IN 1997, HAVING BETRAYED FRIEND WINONA RYER, CHALK AND CHEESE GWYNETH PALTROW APPEARED TO HAVE A FILM CAREER AHEAD OF HER.
BUT AUDIENCES REFUSED TO WARM UP TO THE COLD FISH.
NOW SHE'S FAMOUS FOR HER CAMEOS IN THE IRON MAN SERIES AND FOR BEING A BITCH -- A RICH BITCH AT THAT.
SHE'S LOST HER ROCK STAR HUSBAND, SHE'S KILLED HER OWN CAREER.
SO WHAT'S LEFT FOR HER TO BUT GUSH OVER FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O?
REACHED FOR COMMENT, BRAD PITT TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "NOW YOU KNOW WHY I HID MY PENIS AROUND HER. WHAT MAN WOULDN'T?"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Speaking of weak arguments, Barack Obama's 'plan' for Iraq.
It's being called out across the political spectrum.
RIA Novosti quotes former Russian Ambassador to Libya Veniamin Popov stating, "Airstrikes alone are not enough to win against the Islamic State organization. This is the US that lifted the lid, because they actively tried to overthrow [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, and thought that all means are good. So that, they directly or indirectly supported the terrorist organizations [in Syria]. And they got what they created."
In the US, Bill Van Auken (World Socialist Web Site ) notes yesterday's meeting Barack had with US military officials and explains, "As the meetings took place, there was further evidence that American policy in the region is in a state of disarray, beset by the immense contradictions in US policy, which had backed Islamist militias in the war for regime change in Syria, and is now attempting to curb the largest of these sectarian-based armed groups, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after its overrunning of roughly a third of Iraq’s territory. American policy is further roiled by the conflicting agendas of the so-called “international coalition” that Obama has assembled to support the US-led war."
The Washington Examiner's editorial board weighs in noting, "Even where the casual deployment of air power can tip the balance of a war, it cannot establish a just or stable peace afterward. The best possible outcome of this strategy in Iraq and Syria might well be prolonged war among most of the same parties, but with a different balance in terms of their relative strength and odds of victory."
The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal offers:
A senior Obama Administration official headlined a leading story in Wednesday’s New York Times about American frustration with Turkish “inaction” in Syria. “There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from its border,” this anonymous official said. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border.” The charge was repeated in other media outlets.
It’d be nice to know why the White House thinks a public spat with a crucial NATO and Middle Eastern partner helps the war against ISIS. The U.S. “angst” over “dragging its feet” applies far better to what the French and British, the Arab Gulf allies, Jordan and above all Turkey have thought about American inaction on Syria while hundreds of thousands died and an Islamist ISIS army emerged to take huge chunks of territory.
Outside of the ever shrinking Cult of St. Barack, questions are being asked about the 'plan' and how it even qualifies as a plan. On the issue of Turkey, Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly (Washington Post) report:
In a sign of their reluctance to directly antagonize Turkey on the eve of a key diplomatic meeting, U.S. officials sent mixed signals on Ankara’s demand that the United States establish a protected buffer zone along Turkey’s border with Syria.
“It is not now on the table as a military option that we’re considering,” said Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.
Separately, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the idea of a buffer zone was “worth looking at very, very closely” and that it would be discussed when retired Gen. John Allen, coordinator of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria, holds high-level meetings in Turkey on Thursday.
The paper's Liz Sly Tweets:
ISIS is on the verge of capturing Iraq's Anbar province. Important story by
@erinmcunningham http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/islamic-state-fighters-are-threatening-to-overrun-iraqs-anbar-province/2014/10/09/34b302f0-84e4-4d73-b220-2d91161363e5_story.html?hpid=z1 …
Back to DeYoung and Sly's report, if the administration isn't sending mixed signals, they're antagonizing allies or would be allies.
They're also antagonizing the Iraqi people. All the propaganda in the world can't hide that. Yes, CENTCOM notes:
In Iraq, an airstrike south of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL bunker and ammunition cache and a small ISIL unit. Another airstrike, south of Sinjar Mountain, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and a small ISIL unit. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of President Barack Obama's comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.
Mu Xuequan (Xinhua) reports:
In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, more than 20 people were killed and some 30 others wounded in the morning air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition against buildings believed to be IS headquarters in the eastern part of the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km of Baghdad, an official from the security committee of Nineveh's provincial council told Xinhua.
Which is a polite way of saying the US just bombed civilians (again). Still on violence, NINA notes a Baquba car bombing left 9 people dead and ten more injured and an Abu Dshir roadside bombing left 2 people dead and eight more injured.
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