TODAY CRANKY CLINTON WANTED TO GET SERIOUS.
AND YOU KNOW SHE MEANT IT BECAUSE SHE SET ASIDE THE SHEEP DOG 'DO TO GO FOR PAGEANT HAIR.
AND CRANKY INSISTED THAT SHE WANTS THE STATE DEPT. TO SPEED UP THE RELEASE OF HER E-MAILS.
AS SHE EXPLAINED, "THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF. I TRASHED ALL THE BAD STUFF. THIS IS WHAT I WANTED THE PUBLIC TO SEE AND IT REALLY TICKS ME OFF THAT THESE NEEDED AND NEEDFUL AND NEEDABLE E-MAILS ARE NOT GETTING OUT TO THE PUBLIC."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Last June, the Islamic State seized Mosul.
The Iraqi military fled.
In some sort of early anniversary celebration, the Islamic State -- which still controls Mosul -- seized Ramadi over the weekend.
Oh, and the Iraqi military fled.
Hamdi Alkhshali and Catherine E. Shoichet (CNN) reported, "The key Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS on Sunday after government security forces pulled out of a military base on the west side of the city, the mayor and a high-ranking security official said." Al Jazeera added, "Iraqi special forces soldiers were reported to be fleeing the city on Sunday as the armed group succeeded in breaching their last holdout."
This after how many millions (more) US tax dollars have been spent training them?
In mid-April, Stan noted how, since August, the White House has spent over $2 billion on fighting (with combat, not with diplomacy) the Islamic State.
You can argue that things stand today exactly where they stood a year ago.
No improvement at all.
And you can click here for the Guardian's post of the Iraqi military fleeing Ramadi and the Islamic State.
This fleeing is disturbing.
Especially when you grasp that they didn't just flee open spaces in Ramadi.
Reuters notes, "Earlier, security sources said government forces evacuated a key military base after it came under attack by the insurgents, who had already taken one of the last districts still holding out." They couldn't even hold their own military base.
Every time they flee, the Islamic State gets a stronger foothold and if the military confronts them -- if! -- it's much harder to do that after they've taken a city.
Mosul remains under control a year later.
What does it really say about the Iraqi military and the Iraqi government that they want to act militarily and talk about doing so but they refuse to do so.
There is no progress.
Barack's spent over a billion on Iraq -- between weapons, US forces and 'aid' -- since August and for what? Where is the progress?
Despite Barack declaring that the only solution was a "political solution," no real work has been spent on that. Instead it's been empty promises and the focus has been on the military which, as we see again today, continues to falter and fail.
What's the end game, Barack?
Is the US going to remain in Iraq forever to prop up the US-installed government?
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