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Sunday, May 22, 2011

FCC Regulator to Highly Paid Industry Exeuctive: Meridith Attwell Baker

Joe:  this is what is wrong with the country and is an excellent example of what we have been saying. This is legal cronyism. It’s a major cause of the financial disaster. These elites rotate from academia, to government regulatory bodies, then to industry for the big pay-off and then back again. This is why those that regulate the financial industry actually worked for these same firms. Everyone needs to make a living but the integrity of the system has to have priority and clearly we don’t have that. Burecrats deserve much blame but there just aren’t that many career burecrats at the top level to preserve and protect the system as long as it is legal to rotate out. I agree with Hilzik and Andrew Schwartzman (see below) whoheartedly. –Bob

FCC commissioner's move to Comcast shows the revolving door is still spinning
Meredith Attwell Baker's new employer is the corporate entity whose merger with NBCUniversal was blessed by the FCC in January.

By Michael Hiltzik
No political adage gets a more vigorous workout than the one about how the real scandal in Washington isn't what's illegal, but what's legal.

Case in point: Meredith Attwell Baker's announcement that she will be stepping down as a Federal Communications Commission member in June to join Comcast-NBCUniversal.

Baker's new employer, of course, is the huge entity whose merger was blessed by the FCC only in January, after a year of scrutiny. Baker voted in favor.

Let's examine what's legal about Baker's move.

First, no one suggests that she tailored her vote on the merger, or indeed on any issue that came up in her nearly two years as a commissioner, with an eye toward jumping to Comcast.

On the contrary, during her tenure she's hewed consistently to cherished conservative deregulatory principles — reining in the FCC's scrutiny of mergers and acquisitions and of net neutrality, which is the idea that Internet service providers should be prevented from giving preferential treatment to some services and content over others.

Baker's positions might have gratified Comcast, which is both a major Internet service provider with a commercial incentive to squeeze website owners for preference fees and a merger party that bristled under the FCC spotlight. But the signs are that she came by them honestly enough.

"I am a conservative Republican who believes in the free market," Baker told me last week. Government, she says, tends to "overregulate on issues where the free market might be able to solve some of the problems."

Before joining the FCC she worked as a Commerce Department official under President George W. Bush and a Washington lobbyist for the telecommunications industry, so President Obama knew what he was getting when he named her to the commission as one of its Republican members. It's not as though he had much choice: Customarily, senators of the minority party get their say on its appointees to federal bodies required to have bipartisan membership, such as the FCC.

Nor has anyone suggested that Baker broke the law by accepting a job with Comcast so soon after voting for its merger. She appears to have scrupulously observed the required formalities, recusing herself from Comcast and NBC matters at the FCC — in fact, from all FCC matters — since mid-April, when she says she entered employment discussions with Comcast.

She'll be barred from lobbying any federal administrative agency for at least two years and as long as Obama is in the White House, and she'll be barred for life from lobbying the FCC over any of the Comcast merger conditions. Her FCC term is due to expire next month, and that's when she'll leave to become a senior vice president of NBCUniversal.

"You have to be a little surprised Comcast was still interested in me after I told them all the things I would be recused from," Baker told me.

But that's disingenuous, and her job change is a scandal. The rules she complied with are designed to place a white dusting of powdered sugar over what is deep down a grimy Washington institution — the revolving door.

The restrictions she faces are hardly stringent, their effects easily circumvented. She's not prevented from lobbying Congress or from strategizing with her new colleagues about how they should present Comcast's case to regulators. Comcast will be able to make full use of all her experience as a regulatory veteran, thank you very much.

"The system is fundamentally flawed," says Andrew Schwartzman, policy director of the Washington-based Media Access Project. Thanks to the revolving door, "People attain expertise which is extremely valuable to the regulated companies and turn around and make that expertise available to them at the expense of the public."

The incredible speed with which Baker is transforming herself from federal regulator back into corporate lobbyist underscores why regulation in Washington has become such a spavined, toothless beast.

To be fair, Baker was not a monochromatically conservative regulator. Schwartzman says she bucked Republican orthodoxy on issues such as the development of low-power FM broadcasting and public access to unused TV broadcasting spectrum.

But on more momentous issues she carried water for big business, often maintaining that regulators shouldn't do much regulating. In March, for example, Baker delivered a speech for the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation, which devotes itself to promoting tax cuts for the rich, supply-side economics and the privatization of Social Security.

