A ‘very difficult week’ for the US

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The remains of the fertilizer plant smolder in the rain on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in West, Texas. A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight. US Senate members struggled Thursday to come to terms with a tragic and tense week that included the nation’s first major terror attack since 9/11, intercepted poison packages and the deadly Texas explosion. AP PHOTO/TONY GUTIERREZ

WASHINGTON—US Senate members struggled Thursday to come to terms with a tragic and tense week that included the nation’s first major terror attack since 9/11, intercepted poison packages and a deadly Texas explosion.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and top Republican Mitch McConnell opened their chamber remarks by offering prayers to the victims of a devastating blast at a fertilizer factory the previous evening that rocked the small town of West, Texas near the city of Waco.

They noted the extraordinary series of events, including the twin bombs in Boston that killed three people and wounded 176, that left many on Capitol Hill recalling the September 11 attacks and the anthrax poisonings, both from 2011.

“Given the horrendous event of the Boston Marathon on Monday, followed by the event near Waco last night it’s been a very difficult week for all of us,” a somber McConnell said on the Senate floor.

“Our hearts are a little bit heavier.”

Tucked between those two tragedies was perhaps the most immediate threat to the US Capitol complex in a dozen years—an attempt by a Mississippi man to send a letter laced with the deadly poison ricin to Senator Roger Wicker.

“Americans should understand that this incident does not appear in any way to be related to the tragedy in Boston,” said Reid, who called the crime “deeply disturbing.”

“Nevertheless, it is a reminder to the Senate community, and to all Americans, to remain vigilant during these unsettling times.”

The envelope was intercepted at an off-site Senate mail facility, and the Department of Justice announced an arrest in the case.

But on Wednesday, after calls by the Senate Sergeant at Arms to be extra-vigilant, two Senate office buildings were placed on lockdown after suspicious packages were detected.

Two senators also announced there were suspicious packages found at offices in their home states. Those and the ones in the Senate office buildings all tested negative for poisonous material.

“It is perhaps an understatement to say it’s been a difficult week for our country,” said Senator John Cornyn of Texas.

Adding to the emotional quotient on Capitol Hill, relatives of the 20 children and six adults slaughtered in the Newtown school shooting spent much of the week making tearful pleas to senators to pass landmark gun legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers.

The measure failed.

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  • John Love

    Explosive week!

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    A very difficult week for the US? What happened in the US this week pales in comparison to what the US does to other countries on a daily if not weekly basis. What happened in the US this week is nowhere as difficult as the places that US drone bombers carpet bomb almost every week like Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and others. Obama approves the kill-list every Tuesday (as reported by New York Times) and US drone bombers operated by NSA go about killing innocent civilians and villages.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      es and next week your name is on the kill list when did america crpet bomb somalia kenya . if your going to lie make it believable especially kenya they havent even been in kenya and when was the last time hey carpet bomed anyone do youjnow what carpet bombing is this isnt world war2 and germany. and drones arent b 52s

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Read and watch Jeremy Scahill and Seymour Hersh. You obviously are clueless.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and your obviously stupid when telling lies tell good ones america never bombed kenya ever the mau maus did they never carpeted bombed somalia they was there but no b 52s you cant carpet bomb with a drone unless you have a hundred of them. you dont even know what carpet bombing is

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        you obviously are in the dark. darkness can be bliss too, so stay there.

      • TJL

        So how does the Moon look from your vantage point?

      • TJL

        If that is your only reference, I can understand your ignorance. You need to broaden your knowledge before you make a bigger fool of yourself.

    • TJL

      Find a new place to get your news.
      BY the way, the USA, despite its goofy government, is still feeding, clothing, sheltering, protecting, and giving medical aid to most of the world.
      And your country is doing what?

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        I did, I get it from the likes of award-winning journalists like Seymour Hersh, smart people like Noam Chomsky and Jeremy Scahill. From the late Chalmers Johnson. Even from Ron Paul.

        Not all Americans are dumb. But you are certainly a big fat dumb American.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and you are fatter and dumber so what so me proof we carpet bombed kenya all you are is a american hater ranting and raving and dont call me fat im not iive read some of them and i never read where we carpeted bombed kenya dumb azz liar

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        it takes time to accept the ugly truth about what your government is doing. most Americans could not believe US soldiers raping and killing Vietnamese women and children until after some time. even the US gov’t has a problem admitting and making reparations to the napalm and agent orange victims. it took Robert McNamara 17 years to tearfully apologize for what he did. it will take longer for ignorant cowards like you because you don’t have the courage to face up to the truth.

      • TJL

        Yup! You are definitely out there. Got quite a mouth on you too, don’t you sonny? Grow up.

      • TJL

        Hmm… looks like another nut who is so deep into conspiracy theories that he can’t tell truth from fiction… or are you just stoned?
        Maybe you and Don should get together and look for tracks on the Moon.

      • Don

        ha ha ha. they say the trip to the moon televised in the 60s was staged in a studio. another conspiracy theory hahahaha. and there are aliens going to invade the earth because of the increasing number of UFO sightings!

