Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More e-mails turn up

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  • CRANKY CLINTON TURNED OVER ALL HER E-MAILS . . .

    EXCEPT FOR 165 E-MAILS THAT JUST GOT RELEASED.


    REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "IT WAS LATE AND AFTER MIDNIGHT AND IF I FINISHED RIGHT AWAY, I COULD HAVE 30 MINUTES TO PLAY FAMILY FARM SEASIDE. SO I JUST STARTED HITTING DELETE OVER AND OVER SO I COULD NAME MY PEACOCK AND GROW SOME CORN."


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    "We continue to ask what happened to the money and where are the results?"

    That's Senator Mazie Hirono offering a to the point observation.

    She could have been speaking about Iraq but was instead speaking of another disaster -- VA management.

    Thursday, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing.  It was not good news.


    This despite the fact that VA witnesses David Shulkin, LaVerne Council, Laura Eskenazi and Ron Burke tried to spin happy and even enlist the GAO's Valerie Melvin in their spin (Melvin refused to play along).

    The Committee Chair is Johnny Isakson and the Ranking Member is Richard Blumenthal.


    We'll note this exchange:



    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  I'd like to ask about the impact of lack of cooperation between Department of Defense and VA.  As I mentioned in my opening statement, we've been reassured repeatedly that both agencies are cooperating with each other -- which somehow defies credibility because, if that's so, there would have been interoperability or the issues would have been solved long ago. So let me ask you, Ms. Melvin, who bears the responsibility here?  And what's happening?

    Valerie Melvin: Actually, I place the responsibility on both departments and primarily on the leadership of those departments in terms of being able to really, uh, establish upfront what it is that the departments want to achieve in the way of interoperability.  A long standing concern that we've had with interoperability is in terms with is interoperability supposed to be.  Uh, we have not  been able, really, over the years, to get from either agency what they mean in terms of full interoperability, what that end state is supposed to be in the way of the technology that exists and how that technology is used.  So, uh, as we -- as we've looked at this over the years, we've had a lot of discussions with both VA and with the DoD, we've had a lot of assurances along the way that that was being taken care of but what we consistently see is a lack of -- really a lack of the clear planning and the definition of what it is and then how they plan to implement measures and goals to get there.


    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  What can -- what would you recommend that we do on this Committee and the United States Senate generally to make sure that there is interoperability?

    Valerie Melvin:  I think in the immediate -- right now, I would say that there are a lot of -- we've made a lot of recommendations to both VA and DoD.  We're still following up to see where they are in the process of addressing those. But we also know that they're in the midst of a number of changes to the approach that they are taking.  We've had a lot of concerns and questions relative to the fact that both departments are essentially going down separate tracks with their modernization efforts on this step for the Dept of Veteran Affairs and the alter system within DoD.  We know that the intent to have interoperability.  I think from the standpoint of-of your role in this process is continued oversight, continued pressing for answers and explicit discussions and details relative to what the plans are, how interoperability is to be defined at its fullest and how the agencies intend to progress and measure their progress towards getting there.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  Ms. Council, my information is -- well actually, it is the VA's monthly information, Security Report for April 2016, about 2556 veterans were effected by incidents of data breach.  That number is about six times the number reported by the VA a year before that in March 2015.  What accounts for the increase?


    LaVerne Council: I'd have to look at the data you have.  What I do know is that about 24% of any of the mishandlings that we have mismailings -- which is letters, data that has gone out in the wrong envelope to a-a person who shouldn't have received those and 41% of those are mishandling or mismailing.  The other part of the situation is things that we look at like privacy violations, policy violations, unencrypted devices, those are where we really, really take a very diligent look and ensure that we are tidying up any kind of access to the veterans information.  So, to date, for FY16, that's what we're basically seeing which is actually about 20% lower than it was the year before.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  What is 20% lower?

    LaVerne Council:  The-the number mismailings and misappropriation, mishandling of veterans --

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  Well, we're not really talking about mismailings, we're talking about data breaches --

    LaVerne Council:  The actually --

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  And I understand that a mismailing can cause a data breach --

    LaVerne Council: It's considered a data breach, yes, sir.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal (Con't): If something is sent to the wrong address.  How can that happen?  Don't you -- how can you send a letter to the wrong address.