Her theme was that the FCC spent so danged much time scrutinizing media and telecommunications mergers that some dealmakers might have got discouraged. "Ask yourself, would you subject yourself to the FCC merger review process?" she queried her audience of telecommunications executives. "My concern is that you might walk away."

I'd like to see a list of transactions that were discouraged or derailed by its promoters' fears of the lengthiness of the regulatory review. Baker doesn't cite a single one. And that's not even to consider whether any transaction so affected would have been in the public interest in the first place.

It's hardly the FCC's job to grease the skids for big merger deals, any more than it's the FAA's job to give airlines a pass on safety inspections. The FCC's duty is to weigh mergers' effect on the public interest, plus or minus, and stop them if it's the latter. Anyway, given that Comcast and NBC pursued their $30-billion merger and AT&T and T-Mobile have a $39-billion merger deal on the table despite the prospect of lengthy FCC proceedings, plainly the big dealmakers haven't been so discouraged.

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps made a telling observation about how industry really views the regulatory obstacles to big merger deals — as minor annoyances to be waited out. "Power is patient," he says. "Big businesses can bide their time when they have to in order to reap the fullest harvest."

Copps' observation came as part of his statement marking the FCC's approval of the Comcast-NBC deal, on which he was the only dissenter. He called the deal virtually devoid of benefits to the public and predicted it would result in higher cable and Internet bills and add to the potential for "walled gardens, toll booths … and a stake in the heart of independent content production."

Baker's statement on the Comcast vote (issued jointly with her fellow Republican commissioner, Robert M. McDowell) said the merger "has the potential to bring exciting benefits to consumers that outweigh potential harms." It's as though Comcast's PR staff were already drafting Baker's statements for her, back in January.

But that's churlish. Baker didn't need Comcast's corporate flacks to help her reach that conclusion. "She won't have any problem adjusting to Comcast's positions," remarks Craig Aaron, chief executive of Free Press, a Washington media reform group that has been vehemently critical of Baker's move.

Washington has always brimmed with young lawyers who take jobs with consumer regulatory agencies to gain a little training and seasoning before launching lucrative careers in corporate law. The only way to keep these ambitious greenhorns focused on the obligations of enforcement while they're in public service is for the leaders of their agencies to take those obligations seriously.

When leaders like Baker signal that it's acceptable to cash in without even waiting for a decent interval, what hope is there that government will serve the public interest, not the corporate interest?

Michael Hiltzik's column appears Sundays and Wednesdays. Reach him at mhiltzik@latimes.com, read past columns at latimes.com/hiltzik, check out facebook.com/hiltzik and follow @latimeshiltzik on Twitter.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Joseph Foster: on Dorothy Parvaz her time in Syria’s Secret Prison

By Joseph Foster
Email Joseph Foster at jfoste3@aol.com for a free book summary. My book, ‘’Destruction of America", subtitled "Stand up for America" will be available May 2012 at all major bookstores. Visit my blog Stand Up for America! for more articles.

The sad story of Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria’s Secret prison.

Dorothy is an American citizen employed by Al Jazeera the Arab news media that has now been acclaimed by the west as one of the best and objective news media reporting world events as it happens, Dorothy was sent to Syria to cover the story of the uprising in Syria and while there, she disappeared. Al Jazeera put out an intensive search for her, not knowing if she was dead or alive. Dorothy was fortunate to be released and out of Syria, she tells her story which should be a shock to the world how an oppressive regime in Syria was brutally suppressing Freedom fighters.

This is a country that I have visited on several occasions and can attest to the fear of its citizen to speak freely. On one of my visit to Damascus I was able to get a Taxi driver that spoke English and asked him to drive me around the city, foremost in my mind I wanted to see where The Palace of the brutal dictator Hafez Assad is located, the father of the current president of Syria, as we drove near the palace he said without pointing in his hand that it is to your right, when I put out my hand to verify the sight of the Palace, This driver immediately pushed my hand down and told me we must leave the area immediately. He said by pointing your hand to the Palace if the secret police were to see us we shall both end up in one of the Syrians prison for interrogations.