      • TJL

        Ha! And if the people on this planet get any goofier I’m going to start believing that we have been invaded. Ha!

      • Don

        No amount of charity can hide the stink. Good-hearted Americans like you should take over the US government. I guess most people don’t hate Americans, but they hate the government’s foreign policies

      • TJL

        US citizens wish they had control of their government but unfortunately too many wealthy foriegn interests own many of the politicians. Not all of them.
        But, they don’t own the citizens, which includes our military…but they would like to.
        I agree, much of the US foriegn policy is less than desireable, but for different reasons than you.
        I’m tired of us spending our treasure on every stray dog country that comes along begging.
        And, I’m tired of us loosing life and limb to rescue people in other nations who just stab us in the back later.
        The USA NEVER got one drop of oil from any war, but we sure lost alot of treasure and life defending that oil for people who are our sworn enemy, simply because our nation isn’t Muslim…yet.
        But how many people, includng you, keep saying that we fought for oil. I didn’t fight for oil and we didn’t take anything from them. We left a great deal of improved infrastucture and resourses for them to use though.
        Personally I think if countries want us to fight for them or help them in any way, they should pay for it, one way or another.
        ur idot polticians keep borrowing money in the US taxpayers name, even though the taxpayers don’t want them to.
        One problem, not all voters are taxpayers. Many people in the USA live off goverment handouts and don’t pay taxes, and many of those people arent even citizens, but they vote, so we keep getting politicians who are bad and who keep putting us deeper in debt by buying votes.
        It’s not a simple matter to define the problems of a country. Every nation has good and bad.

      • Don

        where did you serve? how many men did you kill? I hope you didn’t have any . . . what do you call them? . . . “collateral damage” or “casualties of war” like women and children. I trust that you didn’t have any. However, what about the other American troops?

      • TJL

        I’ve been in 39 countries.

        I don’t keep a body count, memories are bad enough, don’t need to encourage them by reminiscing.

        There are always unfortunate incidents of collateral damage or unintended casualties in war, especially when you are fighting an enemy who hides behind women and children.

        The US would never imagine putting anti aircraft guns in buildings filled with women and children, but thats what our enemies like to do, because then after we blow up the building they can show how bad we are to the world and win the war of propaganda.

        Thats just one of their tricks.

        If we had known the building was filled with unarmed non combatants, we wouldn’t have even called it in as a target. We would have taken the guns out in a more challenging manner, one that would try to ensure the safety of the non combatants.

        Thats how we work in the US armed forces. All of the US troops.

        Anyone who gets caught doing a dishonorable act is treated worse than you will ever know. Sometimes they are dealt with permanently on the spot in the combat zone. We don’t trust anyone who acts with dishonor.
        Most US troops have good Christian morals, however, those morals are declining along with the societal decline. We are still a long ways away from troops being obedient to immoral orders.
        On average our troops are still made up of a Conservative Christian majority. When that changes, then you will see the wicked things happen that people have been saying has already been happening.
        But so far, its only in the movies.

  • $18209031

    Kumingking lang ito sa mga bomba pinagsabok nila courtesy of US Armed Forces sa Vietnam, Iraq and AFghanistan.
    Ang daming mga innocente ang namamatay bec of US precision bombings at ang daming collateral damage of young, women and old that has not been reported and given air time. Ayy nako…

    • Crazy_horse101010

      go suck egg commie hows the killing of uyghur babies going in china are you eating them since they are close to fetsues

  • $46804224

    a lot of deranged and insecure and paranoid in the US

    • Crazy_horse101010

      and there is none in the rest of the world including here

  • Don

    you shouldn’t feel so bad about all that is happening. you are just paying for your sins when you massacred native americans, massacred Filipinos during the Philippine-American war, when you massacred innocent Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, when you supported the ruthless dictatorship of Reza Pahlavi of Iran, supported the greedy and ruthless dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, invaded Iraq . . . and only the Gods know what else your CIA has done covertly. your greed is catching up with you. You are reaping what you have sown. And the sooner you reap it, the better for you are getting it over with and settling it.

    • BruinBearDad

      And yet when in trouble, the first one you will ask help from is the United States. Go figure. Maybe you should be allied with China or Russia and let us see where that gets you.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      and iraq never invaded kuiwait. and mao never killed 70 million people idiot

      • Don

        Desert Storm in 1990 is probably the ONLY justified war that the US entered into. But why didn’t Bush Senior annihilate Iraq? Because they wanted a balance of power in the middle East to counter Iran. Again, to further American interests. but in 2003, based on false intelligence, the US invaded Iraq so Bush Junior could get his hands on the oil there — at the expense of the lives of thousands of American boys

      • Crazy_horse101010

        go ask him not me the allies imposed a no fly zone in which the iraqis werent allowed to cross it they kept doing it anyway to attack the kurds they were warned over and over again but never stopped see the pictures in the paper of gassed kurdish women and children. im glad they wiped that sob out period during the iran iraqi war iran used chemical weapons in every battle from 1983 to 1988 and they also gassed irani towns so they had the gas they just never used it against the allies but they did use scuds against the jews who were not fighting them and killed jewish civilians

      • Don

        That’s why I agree that Desert Storm was a justified war. But Bush Sr. didn’t complete it. It was Bush Jr. who completed it.

