Sunday, October 19, 2014

The frustrations of Doug Henwood's limp dick

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

EPIC FAILURE DOUG HENWOOD BLAMES HILLARY CLINTON FOR HIS SHRIVELED AND USELESS PENIS AND HAS TAKEN TO HARPER'S TO VENT BECAUSE SEXISTS KNOW THEY ALWAYS HAVE A HOME AT HARPER'S.

IN A NEVER-ENDING ESSAY, NUTLESS DOUG VENTS AND RAGES NON-STOP OVER ONE WOMAN, SOUNDING LIKE A LESS MASCULINE JAN BRADY, BUT NEVER ONCE MANAGES TO EXPLAIN WHY, IN SIX YEARS, HE'S NEVER DEVOTED THIS MUCH ATTENTION TO BARRY O WHO, FOR THE RECORD, IS PRESIDENT AND IS DOING ACTUAL DAMAGE?

OH, THAT'S RIGHT!  BARRY O DOESN'T HAVE A SCARY VAGINA!

FEEL FOR LIZA FEATHERSTONE, THE WOMAN DUMB ENOUGH TO MARRY THE ELDERLY, NUTLESS, TINY DICKED DOUG HENWOOD.


FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Let's start with the biggest nonsense of the week.

CJ Chivers wrote poorly this week -- no surprise.  Chivers is a New York Times no-star who has clocked  more miles than a bald tire and all those years of working for the paper have really never amounted to anything of note.  The paper that creates and spits out journalistic 'stars' couldn't do anything with Chivers.

This was demonstrated yet again when he had an assignment fall in his lap.  Michael Gordon or Judith Miller could have created shockwaves with it.  A number of others could have painted it for what it was -- a story of government indifference to the suffering of soldiers sent into a risky situation (without appropriate gear) and then ignored as they suffered.  All Chivers could do was go rote and hope he'd pleased an old college professor.

It was left to the right wing media to do what Miller (no longer with the paper) or Gordon might have done, run around like Chicken Little insisting the sky was falling and it was falling WMDs!


No.


And we waited to see if the Forest Gump of White House occupants, Bully Boy Bush (the original, "I am not a smart man . . ."), would prove to be as dumb as he was so often thought to be.

Nope.

Bush was actually rather smart this week.

He kept his mouth shut and let others stick their necks out and claim he was right and that he had been vindicated.

He let others lie.

He kept his mouth shut because the chemical weapons US troops encountered in Iraq were not WMDs.

They were not what Bully Boy Bush sold the war on.

What were they?

What you can find in Russia today.  What you can find in parts of Eastern Europe still.

Old stockpiles that should be destroyed.

(But how do you destroy them?  Even 'safe' procedures will damage the environment -- a reality that should be considered when these monsters create weapons to begin with.  And 'monsters' refers to the multinational corporations.)

Counting those decaying -- and largely unusable -- artifacts would have been like Bully Boy Bush pointing the vast number of landmines littering Iraq and claiming they too were a threat to US lives.

Like the landmines, the aged stockpiles were not 'deployable' and were only a threat for any unlucky enough to stumble upon them (or live in the area -- those weapons degrade slowly and release chemicals into the immediate area as they do degrade).

Bully Boy Bush did not declare, "With a lot of elbow grease and chewing gum, Saddam Hussein is hoping to glob together some decaying chemical weapons and, with a really big slingshot, aim them at Philadelphia."


March 19, 2003, Bully Boy Bush insisted:

The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. We will meet that threat now with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.


The US troops suffering -- 17  plus seven Iraqis according to Chivers -- wouldn't have had to 'meet that threat' if Bully Boy Bush hadn't sent them into Iraq.  (And the bulk of what was discovered, as Chivers noted, were supplied by the US government.)


While so many wasted time on fantasies and lies this week, Iraq suffered as usual.


Today the Parliament met.  And, in real news, the Parliament voted on the security ministries.  National Iraqi News Agency reports Mohammed Ghaban is the new Minister of Interior (over the federal police and prisons) after winning the votes of 197 MPs while Khaled al-Obeidi is the new Minister of Defense after securing 173 MP votes.

