FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS HAILING AS HISTORIC A NEW AGREEMENT WITH IRAN THAT . . .
. . . MIGHT . . .
. . . BE REACHED . . .
. . . IN . . .
. . . THREE MONTHS . . .
YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE MIGHT HAPPEN IN 3 MONTHS?
YOU MIGHT WIN THE LOTTERY!'
OF COURSE, THERE'S A CHANCE YOU ALSO MIGHT NOT WIN IT.
THAT'S THE THING ABOUT STUFF THREE MONTHS FROM NOW, YOU NEVER KNOW IF IT WILL COME TO PASS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
There's still no deal with Iran though the US government continues dithering at the table despite swearing they'd walk away on Tuesday if there was no deal.
Does it matter?
Columnist Mubarak Al Duwailah (Qatar's The Peninsula) thinks so:
Look at what is happening around us! What is stopping America from checking the Iranian expansion in Iraq? What is preventing America from putting an end to the persecution of Sunnis in Iraq? Why doesn’t America stop the forced displacement of Arabs in Iraq from their cities and neighbourhoods? Why does the West, under American leadership, let Iran and Hezbollah support Bashar Al Assad’s regime?
Yeah, it matters.
And when members of the US Congress begin focusing on the latest assault on the Ashraf community in Iraq, it's going to matter a lot more.
Shahriar Kia (News Blaze) explains:
On Monday, 16 March 2015, Mr. Safar Zakery, a truck driver and a member of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran residing in Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport, was hit by an Iraq SWAT Humvee in a suspicious road accident. Traffic police at the site to investigate the matter immediately said the SWAT Humvee was responsible for the accident.
Despite the fact that Safar Zakery was innocent, the Karkh investigative court - under the influence of three Iraqi army intelligence officers in contact with the Iranian regime's embassy and in charge of Camp Liberty's management team - had Mr. Zakery illegally arrested and imprisoned.
The illegal arrest and continued detention of Safar Zakery are under orders issued by Iraqi national security advisor Falih Fayyadh. He is implementing his policies through his three agents by the names of Sadeq Mohamed Kadhem, Major Ahmed Khozeir and Captain Heidar Azzab Mashi, all having major roles in the crackdown and massacre of Ashraf and Liberty residents from 2009 onward.
We're going to go into the Ashraf community at length in one of the next two snapshots. For now, we'll note that Baghdad remains a puppet of Tehran when it comes to the Ashraf community.
And we'll note that Congress doesn't care for the White House's excuses and Brett McGurk, awhile back, was able to spin Congress to a degree on Ashraf but they've since woken up to his lies and know that he is not to be trusted on this issue.
And if you need another real world implication from the never-ending and over-the-barrel 'negotiations,' right at this moment is that the US State Dept is paralyzed to the point that it can't even handle a daily press briefing.
For the second day in a row, the State Dept was unable to pull off a press briefing.
If they can't handle something that basic, should we expect anything out of them?
Not everyone's silent.
"Here we come to you, Anbar! Here we come to you, Nineveh, and we say it with full resolution, confidence, and persistence."
That's Iraq's Minister of Defense Khalid al-Obeidi as quoted by the AP.
And yes, he does sound a bit like Howard Dean.
AP notes he dubbed today in Tikrit a "magnificent victory."
They're far too kind to note that yesterday was also dubbed a victory.
BBC News does note that, claims aside, "Troops are still fighting to clear the last remaining IS holdout in the city, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was filmed raising an Iraqi flag there."
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