      • TJL

        True, but unfortunately I don’t think its ever going to be completed as long as Islam exists. Iraq will always be inturmoil as long as Islam exists. After watching them closely for years I’ve come to the conclusion that the entire world will eventually have to face Islam in mortal combat and make it illegal. Islam is disruptive and destructive to everything and everyone around it. Muslims can’t even get along with each other, to say the least of us infidels whom they are commanded by Allah to kill unless we convert. Oh sure, many Muslims don’t take their religion that seriously, which of course, gets them into trouble with the ones that do. And, there are always the ones that do. In fact, 2 of them just bombed the Boston Marathon. It was their part in the ongoing Jihad.
        They didn’t bomb over foriegn policy, they rarely ever do.
        They bomb because we are infidels, its Jihad.
        That’s what every terrorist makes clear. But somehow the liberal media spins it around and says it was because of our foriegn policy and people foolishly believe it.
        Right now our liberal media are struggling with their reports because they don’t want to say these guys were Muslims fighting Jihad because that wouldn’t be politically correct.
        But it is factually correct. They said it themselves.
        No. Its never over with Islam, unless the religion goes away.

      • Don

        I have read the English translation of the Koran and there isn’t a verse there that preaches hatred. the order to kill “infidels” has some other origin, not Allah. I don’t know the Arabic (original) version, though!

    • TJL

      Who shed blood all over the planet to save millions in both world wars?
      And Iraq wasn’t run by a mad man with insane sons?
      And Iraq never harmed anyone?
      And the communists didn’t slaughter millions in Vietnam?
      And who removed Marcos? Get your history straight.

      The USA isn’t perfect, but for a young country we have sure done more good than all the other countries combined, including yours.

      Keep in mind, it was the USA that chased off Spain for you.

      It was the USA that chased off Japan and bled right alongside of your countrymen.

      Its been the USA who have kept China from invading you… to this day.

      Its trillions of US dollars that has maintained your infrastructure, such as it is, and rescued you from storms and volcanoes.

      No, the USA isn’t perfect, but we would never make mean comments about the PI, despite its terrible government and shortfalls, because we consider the PI family…especially since many of us literally are family.

      So get off the hate USA kick.
      No one deserves the hateful things that has happened during the past several days here.
      When similar things happen elsewhere, we don’t say they deserve it because no one does.
      Don’t be a jerk.

      • Don

        WW2 was for the interest of the European and American elite quarreling over colonies, raw materials, and markets. The US benefited immensely as displayed in the 50s and 60s at the expense of millions of lives
        You had to invade Iraq because your idiot president Bush wanted oil — and you sent your sons there to die for him.
        The communists slaughtered Vietnamese but so did your armed forces.
        Who removed Marcos? Let me rephrase that question — who sustained Marcos to further American elite business interests in Asia?
        The USA didn’t chase off Spain. The American industrialists wanted raw materials and a foothold in Asian markets so they bought the Philippines from Spain. American troops slaughtered half a million innocent Filipinos in the guise of President McKinley’s “Benevolent Assimilation.”
        The USA chased off Japan? Well the US should. Why? because the US Congress refused to arm Filipinos in the 1930s when Japan was looming as a military power. Filipinos were begging for independence to arm itself but US Congress assured Filipinos there was nothing to fear and that the US would protect the Philippines from the “cross-eyed & bow-legged Japanese”. When the Japs came, McArthur fled to Australia with his tail between his legs. Yes, he returned as he promised but . . . the US paid more attention to Britain and Europe than her “little brown brothers in Asia”. This is history. I don’t hate Americans. I like all cultures more than you probably think i would. I know MANY Americans and I like them. I really do. But I hate American elite in high places who don’t tell the truth to the average American citizen.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        mcarthur was ordered to go to australia again your history is screwed up . and flippinos fought against the japanese did they use bolos they were a bataan also and on the death march and they got their independence didnt they. and m a average citizen and have read my history not yours i have hundreds of books on history i had more but sold them when i mover here. and if they dont tell the truth how do you know it. work for the cia

      • Don

        Your West Point top-notch graduate, General Douglas McArthur RAN RAN RAN like a rabbit. Actually, he dove in a submarine like a fish! And then flew to Australia like a goose. Prior to that, he lived in the Manila Hotel with his mistress, and waltzed in the Manila Hotel as well. No wonder the Japs overran the Philippines.

      • Don

        The American armed forces smuggled into the Philippines arms IN 1944 (2.5 years after McArthur Ran) for the guerillas – but with specific orders not YET to engage the Japanese, but instead to provide intelligence.

