Sunday, July 24, 2016

Debbie brings the Cesspool with her to Philly

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LOSER AND CROOK DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ANNOUNCED SHE'S RESIGNING AS CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE . . . EFFECTIVE RIGHT AFTER THE CONVENTION IS OVER.

WHICH IS A BIT LIKE ALLOWING HER TO BE HOME COMING QUEEN NEXT WEEK BEFORE 'STEPPING DOWN' AS THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDS.

AND AFTER SHE 'STEPS DOWN' (TOILET BABY!), SHE'LL BE HEADING CRANKY CLINTON'S 50 STATE CAMPAIGN AS HONORARY CHAIR.

SNARLED DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, "RULES ARE FOR OTHER PEOPLE! PISS ME OFF AGAIN AND I'LL PUBLICLY QUESTION RATHER YOU BELIEVE IN GOD!"



FROM THE TCI WIRE:

Presumed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton -- or, as Mike bills her, the repulsive nominee -- is back in the news.



You'll see Hillary in the White House With My Vote—When Pigs Fly! Watch her pander to Blacks at the Convention.







No, not because the War Hawk chose Tim Kaine.

Her cult will look the other way and pretend like Tim Kaine's abortion stance doesn't matter the same way they ignore the way Hillary has chipped away at abortion rights since she first stepped onto the national stage.

No, no one's talking about Tim Kaine because no one -- probably not even his own mother -- has ever found Tim Kaine remotely interesting.


It's WikiLeaks:



RELEASE: 19,252 emails from the US Democratic National Committee








Gee, Bernie Sanders, are you carrying about these "damn e-mails"?


Because you really should.


Theodore Schleifer (CNN) reports:



Nearly 20,000 emails sent and received by Democratic National Committee staff members were released Friday by Wikileaks, with one message in particular raising questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary.
The revelation threatened to shatter the uneasy peace between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders camps and supporters days before the Democratic convention kicks off next week.
    The leaks, from January 2015 to May 2016, feature Democratic staffers debating everything from how to deal with challenging media requests to coordinating the committee's message with other powerful interests in Washington. 



    Michael Sainato (OBESERVER) points, out, "In its recent leak of 20,000 DNC emails from January 2015 to May 2016, DNC staff discuss how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy. Instead of treating Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination."  Tom Hamburger and Karen Tumulty (WASHINGTON POST) add, "One potential complication is that Sanders’s supporters are crucial to Democratic hopes of retaining the White House in the fall. They bring to the contest both passion and a potentially vast donor base."

    And when not attempting to derail the Bernie Sanders campaign, the e-mails reveal attempts at subverting journalism.

    Queen Bee Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for example, cannot handle criticism anymore than she can handle bathing.

    She sees this item in a brief from an MSNBC newsletter (sent to all who sign up for them):

    >>> On Wednesday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski called for DNC Chair Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to “step down” over her handling of this year’s Democratic presidential primary. >>> After playing a clip of Wasserman Schultz, Brzezinski said, “This has been very poorly handled from the start. Ot has been unfair, and they haven’t taken him seriously, and it starts, quite frankly, with the person that we just heard speaking. It just does.” >>> Brzezinski added of Wasserman Schultz, “She should step down.” >>> Brzezinski’s co-host, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough wondered why Sanders would “get in line” for the Democratic Party, given that they “rigged the entire thing,” and that if he was in Sanders’ position, “I’d say, ‘Go straight to hell, I’m running as an independent.'”


    Wasserman Shcultz then copies that item and fires an e-mail off to Chuck Todd:

    On May 18, 2016, at 9:19 AM, "hrtsleeve@gmail.com" wrote: > >> Chuck, see below. I would like to discuss this with you today. Can you reach out to Luis to schedule a call? Thanks. >> DWS >> 


    She titles this e-mail "Chuck, this must stop."

    Todd is trying to spin this as just the normal thing that can happen when you do coverage.


    That's a lie.  There's nothing normal about him declaring this of Mika in an e-mail to Debbie's DNC staffer (Communications Director Luis Miranda):


         I don't know. She can do 180s after these calls. It can't get worse



    Who's paying Chuck Todd?