The Parliament voted on other positions as well and they matter also.  For example,  All Iraq News reports Bayan Nouri is now the Minister of Women Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari (who served 8 years as Foreign Minister) is now Minister of Finance, Faryad Rawandozi has been voted Minister of Culture, Dirbaz Mohamed was voted Minister of Immigration, Saman Abdullah was voted Minister of State, and Adil al-Shirshab was voted Minister of Tourism.




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  • Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Dodging the bill again

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


    FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O IS ALSO SOMETHING OF A DEADBEAT.

    DINING OUT RECENTLY, THE O MADE A BIG SHOW ABOUT PICKING UP THE BILL ONLY TO PROVIDE A CREDIT CARD THAT WAS DECLINED.

    HIS PARTY WAS PREVENTED FROM HAVING TO DINE AND DASH WHEN SHE-HULK PULLED OUT HER OWN CARD AND PAID FOR DINNER.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "HEY, A FREE MEAL'S A FREE MEAL."


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:


    On the topic of the Iraqi police, Elizabeth Palmer (CBS News) observes, "Basic training lasts 45 days. The young recruits are almost done. In two weeks, they'll be sent into combat. They're called police, but they're trained like the military."  A ton of money -- US tax payer money -- was already spent training the Iraqi police.

    You may remember that the Minister of Interior said in the fall of 2011 that the US should find a better way to spend their money and that training wasn't needed.

    Woah.

    You may remember that the man the US press insisted was the Minister of the Interior said that.  He wasn't the Minister.  The ministry was headless.  Nouri al-Maliki, thug and prime minister, refused to nominate anyone to head the security ministries.  Instead, he named flunkies 'acting ministers' which -- while unconstitutional -- allowed him to control the ministries.

    So actually, the flunky was speaking on behalf of Nouri.

    Now they need help.

    One plan being tossed around was basically three sets of forces -- Kurds, Sunnis and Shi'ites -- making up a national guard.


    The justification for this was probably best explained by Fareed Zakaria (CNN's Global Public Square), "Billions of dollar poured into it, because it was based on the idea that there was an Iraq, that there was a nation that there would be a national army for. Maybe we need a different strategy, which is to stand up sectarian militias, Shia militias, Sunni militias. They already exist. And the Kurds have their Peshmerga, that model. Send them into fight in their areas, not in other areas where they would be regarded as a foreign army."

    That notion appears to be dead now.  Tamer el-Ghobashy (Wall St. Journal) reports:



    Momentum has swung against the proposal to create a national guard that would encompass local forces in Iraq’s provinces as rival political blocs expressed reservations over who would be allowed into the new service and how funding would be allocated.
    The Obama administration has pushed the national guard proposal as a way to bring minority Sunnis closer to the Shiite-dominated central government after years of policies espoused by former Prime Minister Iraqi Nouri al-Maliki that excluded them.



    So the police are being rushed through training, the national guard idea appears dead, Shi'ite militias terrorize Sunnis throughout Iraq.  On those militias, NINA quotes Kirkuk's Sheikh Othman Agha calling for "a solution to the militias, which are spread in public roads and highways being contrary to the Constitution and detrimental to the national interest and harmony among citizens of one nation."


    It's a shame the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Interior aren't addressing these issues and --

    Oh, wait, again there is no Minister of Defense and there is no Minister of Interior.

    All Iraq News reports rumors that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi intends to make new nominations for the post on Saturday: Khalid al-Ubaidi for Minister of Defense and the always controversial Ahmed Chalabi for Minister of Interior.




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    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Barry needs his secrets

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

    FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O REFUSES TO RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC THE COSTS OF ALL HIS FUNDRAISING TRIPS ON BEHALF OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    "LET THEM EAT CAKE!  OR SOME WELFARE CAKE EQUIVALENT!  A PRICE TAG CAN'T BE PUT ON MY JOY," INSISTED BARRY O TO THESE REPORTERS TONIGHT.



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:


    As for boots on the ground, they really aren't part of Barack's 'plan' thus far (yes, there are US soldiers on the ground in Iraq, Barack splits hairs and pretends otherwise).  On Meet The Press yesterday, Barack's national security advisor Susan Rice insisted that there would be no change to the plan in that regard, "The president has been very plain that this is not a campaign that requires or even would benefit from American ground troops in combat again. The Iraqi prime minister, the government of Iraq have said very plainly, they don't want American troops in combat. We are there to help build up the Iraqi capacity to sustain their territory and to hold their ground. "

    So what is the plan?

