Monday, May 22, 2017

Another plan



BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

CRANKY CLINTON STILL HAS A PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE -- PROVIDED YOU ARE WILLING TO FALL FOR ANYTHING.

REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY CLINTON SCANNED THE PROPOSAL AND INSISTED IT WAS "MORE LOGICAL THAN ANYTHING ROBBIE MOOK CAME UP WITH."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:




Starting with the White House's Special Envoy Brett McGurk:




  Retweeted
President Trump during Arab Islamic American Summit "This is not a battle of different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations"
Video
U.S. Department of State










Thank you, Brett, for Tweeting that, honestly, no sarcasm.

But if we're talking about what this isn't, can we talk about what it is?

Because the Iraq War drags on and surely you know that.

You served in Iraq when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, you've served in Iraq under President Barack Obama and now you serve under President Donald Trump.

When does it end?



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Friday, May 19, 2017

His name or his phone?


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LOOKING LIKE A CRACK ADDICT OR AN OVER-USED PORN STAR, DISGRACED PERVERT ANTHONY WEINER SHOWED UP IN COURT TO PLEAD GUILTY TO SEXTING WITH A MINOR.


PERV WEINER BEGAN TO CRY IN COURT WHEN TOLD HE HAD TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER AND GIVE UP HIS IPHONE.

ASKED BY THESE REPORTERS WHICH HURT WORSE -- REGISTERING AS A SEX OFFENDER OR GIVING UP THE IPHONE, PERV WEINER TOLD US IT WAS THE PHONE.

"PLEASE,"  HE TOLD US, "REGISTER?  I USED MY NOM DE PLUME CARLOS DANGER."



FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Day 211.


It was supposed to last mere weeks, remember?

But it was also supposedly launched to save the citizens of Mosul.


Not a lot of concern for those civilians these days.


Human Rights Watch notes:

 The Iraqi army and other local security forces have forced over 300 displaced families to return to west Mosul neighborhoods still under risk of attack by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. The families, who had fled to the Hammam al-Alil and Hajj Ali camps for displaced people, are severely short of water, food, electricity, and medical assistance.
Displaced residents, camp staff in Hammam al-Alil, and three federal police officers said that families were returned to certain west Mosul neighborhoods to make room for newly displaced people from more recently retaken neighborhoods of west Mosul. But aid workers involved in camp management and United Nations assessments of camp capacity indicated that the camps still have space for new arrivals.
“People from western Mosul fled some of the worst fighting there and finally found safety, only to be forced back to areas still under ISIS fire,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “These families should not be forcibly returned to unsafe areas and areas that lack adequate water, food, electricity, or health facilities.”

The UN Guiding Principles on internal displacement state that all internally displaced people should be able to choose where they live and have the right to be protected against forcible return to any place where their life, safety, liberty, or health would be at risk.



The Mosul Slog slogs along.  What happens after?

Muhanad al-Saleh and Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) remind:


 Sunni resentment over disenfranchisement and the rise of Shiite power after the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein fueled an insurgency and gave a foothold to al-Qaida. The U.S. military, backed by Sunni tribal fighters, largely crushed al-Qaida. But Sunni bitterness over continued discrimination by Shiites helped in the subsequent rise of the Islamic State group. Each time, the rise of militants only deepened Shiite suspicions that the Sunnis cannot be trusted.
U.S. officials backing Baghdad in the fight against IS have warned repeatedly that the same could happen again now unless the government is made more inclusive.


A prominent Sunni lawmaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, said Iraq could fall apart unless a "historic compromise" is reached.

Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki oversaw the persecution of the Sunnis from 2006 to 2014.  He wants back in.  It's reported that he's attempting to state he's the only one who can prevent the partition of Iraq into three areas (Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurd).  Nouri did not want to step down in 2014.  It's interesting that he thinks he can be prime minister again, after two terms, considering the Iraqi Constitution.  But Nouri intends to stoke fear in an effort to be back as prime minister.



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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    He's back



    BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    PROFESSIONAL OVEREATER MICHAEL MOORE HASN'T BEEN BATHING IN HIS TIME AWAY.  NO, HE'S BEEN WORKING ON A NEW MOVIE.

    NOT WITH ACTORS BECAUSE REAL ACTORS COULD UPSTAGE HIM AND MOORE MUST BE THE STAR OF EVERY ONE OF HIS FILMS.

    HE'S CALLING IT A "DOCUMENTARY" BUT HIS GRASP OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE HAS NEVER BEEN THAT STRONG.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, MOORE INSISTED THE FILM WOULD BE MASSIVE AND THEN ASKED IF WE WERE PLANNING ON FINISHING OUR FRIES OR COULD HE HAVE THEM AND WHAT ABOUT THAT SLICE OF PIE?

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Day 209 of The Mosul Slog.


    map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control.






    Back in October, when it began, it was supposed to take a few weeks.

    209 days later, it still continues.

    And it's not even the biggest issue in Iraq.