After I assured him that I am an American citizen and my journey as a historian is to learn about the country where I read was a police State and wanted to get firsthand knowledge, as how the people live in a police state, he informed me of the horror and the oppression of the people. My journey was not confined to Syria but by curiosity I made a visit to Russia during the communist era, and other Eastern European countries that were under the rule of the communist regime in Russia.

We shall all be thankful to the brave reporters that risk their life in reporting events in some of the most dangerous countries, without such reporters we shall all remain blind to Tyranny. Doha is the headquarters of Al Jazeera, It has been reported that quite often the white house tunes to the news reported by this news agency to get facts on news events were western news media were UN able to obtain due to the extreme danger in some of the countries covered by Al Jazeera.


'We could clearly hear the interrogator pummeling his fists into his subject,' writes our correspondent. Dorothy Parvaz Last Modified: 18 May 2011 20:27

I was standing in two fist-sized pools of smeared, sticky blood, trying to sort out why there were seven angry Syrians yelling at me. Only one of them - who I came to know as Mr. Shut Up during my three days in a detention center, where so many Syrians 'disappeared' are being kept - spoke English.

Watching them searching my bags, and observing the set of handcuffs hanging from the bunk bed wedged behind the desk in the middle of the room, I guessed that I was being arrested - or, at the very least, processed for detention.

"Why are you doing this?" I asked.

"Shut up! SHUT UP!" said Mr. Shut Up.

I'd arrived there moments before, dragged by a handful of hair from a car where I'd been wedged between two armed men. They'd tried to convince me that they were taking me to my hotel, but, of course, I knew that there was no way plain-clothed security personnel would be kind enough to escort me to my accommodation.

I did, however, manage to resist being forced to wear a blindfold, figuring that if they were going to shoot me, they really didn't need a reason to do so.

After about 20 minutes, we pulled off the highway and through two checkpoints. By this point, the rather handsy security guard to my left had pulled my scarf over my eyes.

Armed guards opened a gate to what seemed like a military compound, filled with dozens of men, all plain-clothed, lurking in an atmosphere suited only to cracking skulls - so heightened was the sense of impending violence.

Welcome to mini-Guantanamo; perhaps one of many in Syria where protesters and bystanders alike have been swept up in the wide net cast by an increasingly paranoid government since the start of anti-government protests several weeks ago.

I'd ended up there because a scan of my luggage had revealed that I had a satellite phone and an internet hub with me - the commercially available type, nothing special, and just the sort of thing one might need while travelling in a country with spotty communications.

Still, if that was deemed suspicious, then my American passport, complete with its Al Jazeera-sponsored visa, sealed the deal. The agents couldn't seem to agree what I was, or which was worse: an American spy for Israel, or an Al Jazeera reporter – both were pretty much on a par.

Blindfolded, I was led to the first of my three cells - a tiny, sparse room, roughly three paces across and five length-wise. On the floor, on a ratty brown blanket, sat a young woman whose face was puffy from crying. She said she was 25 and from Damascus and indicated that she had been there for four days. She didn't know why she'd been picked up by the Mukhabarat, the Syrian intelligence service.

She said she was a shop assistant in a clothes store, and the designer stilettos that sat in the corner of the cell seemed to belie any suggestion that this was a girl who had left her house in order to participate in protests. She said she'd been speaking on her phone when she was hauled into a car, blindfolded and driven away.

She had no idea where she was, or how long she was to stay there. She had not been allowed to contact her family.

Our eyes moved to the month-long calendar etched on the wall, likely the artwork of a previous dweller. With unspoken glances, we each wondered how long she would remain there.

A man came to the door a couple of times before he took me from the cell, handcuffed and blindfolded me, and led me to what seemed like a courtyard.

He pushed me up against a wall and told me to stand there. As I did so, I heard two sets of interrogations and beatings taking place, about 10 meters away from me in either direction.

The beatings were savage, the words uttered by those beaten only hoarse cries – "Wallahi! Wahalli!" ("I swear to God! I swear to God!") Or simply, "La! La!" ("No! No!").

I stood there for what seemed like an eternity, before someone approached me."Who do you work for?" he hissed.

"Al Jazeera. Online. “Are you alone?" "So alone."

I was taken to a second cell, this one, with smears of blood on the wall. I found what looked like a bloodless corner and perched until called upon again – at around midnight.

