I’m a little disappointed in them tonight: they were only able to provide one picture of Aisha Gaddafi, daughter of Muammar and newest member of the rapidly growing Saddam legal team that now numbers twenty-one professional and hundreds of volunteer lawyers.  If […]

Also posted in Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein

What Are the Iraqis and Saudis Going to Do?

We can long debate what the United States should do about the recent beheading of two of its citizens in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Most will agree the murderers should be captured and punished. But how can that be done? Will a police-style manhunt, orchestrated by the military, be enough? Or, as many in the […]

Also posted in Saudi Arabia

Surgery on Iraq

Let’s cut the bullshit – the stuff that so often comes from the mouths of leaders everywhere – and deal with some facts: The Bush administration repeatedly lied about the capabilities and intentions of Iraq to do harm to the United States. The Bush administration was internationally condemned for even contemplating an attack on a […]

Also posted in George W. Bush, War

The Right Starts to Collapse on Bush

I don’t listen long to conservative radio talk shows. That would be like lingering at peep shows. But I can’t tell you about something said during these sermons unless I concede I listen a little. I usually don’t do so on purpose, of course. While searching for rationality, I accidentally press a button leading to […]

Also posted in Campaign 2004, George W. Bush

Saddam Wears a Beard

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein, War