      • TJL

        Actually, there was a great deal of tactical requirements involved. It wasn’t that simple, and in retrospect many things should have been different, but the information wasn’t available to know how to make the best decisions. The Filipinos who were still free to move about were the best way to gather that intel. They were seriously out gunned and it would have been suicide for them to do much more than gather intel during the first criticle period.
        And, to the credit of the PI they did a great job of gathering needed intel. That’s what saved them in the end. Not McCarthur or a bunch of guns. You can have all the guns in the world but if you don’t know all about your enemy you are going to either lose or suffer great losses on the road to success. I know this quite well, from years of experience in the field.
        Filipinos could blend in and they knew their own back yard and it was their home they were fighting for. That’s why they were the best intel gatherers.
        Why should the US have been responsible for arming the Philippines? We were barely able to arm and feed ourselves at that time. Good grief. Give the US a break. At least we tried to help.
        Would you prefer it if we never helped at all? Of course not.
        So don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, its insulting. We’ve never charged the PI for all the sacrifices we’ve made for it, and we never will. That’s love, but it’s unfortunate to see it be a one sided affair.

      • TJL

        Wow! Don, come on. You can’t be serious.
        You are too far out there to even try to bring back to reality.
        Shoot some more dope and have another beer because that is about the limit for you. Wow!
        I bet you think the USA never sent anyone to the Moon either. That was all staged in Hollywood, right? Wow! Enjoy your trip dude!
        Since you are so “high”, check for tracks on the Moon for us. Thanks.

      • Don

        haha! let’s not go overboard. I’m on your side. your politicians have been adamant and arrogant. Bush said after 9-11 that “They hate us for our freedoms!” I certainly don’t. I admire many Americans for their curiosity which has led to scientific breakthroughs – Edison and Ben Franklin for instance. My Dad studied medicine in the US and he admired your surgeons “with big big hands who could perform delicate surgical procedures”. I admire American creativity — like pop, rock Ford Mustangs and noisy Harley-Davidsons. An American Protestant Pastor from Mississippi has made the biggest impact in my character as well. He just shakes his head when I speak my opinions but that did not diminish our mutual respect. I have also worked with many Americans and admire your industry, intelligence and straightforwardness. Problem is, many Americans believe the idiot Bush Jr’s statement and even re-elected him! You should elect honest people who are not greedy. Washington is full of politicians funded by businessmen. These politicians craft US foreign Policy. Many hate the US for the death and destruction caused by US troops, not your freedoms. Contrary to Bush Jr.’s statement, you are ADMIRED for your freedoms that’s why people immigrate to the US.

      • TJL

        Unfortunately, many people are lazy. Thats the way humans are by nature.
        So, most people don’t seriously study all sides of the issues and get all the facts.
        So, we end up with a constant string of undesirable or terrible politicians, and we end up with distorted views of history or ongoing facts.
        Yes, every country that elects politicians gets bad ones most of the time, and that includes the USA.
        No, the US troops have NOT caused death and destruction in a manner that would cause people to hate us.
        However, people who keep spreading lies about the USA do cause that hate to develope.
        Yes, politicians are bought and paid for, but they have no power over the “will” of the troops.
        Every nation that has ever attacked the US or its allies, requiring the US to use military action, has been left in BETTER condition than we found it.
        Once the US gets an enemy to settle down, the US turns around and repairs any damage it did plus it builds hospitals, power generation plants, roads, and schools… massive amounts of infrastructure at the US taxpayers expense, and most of the money for building the infrastructure goes to contractors from all over the world, not just the US.
        The US military is closely watched by the media and the UN whenever it tries to accomplish any sort of mission. Every move is scrutinized.
        The Iraqis can’t complain… honestly, but they will because they want more handouts.
        I’m tired of this crap. I want to retire in the PI and watch the USA become a third world country, from a third world country, its cheaper that way. Ha! Besides, I’ve got a lot of family there that are much nicer than my family here, and my wife would prefer it. Gotta keep her happy. Ha!

      • Don

        You don’t believe McArthur waltzed in the Manila Hotel with his Filipina mistress? I read this from the thesis of a Harvard historian! This is not far out. And he did ride a submarine and then flew to Australia during WW2. Before the war, he waltzed. During the war, he RAN.

      • TJL

        I have no praise for D. McCarthur. And, yes, I know about his foolishness, his arrogance, and his cowardace. I know first hand from my grandfather who was there and who was honest in all things so I believe him when he told me not to believe the hype. But, keep in mind, McCarthurs charactor was not representative of the US troops. He’s lucky the US troops didn’t kill him.

      • Don

        That’s why Pres Truman fired him!

      • TJL

        WWII was NOT a quarrel over colonies. Way off the mark.

        Ever heard of Hitler? And, perhaps you may have heard something about what he was up too?
        How about the Japanese Empire?
        No?
        There were so many different nations at war, including the Muslims, that to even consider the idea of a colonial war during WWII you would have to be on some heavy dope or have no real knowledge of history.

        And, by the way, the USA is still critisized for not entering the war sooner. It had been raging for years but we didn’t have the resources to get involved, but had no other choice once the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor… have you ever heard of that little incident? No?