    LaVerne Council: That is actually a process within the business.  It's not an IT process.  But because I am the CIO I'm responsible for all data and any data that is misused or mismanaged or moved to the wrong place -- and also have a responsibility for privacy.  It falls with us but I am not --

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  I understand that.  Here is my question: You've got records --

    LaVerne Council:  Mm-hmm.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  You do mailings, communications to veterans over a period of years.  It's not like somebody sits down for that letter and [acts out physically hand writing] scribbles out something.  It comes from a system that has been mailing consistently.  How does it all of the sudden get the address wrong?

    LaVerne Council:  Generally the system is not doing the mailing, there is a manual interface with human error --

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  So you are saying that somebody is sitting there and actually typing out an address on an envelope?


    LaVerne Council: I am saying that envelopes come together and the paper is put into an envelope by a human being.  And sent away.   Yes.  It is not mechanized --

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  This sounds like a very low tech --

    LaVerne Council: Very low tech.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  Eminently addressable and correctable.


    LaVerne Council:  Yes, sir.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  What's being done?

    LaVerne Council: One of the things we're looking at with the VBS team -- and working with them, and I'll refer to Mr. [VBA Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Field Operations Ron] Burke on this change in their process because right now when it occurs it's not something that IT itself created it but we feel we're responsible to correct it.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  Well these kind of data breaches -- and if they're rising six-fold over a fiscal year -- have to be addressed right away.  And we're not talking here about some sophisticated hacking operation.


    LaVerne Council:  Mmm-uhh.  No.

    Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal:  But it's equally dangerous and damaging to privacy.



    There has been no significant progress at the VA under Barack Obama's two terms as US President thus far.

    Doubt it?

    The above should have reminded you of one thing.

    And, thankfully, there was one senator on the Committee not afraid to speak of the elephant in the room.


    Senator Jon Tester:  So let me ask, and I hesitate to ask this question, you probably know the answer and I don't, is the DoD and the VA -- is their medical records streamlined?  And can they go back and forth without any problems?
    Dr. David Shulkin:  I wouldn't go that far.

    He then spoke of a joint-viewer.


    The seamless transition.

    That record that was going to be electronic and move right over to VA from DoD when a service member transitioned to veteran.

    Remember it?

    The issue was highlighted before Barack became president in January of 2009.

    It was something he was going to take care of -- in his first term.

    It still hasn't been taken care of.



    April 11, 2013, the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on the budget and took testimony from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, among others.  For coverage, see that day's snapshotAva 's "Shinseki tries to present 134% increase as a gift for women,"  Wally's "How the VA and DoD waste your tax dollars (Wally)"  and Kat's "DAV calls for Congress to reject 'chained CPI'."




    US House Rep Phil Roe:  Another question I have is the integration between DoD and VA on the eletronic health records and the benefits. Should we have a joint meeting between VA and DoD -- and I realize that Senator -- that Defense Secretary Hagel has a lot on his plate with North Korea and the Middle East right now. 

    Secretary Eric Shinseki:  Yep.

    US House Rep Phil Roe:  But this is one of my concerns when we changed was the fact that this would get a backburner again.  And are we going to be sitting here -- and you and I have spoken about this and that was a private conversation and it will remain that way but are we going to be sitting here a year from now or two years or three years because it's not a resources -- putting of money -- to be able to integrate these systems.  I mean, it's really become very frustrating to me to sit here year after year and, unless the voters have a different idea, I plan to be here in 2015 and see if we complete these things we say we're going to do.  Is it there.

    Secretary Eric Shinseki:  Again, Congressman, Secretary Hagel and I have discussed this on at least two and maybe three occassions.  He is, again, putting into place, his system to assure the way ahead for him to make this decision and be the partner that we need here.  Uhm, he is committed to a, uh, integrated electronic health record between the two departments.  We are -- VA has made its decision on what the core  and we're prepared to move forward.

