CRANKY CLINTON ENTERED THE RING AND THE LAUGHS NEVER STOP.
DID SHE REALLY TRADE FAVORS AS SECRETARY OF STATE TO ENRICH HER OWN POCKETS?
REACHED FOR COMMENTS BY THESE REPORTERS, CRANKY CHUCKLED AND SAID, "A GIRL'S GOT TO DO WHAT A GIRL'S GOT TO DO."
WAS SHE CONFESSING?
WE REALIZED WE DIDN'T KNOW.
WE'D BEEN SILENCED -- LEFT IN SHOCK THAT SHE STILL CALLS HERSELF A "GIRL" AFTER ALL THESE MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Haider was in rare form, wishing publicly, he stated this at the event, we've already reported it unlike the lazy whores, that he hopes to have the power to curb the press (foreign press -- he's already curbed much of the Iraqi press) the way the US government did with the embed program.
He made jokes, he belittled Ned Paker.
Ned Parker is a serious journalist and he's the one who exposed Nouri al-Maliki's torture sites.
Ned Parker doesn't flinch at empty words. He's covered Iraq for over a decade.
He covered Iraq when Nouri was attacking the press -- and suing the Guardian -- and he didn't flee Iraq or sacrifice journalistic ethics to be safe.
How dare anyone belittle him or any other journalist in a War Zone who is actually trying to tell the truth?
There were two reasons Ned left Iraq: his own safety and the safety of others working for Reuters.
And to pretend otherwise, is shameful.
To attack him or belittle him for this is shameful.
To pretend that Haider is a friend of the press?
I love BRussells Tribunal but they're a little cultish about Haider.
The reality is, he's already Nouri al-Maliki.
He's Nouri's friend (though that won't stop Nouri from trying to unseat him) and he carries out the same programs.
He's a change!
People need to wake the hell up.
He's done nothing.
He's flapped his gums and made pretty statements that are supposedly so important.
But if you declare, on September 13th, for example, that you are going to stop the Iraqi military bombings of occupied homes in Falluja, then that means you have to stop it.
Haider declared he had.
But September 14th, the bombings continued.
And have ever since.
And these are War Crimes.
Legally defined War Crimes.
I'm not the BRussells Tribunal.
I'm not going to gouge at my own eyes so I can be blind and have hope.
Haider's a thug and a bully.
Oh, that worked out great with Nouri, didn't?
The world humored thug Nouri and he attacked women, and he attacked gays and lesbians, and he attack religious minorities, and he attacked peaceful protesters, and he attacked Sunni politicians, and he attacked ...
We don't have room to list all he attacked.
But we don't have to.
We paid attention in real time -- check the archives.
We documented the slide to chaos as it happened.
We predicted the rise of the Islamic State years before it happened.
Because I'm a psychic?
No, because I studied revolutions, rebellions and uprisings in grad school.
What was going on in Iraq?
It was obvious where it would lead.
And we noted that here.
We noted it when Barack Obama overturned the votes of the Iraqi people.
They were now disenfranchised.
We noted it when the politicians attempted to use Constitutional measures to address Nouri's crimes --- Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds banding together -- and the US (via Jalal Talabani) stripped them of that right.
We noted it when the people took to the street and Nouri began physically assaulting these peaceful protesters.
I don't have to be a psychic to grasp that when you strip people of their vote, when you take power from their political leaders and when you assault peaceful protesters, you've left them with nothing.
There are no more non-violent tools.
This is not an earth shattering insight.
This is basic political science.
It's also basic that ignoring a corrupt leader never makes a situation better.
If they are not pressed to make improvements, they don't make them.
The US government loved Saddam Hussein.
He terrorized the Shi'ites and they were okay with that. He attacked the Kurds and they were okay with that.
True, he wanted to go off the dollar system and that did cause concern, but almost everything else the US government repeatedly and consistently looked the other way on.
They did the same for Nouri until his actions brought the country to the brink.
And now we're all supposed to trust that somehow, some way, with Haider, this do nothing approach will work?
First off, there should be no F-16s delivered to Iraq.
Haider has attacked the Iraqi people. Per US law, the White House is not authorized to arm or fund Haider.
Samantha Power is a blow hard and a War Hawk. But it would be a public service if at least one member of the press could get her to comment on Iraq at length.
Her 'never again' stance wrongly led idiots (Davey D, you're on that list -- so is Jeremey Scahill) to think she was a woman of peace.
She was not.
She is not.
Libya should have settled that for all the idiots who chose to ignore Edward S. Herman's repeated analysis of Power.
But Power will again present herself as for human rights -- she's not.
And her refusal to call out the use of Shi'ite militias in Iraq goes to that.
There will never be peace in Iraq with Shi'ite militias terrorizing the people.
And this raises other issues.
Samantha Power was clearly not a person of peace but she was applauded as such by many 'left' journalists (Scahill was practically her love slave) and by many activists.
So maybe the reality is we don't want peace?
Maybe the reality is we want credit for working towards a peace that will never come.
I'm not talking about the US government.
Clearly, the US government doesn't want peace in Iraq.
If you identify the need for a political solution and then fail to work on that all these months later (Barack said it was the only answer back in June), then clearly you don't want peace. You want chaos and instability because they allow you to control the country and its resources, the region and its stability.
When Henry Kissinger told the Kurds to fight back, he didn't want the Kurds to actually win and once a signal had been sent to Saddam, Henry and the Nixon White House wrote off the Kurds.
This is not speculation.
This is documented in the Pike Report Congress wrote.
Rebecca just noted how the Chair of the Joint Chiefs, Gen Martin Dempsey, declared this week that it didn't matter if Ramadi fell. Stan noted how, since August, the White House has spent over $2 billion on fighting (with combat, not with diplomacy) the Islamic State.
And there is no political solution.
The US government is putting no effort into working towards a political solution.
$2 billion down the drain in the time since Haider became prime minister -- not even a year -- and the only 'answer' the White House is more of the same.
Clearly, peace is not the goal.
You don't waste that kind of money and that kind of time, don't insist publicly that it doesn't mater if Ramadi falls if peace is your goal.
That's the White House, that's the government.
But I'm talking the US peace movement.
Or what passes for it.
I've yet to see Medea Benjamin or any of the other self-appointed leaders do a damn thing that was for peace.
I see them pull stunts that get press attention.
I see them brag about these stunts.
I just don't see them working for peace.
I see them working very hard to pretend that they're better than other people.
I just don't see them working for peace.
At the Thursday morning event, Haider insisted, "We must not only win the war – we must also win the peace. Together, we must take action against the political, economic and social problems that give rise to violent extremism, so that terrorism on the scale of Daesh will never re-emerge to threaten our nation and our neighbors again.[. . .] Let me be as clear as I can be: Our government’s highest priority is reducing ethnic sectarian tensions and divisions in Iraq. And we have nurtured close working relationships with parliament and Iraq’s community leaders and religious institutions to ensure an outcome that is favorable to all our people."
Yeah, well when do you plan to get to work on that?
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