        What benifit was displayed in the 50’s and 60’s? Europe and the USA were still repair the damage caused by the Japs and the Germans. We were helping each other, we didn’t fight each other, we were allies.

        What oil? Since when do we fight over oil? I am so tired of people saying that we fight over oil.
        We don’t get ONE DROP of freaking oil from any of those countries unless we pay dearly for it.
        We didn’t go over and conquer Iraq and take its oil. They still have their precious black gold and we still pay dearly for it, if we even inadvertantly buy any of it.
        There is a massive list of bad behaviors by the Iraqi government that we went to deal with. They were very BAD people. They tortured their own citizens for fun. These people were so twisted that the Iraqi people eagerly killed them once the USA took over. They did the executions, we didn’t.

        We’ve NEVER captured oil and taken it for ourselves. Good grief.

        In Vietnam the USA was only allowed to function like police most of the time. And, there was no slaughtering of the people by the USA. The anti-war jerks made up alot of stories, even some of our politicians lied, including our current Secratery of State, John Kerry, who has been proven to have lied and had to apologize for it. There is so much fiction about the Vietnam war that few people even know anything real about it.

        I was in the PI when WE removed Marcos. We had no control over him until we were able to prove that he was misappropriating the aid that we were sending to the PI. He was supposed to be using it to build up the infrastructure, not buy shoes, big yachts, and other personal frills. He stole from the PI treasury and from the USA.
        And, no, prior to that we were not proping him up. He was the president so we had to deal with him but as soon as we could depose him we did.
        Many people mistake diplomacy on the part of the USA as propping up. thats an error. Even the bankers didn’t trust him. His military loyalists, that he paid well, were the ones who kept him where he was.

        Unfortunately, the presidents that followed him continued the tradition of ripping off the Philippines. So, the PI still has serious poverty issues and a serious lack of infrastructure.

        You see, there is no diference. Whether its a US politician or a PI politician, they start out sounding wonderful and leave with all your treasure.

        This isn’t a US problem, its called the “human condition”.

      • Don

        We have differing opinions, and similar opinions. But one thing we agree on is that a new generation of politicians will come soon. And they will take the needs of the people to heart and listen with their ears and love others as much as they love themselves. The world has been such a mess but there is hope!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      and no vietnamese was ever killed by the cong or the north they wiped out hole villages especially among the mountain people and 150 million indians were killed in latin america i dont see you crying about them of course noy they werent north americans china killed 30 million people during the cultural revolution why arent you shedding tears over them and 10000 bc a man killed his neighbor so we should cry about that also so commie attack china for awhile yeah right comrade

  • wawa2172

    The US is attack within and its weaknesses to defend itself is being exposed. Their vaunted high technology failed them and will be putting them in more trouble. The Boston bombing and the explosion of Texas fertilizer plant did not happen by accident. A group of terrorist maybe behind it or the ever increasing emotionally and mentally disturbed Americans did it.

  • guest

    I think the US is losing its Protestant Christian faith that has made it a world power. It is now moving towards atheism with the adoption of same sex marriage in several states and the acceptance of embryonic stem cell research.

    • TJL

      Protestantism is NOT what made the USA, or any other country, a world power. If anything, it held it back.
      Morality is in rapid decline in every nation, so nothing unusual about the evil laws being passed by many wicked souls in the government of the USA.
      It is sad to see such moral decay, but what does that have to do with the news article?
      Dangerous nuts are all over the world doing crazy stuff. No surprise that it happens in the USA too.
      There is nothing to suspect foul play in the fetilizer plant explosion, things like that happen. Somebody probably made a mistake while doing their job and boom!
      Its sad. We should be sending our condolences, not our criticisms.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        everything has to involve religion by the same people who never read papers here. there was 2 bombings today in the papers lucky no one was hurt yesterday someone threw 2 sticks of dynamite at a cops house in cebu again lucky no one was hurt but people could have died. today a 9 year old girl was raped and killed by a construction worker another this week was raped and had her head cut off pictures in the paper of dead girl laying there along with a woman who was shot and laying in the street. i hate seeing pictures of dead children in the papers i think thats sick

      • TJL

        Yes, I agree. Saw the terrible news too. There is wickedness everywhere, such is the state of the world and the nature of man.
        The stories of the 9 yr old girl and the 13 yr old girl are so horrible, and sadly, common all over the world.
        We hope to move back to the PI someday so it is disappointing to see the PI in the same moral decay as the USA and the rest of the world.
        There is no hiding from Satan. We have to face him head on.
        I have great hopes for the PI and for the USA, despite the challenges, both countries have something special about them.