    Let's again note Ben Connable, Natash Lander and Kimberly Jackson's "Beating the Islamic State: Selecting a New Strategy for Iraq and Syria" (RAND CORPORATION):




    Root Causes Can Be Bypassed or Suppressed, But Doing So Ensures Lasting Instability

    • Failure to address root causes may mean that instability and violence will outlast any individual armed group. Yet there is little appetite for the effort required to address root causes in Iraq and Syria. Current strategy has thus taken a middle-ground approach that does not truly reflect U.S. understanding of irregular war.
    • The research centered on the two prominent theories about root causes in Iraq and Syria, disenfranchisement and the effects of ethnosectarian discord. While the latter does have an influence, but the deeper cause in these two countries is disenfranchisement from the central governments and from the protections they should be providing their entire populations.
    • Debate over what to do about disenfranchisement is growing; this report argues shifting toward political action while maintaining military pressure against IS. 


    And among the key findings:



  • The best way to reduce and, eventually, end insurgency and terrorism is to address root causes or, at least, to establish legitimate and capable governance. Stability is most consistent and enduring when it emerges naturally from popular satisfaction with governance and other socioeconomic conditions, rather than from government oppression or military action by external powers.
  • The legitimated stability option acknowledges that the best way to reduce and, eventually, end insurgency and terrorism is to address root causes or, at least, to establish legitimate and capable governance. The aim of this strategy is to establish legitimate governments in Iraq and Syria. Each government would be capable of addressing Sunni disenfranchisement while protecting the rights of all other groups. Ultimately, strong and legitimate central governments — perhaps federated or confederated to address regional challenges within each state — will reduce the current, dangerous emphasis on ethnosectarian identity politics and violence. 




  • Sectarianism is destroying Iraq.

    And has been destroying Iraq.

    And it's the issue that never gets dealt with.

    Remember the 18 benchmarks the White House created in 2007 to measure success in Iraq?

    Most people appear to have forgotten them.


    CNN noted in September 2007, "The benchmarks were created by lawmakers as part of a $120 billion war-spending bill passed in May, which asked the GAO -- the investigative arm of Congress -- to give a definitive answer as to whether each benchmark was met or not, instead of reporting partial progress."


    One of the benchmarks was national reconciliation.

    And ten years later, that's still not happened.

    Ten years later, it's still the biggest threat to security in Iraq.

    Ten years later, ISIS is being fought because of it and ISIS took root in Iraq because of it.





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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Carter voted for Bernie

    BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    CRANKY CLINTON LOST THE 2016 U.S. PRESIDENCY SO BAD THAT EVEN FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER VOTED FOR BERNIE SANDERS IN THE PRIMARY.

    WHEN CRANKY HEARD WHAT CARTER STATED, SHE BEGAN SCREAMING "PEANUT HEAD!" AT HIGH VOLUME AND RAN THROUGH A BUSY, MID-DAY PARK KICKING CHILDREN OUT OF THE WAY.

    ONE KICK -- WORTHY OF PELE -- SENT A LITTLE 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL FLYING FOR 3 YARDS AND 0NE-AND-A-HALF FEET.

    "THE WORLD WILL BE MINE," CRANKY ROARED BEFORE VANISHING IN AN EXPLOSION OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE.



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    What lies do they teach in high school to instill pride in US institutions these days?




    Many high school students—soon to register for the draft—have never known a U.S. not at war in Afghanistan and Iraq.





    How do you sell that?

    Endless wars.

    Iraq didn't attack the US, neither did Afghanistan.

    But one war is 14 years old and the other is 16 years.

    Can't sell them as 'success.'

    Successful wars don't last over a decade.

    Can't sell them as defense -- again, neither country attacked the US.

    Over a million Iraqis killed before this decade even started.

    Maybe you could try 'humanitarian' but you'd probably have to quickly add "gone deadly wrong."

    How do you sell these wars?








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    Tuesday, May 02, 2017

    Clinton caught lying again

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    "I LOST!" CRANKY CLINTON CONCEDED TODAY BEFORE INSISTING, "AND IT'S EVERYONE'S FAULT BUT MINE!"


    IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO PORTRAY HERSELF AS MATURE AND A 'GOOD SPORT,' CRANKY DECLARED THAT SHE LOST BECAUSE OF SEXISM, THE FBI, RUSSIA, WIKILEAKS AND, FOR GOOD MEASURE, THE ELASTIC GOING OUT ON HER CONTROL TOP PANTYHOSE.

    SHE ALSO LIED THAT THE DEBATE QUESTIONS HARMED HER AS WELL AND INSISTED NO ONE ASKED HER ABOUT JOBS.



    Beginning with you, Secretary Clinton, why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kinds of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of American workers?


    CONFRONTED ON HER LIE, CRANKY CLINTON RAN AWAY FROM THESE REPORTERS.  WHEN WE REVIEWED THE ISSUE WITH CLOSET QUEEN DONNA BRAZILE, BRAZILE REFUSED TO COMMENT INSISTING THAT THE NBC TRANSCRIPTS WERE PROVIDED BY RUSSIA AND SHE WOULD NOT HELP THE RUSSIANS INTERFERE WITH ANY ELECTIONS -- PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE.