I was again handcuffed, but this time, before the blindfolds went on, I caught sight of a young man, no more than 20, chained to a radiator outside the hallway. He had a legal pad on his knees, was blindfolded, and was quivering so fiercely he could hardly hold the pen with which he was probably meant to ink some sort of confession.

Meanwhile, the beatings and cries outside continued.

I was taken through a labyrinth of stairs, before entering an office where my interrogator awaited me. I managed to talk him into allowing the blindfolds to be removed.

The man - let's call him 'Firass' - was slightly portly and could be affable when he wanted to be (he seemed concerned that there were women being kept at the facility, and tried to make things comfortable for me).

Firass even apologized for the fact that our "formal interview" was taking place in a room containing a bed, crates of potatoes and a refrigerator.

"It's just that we’re so busy these days," he said.

I wanted to ask why the Mukhabarat would be so busy if such a tiny minority was causing problems, but it didn't seem like a prudent moment.
Firass spoke very good English and, at first, seemed convinced that I was a spy.

Then he focused on Al Jazeera, putting the network on the same level as Human Rights Watch. The network had been making a "big problem" for Syria with the UN Security Council, he said.

After four hours of questioning, he sent me to a different room, this one a long-disused office where a terrified teenage girl was sleeping on the couch.

The next morning, my new roommate and I tried to get acquainted, without sharing too many details, as we had been forbidden to do so. She too had been plucked from the streets of a Damascus suburb for reasons she couldn’t understand.

She'd been there for eight days when I met her, and she looked ill. The food we were given three times a day - fetid, random and at times, rotting - mostly had the effect of making her vomit, but she was too hungry to stop eating all together.

There was a doctor on site, parked next to a sign that read "Assad is Boss", but the girl seemed too frightened to see the doctor - no wonder.

Most of the our days were spent listening to the sounds of young men being brutally interrogated – sometimes tied up in stress positions until it sounded like their bones were cracking, as we saw from our bathroom window (a bathroom with no running water, except for one tap in a sink filled with roughly 10 cm of sewage).

One afternoon, the beating we heard was so severe that we could clearly hear the interrogator pummeling his boots and fists into his subject, almost in a trance, yelling questions or accusations rhythmically as the blows landed in what sounded like the prisoner's midriff.

My roommate shook and wept, reminding me (or perhaps she) that they didn't beat women here. There was a brief break before the beating resumed, and my first impulse was to cover my ears, but then I thought, "If this man is crying, shouldn’t someone hear him?"

After all, judging from the sound of passing traffic and from what I could see through our window, there were no homes nearby – just a highway, a sprawling old security compound, and what appeared to be an old prison; a few official buildings that had seen better days. That's all I could see from our cell.

When one of the Mukhabarat agents came in, my teenage cellmate proceeded to beg him to allow her to use her mobile phone to call her parents, which, of course, was not going to happen.
She asked about the beatings we'd heard outside, and was told that the men being punished were murderers who had shot people in Deraa.

Later, Mr. Shut Up came and took my roommate away for interrogation, which made me worry. She returned an hour later, with no apparent resolution to her problem. She still looked out the window and cried, worrying about her parents, wondering if or when she'd see them again.

I couldn't help but wonder: what sort of threat does this girl pose to the Syrian state that they have to keep her in this rotting room? What are they so afraid of?

After three days, Firass told me I was free to return to Qatar – something for which I was very grateful.

He even took me to his boss's office – again, remember, no one has any names here – where I was given a lecture on Al Jazeera’s coverage of the troubles in Syria, mostly focusing on how a tiny, tiny minority was causing a problem for an essentially happy majority.

On my way out of the compound, I was finally allowed to see it for what it was – a shabby set of offices and cellblocks with pictures of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, framed in the sort of metallic stands that might promote two-for-one-drinks offers at the theatre, placed every few meters. The effect was farcical.

I was taken to the airport, but I was certainly not allowed to return to Qatar. Instead, I was dragged, kicking and screaming; onto a flight bound for Tehran (I'd entered Syria with an Iranian passport). Call it a strange brand of extraordinary rendition, if you will.

The Syrian authorities had alleged to the Iranians that I was a spy – a charge that can carry a death penalty in Iran.

Fortunately, in my case, the facts were borne out. After a couple of weeks of interrogations, the investigator in Iran charged with my case determined that I was not a spy, but a journalist.