  • el_latigo

    It is about time perhaps that the US, being the self-appointed policeman of the word, should look at themselves in the mirror very objectively why these series of tragedies are all happening around them. Why there is so much hate directed at them that costs so many innocent peoples’ lives. This country, still the biggest economy in the world despite the still ongoing financial crisis, is the subject of so much envy and disdain at the same time, not only by other countries but by its own citizens as well. The handful of people who brought down the US economy and the rest of the world as well that brought untold miseries to countless people since 2008, are still scot-free and enjoying their dubious wealth and only a 4 or 5 were imprisoned. And the wars around the planet where the US is involved…

  • marivon

    Review the messages from Osama and his minions before that they do not need to enter the United States because they are already inside the United States. He is obviously talking about “sleeper(s)” all it takes is a phone call or any kind of message and a pre determined plot is set in motion. Hollywood glamorized scenarios like this and the Americans are just reaping the seeds they planted.

  • TJL

    Its interesting that when most people from the USA hear of tragedies in other countries, they send their prayers and their kind words of encouragement in such commentaries as this.
    But when the USA has tragedies strike, the comments are mean spirited toward the USA.
    Those runners didn’t do anything bad that would require their legs to be blown off or to loose their lives.
    When a bomb goes off in another country and kills and maims unarmed civilians, the USA doesn’t celebrate their losses… we offer our condolences and any assistance they may need.
    I think its time overdue for the USA to spend more time taking care of its own and less time helping other countries because they really are a bunch of ingrates.

    • Guest

      As an immigrant who moved to the United States and served for five years in the American military, I saw this with my own eyes. The vast majority would treat us like royalty up front whenever we are at faraway places that we get to visit, since they are aware of our cash at hand (no arrogance intendeed) that for a short while pumps up their businesses. Yet strong Anti-American protests would take the very same week when we are in there, telling the “Imperialist Yanks” to get the f*ck out of (insert whichever country/place) where we are “supposedly” imposing America’s hegemony. It seems like the world just wants to suck out the life out of America and let it die. It’s sad. Bet ya these same people, upon getting the chance to move to the United States, heck even any other country other than their own would do so in a blink. Guess what I did move here, and I get to see the view from the other side of the road. Pretty distorted.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        not everyone is that way but some are still living history from a hundred of years ago others are ones who tried to get into america but werent accepted so start ranting hatred. its funny though in the papers you dont see as much hatred like you do here. yet american taxpayers till keep paying for foreign aid while people are laughing about america going broke. people dont want americans here but they want them invovled with the shabah issue which most americans have never heard of

      • TJL

        Too true. And, as the USA goes deeper in the hole the aid will diminish and those who have become accustomed to living off the USA will become even more angry.
        Its amazing how many people in the PI got upset with the USA when Clark had to be shut down and the businesses suffered, but at the same time they said the USA was not wanted there.
        Then, even some of my own PI relatives accused the USA of blowing up Mt. Pinatubo. Good grief.
        I was there for that and darn near lost my life doing rescues of Filipinos. The entire world watched that mountain with scientific equipment all over it, fully anticipating the eruption, but they say the USA blew it up. Amazing.
        Of all the allies we have, I think the USA should stay closest to the PI. But, not all the PI wants the USA around, especially not the Muslims.
        Sad to hear about the recent blasts on Basilan Isl.

    • Don

      the USA has spent ALL its time taking care of its own elite since the late 1700s and more especially starting in the 20th century. Read your history.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you still crying what does the elite have to do with people running in the marathon nothing

      • Don

        It’s your system. the average American still thinks the US is the most benevolent country in the world. what ignorance. no amount of charity to the third world can mask the stink. The American elite command, and the American citizenry follow, pay their taxes to finance CIA covert operations and send their sons to commit atrocities in the name of the American dream. What a price the average citizen has to pay, when they lack security.

      • TJL

        The American Elite Command? Please define that. Who’s in it?
        CIA Covert Operations? Please list some of them.
        Send their Sons to Commit Atrocities? Please list some of the atrocities.
        I servered in the US Army from 1982 until recently when I retired.
        I’ve been all over the planet because of my special duties.
        US military missions are well defined and limited to rescues and to the defense of our fellow countrymen and our allies.
        You are correct, its my system, not yours. And because of that, I know how the system works, you don’t. So, stop talking smack and ask questions so you can learn.
        US citizens have much to be upset about when it comes to the actions and behaviors of some of our politicians, but no politician can make a US citizen or soldier commit atrocities.
        Periodically US soldiers commit crimes, but those actions are on their own accord and they are promptly punished for them.
        If you think the USA is so bad, and you think you are so smart, why don’t you do something about it?

      • Don

        By “elite” it means american businessmen who fund washington politicians who craft American policies for them. C’mon, it’s true right? Admit it, the us has gone to wars for the benefit of greedy arms contractors and businessmen who have interests abroad.

      • TJL

        To some extent we agree.
        However, there are bad people in the world who have to be dealt with in a military manner. That is a fact that we both can agree on.

        There are also “opportunists” who will take monetary advantage of situations and pervert that which is good. You seem reasonable enough to agree with that.

        So, when you look at a war in an objective manner, like the most recent Iraq war, for instance, there are several distinct charactoristics involved.

        1. The post 9/11 Iraq war had to be “fought”, at that time, or in the future. (We should have been allowed to finish the job in the Gulf War in 1991, in my humble opinion, considering that I was one of the sets of eyes on the ground and know the situation first hand).

