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About coldwarvet

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  1. Do you have a photo of Wat on second? LOL!!!
  2. Thanks Adam. Best recap I've read in a long time. Much appreciated! P.S. You got me for a second with the April Fool's joke. Touche'!
  3. Hi Adam, Since this is my first post with a question for you, let me start by adding my thanks for all that you do for all of us. Much appreciated! I've noticed that many DV members seem to assume that the new rate and the 2015 budget will be announced simultaneously, and that therefore the latest news of a Jan. 7th budget vote pushes the rate announcement back to that date as well. Since Gov. Shabbibi has always said that it's best that a new rate starts at the beginning of the year, how likely do you think it would be that the rate is announced announced Jan. 1st, and then the budget,
  4. Since this is labeled an Op/Ed piece, it should be moved to Opinions.
  5. I want to say at the outset that I have not posted for a long time, nor am I what some people would characterize as a "conspiracy buff," i.e., I listen to neither Alex Jones or any of the other folks in that media niche, nor the less-than-credible mainstream media. But it really strikes me as odd that, just as the Iraqi government and economy were about to move into the next phase of their journey toward prosperity, to become a world economic powerhouse, ISIS conveniently popped up, almost literally out of nowhere, and began making apparently huge advances out of Syria into Iraq. More
  6. Having been raised a Catholic, and now in "recovery" from that experience, I view Francis as a long overdue breath of fresh air, someone who may be able to finally use his position for genuine reform of the Catholic Church, rather than stubbornly clinging to the ossified status quo. Time will tell.
  7. 20 years of service as a pilot in the Air Force, 1972-1992. Three tours of duty in the B-52 bomber, one in the T-38 trainer as a flight instructor, staff assignments at the Pentagon and the Air Force Personnel Center. In contrast to the way we were treated post-Vietnam in the 1970s, it is great to see how many people now acknowledge the contribution and sacrifice of our troops.
  8. Ladies and Gentlemen of Dinarvets, My username on this site, coldwarvet, is due to the fact that I served for 20 years in the Air Force, from 1972 til 1992. Over half my career was as a B-52 pilot, pulling nuclear alert duty throughout the United States. There is a factual error in this post that I must, in good conscience, correct. The narrative asserts that nuclear weapons were only located at Dyess Air Force Base starting in the 1980s. I know for a fact that Dyess was a B-52 base, supporting our nuclear deterrence mission, long before the 1980s. Perhaps this is an inadvertent erro
  9. Let's look at this from an economic management point of view. If the GOI and CBI were interested purely in cleaning up the accounting system, the only two things they would have had to do were: 1. Educate the Iraqi population (you can arguably assert that was the purpose for all the "raising the zeroes" articles over the years); and 2. Print the required number of lower denominations (supposedly that was already been done a while ago). So if we assume both of those conditions have been satisfied, then why haven't they pulled the trigger? At the same time we have seen the numerous "delete the
  10. I was referred to Dinar Trade by a friend who has a very large amount of IQD purchased from them. The friend is also personal friends with Ali, the owner. While the charges against the individuals look legitimate, the portion of the lawsuit against the firms looks like the typical trial lawyer tactic of spreading your net wide (i.e., sue as many individuals/groups as you can) and see what you can catch. I'm not worried, and hope no one lese who purchased from DT is either.
  11. Obviously the low value of the IQD is having a negative economic impact. So RV already!
  12. This is a good sign. They are obviously getting a lot of work done, despite being in the middle of Ramadan. Let's hope they keep going! :-)
  13. This is nothing more than an example of tribalism at its worst. If the shoe was on the other foot, they'd be complaining about Allawi being the dictator, and the Shiites would want him to step down. It has ever been thus in that area of the world for millennia. Obviously it hasn't changed much, if at all!
  14. Regardless of the multiple opinions, the fact remains: the GOI and/or CBI will not, under any circumstances, telegraph their intentions publicly. ALL of the articles, both for and against an RD or an RV, mean nothing. We won't know what their real intentions are until the CBI's currency valuation numbers actually change. Until then, a very wise man once said "opinions are like a******s, everyone has one!" Have a great weekend!
  15. Humorous comments aside, Detroit is a classic example of what happens when the overdeveloped structure of government runs out of resources. It was British PM Margaret Thatcher who famously said, "socialism fails when it runs out of other people's money." When a governmental entity creates a structure that outgrows its revenue base, the result is Detroit. As long as we have citizens in this nation who hold others responsible for their lot in life, we will repeat Detroit's experience. Only when we require ourselves, and our fellow citizens, to take personal responsibility for our lives, will
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