On Wednesday, without drama or incident, I was released and put on a dawn flight from Tehran to Doha – it was a simple matter of a judge's approval.

Although I have written critically of some of Iran's policies, I was treated with respect, courtesy and care throughout my detention there.

My room was spotless, my interrogator flawlessly polite, and the women who looked after me at the Evin Prison Women's Detention Centre saw to it that my every need was met – especially the sleeping pills I required, because every night, without fail, I would hear the cries of men screaming in Syria "Wallahi! Wallahi!" and wonder how their wounds will ever heal.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Joseph Foster: "DSK" - Dominique Strauss-Kahn IMF chief Arrested

By Joseph Foster
Email Joseph Foster at jfoste3@aol.com for a free book summary. My book, ‘’Destruction of America", subtitled "Stand up for America" will be available May 2012 at all major bookstores. Visit my blog Stand Up for America! for more articles.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn IMF chief Arrested

Dominique Strauss-Kahn assumed office as the tenth Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund on November 1, 2007. Upon being selected by the IMF's Board of Executive Directors, Mr. Strauss-Kahn indicated that he will press ahead with reform of the 186-member country institution that helps oversee the global economy.

Strauss Kahn arrest clouds Greek bailout talks. He is due to be arraigned in Manhattan on attempted rape charges, which his Lawyer said he will deny.

In the wake of an alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid it brings to my attention that there could be a frame up of this well renowned person, money being the major motivating factor. Or the person making the accusation is innocent from any criminal motivation.

As a legal scholar, if the allegation is true smart criminal attorneys could develop a defense to have him cleared of all charges.

Some may say what if the DNA provides the evidence, there will be no problem to develop a defense that will have the accused free.

Some may say what about Strauss-Kahn's reputation as a womanizer; moreover he has admitted that he loves women, again that will not present a problem to a smart criminal attorney that will be handling the defense of Strauss. In criminal proceedings the past conduct of the accused may not be brought into evidence.

Before I begin in my analysis let me clarify our legal system as it relates to conviction of a crime. The Law requires as to criminal charge that the accused must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; such standard does not apply to civil Law suit.

American legal system for the most part was adopted from the British system.

The principal in Anglo-American law is based on ‘’presumption of innocence’’ The prosecuting attorney must produce evidence of guilt and persuade the jury the facts based on ‘’beyond a reasonable doubt’’, the claim that every man is presumed to be innocent until he is proved guilty is given great importance in Anglo-American law the so called “presumption of innocence’’

In 1895, the United States Supreme Court declared the "presumption of innocence in favor of the accused" to be "the undoubted law.

Sir William Blackstone a renowned jurist King Counsel, England, (1773-1780) famous statement, Quote "It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer."

Here are various scenarios that the defense may use.
1.   The woman consented to the sexual act and was con by others for money to claim rape.
2.   The occupant of a $3000 per night room becomes apparent to a room maid that the person is extremely wealthy and an accusation of rape may cause the accused to offer a large reward to the person making the accusation.
3.   The scratches on the victim that alleges rape may be explained by Mr. Strauss attorney that it was self-inflicted.

Mr Strauss has engaged two of the finest criminal attorneys to defend him; I predict Mr Strauss will not be found guilty.

Having travelled to many parts of the world, I sense there is some danger to high profile persons identified as extremely wealthy by the room he or she occupies in a Hotel; one may never face any risk if you stay in a low price hotel.

As a reminder the trial of the century is that of OJ Simpson, for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman on June 12, 1994.

OJ was acquitted of the murders in criminal court; the state of CA was not able to prove that he was guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt". However a civil trial jury ruled he was liable for the 1994 death of Goldman and his ex-wife Nicole Simpson in a suit filed by the family of the deceased in February 1997. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Joseph Foster: Obama and CIA Secret Exposed

By Joseph Foster
Email Joseph Foster at jfoste3@aol.com  for a free book summary. My book, ‘’Destruction of America", subtitled "Stand up for America" will be available May 2012 at all major bookstores. Visit my blog Stand Up for America! for more articles.

Obama and CIA Secret Exposed
News source China, and direct from Middle East informants.

I could not vouch for the accuracy of the report I am merely presenting information I received from some of my contacts in the Middle East and China.

