JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, THE BARACK OBAMA ECONOMY BURPS UP ANOTHER SURPRISE.
LOOK UNDER THE TREE, KIDDIES, AND YOU'LL FIND THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE APPLYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS INCREASED LAST WEEK TO CLOSE TO HALF-A-MILLION.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O INSISTED THIS WAS GOOD NEWS, "LESS MONEY MEANS LESS TO SPEND ON BASIC NECESSITIES LIKE ELECTRICITY. A LACK OF HEAT IS KNOWN TO MAKE PEOPLE HUDDLE UP CLOSE. SO YOU COULD SAY I AM BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER!"
You'll find more criticism of Barack's 'plan' coming out of Iraq than out of the US. For example, Press TV reports:
“The airstrikes cannot defeat ISIL and liberate the cities. We hear that in some places the warplanes drop weapons for ISIL... What we know is that the victories achieved on the ground are done by the Iraqi army and volunteers,” Iraqi State of Law Coalition MP Hanan Fatlawi told the Press TV correspondent in Baghdad.
On October 22, the US admitted that one of the weapon airdrops intended for Kurds fighting in the Syrian town of Kobani was almost certainly intercepted by ISIL terrorists.
I'm no fan of State of Law, as the archives establish, but they're right that the air bombings are not accomplishing much of anything -- except physically destroying Iraq and intimidating and terrorizing the people.
Since this summer, Barack has repeatedly said Iraq requires a political solution but little has been done to facilitate anything political. Instead, the US government has overseen two major meet-ups of defense ministers and has spent forever recruiting other countries to take part in the air bombings of Iraq and, less successfully, to send troops into Iraq.
How's that creating a political solution?
Today's Zaman reports:
Foreign ministers from up to 60 countries forming the US-led coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants will hold their first meeting next week in Brussels, US officials said on Wednesday.
The Dec. 3 meeting, chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to review progress in the fight against ISIL and to discuss how coalition members will coordinate politically in future.
It's taken months for them to plan the above. Hopefully, it's not too late for a meet-up like the above to make a difference.
We were noting State of Law earlier. It is the political slate of thug Nouri al-Maliki who was prime minister of Iraq until a few months ago and who is now one of Iraq's three vice presidents. Of Nouri, Ya Libnan reports:
In an unprecedented development the Iranian Foreign Ministry adviser, Mohammad Ali Sobhani, yesterday blamed the Iraqi regime of Nouri al-Maliki, and the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad for the creation of the islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS)
In an interview with a local Iranian website «telltale News» Sobhani said the sectarian policies during the reign of former PM Maliki led to the formation of an incubator for the«Daash» or ISIS organization .
Sobhani said that the economic and social problems that plagued Iraq, in addition to sectarian policies practiced by the al-Maliki regime led to the formation of a popular base for the emergence of ISIS in the region.
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