    I thought it was ComCast but it appears he believes he's being paid by the Democratic National Committee.

    In that e-mail, he's just a little bitch, isn't he?  "She can do 180s after these calls.  It can't get worse."


    So good to know Chuck's got the backs of the other NBC employees.


    He was contacted in his position as the Political Director of NBC News.

    If he's going to sell out employees, he better advise NBC News and ComCast of that decision.





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    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Debbie says screw all of you


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    RESPONDING TO WIKILEAKS' LEAKING E-MAILS DEMONSTRATING DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE D.N.C. WORKED IN SECRET TO DESTROY BERNIE SANDERS AND HAND THE PARTY'S NOMINATION TO HILLARY CLINTON, MS. WASHERWOMAN SCHULTZ HAS A FEW THINGS SHE WANTS TO SAY.

    "YOU PEONS WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO HAVE KNOWN!"  WASHERWOMAN SCHULTZ SCREAMED AT THESE REPORTERS THIS MORNING.  "SCREW YOU ALL!  I RUN THINGS AND I RUN THEM MY WAY!  IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, BUY A TICKET TO THE UKRAINE! WE DON'T NEED YOU! NOT ANY OF YOU!  AND IF YOU DON'T VOTE FOR US, IT WON'T MATTER, I'VE BOUGHT THE VOTING MACHINES!"

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    The disaster that is newly 'liberted' Falluja has many concerned about what happens to the city and citizens of Mosul when Iraqi forces attempt to 'liberate' it from the Islamic State which has held it since June of 2014.




    The conflict in has severe humanitarian consequences Nearly 1/3 of the population –10,000,000 people– need aid
    Too many people in Iraq are still suffering
    Nearly one third of the population of Iraq –10,000,000 people– need aid. Despite limited resources, WHO has so far provided emergency health kits & 10 mobile clinics this year. But that's not enough.













    We don't hear much about this but there are 1.5 million internally displaced children in alone.









    Yesterday, the United Nations announced:


    One of the top United Nations officials in Iraq is warning that an expected military operation in Mosul will lead to the largest and most dramatic humanitarian crisis in the world, which could impact as many as 1.5 million civilians.
    “The impact of the Mosul military campaign on civilians will be devastating,” said Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. “Mass casualties among civilians are likely and families trying to flee are expected to be at extreme risk.”
    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is asking for an additional $284 million to start preparing food, water, emergency shelter and medical assistance, and other immediately needed aid.
    Military operations by the Government of Iraq and its allies to retake areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are already forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians, including more than 85,000 people from Fallujah, to flee their homes in search of safety.
    More than 3.3 million Iraqis are currently displaced across the country and as many as 2.5 million more people may become newly displaced along the Anbar and Mosul corridors and in Mosul city in the months ahead. 


    SWISSINFO CHANNEL reports Switzerland has donated the US equivalent of $1 million dollars.  Canada pledged $158 million.

    Yesterday, in DC, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted, "I am pleased to announce that, by securing more than $2 billion of pledges that we know will be forthcoming, we have exceeded our expectations and the conference is by all measures successful. Within that total is more than $450 million for humanitarian assistance, much of which is going to go directly to the most recent UN humanitarian appeal.  I’m very proud to say that the United States, each of the countries here, have donated significant – hundreds of millions of dollars, and I think when we finished just making our commitments, we were well over half a billion dollars, and now we are over the – excuse me, were well over half a billion and close to the full billion, and now we’re over the billion."


    Sorry to interrupt the chorus of "We Are The World" but how will it be ensured that the money goes to those in need?


    Kerry's comments included, "The goal of our pledging conference is to raise money to help Iraqis in four priority areas: humanitarian aid, de-mining, immediate stabilization, and longer-term recovery."


    These would have been questions to pursue but Elise Labbot didn't.

    CNN's reporter got the first question -- when you're the State Dept's pet you get those sort of favors -- and immediately turned a briefing on Iraq into Turkey.