Here is what was reported a group of Pakistan military officers knows where Bin Laden has been hiding, they told the CIA that they will reveal his hiding place on condition that the $25 million put on offer by the US is increased and upon them revealing his hideaway the US shall fund each officer in his private Swiss Bank account his share of the payment. The CIA agreed,  It was presented to Obama and he then decided to implement the plan on condition that he never reveal that it was obtained from Pakistan military officers, the Pakistan government also pretended it did not know where Bin Laden was hiding and they will  conduct an investigation.  The Taliban knew it was the Pakistani that led Obama to the Bin Laden home, for this reason the Taliban meted a punishment on Pakistan military by killing over 80 Pakistani cadets and injured many.

Pakistan high military officers are divided and some are saying this is not our war, but the war of America and Israel.

After the incident the highest military officer in Pakistan was to meet Gates to discuss how Pakistan will further help the US military effort against the Taliban, the meeting was cancelled by the Pakistani general and many in the Pakistani regime are worried that in time the Pakistani military may topple the Pakistani government. The majorities of the Pakistani population are against their government in getting involved in America war against the Taliban, and want Pakistan to stay out of the dispute. Karzai in Kabul has repeatedly told the Americans that Pakistan is not fully engaged in the war of terror.

Afghanistan has humbled two super powers it is a war that will never end until the invaders withdraw as the Russians and the British, it is the most ideal terrain for guerilla war, it has spread to Pakistan and the Taliban will never run out of recruits. The 67 tribes will never get together to form a government by democratic means. Thus far the war has cost the US 350 billion dollars and thousands of innocent lives. The Taliban’s have meted their revenge in a twin suicide attack on Pakistan military cadet killing over 80 and causing injuries to many.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for suicide attacks on a military training facility, saying they were carried out in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

The twin suicide bombings killed at least 80 people, nearly all of them military recruits who had just completed their training, said Bashir Ahmad Bilour, a senior provincial minister. About 140 others were wounded.

Another bomb shell Mubarak kept his support for Israel because he was put on the US payroll to the tune of billions, which is now over, Israel is now disturbed that for the first time after Mubarak has gone there are now thousands of Egyptian demonstrating for the Palestinian.

Trump bomb shell In his New Hampshire speech what Trump said was exactly what I said two months ago in my internet article published.

The Maliki regime in Iraq is developing very friendly and close relationship with Iran to avoid the Iranian government from toppling the Maliki regime, according to Trump during the Sadam regime there were no terrorists in Iraq now he claims the country is swarmed with terrorist whose aim is to attack US interest. Moreover he quoted what Bin Laden said before 9/11 that he will bankrupt America.

Here is my prediction if Trump was to run for President all of the present guys that want to run on the republican ticket will never stand a chance, and Trump will be the nominee of the Republican Party, and will run against Obama. Since Trump is not part of the political establishment and may upset China the darling of Corporate America, for it is China and India that offered them cheap labor, they are fed up paying American workers $20.00 an hour and have these workers live in big homes.

The main stream of America political news media will go out to destroy him by whatever means possible, he may even get assassinated.

Trump, in preparation for his run, is rushing a book to be written by Trump as to where America is going wrong, and his plan that will turn America from decline to prosperity.

As to the book it is important since Hitler used his book also Chairman Mao red book, these books plays a strong part in electing the two Tyrants. That does not suggest that Trump is a Tyrant, I believe with his business acumen he may, if elected turn America around to prosperity.

Here below is what an American soldier fighting in Afghanistan wrote; allow me to shed some light for some of you who do not understand why the U.S. military is still in Iraq and Afghanista­n. I believe most people are getting confused by term "War", the problem being we are not actually at war with another country's military but rather an idea. The War on Terror is exactly like the War on Drugs. The Two are ongoing operations that will never end so long as there are drugs and terrorism.

The misconcept­ion is that the U.S. is fighting a country which is not true. The truth is that in Afghanista­n and Iraq the U.S. military is combating terrorism which probably makes up for less than 1% of the population­. It is unfortunat­e that news never shows how much good that we have done and still do for them. These people now have schools, electricity­, roads, and more that they have never had before. Some people would argue that we should be putting that money into the U.S. (and I would probably agree with you) but that’s a different topic on its own. I just hope that people understand that we are fighting an idea more than anything and it is always going to be an ongoing effort so long as there is terrorism.