FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O WILL GO TO WAR BUT ONLY SO FAR.
HE'S BEING CALLED THE OVER THE SWEATER PRESIDENT WHEN IT COMES TO WAR BUT DC INSIDERS SWEAR THAT WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE "NO ONE SPREADS LIKE BARRY!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Let's hold on a second to describe the 'plan' for anyone not paying attention in the last weeks. The US military will bomb all over Iraq (and now in Syria as well -- Syria is the new Laos) to 'defeat' the Islamic State -- a group of Sunni fundamentalists who have received some backing (in terms of concealment as well as in terms of aiding in violence) by some Iraqi Sunnis as a result of the oppression of the Sunni community in Iraq which includes but is not limited to, false imprisonment, arrests without warrants, arrests of known innocents (arrested because the police couldn't find the suspect so they arrested a mother, or a wife, or a child, or a . . .), torture and rape in Iraqi prisons, etc.
Barack has repeatedly stated in public that Iraq requires a political solution.
When he makes those statements, he's referring to the need for a government that is inclusive and represents all Iraqis. He's basically trying to turn the clock back to 2010 when Iraqis had again (see the 2009 election results) expressed a growing belief in a national identity and a rejection of a country made up of warring sects. Nouri al-Maliki (with the White House's backing) came close to destroying such a possibility.
Nouri wanted a third term and Barack (wisely, in my opinion) worked to ensure that it did not happen.
The whole point of that was so that Iraq could get a new prime minister, a new leader, so that people could have hope that maybe a new Iraq was possible.
A hope like that doesn't survive months.
It's either confirmed or it's a fleeting hope that quickly passes.
Sometimes I get that feeling and I want to settle and raise a child up with somebody
I get that strong long and then I want to settle and raise a child up with somebody
But it passes like the summer
I'm a wild seed again
Let the wind carry me
-- "Let The Wind Carry Me," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on Joni's For The Roses
Passes like the summer.
And what's happened in Iraq.
Haider al-Abadi was named the new prime minister.
Despite not having a Minister of Interior (over the federal police) or a Minister of Defense (over the military) in his Cabinet.
Just like Nouri.
Who went four years without filling those slots. Yes, Americans being asked to support bombings today, Nouri went his entire term without a Minister (Secretary) of Defense.
Unlike Nouri, Haider has nominated people for the posts. The Parliament's just refused to confirm them.
What else has Haider done?
Well, since the start of this year, back in January, under Nouri's orders residential neighborhoods in Falluja have been bombed killing and wounding thousands of Iraqis. (Falluja's a Sunni-dominated city.)
Near the start of this month, Haider announced that the bombings were over, he had ordered it.
But . . .
the next day the bombings continued and they continue every day.
So his words may be different than Nouri's words, but the results are the same.
He has retained Nouri in the government.
Even Barack didn't do that. For all the (accurate) critiques of Barack failing to prosecute Bully Boy Bush and his cronies, Barack didn't make Bully Boy Bush Secretary of State, for example.
But tyrant Nouri serves in Haider's government as one of three Vice Presidents (the other two are former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and former Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi).
So Nouri's policies continue, the security ministries continue to remain leaderless and Nouri continues in the government.
Where's the change?
Hope's fleeing. Joni sings "it passes like the summer."
There are a few new freckles on your shoulders
The hammock swings lower and touches the grass
The apples are ripe and the corn is past
Everyone says summer goes by so fast
And we just got here
-- "We Just Got Here," written by Carly Simon, first appears on her Have You Seen Me Lately?
Joni sings it passes like summer, Carly sings summer goes by so fast.
Friday, NINA reported 3 civilians are dead and nine more injured. In addition, Iraqi Spring MC noted Falluja General Hospital received the corpses of 2 children and eight more people who were injured from last night's bombings of the residential neighborhoods.
And how were Friday prayers in Anbar celebrated? With more civilian bombings.
Chairman of Anbar provincial Council Sabah Karhot called army troops to focus on the bombing of the IS sites and not targeting residential areas.
Head of the Council Karhot told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the city of Fallujah exposed to shelling of rockets and explosive barrels that claims the lives of many innocent civilians.
The city of Fallujah exposed, daily, to the bombing of the explosive barrels and mortar shells and rockets, and about 12 civilians were killed and injured in today's bombing, which targeted residential neighborhoods in Fallujah.
And NINA notes a Friday Mosul bombing by US war planes killed 4 civilians.
So is Haider al-Abadi a liar or powerless?
A number of people are saying powerless and noting articles like this one at Kitabat which maintains that Nouri is refusing to leave the palace he's lived in since 2006, the housing of the prime minister. And that even high ranking members of Dawa (Nouri's political party) attempting or persuade Nouri that he must leave and allow al-Abadi to move in have failed.
An image is taking hold. I'm not surprised.
Right now there's a call on Arabic social media for a massive protest in Baghdad on September 30th against Haider al-Abadi. If it is large, this will not help his image one bit.
The window for Haider to make a difference, to show he was different from Nouri, is closing.
Who will they look to
So innocent they don't know
Life, life isn't always fair
There's always someone who cares
Who will they look to
In whose hands will their future lie
Whose going to tell them stand up again
Why not, why not give them one more try
Who will they look to
-- "Who Will They Look To," written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, first appears on Ashford & Simpson's Street Opera
The White House spent all these weeks shoring up foreign support for bombings and they did nothing to push on the political scene.
So it's a failure in the same way Bully Boy Bush's 'surge' is a failure.
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