    No one was surprised.

    When everyone's whispering -- true or false, I don't know -- that you're sleeping with John Kerry, presumably, you're calling the shots.  He is after all married (to a very good friend of mine, so watch your back, Elise, if the rumors are true and say prayers of thanks that you don't live in China).  And if the rumors aren't true, stop pretending flirting is part of a reporter's arsenal.


    Iraq's attending this conference with government officials.  Presumably their hands are out.


    And Iraq is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and has been for over a decade -- see the rankings on Transparency Index.




    Great to meet university students - they're angry at Iraq's politicians for stealing their future.










    Yes, the students are angry, as are the people of Iraq.

    Iraq is an oil rich country raking in billions in oil revenues each year -- billions more than they have millions of people.  Yet government corruption is so great that this oil rich country now has to beg the International Money Fund for dollars.  You don't catch oil rich Saudi Arabia doing that.


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    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Battle Ground Deadlock

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

    DEADLOCKED IN OHIO, CRANKY CLINTON AND DULL DONALD ARE NECK IN NECK WHICH CAN ONLY BE SEEN AS A VICTORY OF THE MOMENT FOR DULL DONALD.

    THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPERDELGATES PUT THEIR FAITH IN SOUR PUSS CRANKY CLINTON DESPITE HER PAST HISTORY AND WELL KNOWN DIVISIVE PERSONALITY AND THEY INSISTED SHE WAS A SURE THING.

    OHIO, TRADITIONALLY A BATTLE GROUND STATE, BEGS TO DIFFER.

    THINGS CAN CHANGE BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER BUT FOR NOW IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR DULL DONALD AND ALL THE OTHER BLOW HARDS IN AMERICA!


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Starting with War Criminal Tony Blair, Nicole Stinson (DAILY STAR) reports:

    The Iraq War Families Campaign Group launched an online appeal to the raise £50,000 to "bring to justice those responsible for the war and the deaths of our loved ones" earlier today.
    In the less than a day they have managed to attract 1,428 backers.
    They now have their sights on raising £150,000 to cover legal costs.

    THE MIRROR adds, "It comes weeks after the Chilcot report tore into Mr Blair, other leading politicians and senior officials over their actions before, during and after the conflict, in which 179 British service personnel died."  Adam Taylor (WASHINGTON POST) notes, "Blair came under renewed scrutiny after the release of the Chilcot inquiry. The report included evidence suggesting that he had misrepresented intelligence ahead of the war. In one memo from July 2002 before the war, Blair writes to President George W. Bush that 'I will be with you, whatever' -- which many took as implying that he would support the war, no matter the opposition."

    But while those injured by Tony Blair have to crowd source to get money for legal bills, Robert Mendick and Ben Farmer (TELEGRAPH OF LONDON) explain, "Taxpayers will be obliged to pay all Tony Blair’s legal bills if he is sued by the families of soldiers killed in Iraq."


    From thug to thug, Nouri al-Maliki.

    Bully Boy Bush made Nouri prime minister in 2006.  He was not a success.  In 2010, Iraq held elections.  Nouri lost.  He then refused to step down and brought the country to a halt for eight months -- the political stalemate.

    At the start of the stalemate, May 2010, Peter Kenyon (NPR's MORNING EDITION) spoke with Iraqis including Durgham Sabah:

    "Why is that? Allawi got the most seats, and the constitution says he should form the government," Sabah says. "If Maliki had won, you can bet the government would have been formed in a hurry. What has Maliki done? Four years and we have no security, no jobs, no water, no electricity."

    Two months later, still no prime minister and Marina Ottaway and Danial Kaysi (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) explaining:


    Maliki has shown so far that he is determined to continue as prime minister. His insistence prevented the formation of a single Shi’i coalition before the election, leading to the emergence of Maliki’s own State of Law (SoL), which he dominates, and the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), which groups the other important Shi’i parties and personalities, including the Iraqi Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), the Sadrists, the Badr organization, and former Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari. Maliki’s insistence that he must remain prime minister has kept the new parliamentary Shi’i bloc, the National Coalition—which includes State of Law and the INA—from speaking with one voice. Instead, the parties in the INA are negotiating separately with Iraqiya and the Kurdish parties, and have even established their own diplomatic contacts with other countries in the region.