    To bomb and continue bombing.  Maybe throw in a couple of prayers for success.

    There is nothing else at present.

    Which is why Barack should never have started bombing Iraq to begin with.

    It was never going to solve anything.  But once the bombing started, all talk of a political solution was set aside as war was treated as a game and bombs as toys by the White House.

    It's really accomplished nothing.


    On Meet The Press, NBC News' Richard Engel offered this evaluation of the 'plan:'



    The Iraqi army is in no better shape now than it was when it collapsed. The new Iraqi government is not instilling confidence in the people. It is not instilling confidence in the armed forces. The U.S. spent years and years and billions of dollars to build the Iraqi army, only to watch it collapse and hand over so many of its weapons.
    So it is completely unrealistic to think that now, with a little bit of outside help and a lot of American good will, that the army is going to fundamentally change and the Iraqi government, which is really just a reshuffle of the same characters, is going to fundamentally change and suddenly inspire the Iraqi people to be behind it.



    Of the Iraqi military, Fareed Zakaria (CNN's Global Public Square) offers, "Billions of dollar poured into it, because it was based on the idea that there was an Iraq, that there was a nation that there would be a national army for. Maybe we need a different strategy, which is to stand up sectarian militias, Shia militias, Sunni militias. They already exist. And the Kurds have their Peshmerga, that model. Send them into fight in their areas, not in other areas where they would be regarded as a foreign army."


    Meanwhile, Peter Symonds (WSWS) notes, "Haditha is reportedly the only major town in Anbar still firmly in government hands. Since the beginning of the month, ISIS forces have captured a series of towns including the provincial capital of Ramadi."  The fall of city after city in Iraq has become almost as much a daily staple in the news cycle as the never-ending violence.  In terms of today's abandoned base and takeover, Al Jazeera notes:

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said that ISIL's takeover puts nearby towns including Amiri under threat.
    "Amiri is a very key town, that is where the main supply line from Anbar province into Baghdad and the rest of the south of the country goes from," he said.


    The fall of the base comes as residents of the area flee to other parts of Anbar.  BBC News reports:



    As many as 180,000 people have fled fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) militants in and around the city of Hit in western Anbar province, the UN says.
    The civilians - many of whom were already displaced - have headed east towards the war-torn city of Ramadi.




    On the topic of refugees, UNHCR notes Mohammed Ali of Syria and that "He is one of more than 2,500 Kurdish Syrians from Kobane to have made the crossing since Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government opened the border to refugees last Friday, with the authorities predicting that tens of thousands more could arrive in the coming weeks."





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  • Monday, October 13, 2014

    Elizabeth Warren adds her voice to the chorus

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


    FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O GETS IT COMING AND GOING.

    THE LATEST TO NOTICE THAT BARRY CAN'T WALK ON HIS OWN PISS?

    MEDIA DARLING ELIZABETH WARREN (OR, TO USE HER NATIVE AMERICAN NAME, SPEAKS WITH FORKED TONGUE) HAS CALLED OUT BARRY O FOR BEING TOO COZY WITH WALL STREET.


    REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O RESPONDED, "THE WOMAN WHO CLAIMED TO BE A NATIVE AMERICAN?  OH, THAT'S RICH!"


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:

    Despite a BBC media whore spinning (we'll get to it), violence remains common place in Iraq.

    For example, Baghdad was slammed by two bombings today.  Reuters notes the car bombing left 19 people dead and twenty-nine more injured.  AP reports one was a car bombing and the other a suicide car bombing.  Al Jazeera adds, "Also on Saturday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt in a market 28km north of Baghdad, between the towns of Tarmiyah and Mishahda, killing at least seven people and wounding 25 others. The area has been the scene of clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, who have taken control of large sections of northern and western Iraq this year."


    AFP adds "The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said on Saturday." The politician was MP Iman Mohammed Yunnis, the name of the woman who was a law school graduate has not been released but the two doctors are Maha Sabhan and Lamia Ismail.  Activist Hanaa Edwar, of Al-Amal Association. tells AFP, "After going after the ethnic and religious minorities, they are now hunting down Sunni members of civil society groups and anyone remotely connected with the government.  [. . .] When you abduct and kill women, you are really spreading horror."