    US House Rep Phil Roe:  Somebody has to blink. Obviously, we can't integrate them, so it's going to have to be one system or the other.  And I think what I heard you say was you've decided the VA is going to stay with the system it has.  That means that he's going to have to blink.

    Secretary Eric Shinseki:  Uh, I would say the VA system is government owned, government operated.  We have put VISTA into the  open architecture trade space so that anyone who wants to use it can use it. It's used in other countries.  I believe it is, uh, a powerful system and, uh, I'm just awaiting, uh, a discussion with Secretary Hagel. 




    The VA keeps coming before Congress and offering excuses for not doing their job.

    Repeatedly.

    The seamless electronic record was supposed to have been place years ago.

    Despite all the money thrown at the problem, it is not in place.

    A functioning president would be demanding that VA and DoD get this problem working out in a matter of weeks.

    Instead, it has been allowed to drag on.

    Repeatedly.




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

  • "DID YOU HEAR THE RUMORS THAT I HAVE IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME?  THAT MY IBS EXPLAINS MY NON-STOP FARTING AT CAMPAIGN EVENTS?  THAT MY FARTS ARE SO GHASTLY I'VE BLOWN OUT MY ANAL RING?"

    THESE QUESTIONS WERE PUT TO THESE REPORTERS THIS MORNING BY CRANKY CLINTON AFTER WE ATTEMPTED TO ASK HER ABOUT THE LATEST WORK E-MAIL THAT HAS TURNED UP WHICH DAMNS HER AS A LIAR.

    FACED WITH TOUGH QUESTIONS THAT GO TO THE CRIMINAL PROBE THE F.B.I. IS CONDUCTING, CRANKY CLINTON SUDDENLY WANTED TO DISCUSS FARTS.


    "I FART A LOT," SHE CONTINUED.  "AND IT IS BAD.  BILL SAYS THAT'S WHY HE CAN'T SHARE A BED WITH ME BUT HONESTLY THAT STARTED LONG BEFORE I HAD MY GAS PROBLEMS.  BUT IT IS BAD.  I'LL WAKE UP CHOKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT -- IT STINKS SO BAD.  I'VE CLEARED ROOMS BEFORE JUST BY FARTING.  BARACK USED TO JOKE THAT WE SHOULD USE MY GAS AS A W.M.D.  HE SHOULD TALK, THOUGH, WITH THOSE STINKY FEET."

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:

    And empty words don't end the Iraq War.


    Not everyone's silent.


    US House Rep Seth Moulton, for example, has not been silent.


    Yesterday I lost my closest friend in the Iraqi Army to ISIS and our failed policy in Iraq.







    From the May 13th snapshot:


    Yesterday on CNN's THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER, Jake spoke with US House Rep
    Seth Moulton (and just as soon as CNN posts a video or a transcript, we'll note a link -- instead, we'll just link to Jake's Twitter):


    Jake Tapper:  So you blame the Obama administration's failed ISIS policy of the death of your Iraqi comrade who you describe as "your closest friend."  Why?

    US House Rep Seth Moulton: He was my closest friend in the Iraqi army and the bottom line is that we have a military strategy to defeat ISIS but we don't have any longterm political strategy to ensure the peace.  And that's why we find ourselves back in Iraq again today refighting the same battles that I, myself, my fellow Marines and soldiers fought just eight or ten years ago

    Jake Tapper: And what needs to change, sir?

    US House Rep Seth Moulton:  We need to have a clear mission for the troops, a clear end game, a clear goal that they can achieve and than a strategy to maintain the peace once we defeat this terrorist group because, look, we already fought these same battles against al Qaeda but then when we pulled out of Iraq so quickly and not just pulling out the troops, I'm talking about pulling out the diplomats.  I'm talking about the people that were working in the prime minister's office, in the ministries.  The Iraqi government just went off the rails and as a result created this political vacuum that ISIS came in to occupy.  We cannot keep repeating this mistake in Iraq, going back again and again.


    Jake Tapper:  Now there are more than 4,000 US personnel, US military personnel, in Iraq right now but the White House argues this is not a combat mission.  Do you think that the Obama administration is misleading the American public.

