FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O GOT SOME STINGING CRITICISM FROM KIM KARDASHIAN -- AKA THE SWEET ONE.
SHE TOOK HIM TO TASK FOR HIS CRITICISM OF HER AND OF HER HUSBAND AND FOR CALLING HER HUSBAND AN "A**HOLE."
SHE WONDERED WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS EVEN DOING WEIGHING IN ON POP CULTURE TO BEGIN WITH, IMPLYING THAT HE HAS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO.
SILLY KIM, HE REALLY DOESN'T.
THAT'S ABOUT ALL HE CAN HANDLE, CATTY REMARKS ABOUT OTHERS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Russ Wellen, liar or fool?
The Foreign Policy In Focus blogger can never seem to get the facts right.
He's not helped by the fact that he basis his bad article ("Five Ways have aided and abetted the development of the Islamir State'') on Andrew Cockburn's lousy fly-over reporting. But he has only himself to blame for this nonsense:
The general state of chaos in which the United States left Iraq with, to this day, no strong central government.
How stupid does he have to be to write that? Or is he just a lousy liar?
Those of us who actually paid attention to the issue of Iraq over the last years know damn well that Nouri implemented a power grab and did so with no objection from FPIF which had no time for Iraq. And now it wants to play catch up and, lazy student, uses Andrew Cockburn's (bad and biased) reporting to play catch up.
Is it any wonder that Wellen and Foreign Policy In Focus are fumbling in the dark?
Nouri's corruption did not begin in his second term.
Congress heard repeatedly about his corruption.
In fact, Barack heard repeatedly --
Oh, wait, he didn't.
Had he attended Committee hearings in 2007 and 2008, he would have heard about Nouri's corruption but, of course, he was too busy for hearings, rushing in only when the cameras were present.
His desire to take over the central bank and the courts were already well known.
But when he made those efforts in his second term, FPIF didn't say one damn word. If Russ missed these events, he'll never find them in Patrick Cockburn's writings filled with lust for thug Nouri.
Lust for war is something FPIF would rail against if it had any guts.
It has no guts and no spine.
Strolling through the western press on Iraq today is very depressing.
Iraqis still don't matter.
The Islamic State, we are told, are 'barbaric,' vile and many other things.
And the proof?
One American journalist and one American and Israeli journalist were killed.
Their deaths are unfortunate.
But this is the basis for worst terrorists ever?
In fairness to the press, the White House -- both US President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden -- repeat similar statements near constantly -- that these deaths will be avenged and blah, blah, blah.
Not only does this nonsense erase Iraqis and their suffering from the public history, it also shows an extreme ignorance of history -- from early US history all the way up to at least the Symbionese Liberation Army.
The deaths are regrettable but they're justification for massive military maneuvers?
It's like a retelling of Helen of Troy done in a house of mirrors.
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"the queen is dead"
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"Can we talk?"
"The family speaks"
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