        2. The “Elitists” who own many of our politicians inserted themselves and managed the war, tying the hands of the military, and created for themselves a grotesque contractors haven, fully funded by the US taxpayer (or loans to be paid by the tax payer).

        The military as a whole didn’t do anything dishonorable, some individuals did and were prosecuted. Some servicemen got in trouble for doing their job as a soldier.

        The military never acted on orders to commit crimes against humanity.

        The atrosity of that war, as with most recent wars, is that the military are expected to act like police officers and not like soldiers, which means the war will never end and more people will have to suffer and die from a slow bleed until the parties involved tire from it.

        When we jumped into Grenada in Oct. 1983, we did our job as SF soldiers, and Marines, and left. Took us 3 days of around the clock hard fighting, with no media looking over our shoulders. We did what had to be done. We did it honorably. We got bloody and so did the Russians and the Cubans, but more would have died if it were a “contractor war” strung out over years with massive logistics and infrastructure involved.

        Grenada was the last war we actually won since WWII because of this very issue of Elitists owning politicians to the extent that they run the wars. They tried in WWII, and they did cause problems, but the military was able to do its job in most cases, even when short on supplies due to Elitist games.

        Our military doesn’t commit intentional atrosities. Collateral damage does occur in wartime, regettably, but that is a tragic reality of war. You have no idea how much it hurts us when such things occur.

        Some collateral damage and excessive body counts are the direct results of bad tactical decisions, usually by arrogant and ignorant upper command.

        We have had some very bad generals, including the highly celebrated D. McCarther, who shouldn’t have been in charge of anything other than a latrine detail. He was an arrogant a$$. My grandfather served directly under him and new him quite well.

        We agree to some extent, but where we part ways is when our military is accused of taking orders to commit atrocities. No way. And, if I ever discover that any of our troops have done such a thing, there will be hell to pay. Those troops and the politicians involved will go down.

        We actually are duty bound to disobey orders if those orders contradict our permanent standing orders and our oath. Even in the SF/SO we have too many eyes and ears involved to have an evil order go unnoticed.

        It’s not like the movies. The elitist own politicians actually despise us because they can’t make us do their evil bidding. Those of us who make it to high ranks and have to interface with politicians make one thing very clear to them, politicians come and go, we are here to stay. 5 different presidents came and went under my watch. And only one of those deserves a good mention and that was Reagan. May he rest in peace.

      • TJL

        The USA has only existed since 1776.
        The USA is made up of people from every nation in the world, people who flock to it for a better life.
        People are running to the USA, not from it.
        There are many bad people in the world, and some of them live in the USA.
        The USA government is getting more and more rediculous, but our military is still made up of good citizens who serve the people, not the politicains.
        Every nation that attacks the USA or its allies has to expect to get hit back.
        The USA is the only nation stupid enough to rebuild and help enemy nations.
        Japan and Iraq never had it so good. New hospitals and better infrastructure, all at the expense of the USA taxpayer.
        Don, you have serious problems dealing with reality and you need to stop just focusing on liberal conspiracy theories because you are looking more ignorant the more you talk.
        The USA isn’t perfect, but it is still the place the world turns to when it seeks to find a better place. No other nation holds that distinction.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      good one

    • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

      That’s because people around the world are keenly aware of the unspeakable atrocities and crimes against humanity the US has committed against other countries. People in the US are just ignorant until they got hit by 9/11.

      • TJL

        Please list some of the “unspeakable atrocities and crimes against humanity” that you claim the USA has committed.
        US citizens have been aware of how bad things are in the rest of the world, and the USA didn’t need the cowardly attack on 9/11 to learn it.
        Despite the imperfections of the USA, there has always been an effort to help other nations who are suffering.
        The enemies of the USA will certainly twist the truth and try to propagate lies to keep people from seeing the good the USA has done.
        Unfortunately, some of the US politicians make stupid and traitorous decisions that cause the good to be cloaked with their evil.

      • Don

        “USA didn’t need the cowardly attack on 9/11″

        Gen. Arthur McArthur, the father of Douglas, described Filipinos exactly that way: “Cowards”. Why? Because the Filipino rebels, knowing they could not match the firepower of American troops, resorted to guerilla warfare. They could not possibly win in an open battle. So – cowards they were called.

