HAVING FAILED IN HER AUDITION FOR THE CRYPT KEEPER IN THE NEXT TALES OF THE CRYPT FILM, NANCY PELOSI HAS DECIDED TO STAY IN CONGRESS.
AND SHE'S A-OKAY WITH THAT, SHE INSISTS.
"I'M HONESTLY HERE TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT," PELOSI DECLARED SPITTING IN THE FACE OF THE VOTERS WHO PUT HER IN CONGRESS.
THESE REPORTERS WOULD HAVE ASKED HER TO ELABORATE BUT HER ARM HAD FALLEN OFF AND SHE WAS ATTEMPTING TO RE-ATTACH IT WITH A HOT GLUE GUN.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Before we move to violence, let's get a laugh in.
Today, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State was neither "a state nor truly Islamic" -- did he follow it with "discuss"? John Kerry as Mike Meyers' Linda Richmond.
Let's move to today's violence. The United Nations News Centre reports:
A United Nations convoy of three vehicles proceeding from the Baghdad International Airport to the International Zone was hit with at least one explosion this morning, the Organization’s assistance mission in the country reported today.
According to a statement from the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), no UN personnel were killed or injured in the incident and all proceeded safely back to the UN Compound. One of the vehicles sustained serious damage.
“The unfortunate incident this morning will not deter the UN from continuing its work in support of Iraq and its people, who have lived with violence for too long,” UNAMI chief Nickolay Mladenov said.
Other violence in today's news cycle? Al Arabiya News reports:
Five members of an Iraqi family who refused to marry off their daughter to a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been executed by the militant group in a “horrific crime,” Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry said over the weekend.
In a statement posted on its website Sunday, the ministry said ISIS militants executed the five family members – mother, father and three children – and then kidnapped the 14-year-old girl, taking her to an undisclosed location.
In some of today's other violence? NINA reports that the Islamic State hanged a police officer in the center of Falluja.
Hanging him in the center of Falluja was intended to send a message.
And this message comes at a time when the current Iraqi government, presided over by new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi isn't working towards a political solution at all. Reuters notes there is no genuine effort to bring the Sunni tribe leaders in -- the group that made up Sahwa (Awakenings, Sons of Iraq, Daughters of Iraq). Reuters notes:
Iraq's robust official spin machine has certainly suggested the Shi'ite-led government and even its militia allies who have few friends among the Sunni tribesmen, are swinging into action.But there are few real signs of momentum needed to bury sectarian differences and create a united force to counter IS in Anbar, which it has engulfed steadily throughout 2014 to the point where senior U.S. military officials last month described the situation there as fraught.
Sabah Karhoot, provincial council chief of Anbar, home to the Albu Nimr, told Reuters there were still enough fighters to take on Islamic State but they needed effective weapons and ammunition from Baghdad.
Where is the White House?
What are they doing?
The Sunni tribe leaders were supposed to have been brought in back in August.
It still hasn't happened.
The World Tribune reports, "The State Department has endorsed two Iraqi military requests from the United States as it struggles to recover territory lost to ISIL. Officials said the requests, which amount to nearly $700 million, would include air weapons as well as spare parts for artillery and trucks."
That's called leverage.
You don't hand it over.
You don't agree to it.
You say, "You want this? You believe you need it? Well we need to see movements towards a political solution. Step one is you bring Sunnis into the process. Let's see some tribe leaders brought in. And why don't we revisit some of those issues that led Sunnis to protest non-stop for over a year -- despite being killed by Nouri's thugs."
That's what you do.
You don't hand over things and then say, "Okay, now I need you to do something for me."
They're the ones wanting. Extract concessions every step of the way.
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