    So how did he become prime minister for a second term?

    Barack Obama gave it to Nouri.

    He had the US broker a deal -- the Erbil Agreement -- a contract which went around the voters of Iraq and gave Nouri a second term in exchange for power sharing concessions Nouri agreed to.

    It was a legal contract and all the parties, including Nouri al-Maliki, signed it.

    November 10, 2010, The Erbil Agreement is signed.  November 11, 2010, the Iraqi Parliament has their first real session in over eight months and finally declares a president, a Speaker of Parliament and Nouri as prime minister-designate -- all the things that were supposed to happen in April of 2010 but didn't.


    March 7, 2010, Iraq concluded Parliamentary elections. The Guardian's editorial board noted in August 2010, "These elections were hailed prematurely by Mr Obama as a success, but everything that has happened since has surely doused that optimism in a cold shower of reality." 

    How right they were.



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    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    A question


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     &  CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


    IF MICHELLE GOLDBERG CLAIMS ANTI-ABORTION TALK "INCITES" ATTACKS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WHAT "INCITES" ATTACKS ON POLICE OFFICERS?



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    The chances of a liberated Iraq most likely vanished this week with the International Money Fund announcing:



    The IMF has approved a three-year, $5.34 Billion loan for Iraq focused on implementing economic and financial policies to help the country cope with lower oil prices and ensure debt sustainability. 

    The loan will be provided under the Stand-By Arrangement facility and also includes measures to protect vulnerable populations—critical in a time of ongoing conflict, which has resulted in over 4 million internally displaced people. 



    There has been silence on this topic -- even among notable 'lefties' like Phylis Bennis -- as we noted January 15th, "Even though the IMF will be yet another form of occupation."


    Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has long warned against taking money from the IMF but Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi elected to ignore al-Sistani.

    There was time for American left 'leaders' to voice their objection to this take over.

    The May 19th snapshot noted:


    Mohammad Tayseer and Dana Khraiche (BLOOMBERG NEWS) report, "Iraq has reached a $5.4 billion, three-year loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund to help OPEC’s second-biggest producer repair public finances damaged by the plunge in oil prices and war with Islamic State militants."
    The revenge fantasies, where the daughter of Saddam Hussein must be captured and flogged in the streets of Baghdad?
    They are raw meat tossed to the masses to distract them from the ongoing corruption in Iraq.
    Billions of dollars have disappeared from the country's coffers as a result of corrupt politicians and officials.
    Rather than fretting over the daughter of Saddam Hussein, they might ask how Nouri al-Maliki's son ended up with all those sports cars and residences outside of Iraq.
    Where did that money come from?
    How did Nouri's two terms as prime minister of Iraq leave him such a wealthy man?
    Those are questions that need to be asked.
    The Iraqi people live in squalor.
    They have no dependable public services.
    Baghdad floods in the raining season -- water up to the knees in some sections (including Sadr City) and that's due to the crumbling public infrastructure.
    The corruption is not a secret.
    There have been US Congressional hearings on the topic going back to the years when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House.
    Billions have been stolen.
    And now the IMF is getting their hooks into Iraq.
    THE JORDAN TIMES reports:


    The IMF $5.4 billion loan to Iraq will have an annual interest rate of 1.5 per cent, Iraq's Central Bank Governor Ali Al Alak said at a press conference, following a week of talks with IMF officials in Jordan, Reuters reported.
    The IMF deal will allow Iraq to secure additional financial aid of around $15 billion over the next three years, including securing international bonds, according to [Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshiyar] Zebari.



    At this late stage, who's still pretending that the IMF helps out countries in trouble?





    Thursday, Stephen Kalin (REUTERS) reported:

    Pressured by lower-than-expected oil prices, Iraq will cut non-oil spending in its 2016 budget by 15 percent and take on several billion dollars in international debt, it said in a memo released by the International Monetary Fund on Thursday.