    Along with the above, there was certainly much damage in bombs dropped from the sky.  CENTCOM announced today:


    In Iraq, an airstrike north of Tal Afar struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle. Two airstrikes northwest of Hit struck two small ISIL units. These strikes, in which the Netherlands also participated, employed attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations.
    All aircraft exited the strike areas safely, officials added.
    At the Iraqi government’s request, U.S. aircraft from several air bases in the Centcom area of operations airdropped 36 container delivery system bundles containing 7,328 halal meals, 2,065 gallons of water and 16,000 pounds of ammunition to Iraqi security forces near Bayji, officials said, and left the airdrop zone safely.

     The airdrops were intended to support the Iraqi forces, which continues to control Bayji, Centcom officials said, noting that areas outside the city remain contested, as ISIL continues to conduct operations in the area.


    Oh, those 'precision strikes.'  Another 'precision strike' has left 4 people dead.  The four were Iraqi soldiers.  Wounded Iraqi soldiers, in fact.  Their killers?

    The Iraqi militaty.

    Al Jazeera explains, "The soldiers, who had been wounded by ISIL fighters, were being taken to hospital when Shia volunteer fighters mistook them for ISIL fighters and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at their vehicle, police and medical officials said."

    And actually, that's Reuters explains -- specifically Ahmed Rasheed, Raheem Salman, Ned Parker and Raissa Kasolowsky -- though Al Jazeera forgets to credit the journalists.


    Even when the not-so-precise 'precision strikes' hit their intended targets, there's still the problem with ensuring that the people targeted are indeed 'terrorists.'

    The four Iraqi soldiers are just the latest in a long list of Iraqis who were wrongly killed.


    On Friday, Margaret Griffis (Antiwar.com) reports that 197 people died in violence with another twenty left injured.




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  • Saturday, October 11, 2014

    She's his hag now

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


    IN 1997, HAVING BETRAYED FRIEND WINONA RYER, CHALK AND CHEESE GWYNETH PALTROW APPEARED TO HAVE A FILM CAREER AHEAD OF HER.

    BUT AUDIENCES REFUSED TO WARM UP TO THE COLD FISH.

    NOW SHE'S FAMOUS FOR HER CAMEOS IN THE IRON MAN SERIES AND FOR BEING A BITCH -- A RICH BITCH AT THAT.

    SHE'S LOST HER ROCK STAR HUSBAND, SHE'S KILLED HER OWN CAREER.

    SO WHAT'S LEFT FOR HER TO BUT GUSH OVER FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O?

    REACHED FOR COMMENT, BRAD PITT TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "NOW YOU KNOW WHY I HID MY PENIS AROUND HER.  WHAT MAN WOULDN'T?"



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Speaking of weak arguments, Barack Obama's 'plan' for Iraq.

    It's being called out across the political spectrum.

    RIA Novosti quotes former Russian Ambassador to Libya Veniamin Popov stating, "Airstrikes alone are not enough to win against the Islamic State organization.  This is the US that lifted the lid, because they actively tried to overthrow [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, and thought that all means are good. So that, they directly or indirectly supported the terrorist organizations [in Syria]. And they got what they created."


    In the US, Bill Van Auken (World Socialist Web Site ) notes yesterday's meeting Barack had with US military officials and explains, "As the meetings took place, there was further evidence that American policy in the region is in a state of disarray, beset by the immense contradictions in US policy, which had backed Islamist militias in the war for regime change in Syria, and is now attempting to curb the largest of these sectarian-based armed groups, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after its overrunning of roughly a third of Iraq’s territory. American policy is further roiled by the conflicting agendas of the so-called “international coalition” that Obama has assembled to support the US-led war."

    The Washington Examiner's editorial board weighs in noting, "Even where the casual deployment of air power can tip the balance of a war, it cannot establish a just or stable peace afterward. The best possible outcome of this strategy in Iraq and Syria might well be prolonged war among most of the same parties, but with a different balance in terms of their relative strength and odds of victory."


     

    The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal offers:



    A senior Obama Administration official headlined a leading story in Wednesday’s New York Times about American frustration with Turkish “inaction” in Syria. “There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from its border,” this anonymous official said. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border.” The charge was repeated in other media outlets.
    It’d be nice to know why the White House thinks a public spat with a crucial NATO and Middle Eastern partner helps the war against ISIS. The U.S. “angst” over “dragging its feet” applies far better to what the French and British, the Arab Gulf allies, Jordan and above all Turkey have thought about American inaction on Syria while hundreds of thousands died and an Islamist ISIS army emerged to take huge chunks of territory.


