IN LIGHT OF RUMORS ABOUT ONE DIRECTION SINGER HARRY STYLES BANGING FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O (SEE "Love is all around, even at the White House" AND "THIS JUST IN! BARRY GOT A BRITISH LAD!"), SONGSTRESS TAYLOR SWIFT HAS RELEASED A NEW SINGLE CLEARLY AIMED AT HER EX-HARRY AND THE NEW COUPLING:
HE CAN TWIST YOUR THIRD TEET
BUT CAN HE HANDLE YOUR MEAT?
YOU'RE GOING DOWN, BOY
THE SOCIAL LADDER
HE'S GOT NO CLASS
AND A PANCAKE ASS
YOU REALLY WANT TO BE CAUGHT WITH THAT?
REACHED FOR COMMENT, WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON JOSH ERNEST STATED, "WHILE NEITHER CONFIRMING NOR DENYING, WE OBJECT TO THE CARICATURE THAT BARRY O HAS NO CLASS."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Which shines a light on the lies told to the US Congress this week. Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This was covered in Tuesday's snapshot, Ava covered it at Trina's site with "Ground Hog Day (Ava)," Wally at Rebecca's site with "Barack wants war all over the world (Wally)" and Kat with "John Kerry, damn liar." Wednesday, the State Dept's Brett McGurk testified before the House Foreign Affairs Comittee and we covered it in Wednesday and Thursday's snapshot (and will continue covering it later in this snapshot). Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations held a hearing and we covered it in the Wednesday snapshot (and noted it elsewhere repeatedly).
The Tuesday Subcommittee hearing was an embarrassment and we've called out Subcommittee Chair Barbara Boxer and Ranking Member Rand Paul. We've largely ignored the others -- the spook, the hired gun, all of them.
The hired gun?
When news of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar broke, at this site we were for air drops of food and water and medical supplies for the thousands trapped on the mountain by the Islamic State and we were against bombings. We built our case around the plight of the Yazidis historically. We ignored one person, one woman, except to offer a Tweet by a journalist of the Cry Baby.
Cry Baby may not have been a fair call when she was speaking before the Iraqi Parliament and shooting out the tears. It may have been fair. We didn't call her that then but I did think it.
And Cry Baby went on to become a hired gun. Early on in August we noted the Yazidis had no US p.r. firm but that they were being used in the US in an effort to promote wider war on Iraq.
Let's also note the bitchiness of Yazidi speakers in Iraq.
Iraqi Christians were being attacked and killed and when the Yazidis ended up trapped on the mountain, a number of them started whining to the press that Iraqi Christians got all the attention.
Iraqi Christians get very little attention in the mainstream media. When the western press does cover them, it's usually because they're taking up arms in Iraq to protect themselves.
Whether it's true or not, bias charges are better left to others.
When there are at least two groups under attack and one of them whines the other gets more attention -- true or not -- it looks petty and bitchy.
And here's a little more reality for the Yazidis, Christians are a larger group in the world and when you start whining that Iraqi Christians are getting more attention -- especially when they're not -- you risk pissing off a lot of people who will no longer help you amplify your issues.
And while outsiders can say that Palestinians get far more attention, for a Yazidi to write that also looks petty and bitchy -- so maybe Cry Baby shouldn't have written this post?
Again, we've only previously noted her in a journalist's Tweet. And that was due to a request and due to it being pointed out that she was a woman, "you run a pro-women, feminist site and you haven't noted her."
We should probably name cry baby, I don't think she was named in the journalist's Tweet, just identified as a Yazidi who was a Member of Parliament. We did name her when she was in a helicopter crash. Her name is Vian Dakhil.
And since her tearful performance -- and I am calling it a performance -- she's attracted foreign money but no one wants to talk about that.
No one wants to question how this woman's everywhere all the sudden.
She was at the hearing on Tuesday, she was speaking to the Woodrow Wilson Center, at John Cabot University, she's just been everywhere outside of Iraq. And the reason is she's now a hired gun to promote war and she's represented by a public relations group.
And as I listened to her spin at Tuesday's hearing, I knew all of that but thought, "There's so much more to focus on." Then she started making the media circuit.
First off, know your facts or don't appear before Congress.
She's lucky she appeared before Boxer and Paul who are so eager for war that they also don't care about the facts.
Before the Subcommittee she tried to present herself as the voice of the Yazidis.
She is not.
Some Yazidis bill themselves as that and that alone.
Others bill themselves as Kurds.
That split alone, forgetting everything else, means she cannot speak for all Yazidis.
Equally true, she's not from the city with the biggest concentrations of Yazidis (that would be Shekhan followed by Sinjar -- she is from Mosul originally and then moved to Erbil).
At the hearing, she made one ridiculous statement after another. Here's one example:
Since the invasion of the so-called Islamic State in June 2013, I have been working tirelessly to bring attention to the plight . . .
It was January, at the start of the year, when the Islamic State seized Falluja. And the Islamic State was in Iraq prior to that. As a member of the Iraqi Parliament and as a member of the KDP, she's actually supposed to speak for all of Iraq and should know these basic facts. Added: April 8, 2013 is when the press begins -- world press -- acknowledging the Islamic State is in Iraq. They were there prior to April.
It was an awful hearing and we would have ignored her but then she went on NPR's Here and Now and NPR highlights this section of her remarks regarding what the US needs to do:
“They first started out with a great mission and attack on ISIS, and that made us very happy. That was only for one week. After one week, they stopped. They suspended airstrikes and we were kind of surprised. We were looking to see why they were suspended for a while, and we’re hoping to understand why.”
“What is really urgently needed right now, there are five women and children being held by ISIS and we really need assistance right away to help them be free and run away from ISIS. Plus humanitarian aides are mostly needed at the moment for those refugees who ran away from ISIS and made a way to get to the shelters. We’re here to tell the people in the United States that this is what we are living through right now in Iraq, and that’s what we need your help with at the moment.”
We've been nice.
Maybe too nice.
Maybe I've baby-ied?
Here's some harsh truths.
You claim to have 500,000 Yazidis, ma'am, there are no more than 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq.
Maybe you should stop traveling to other countries to speak and do media appearances to advocate for war and instead return to Iraq, pick up a gun, urge your fellow Yazidis to take up arms and address the problem yourself.
If that sounds harsh, well your request for US forces on the ground due to five people being held sounds stupid and insane.
Worse yet, it also sounds cowardly.
Stop coming to the US demanding US troops and start using your position as a Member of the Iraqi Parliament to advocate for action from your own country's troops.
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