    OPEC's second-largest producer, which relies on oil exports for nearly all its revenue, has sought donor support amid a collapse in global crude prices and a costly war against Islamic State militants that has displaced more than 3.4 million people.


    Non-oil spending cut by 15%?

    It's already been cut.

    The Iraqi people will suffer yet again.

    The corruption is never-ending.

    Which is why protests never end in Iraq.


    Which is why even threats do not stop the protesters.

    And threats were was issued Thursday ahead of Friday's protests.


    AFP noted that the security forces issued an announcement that anyone protesting would be dealt with "as a terrorist threat."


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    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    She's not all that in to feedback


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    "THEY WILL ONLY PRAISE ME!" HISSED CRANKY CLINTON TODAY AS SHE OUTLINED HER GOALS IF SHE MANAGES TO STEAL THE PRESIDENCY.


    "THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE SAYING NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT ME, ABOUT MY HAIR, ABOUT MY LOVERS, ABOUT MY CROWS FEET, ABOUT MY FARTS, ABOUT MY WEIGHT, ABOUT MY CRIMES," SHE EXPLAINED IN A SPEECH TODAY.

    "BUT ONCE I AM CROWNED AS QUEEN OF ALL AMERICA, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT THE CRITICISM WILL STOP BECAUSE I WILL LEGALLY COMMAND IT.  NOW BOW BEFORE ME, SWINE, BOW!"

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    The report from the Iraq Inquiry continues to dominate the news on/from Iraq despite being released last Wednesday, one week ago.


    Wes and Helen Holmes (BELFEST TELEGRAPH) write a letter to the editor noting that the blame can be spread around beyond Tony Blair:

    Ours is a parliamentary democracy and the resolution to go to war was determined by our political representatives.
    As the decision was a shared one, the blame also must be shared.
    Given that vast numbers of innocents are dead as a consequence of the invasion it is not sufficient for those responsible to claim they were duped.


    They're certainly correct about their type of government.

    And I do agree that many share blame.  I would include Gordon Brown (who replaced Blair as prime minister and could have ended the UK involvement much sooner), I would include Barack Obama who has not ended the Iraq War despite being elected on the promise that he would.  I would include members of the US Congress such as Hillary Clinton who voted for it.  I would include members of Congress who pretended to be against it but did nothing to stop it once it started -- US House Rep Barbara Lee poses so well she should be in a wax museum, not in Congress.  Former US Senator Mike Gravel in 2007 and 2008 repeatedly outlined how anyone in Congress could stop the war.  (Gravel was not in Congress during the Iraq War.)  I would include a lot of people.

    But of all of them: Bully Boy Bush and Tony Blair would be at the top.  (Barack would be immediately below them because the Iraq War goes on.)

    As for who would be at the top?

    Tony Blair.

    Bully Boy Bush was a laughingstock on the world stage.

    He needed Blair as an ally to sell the war.

    The so-called coalition of the willing would have been next to nothing without Blair.

    Blair had an image -- a false one, but an image -- for being upstanding and forthright.

    Blair was deceitful and a liar -- as most of New Labour is and was.

    He sold out the people in one neoliberal scheme after another.

    But he could have held onto the myth were it not for the Iraq War.

    Had he not made the promise long before the war started -- as documented in the report from the Iraq Inquiry -- to stand with Bully Boy Bush no matter what, it's very possible the war would not have started.

    France already was thought unwilling to take part (the report throws doubt on Blair and Bush's assumptions there).  To have also not had the longterm ally of England?

    It would have been much harder to get the war off the ground.

    The war machine in the US -- which does include the media, never forget that:


    The 'mainstream' media are guilty of burying facts and stifling dissent on .






    The war machine had already slimed the French.  If they had then done the same with the British, late night comics would have had a field day with who was next and Americans would have been even more suspicious of the impending war.

    Bully Boy Bush was seen as a deranged cowboy.

    Blair was seen as a wise and thoughtful leader.