    US House Rep Seth Moulton:  That's just simply not true, this absolutely is a combat mission.  In 2004, I had an advisory mission as a Marine with my platoon in Iraq.  We were advisors to an Iraqi unit and when that unit started to get overrun, we went to their assistance and started the battle of Najaf which was some of the fiercest fighting of the war until that time.  So there's a very fine line between an advisory mission and full fledged combat. It's very clear from the death of the Navy Seal just last week that this is absolutely a combat mission.


    Jake Tapper:  Why do you think the White House is-is pursuing the strategy that they're pursuing -- calling it an advisory mission, not a combat mission? Not pursuing the line of attack that you're suggesting they need to -- in terms of the clear strategy with an end game?  Why?


    US House Rep Seth Moulton:  I don't know.  I mean, some would say that this is trying to do war on the cheap just like the Bush administration when they got us involved in in the first place.  Let's not forget that we wouldn't be involved in this mess at all if George Bush hadn't invaded Iraq with faulty intelligence back in 2003.  But this a president who promised to get us out of Iraq and promised to use the tools of diplomacy to prevent wars from happening -- and that just hasn't happened.  You know if you think about what happened when ISIS swept into Iraq from Syria, they didn't just defeat the Iraqi army.  The Iraqi army put their weapons down and went home because they had lost faith in their government.  And yet our solution, our strategy, is to train Iraqi troops.  Well you don't fix Iraqi politics by training Iraqi troops. And Iraqi politics are broken.  That's the fundamental problem in Iraq that we need to fix.


    And, thing is, Barack agrees with Seth Moulton -- or did on June 19, 2014 when he (Barack) declares that the only answer to Iraq's crises was a political solution.


    Yet the last two years has the seen the US government drop more bombs on Iraq and send more US troops in while doing nothing to help broker a political solution.

    Tonight, THE WASHINGTON POST website published a column by Moulton which includes:


    In April, I visited some of the almost 5,000 troops that President Obama has put back in Iraq, and I witnessed a recurring theme: We have a military plan to defeat the Islamic State — and, as initial gains in Fallujah this week demonstrate, it’s going well in many respects — but we have yet to articulate a political plan to ensure Iraq’s long-term stability.

    Sometimes it’s impossible to tell whether it’s 2007 or 2016. The battle plans I hear from our commanders in Iraq today are the same ones I heard at the beginning of the surge, down to the same cities and tribal alliances. My question is: How will this time be different? The silence is deafening.




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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Cranky Clinton gets cranky



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


  • CRANKY CLINTON'S USE OF A PRIVATE E-MAIL SERVER WAS WRONG IN SO MANY WAYS AND NOW AMERICA LEARNS THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAD TO TURN OFF SECURITY FEATURES AT ONE POINT JUST SO CRANKY'S E-MAILS FROM HER PRIVATE SERVER COULD REACH STATE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES.

    REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS THIS MORNING, CRANKY INSISTED WHAT SHE DID WAS IN KEEPING WITH "EVERY SECRETARY OF STATE BEFORE ME.  I'M SURE IF YOU LOOKED AT THOMAS JEFFERSON'S WEB BROWSING HISTORY AND HIS E-MAILS, YOU'D FIND THE EXACT SAME PROBLEMS."

    WHEN IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT THE INTERNET DID NOT EXIST UNTIL AL GORE INVENTED IT, CRANKY FUMBLED FOR A RESPONSE.

    "YOU KNOW WHAT?" SHE ASKED FINALLY.  "ALL THE PRESS DOES IS FOCUS ON MY MISTAKES.  WHAT ABOUT MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS?  WHY DOESN'T ANYONE EVER TALK ABOUT THEM?"

    ASKED FOR EXAMPLES OF SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS, CRANKY FELL SILENT FOR SEVERAL MINUTES BEFORE SNARLING, "YOU KNOW WHAT?  I HAD SOCKS THE CAT PUT DOWN AND I CAN DO THE SAME WITH YOU!"


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    Since August of 2014, the US government has bombed Iraq daily.


