Thoughts for the Day – March 12, 2012

By Patricia L Johnson

Afghanistan

The Taliban has promised revenge for the 16 civilians killed by a 38-year-old Seal Staff Sargent Sunday morning. The name of the sergeant has not yet been released, but it has been released this man served three tours in Iraq and has been in Afghanistan since December of 2011. I suspect this man has severe PTSD and disassociated, which may explain the actions of this Special Forces soldier.

How many U.S. soldiers will die at the hands of the Taliban in retaliation? How many U.S. citizens will die at the hands of the men and women currently in service to our country that have served one tour after another? Only time will tell.

Keystone XL Pipeline

The economy and jobs is the number one issue on the administration and the minds of voters. Does it really make any sense that the POTUS would delay the Keystone XL project without good cause knowing it should eventually create somewhere in the neighborhood of a total of 20,000, including jobs added to construction and manufacturing .

The number of permanent job s after construction is not nearly as impressive.

The DOS requested additional information on the route through Sand Hills, Nebraska from TransCanada on November 11, 2011 and our less-than-interested-in-the-needs-of-the-country congress responded to that request on December 23, 2011 by passing a law demanding a decision on Keystone, by the President, within 60 days. Since it wasn’t going to take 60 days to determine a decision couldn’t be made until the additional information requested was received, Secretary of State Clinton denied the Keystone XL Pipeline application of January 18, 2012.

Keystone is in the process of preparing a new Presidential Permit application. The Republicans are having a field day blaming President Obama for lack of jobs, higher gasoline prices, etc., which could all be solved by waving the Keystone XL Pipeline magic wand. I just don’t see it that way. The rules for Presidential Permit application approval was set up by former President George W. Bush through a series of Executive Orders. Not to mention when I hear the words oil pipeline my mind automatically reverts to the BP oil spill.

Alabama and Mississippi Primaries

The latest poll out shows Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all statistically tied for first place in these two primaries. I would love to see Mitt Romney beat out Santorum and Gingrich for the delegates in these states. On a comparative basis Mitt Romney is a man of honor and Santorum and Gingrich don’t even know how to spell the word – IMHO.

© 2012 Patricia L Johnson

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