IN A LATE NIGHT SURPRISE, ONE-TIME JOURNALIST AND ALLEGED PRESIDENTIAL MISTRESS ROBERT PARRY HAS BEEN RUSHED TO THE SIBLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
WITH THE AMBULANCE SIREN WAILING IN THE BACKGROUND, PARRY TOLD THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL-AID TABLE -- THAT HE WAS "A LITTLE NERVOUS BUT HAPPY OVER ALL. I'VE TOLD THEM TO LET BARRY KNOW I'M EN ROUTE TO DELIVER OUR BABY. I WAS THINKING OF NAMES, SOMETHING CLASSY LIKE CORETTA -- AFTER CORETTA SCOTT KING. BUT NOW I'VE DECIDED TO GO WITH ARMAND DE BRIGNAC OBAMA -- YOU KNOW, IN HONOR OF JAY Z AND THE BOOZE LABEL HE JUST BOUGHT."
FOLLOWING PARRY'S CELL PHONE CALL, THESE REPORTERS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL IN AN ATTEMPT TO SEE HIM BUT HOSPITAL STAFF INSISTED, UNDER DOCTOR'S ORDERS, HE WASN'T BEING ALLOWED ANY VISITORS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
He waited until after the mid-term election to announce it, but US President Barack Obama is sending more US troops into Iraq. CBS News notes, "White House officials said the timing wasn't driven by the political calendar but that the request came from the Iraqi government and was refined over the last several weeks."
Yesterday, the White House issued the following:
The White HouseOffice of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 07, 2014
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Deployment of Additional U.S. Military Personnel to Iraq
One of the pillars of the United States’ counter-ISIL strategy is building the capacity of local forces to take the fight to ISIL. We have been providing this support for Iraqi Security Forces through advise and assist programs; through the provision of weapons, equipment, and intelligence; and through airstrikes with our coalition partners to enable our Iraqi partners’ success. As a part of our strategy for strengthening partners on the ground, President Obama today authorized the deployment of up to 1500 additional U.S. military personnel in a non-combat role to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish forces. The President also authorized U.S. personnel to conduct these integral missions at Iraqi military facilities located outside Baghdad and Erbil. U.S. troops will not be in combat, but they will be better positioned to support Iraqi Security Forces as they take the fight to ISIL.
The President took these decisions at the request of the Iraqi Government and upon the recommendation of Secretary Hagel and his military commanders based upon the assessed needs of the Iraqi Security Forces. This mission will be undertaken in coordination with multiple coalition partners and will be funded through the request for an Iraq Train and Equip fund that the Administration will submit to Congress.
In recent weeks ISIL has suffered a series of defeats in Iraq against the Iraqi Security Forces and Peshmerga, with the support of U.S. and coalition air strikes and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, as well as U.S. military advice. The United States and its coalition partners will continue to confront the threat of ISIL with strength and resolve as we seek to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism campaign. The President values the dedication and valor of the American servicemen and women whom he asks to carry out this mission on behalf of the American people.
Again, Barack waited until after the mid-term election on Tuesday to announce his decision.
Possibly, he was fearful of a backlash in the United States?
If so, he was mistaken, sadly.
Peace groups or 'peace' groups have bent over backwards for the baby boy they whored for in 2008.
They've refused to call him out as he's carried out more wars than Bully Boy Bush, carried on the worst policies of Bully Boy Bush and proven to be one of the worst presidents of all time.
To their credit, for a change CodePink had neither their head in the sand or a case of laryngitis and actually noted their opposition to the move:
Equally true, though, they're part of a campaign to call Hillary a "bitch." (Little Denny Trainor Junior's campaign -- which won't make him man, but nothing else has either.)
To call her a "bitch" or the c-word or worse.
They think it's 'cute' and 'antiwar.'
And maybe it would be if just one damn time they called Barack a bastard (which, linguistically speaking, he is).
But they can't and they won't call Barack mean names. They can barely bring themselves to object to his war making.
And that is definition of sexism.
If their approach to protesting war was calling people curse words, then that would be their approach.
And we could examine it or amplify it or critique it or condemn or whatever.
But that's not their approach with men.
It's only how they treat women.
And when you have a double standard, that's the definition of sexism.
Since 2008, they've protested Hillary, heckled her, called her mean names and attacked everything about her.
During this time? Barack Obama has spent six years as US President.
And they've never called out the precious little baby boy.
They've applauded and cheered and said, "Look, Barack made stinky in the toilet all by himself like a big boy!"
They've applauded and cheered his every baby step towards further destruction and death.
When they look back on the last years, they'll see they've vilified a one-time US Secretary of State while letting the most powerful person in the world, a sitting US president, get away with, yes, murder (see The Drone War for the first of many examples).
Beyond issues of ethics and fairness, their past actions matter because Barack hasn't started another wave of the ongoing Iraq War in a vacuum.
He's done it because the so-called 'left' in the United States hasn't had the backbone, ethics, what have you to call him out.
If only he were a Republican (or a woman), he could be vilified by what passes for a peace movement in the United States.
Instead, so-called 'leftists' still rush to lie that Barack has 'ended' the Iraq War.
Lolita C. Baldor (AP) reports the proposal Barack's making comes with a $5.6 billion price tag and Congress is expected to begin considering it next week. Missy Ryan (Washington Post) observes, "The new training mission in Iraq echoes a much larger effort that the United States initiated after its invasion of Iraq in 2003. That years-long endeavor, which rebuilt Iraqi forces largely from scratch, cost the United States more than $20 billion." And yet Barack's rushing to spend more billions at a time when he has repeatedly attacked the safety net programs in the US (see, for example, Andre Damon's "Obama budget slashes Social Security, Medicare" at WSWS last year).
Spencer Ackerman and Tom McCarthy (Guardian) report, "Barack Obama has authorized the doubling of US troop levels in Iraq for the war against Islamic State (Isis) militants, further straining his pledge against 'boots on the ground'." And the press, with the exception of Ackerman and McCarthy, agree to pretend there are no boots on the ground and that US pilots dropping bombs in Iraq are not flying combat missions.
BBC News reports (link is video) on a reaction to the news today:
Russell Trott: Despite the lack of security on the streets of the Iraqi capital, some see the announcement of the deployment of 1,500 non-combat US troops as a fresh occupation of their land
Hamd Al Mutlaq (Iraqi Sunni law-maker): The US has sent thousands of soldiers and invaded Iraq and failed to impose security and stability in the country. What gives us security and stability is the unity of the Iraqi people. What is needed from the US is for it to help bring the Iraqi people together.
Russell Trott: More bomb blasts in Karbani a border town under siege for more than 40 days now despite the bombardment by US led aistrikes on Islamic State positions, they still control large areas of Iraq and Syria. In Kobani, they're up against [. . .] and in Iraqi Kurdistan where their own battle with the Islamic State continues, the announcement of more US troops is welcomed but not unconditionally.
Ari Harsin (Defence Comm Head, Kurdish Regional Govt): I hope that they can effectively take part in the battle and, especially, because we need the ground troops.
Russell Trott: That is something Washington has so far resisted. Three months after US forces first launched airstrike, the Pentagon believes Iraqi forces are better prepared to take on Islamic State militants on the ground thanks in part to the training they have received.
Barack is selling this as a response to a request from the Iraqi government (made weeks ago, did he only now get the message?). So it's interesting to read All Iraq News: "The Iraqi Government assured on Saturday 'the decision of sending more international troops into Iraq is welcomed despite the fact that it is too late step'."
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