    Recall: our current bombing campaign in Iraq was pitched as "limited". It's now almost 2 yrs old.
     









    Today, the US Defense Dept announced:



    Strikes in Iraq
    Rocket artillery and bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:


    -- Near Beiji, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL improvised explosive device, an ISIL vehicle-borne IED, four ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and damaged five ISIL berms.
    -- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL heavy machine guns, five ISIL light machine guns, five ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems and two ISIL mortar systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.
    -- Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL tunnel and three ISIL rocket rails.
    -- Near Mosul, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, six ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL rocket system.
    -- Near Qayyarah, three strikes destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and denied ISIL access to terrain.
    -- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL rocket-propelled-grenade system, an ISIL boat and three ISIL weapons caches.
    -- Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.


    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.



    That they'll release.

    Other things?


    Not really.


    At yesterday's Pentagon press conference moderated by press secretary Peter Cook, the following exchange took place


    Q:  Peter, during last week's briefing, the issue of injured American service members came up, and you said you would take the question and look into it.

          Can you confirm that four American service members were injured in Northern Syria on June 9th?

          MR. COOK:  (Inaudible) -- this is -- I'm glad you raised the question, because this does raise a question, a policy question for us about identifying injured service members.

          And as I stated last week, and probably should have stated more clearly, our policy is not to identify wounded service members, for a variety of reasons -- including operational security, including privacy reasons.

          And so, I'm not going to be able to elaborate more fully on that situation.  Just as I wouldn't with other wounded service members, because of that -- because of our policy in place.

          Q:  I believe on May 31, the Pentagon did come out and say there were two service members, one in Iraq and one in Syria, who were injured and I think you even gave a specific location -- (inaudible), north of Raqqah.  And I'm not asking for a specific location or name.  You know, were there American service members injured?  Because in the past, you have acknowledged when they have been injured.

          MR. COOK:  And what -- and of course one of the things that we're concerned about here is not just operational security -- (inaudible), but also, we do not want to provide additional information to the enemy that might enhance their own assessment of the battlefield situation and their own impact.

          Q:  (inaudible) -- because on May 31, you did give out two numbers of Americans injured.

          MR. COOK:  I'm just spelling out right now our policy consistent with what it's been in the past with regard to wounded service members.  We provide information with regard, of course, to casualties.  But for a variety of reasons, we do not provide information on wounded service members and we're going to continue to stick to that, again, because we don't want to provide information to the enemy that might be helpful, we have privacy concerns that we want to address.

          And again, we don't routinely release that information.  There have been some exceptions in the past, but that is our -- our basic policy and I'm going to stick to that policy.





    Cook insisted this was not a change.  Idrees Ali and Leslie Adler (REUTERS) point out, "However, the Pentagon has released such information in the past and responded to queries, and it was unclear how Cook's comments were consistent with previous disclosures."  At the conservative website HOT AIR, Jazz Shaw maintains:

    It’s hard not to read something overtly political into this policy change, no matter how the Pentagon describes it. We’ve already seen the President standing by his policy of not mentioning Islamic terrorism and our own Attorney General has tried to keep mentions of ISIS out of transcripts of conversations with terrorists attacking at home. Any news about battlefield injuries in the war against this enemy clearly plays against the Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton’s election hopes in particular, so suppressing public discussion of such unpleasant realities has a clear political side to it.




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    "75 years?"








    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    75 years?

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

  • CRANKY CLINTON WAS SO COOPERATIVE IN HANDING OVER HER E-MAILS THAT . . . THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT MIGHT TAKE 75 YEARS TO FIND THEM.


    WHICH MEANS THAT WHILE IT'S SUPPOSED TO TAKE 54 YEARS FOR ALL JFK RECORDS TO BE RELEASED (2017), IT WILL TAKE 21 MORE YEARS THAN THAT FOR CRANKY CLINTON'S E-MAILS TO BE RELEASED.





    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    Beyond that, these actions are empty -- these military 'victories.'

    That's before you take into account what 'liberation' has looked like in Ramadi and elsewhere.

    But the military actions are meaningless in terms of wiping out the Islamic State.