    Outside of the ever shrinking Cult of St. Barack, questions are being asked about the 'plan' and how it even qualifies as a plan.  On the issue of Turkey, Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly (Washington Post) report:


    In a sign of their reluctance to directly antagonize Turkey on the eve of a key diplomatic meeting, U.S. officials sent mixed signals on Ankara’s demand that the United States establish a protected buffer zone along Turkey’s border with Syria.
    “It is not now on the table as a military option that we’re considering,” said Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.

    Separately, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the idea of a buffer zone was “worth looking at very, very closely” and that it would be discussed when retired Gen. John Allen, coordinator of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria, holds high-level meetings in Turkey on Thursday.



    The paper's Liz Sly Tweets:







    Back to DeYoung and Sly's report, if the administration isn't sending mixed signals, they're antagonizing allies or would be allies.

    They're also antagonizing the Iraqi people.  All the propaganda in the world can't hide that.  Yes, CENTCOM notes:


    In Iraq, an airstrike south of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL bunker and ammunition cache and a small ISIL unit. Another airstrike, south of Sinjar Mountain, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and a small ISIL unit. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

     The strikes were conducted as part of President Barack Obama's comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.


    Mu Xuequan (Xinhua) reports:

    In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, more than 20 people were killed and some 30 others wounded in the morning air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition against buildings believed to be IS headquarters in the eastern part of the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km of Baghdad, an official from the security committee of Nineveh's provincial council told Xinhua.

    Which is a polite way of saying the US just bombed civilians (again).  Still on violence, NINA notes a Baquba car bombing left 9 people dead and ten more injured and an Abu Dshir roadside bombing left 2 people dead and eight more injured.





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  • Thursday, October 09, 2014

    Fatal Attraction White House Style

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

    THE TELEGRAPH OF LONDON HAS DECLARED AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O TO BE OVER.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O SNARLED TO THESE REPORTERS, "IT'S OVER WHEN I SAY IT'S OVER!  I WILL NOT BE IGNORED!"



    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    If you're a cross-eyed loser with a douche goatee, you learn to lie to yourself daily.  But that still doesn't excuse Michael Cohen lying to the rest of us.  In a column for The Daily Beast, Little Mikey attacks because that's what fat bitches do when the objects of their lust are in trouble.  That's how Michael came to blame not Barack but the American people for Barack's lie that "If you like your health care you can keep your health care."  I really don't like overgrown children who masturbate in public and pretend like they've made a logical argument.

    Like an incontinent beast, Cohen just sprays all over the floor:

    When Panetta became CIA director in 2009, he was demonstrably unqualified for the job. He had no background in foreign policy, intelligence or national security. His most apparent and highly-touted skill was that he understood his way around bureaucratic Washington.


    I'm sorry, a member of the US military has no background in foreign policy, intelligence or national security?

    A First Lieutenant in the Army has no background in foreign policy, intelligence or national security?


    I'm sorry what was Leon Panetta doing at Fort Ord?

    Oh, that's right, intelligence.

    Cohen's such a sad little man.

    Panetta dared to criticize Barack Obama and that's too much for Cohen.

    So he damns Panetta for . . . advocating for a big budget for the Defense Dept when he headed the Defense Dept and for advocating for a bigger budget for the CIA when he headed the CIA.

    These are not shocking developments but the natural aspect of the job.

    Cohen lies throughout and deliberately distorts Panetta's remarks and statements.

    The reason for that is, Cohen's point is to ensure that no one explore what Panetta's arguing.

    Cohen wants to shut him down, wants to destroy him.

    People like Cohen do the world no good at all.

    He can string together words but he can't actually write and his plodding prose is an embarrassment.

    He can't present ideas or even repeat them.

    His thinking is simplistic and infantile.

    Panetta favors US troops in Iraq.

    I don't.

    Panetta believes that US troops on the ground will assist Barack's (thus far faltering) military operation.

    I've seen this before, we all have, Bully Boy Bush did it with the 'surge.'

    With the 'surge' -- as with Barack's 'plan' -- the focus was on the toys not on the work.  Both men see/saw the US military as toy soldiers to be played with.