      • TJL

        I would never call a Filipino a coward, unless they were a Muslim bombing unarmed people just because they believe differently. Or a Filipino Muslim who kidnaps people and holds them for ransom.
        You seem to have some challenges distingushing legend from fact involving the relationship of the US and the Philippines.
        The USA was asked by the Philippines to rescue it from Spain and assist it in maintaining its security and to develope some new industry, as well as assist with some infrastructure, and medical needs. 200 US sailors chased off Spain. That is an absolute fact of history.
        Some “groups” of Filipinos didn’t like the USA there and misunderstood the purpose of it being there. Actually, those groups were a problem to the developing Philippine government itself, and to the majority of the population, as well. They were very unsettling. They saw the USA as invaders trying to conquer…the USA has NEVER claimed ownership of other countries that is has assisted or fought against. We aren’t an Empire. If we were Japan would be part of the USA, along with many other countries.
        In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the USA couldn’t afford to be involved in the Philippines beyond minimal humanitarian efforts because we ourselves were a very young and undeveloped nation at that time.
        What started out as a small body of people helping out a fellow struggling country, turned into something larger do to the need to protect and defend those who where trying to provide assistance, at the request of the Philippines, mind you. Things got way out of hand.
        And, in WWII, the USA and the PI were not at war with each other. The Japanese took us all by surprise and many US military died right along side of the Filipinos.
        This is a tragic but honorable heritage that we share together. We are in a true sense, blood brothers.

    • $46804224

      the wealth of USA is built on the blood and dead bodies of other countries…

      • TJL

        For instance?
        Name one US company built on dead bodies.
        The USA has private industry, not government owned and run businesses like many foriegn countries.
        You must have us confused with countries like China.

      • Don

        One US company built on dead bodies? there are HUNDREDS! Go to wikipedia and search “US Defense Contractors”. The Sham is, those arms are not used for “defense” and more for “offense”. I really expected Northrop Gruman, Boeing, Lockheed, and McDonnel Douglas to be on the list. But even Oshkosh, Johns Hopkins University, Motorola, Exxon, Verizon Communications and MIT are on the list as well! WOW

      • TJL

        There are bad people in the world who have to be dealt with in a military manner. That is a fact that we both can agree on.

        There are also opportunists who will take monetary advantage of situations and pervert that which is good. You seem reasonable enough to agree with that.

        So, when you look at a war in an objective manner, like the most recent Iraq war, for instance, there are several distinct charactoristics involved.

        1. The post 9/11 Iraq war had to be “fought”, at that time, or in the future. (We should have been allowed to finish the job in the Gulf War in 1991, in my humble opinion, considering that I was one of the sets of eyes on the ground and know the situation first hand).

        2. The “Elitists” who own many of our politicians inserted themselves and managed the war, tying the hands of the military, and created for themselves a grotesque contractors haven, fully funded by the US taxpayer (or loans to be paid by the tax payer).

        The military as a whole didn’t do anything dishonorable, some individuals did and were prosecuted. Some servicemen got in trouble for doing their job as a soldier.

        The military never acted on orders to commit crimes against humanity.

        The atrosity of that war, as with most recent wars, is that the military are expected to act like police officers and not like soldiers, which means the war will never end and more people will have to suffer and die from a slow bleed until the parties involved tire from it.

        When we jumped into Grenada in Oct. 1983, we did our job as SF soldiers, and Marines, and left. Took us 3 days of around the clock hard fighting, with no media looking over our shoulders. We did what had to be done. We did it honorably. We got bloody and so did the Russians and the Cubans, but more would have died if it were a “contractor war” strung out over years with massive logistics and infrastructure involved.

        Grenada was the last war we actually won since WWII because of this very issue of Elitists owning politicians to the extent that they run the wars. They tried in WWII, and they did cause problems, but the military was able to do its job in most cases, even when short on supplies due to Elitist games.

        Our military doesn’t commit intentional atrosities. Collateral damage does occur in wartime, regettably, but that is a tragic reality of war. You have no idea how much it hurts us when such things occur.

        Some collateral damage and excessive body counts are the direct results of bad tactical decisions, usually by arrogant and ignorant upper command.

        We have had some very bad generals, including the highly celebrated D. McCarther, who shouldn’t have been in charge of anything other than a latrine detail. He was an arrogant a$$. My grandfather served directly under him and new him quite well.

        We agree to some extent, but where we part ways is when our military is accused of taking orders to commit atrocities. No way. And, if I ever discover that any of our troops have done such a thing, there will be hell to pay. Those troops and the politicians involved will go down.

        We actually are duty bound to disobey orders if those orders contradict our permanent standing orders and our oath. Even in the SF/SO we have too many eyes and ears involved to have an evil order go unnoticed.

        It’s not like the movies. The elitist own politicians actually despise us because they can’t make us do their evil bidding. Those of us who make it to high ranks and have to interface with politicians make one thing very clear to them, politicians come and go, we are here to stay. 5 different presidents came and went under my watch. And only one of those deserves a good mention and that was Reagan. May he rest in peace.

      • Don

        May all our children and their grandchildren marry, hold their granchildren in their arms, and enjoy peace and prosperity. May THE Gods bless Americans, Chechens, Serbians, Chinese, Mongolians, Russians, Kenyans, Saudis, Italians, Egyptians, Israelis, Filipinos, Malaysians, Pakistanis, Iranians, Lithuanians, Mexicans, Canadians, Argentinians, Brazilians, Japanese, Australians, Kiwis, Indians, Germans, Brits, French, Vietnamese, Koreans, Nepalese, Uzbekis,Azerbaijanis, Afghans, Chileans with peace. I think you are a good man TJL

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