    Without Blair by his side, a case can be made that the Iraq War would not have started.



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  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Clinton feels the love

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

    CRANKY CLINTON GOT BERNIE SANDERS' ENDORSEMENT.

    BUT WILL SHE GET HIS VOTERS?

    A NEW POLL SUGGESTS THAT SHE IS NOW TRAILING DONALD TRUMP.

    IN FACT, THE ONLY THING AMERICANS APPEAR TO AGREE ON IS THAT THE F.B.I. SHOULD HAVE CHARGED HER.


    REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "BEING AMERICA'S MOST WANTED IS A FORM OF LOVE IN AND OF ITSELF."

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Today, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited Iraq and declared, "And I'm pleased to report today in that connection that we agreed for the United States to bolster the Iraqi efforts to isolate and pressure Mosul by deploying 560 additional troops in support of the ISF and especially at the Qayyarah West airfield."



    Carter arrives for meeting with Minister of Defense Ubadi.








    Yes, more US troops are going into Iraq.


    More.


    If you're surprised you may be remembering previous statements by US President Barack Obama.  Such as on June 19, 2014 when he stated "American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq" and August 9, 2014 when he insisted, "As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq.  American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there's no American military solution to the larger crisis there."

    Or August 11, 2014, when he declared:

     But as I said when I authorized these operations, there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.  The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government -- one that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis, and one that can unify the country’s fight against ISIL. 


    Or . . .

    Get the picture?

    Yet today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke in Iraq declaring:

    And despite the summer heat, our Iraqi partners, with your support, your intrepid support, pressed ahead with the fight, cleared one town after another, dealing ISIL a series of blows.  And just this week, they again demonstrated their strong will to fight in maneuvering north up the Tigris River valley to seize the strategically important Qayyarah West airfield.
    Just as you have excelled here in Iraq in support of ISF, our special operators and air crews are also enabling local and capable and motivated forces in Syria to take the fight to ISIL there.  After seizing Shaddadi, which is a crucial road juncture between Mosul and Raqqah, our Syrian partners have now surrounded Manbij city.  This is also significant.  Manbij is one of the last junctions connecting Raqqah to the outside world and one that served as a transit point for external plotters attacking our allies and threatening our homeland.
    Simply put, we've been moving out in a deliberate fashion with our local partners in both Iraq and Syria to implement our campaign plan.  And with these consequential results behind us, you will now embark on the next major steps of the campaign to collapse ISIL control over Mosul here in Iraq, and Raqqah in Syria.  That's one of the primary reasons for my visit today, to confer with our commanders, Prime Minister Abadi, President Barzani, Minister of Defense Obaidi, on what needs to be done next to achieve those objectives.
    And I'm pleased to report today in that connection that we agreed for the United States to bolster the Iraqi efforts to isolate and pressure Mosul by deploying 560 additional troops in support of the ISF and especially at the Qayyarah West airfield.
    This contingent will help the Iraqis establish a logistical springboard for their offensive in Mosul, which Prime Minister Abadi reaffirmed to me that he wants to accomplish this year.  At every step in this campaign, we've generated and seized additional opportunities to hasten ISIL's lasting defeat.  And with these additional U.S. forces I'm describing today, we'll bring unique capabilities to the campaign and provide critical support to Iraqi forces at a key moment in the fight.

    As we set the stage for Mosul, we must simultaneously continue to go after ISIL in Syria.  There, we will enable local partners to isolate and press -- pressure Raqqah once Manbij city is seized.  Our efforts will include continuing to find local forces, training their leaders, and enabling them to take the fight to ISIL.



    560 more US troops being sent into Iraq.

    Despite Barack's promises to the contrary.


    The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in '68
    And he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday
    Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark café
    You laugh he said you think you're immune
    Go look at your eyes they're full of moon
    You like roses and kisses and pretty men to tell you
    All those pretty lies pretty lies
    When you gonna realize they're only pretty lies
    Only pretty lies just pretty lies

    -- "The Last Time I Saw Richard," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album BLUE


    Pretty lies.


    And ugly liars.



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