    Both men swore a political solution was the answer but couldn't stop playing war games and do the damn work required to get to a political solution.

    Putting US troops on the ground in Iraq -- and, yes, they already are -- is putting their lives in danger.

    Why?

    For a political solution that the administration wants but can't define and refuses to work towards?

    US troops will do their mission -- they did during the surge -- and it will be for naught because Barack's got no plan for how a political solution comes about.

    Troops will be used, as they were by Bully Boy Bush, to defocus from the real issues.

    That's misusing the military.

    I'd argue it's grounds for impeachment.

    Panetta would argue that US troops on the ground will make a difference because you'll not just be causing scattering by bombing but you'll have forces on the ground to fight, round up, capture, etc in the aftermath of bombing.

    And I'll gladly allow Panetta's points may be accurate.

    Yet none of that provides a political solution for Iraq.

    And so why is the US military being (mis)used?

    There is no military solution in Iraq -- even Barack admits to that.  Barack repeatedly states the situation requires a political answer.

    So how about you figure out how that comes about?

    Instead, Barack wastes time getting more nations to agree to bomb Iraq.

    John Pilger (Independent of Australia) observes, "As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty."

    If bombing is the point, the US military can bomb Iraq over and over for years.  There's no need to round up other nations.

    I can take on Leon's points.  (And can and have done so face to face -- I know and like Leon.)

    Cohen can't.

    And won't.

    Because he exists solely to worship Barack Obama.

    There is nothing more disgusting than a teacher's pet and that's only more true after the age of 20.

    Tomorrow, Michael Cohen will probably work on attacking the American people (again) and attacking Jimmy Carter.  Justin Sink (The Hill) reveals the fairy tales are losing their luster with the American people:

    Some 51 percent of respondents in the CBS News poll released Wednesday said they disapprove of the job the president is doing with the radical jihadist group, while just four in 10 approved. Those numbers are slightly worse than a month ago, when 48 percent disapproved of how Obama was approaching the situation.


    Among those disapproving?  Former US President Jimmy Carter.  Cheryl K. Chumley (Washington Times) explains, "Former president Jimmy Carter took a harsh jab at President Obama this week, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the commander-in-chief dragged his feet on confronting Islamic State terrorism."




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

    NO ONE WANTS TO BE SEEN WITH FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O.  THEY'LL TAKE HIS MONEY BUT THAT'S ALL.

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    "SUDDENLY, I'M THE FAT GIRL AND NO ONE WANTS TO BE SEEN WITH ME!  THEY'LL TAKE MY MONEY, THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO BE SEEN WITH ME!  I'M NOT FAT!  AM I?  I'M GOING TO GO PURGE AGAIN TO GET DOWN TO 87 POUNDS.  THEN NO ONE WILL CALL ME FAT!"


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    There seems to be some confusion over this part of yesterday's snapshot:


    Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has taken public many criticisms that he made in real time privately to the administration.  They can't deny these charges, so the administration has tried to attack Leon.  I know Leon and I like him.  I also know and like Vice President Joe Biden.  But . . .

    I don't think Joe's ever said anything as idiotic as what Jason Ditz quotes him as saying:


    Vice President Joe Biden was quick to criticize Panetta, although not on the content of his hawkish comments. Rather, Biden said it was “inappropriate” for Panetta to criticize Obama at all, on anything, until after 2016, and that he should “at least give the guy a chance to get out of office.”



    A friend was joking over the weekend that "Uncle Joe" should run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination with the slogan Free Flow Joe to note that Joe lacks any filter or self-censorship.

    And he's said many dumb things but to insist that Leon or anyone is unable to criticize Barack for two more years is so deeply stupid and so deeply offensive that Joe, who doesn't have a real shot at the presidential nomination, should go ahead now and announce he won't be seeking it.

    I like John Kerry and I supported his 2004 run.  When he had an incident that was just too destructive, I noted here he should give up plans to seek a second run in 2008.  Joe's remarks are the same type of offensive.  You really can't come back from that.  It doesn't go away and it undermines you at every step.

    That's far from Joe's only problem remarks of late. As Alsumaria reported, Joe spent the weekend working the phones with the UAE and Turkey after he publicly declared that the two governments supported terrorism.



    A number of e-mails maintain that I stated (stated, not wrote, the snapshots are dictated) Joe had blown his shot at the presidency due to his remarks about the UAE and Turkey.