    It's day 195 of The Mosul Slog.

    And how's that going?


    Remember when it started in October and was supposed to be over by the end of October?

    It's still going.

    Now the Iraqi government is saying it will be finished by the end of this month.

    195 days of brutal attacks on a densely populated city.

    AP reports civilians explain they are trapped and the city destroyed:


    Instead, they described a horrifying battlefield where airstrikes and artillery pound neighborhoods relentlessly, trying to root out IS militants, leveling hundreds of buildings, many with civilians inside, despite the constant flight of surveillance drones overhead. Displaced families scurry from house to house, most of them driven out of their homes in other neighborhoods by IS militants, who herd residents at gunpoint out of districts about to fall to Iraqi forces and push them into IS-held areas.
    Their accounts underscore how increased use of bombardment has made the fight for Mosul’s western sector, which began in mid-February, dramatically more destructive than its eastern half.
    More than 1,590 residential buildings have been destroyed in western Mosul, based on analysis of satellite imagery and information from local researchers, the U.N. said last week. Airstrikes killed 1,117 people in western Mosul in March and April alone, according to Iraq Body Count, an independent group that documents casualties in the war, cross-checking media reports with information from hospitals, officials and other sources.

    In comparison, an estimated 1,600 civilians were killed or wounded from all causes during the 100-day campaign to recapture Mosul’s less densely populated eastern half, which ended in mid-January.



    This description jibs with the warning Vie PresidentOsama al-Nujaifi voiced at the start of the week.  NRT reports:

    Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi said the humanitarian situation in Mosul has reached a “catastrophic point” as Iraqi forces engage in clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) militants in western Mosul. 
    "The situation is catastrophic amid famine and lack of food and medicine, which make the city live an unbearable situation," al-Nujaifi told a party meeting late Sunday (April 30). 
    Some 400,000 civilians remain trapped inside the densely-populated Old City where street battles have raged for weeks. 
    The Iraqi VP said hundreds of thousands of families have heeded government calls to stay at their homes because militants may use civilians as human shields. 



    On ' Lies about civilian casualties in and ' Full debate➡





    Molly Hennessy-Fiske and W.J. Hennigan (LOS ANGLES TIMES) report on the US military's assessment of their own counting/reporting.  The US military is having difficulty counting civilians because they're apparently not the ones (the US military) calling in strikes.

    So in a country rife with sectarian divisions, with a Shi'ite dominated military attacking a Sunni town, the air strikes are being called in by the Iraqi military.

    In what world does that make sense?






    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Chelsea pouts

    BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    NEPOTISM POSTER CHILD CHELSEA CLINTON WAS OFFENDED BY DONALD TRUMP'S WORED FROM 13 YEARS AGO TODAY.

    YES, HER LIFE IS JUST THAT SAD.

    SO SHE TWEETED ONLY TO FIND THAT WOMEN ARE OFFENDED TO THIS DAY BY HER DADDY'S HARASSMENT AND RAPE.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT, POUTY CHELSEA WHINED, "I'M GOING TO TELL MY MOMMY WHAT MEAN THINGS YOU SAID!!!!"

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Molly Hennessy-Fiske and W.J. Hennigan (LOS ANGELES TIMES) report:


    It also appears that the number of civilian casualties has risen in recent months as combat has shifted to densely populated west Mosul and the coalition has undertaken the heaviest bombing since the war began almost three years ago.
    [. . .]
    Raed Mohammed Hasan, 30, said he lost neighbors and relatives, including his 11-month-old daughter, Rania, in an airstrike in east Mosul on Jan. 21. He and other residents say 11 civilians died in that strike, which occurred during the months-long battle to oust Islamic State from Iraq’s second-largest city. Coalition records show a strike was carried out in Mosul that day, but officials say it is not being investigated for civilian deaths.


    The report also contains numerous photos by Marcus Yam.


    Day 185 of The Mosul Slog.

    It never ends.

    And it never ends because solutions are not sought.

    Nouri al-Maliki was the mid-wife to the Islamic State.

    His actions allowed them to rise.

    That's on Bully Boy Bush and the Congress of the United States who all agreed to benchmarks for Iraq, remember that?

    Congress was going to cut off support if Iraq did not show progress.

    Congress was as full of it as was Bully Boy Bush (Democrats controlled both houses them).

    But so was Nouri.  He agreed to those 2007 benchmarks.

    One of which was political reconciliation.

    But he never pursued it, he never enacted it.

    And then Barack comes along.

    He doesn't make Nouri stop persecuting the Sunnis.

    He doesn't demand that Nouri keep the reconciliation promise.

    In fact, when Nouri loses the 2010 election (to Ayad Allawi), Barack goes out of his way to overturn the elections results (via the US-brokered Erbil Agreement) and give Nouri a second term that the Iraqi voters did not want.

    And Nouri only got worse.

    There is still no political reconciliation in Iraq.

    And stop pretending that the US government has no power.

    They've always had power.

    And that has nothing to do with troops or war.

    It has to do with Iraq's needs.



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