    It's a terrorist organization that took root in Iraq because of the government persecuting the citizens.

    Ammar al-Shamary and Jim Michaels (USA TODAY) explain:


    Analysts say the battlefield gains will need to be followed by political reconciliation, since the Islamic State was able to take advantage of Sunni anger at the Shiite-dominated central government.
    The Islamic State is not popular among Sunnis, but resistance in some areas of the country was weak, since many Sunnis did not want to fight on the side of the Iraqi government — allowing the militants to take over large swaths of territory two years ago.
    "Political concessions with Sunnis will be needed for the Fallujah operation to sustain any gains," said Sterling Jensen, an assistant professor at the United Arab Emirates' National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.


    There has been movement on the political front.


    Haider al-Abadi has replaced Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister but the persecution has not changed.

    That's not surprising.

    The two are friendly (at one point, they were friends) and they both hail from the same political party (Dawa).

    Haider's blusters about ending corruption but then appoints a member of Dawa to head the so-called investigations thereby ensuring that Nouri and he himself are protected.

    The corruption starts at the top.

    As does the disregard for the Constitution of Iraq.


    Haider's tossed out vice presidents -- a power he does not have in the Constitution.  He's tried to put together a new Cabinet -- while the old ministers remain in their role -- never having been stripped of the roles by the Parliament (the only body that has the power to do so).


    He long ago lost the support of the leading Shi'ite cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.


    In the face of his continued failures, the 'liberation' means very little.

    It certainly does not wipe away or justify War Crimes that have taken place this week -- such as:


    Iraqi Sunni civilian displaced from Fallujah tortured by Shia Militias

     
     
     



    Iraqi Sunni woman displaced from Fallujah arrested by Shia militias without guilt or charge in
     
     
     




    And then there's the new refugees.


    43,000 Iraqis Recently Displaced from - - via

     
     
     




    With no time spent on a political solution and no time spent on a plan for what happens after the Islamic State is driven out of Falluja, it's really a hollow victory -- if it's even that.

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Another proud moment

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

  • ELIZABETH WARREN -- THE WOMAN WHO KEPT THE LAST NAME OF HER FIRST HUSBAND DESPITE REMARRYING 16 YEARS AGO -- DECLARED CRANKY CLINTON TO BE "A TOUGH COOKIE."

    SHE THEN HAILED MINORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NANCY PELOSI AS "A REAL CUPCAKE."

    SHE ALSO INSISTED SENATOR PATTY MURRAY WAS "A SWEET HONEYBUN," THAT FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA "A SWEETIE PIE" BUT THAT SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI WAS "A TINY PRUNE."

    CRANKY CLINTON HAILED IT AS "ANOTHER FEMINIST MOMENT" IN HER SELF-PROCLAIMED GROUND BREAKING CAMPAIGN.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:




    ALSUMARIA notes that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan announced that US forces were backing Iraqi forces on the ground in Nineveh Province.  The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is one of the three main political parties in the KRG (the other two being the KDP and Goran).  It was created in 1975 and the head of it remains Jalal Talabai who served as President of Iraq from 2005 to December 2012.  He continued to hold office through 2014 but, in December of 2012, he suffered a stroke.   The incident took place late on December 17, 2012 (see the December 18, 2012 snapshot) and resulted in Jalal being admitted to Baghdad's Medical Center Hospital.    Thursday, December 20,2012, he was moved to Germany where he remained for approximately a year and a half, returning in July of 2014.


    During the time he was in Germany, the Talabani family insisted Jalal was fine while refusing to allow people to visit him -- including the then-Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi.

    When the first wave of rumors that Talabani had either died or was permanently  incapacitated, took hold in May, Jalal was posed for a series of photos that appear to indicate his body was present but that was all.

    jalal



     The photos were compared to the film Weekend At Bernie's in Arabic social media.  (In the 1989 film, Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman play two men who drag the corpse of their boss, Bernie, around and pretend he's alive.)


    The Talabani family was down playing his condition.  By doing so, they allowed him to remain as president when he actually should have been removed from office because he was unable to carry out the duties of the president.






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