    That's not what I said.

    That error was glaring because you don't say what Joe said -- whether it's true or not -- about Middle East countries who are assisting you with your 'plan' to destroy the Islamic State -- especially when you're trying to shore up support in the region.

    At today's State Dept press briefing, spokesperson Jen Psaki noted:

    Okay. I have two items for all of you at the top. General Allen and Ambassador McGurk are in Amman today, where they met with tribal leaders and sheikhs who have bravely resisted ISIL in Iraq. General Allen and Ambassador McGurk praised their courage and affirmed that those who stand against ISIL will continue to be supported by the international coalition. They also discussed our support for Prime Minister Abadi’s vision of a united Iraq and a united Iraqi National Guard that both empowers local populations to protect their communities and incorporates those forces within the formal national security structure.
    Tomorrow, General Allen and Ambassador McGurk will meet with the King of Jordan and other Jordanian Government officials. They will also travel tomorrow to Cairo and then will be in Ankara October 9th and 10th. And we’ll have, of course, further readouts of their meetings there as the week continues.


    Joe's remarks threw a monkey wrench into the efforts of reaching out to other MidEast countries.

    The remarks were poorly timed and diplomatic efforts had to come to a sudden stop in order to address the situation Joe created.

    I stated Joe's criticism of Leon Panetta was the problem.

    Joe can be as stupid as he wants to be but while he's the Vice President of the United States, he needs to defend the Constitution -- in fact, he took an oath to do so.

    Free speech is not aided by Joe's ridiculous and undemocratic barriers.

    And that's not an open society or democracy -- one in which people must wait until an elected official is out of office for him or her to face any criticism.

    Leon Panetta does not just have a legal right to speak out, he has a duty to as a member of a democracy.  And open society only exists when people can speak freely.

    Anyone -- including Joe -- can disagree with what Leon says.

    But if Leon feels it's important to democracy, he has a duty to speak out.

    Joe makes many silly comments -- he also makes his share of wise ones -- but that wasn't the problem with the issue Jason Ditz was reporting on.

    The problem was that Joe Biden argued Leon should be quiet until Barack was out of office.

    That goes against the Constitution, it goes against free speech, it goes against democracy and open societies.  Someone who expresses that sort of belief -- a fleeting one or a firmly held one, it doesn't matter -- should not run for the US presidency.

    I know there are many things going on in the world and that Joe says his share of stupid things; however, I am surprised that the media failed to pick up on the statements, specifically the undemocratic nature of them.


    Joe's not the only one saying stupid things.  Democratic member of the House of Representative Dutch Ruppersberger has added his voice to the cry for more war and US boots (officially) on the ground in Iraq.  Peter Sullivan (The Hill) reports the House Intelligence Committee's Ranking Member appeared on Erin Burnett's CNN program last night and noted he was open to (more) US troops on the ground in Iraq.  He observed, "We have boots on the ground right now but they're not out there fighting."  Ruppersberger apparently wants them to be but frets that this would be announced ahead of their entering combat because, he says, "The only thing I'm concerned about, you don't tell the enemy what you're going to do."


    Uh, yeah, you do.

    You declare a war, Dutch.

    Do you not know how it works, are you that stupid?

    Maybe you are.

    It's one thing not to offer battle plans to the enemy or 'enemy.'

    But saying, "X will lead to combat" -- or saying "We are declaring war" -- those are basic statements.

    Again, a war is supposed to start with a declaration.

    Maybe Dutch should stop flapping his gums and brush up on the US Constitution?

    One of the reasons declaring war is not hidden?

    Because in a democracy citizens are supposed to weigh in.

    In a democracy, citizens are over the officials.  The officials work for the citizens.

    Dutch seems to struggle with that concept.  It's a shame people in his district can't give him two years off via the November election so he could take some time to learn about civic participation and other elements of an open society.

    The bombing of Iraq is disturbing, the ongoing illegal war is disturbing.

    But so are undemocratic statements made by elected officials who betray the Constitution with their guttural
    expressed remarks that embrace totalitarianism and deception.


     US President Barack Obama has no plan.  By Dutch and Joe's 'educated' opinions, I should be silent about that.

    No, I'm an American citizen and I can offer my opinion and should.  And so should all voices in a democracy.




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