ELDERLY SKANK RALPH NADER WONDER IS FAKE-ASS BERNIE SANDERS "WILL TAKE ON HILLARY?"
WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR RALPHIE-BOY, IS HE EVER GOING TO TAKE ON BARRY O?
THE ELDERLY SKANK'S BEEN A COWARD WHO'S REFUSED TO CALL OUT BARRY O.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
CBS and AP note Iraqi officials declared yesterday that car bombings targeted two Baghdad hotels leaving 15 people dead. The bombings were late Thursday and, in addition to those, Margaret Griffis (Antiwar.com) counts 22 dead from violence on Friday across Iraq. But back to the 15 dead from Thursday's hotel bombings, where were they?
Dropping back to Thursday's snapshot:
In other signs that there is no political solution in Iraq today, Margaret Griffis (Antiwar.com) notes, "Baghdad has asked the Kurdish government to allow 20,000 refugees from Anbar province to relocate there because they will not be allowed into the capital. The fear is that terrorists will be hidden among the displaced."
First, you have citizens of Iraq being denied the right to enter their own capitol.
Second, if Haider al-Abadi really believes there's a threat of terrorists being in with the refugees, why would he insist the KRG take them in?
In what world does that make sense?
'We can't let them into Baghdad because they might be bombers but how about you take these possible bombers into the KRG because it doesn't matter if Erbil gets attacked or Kurds get killed."
That's what it sounds like.
And it sounds like Haider's placing a premium on one group of lives (Shi'ite) while arguing that Sunni lives (the refugees) do not matter nor do the Kurds.
There is no unity in Iraq under Haider al-Abadi -- not even a pretense of unity.
Sad news for Haider, attacks will take place inside Baghdad whether or not he lets the refugees in. Already in Baghdad, the seeds of his own destruction are present.
You people can watch while I'm scrubbing these floors
And I'm scrubbing the floors while you're gawking
Maybe one you tip me and it makes you feel swell
In this crummy southern town in this crummy old hotel
But you'll never guess to who you're talking
No, you couldn't ever guess to who you're talking
Then one night there's a scream in the night
And you wonder who could that have been?
And you see me kind of grinning while I'm scrubbing
And you say, "What's she got to grin?"
"Pirate Jenny" is from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera which debuted in 1928. The song has been covered by many including Nina Simone and Judy Collins.
The thing about corrupt and unresponsive governments is that they crater from the inside all on their own. External factors may distract from what's taking place, but they're rotten at the root and beg for their own fall.
Following in the footsteps of Noam Chomsky (2006's Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy), Loren Thompson (Forbes) declares Iraq a failed state and notes:
Iraq’s political culture is one of the most corrupt in the world. Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, ranks Iraq 170th out of 175 countries in terms of the rapacity of its leaders and the extent of official corruption. Virtually every transaction of the government from construction contracts to military commissions to prisoner releases is tainted by corruption. A commission to investigate the extent of wrongdoing has calculated that up to $330 billion in public funds is missing as a result of malfeasance by officials. This continues a long tradition in which political leaders disbursed funds to strengthen ties with families, tribes and religious communities at the expense of the larger good. And as Patrick Cockburn observed in the British newspaper The Independent, “The system cannot be reformed by the government because it would be striking at the very mechanism by which it rules.”
Ramadi fell to the Islamic State this month despite the fact that the Iraqi forces present far outnumbered the Islamic State fighters on the scene. Michelle Tan (Army Times) quotes Gen Ray Odierno stating, "As you look at this, you could say there probably is a problem with leadership. They have to have the will to fight. It always goes back to the government of Iraq. Unless you get everyone to believe the government of Iraq is there for all Iraqis, you're always going to have this problem."
Whether working in Bully Boy Bush's administration or Barack Obama's, Odierno has always been one of the smarter officials.
And for a diplomat, proving how stupid he truly is, Barack hires a retired general to be an envoy -- a retired general who doesn't want to be seen as a diplomat and who insists on being called a general. As everyone knows, Barack went for John Allen to try to shut Allen up (Allen was criticizing Barack's foreign policy). But, as everyone knows, Allen is unqualified to work towards a diplomatic solution.
The White House notes:
Special Presidential Envoy Allen Travel to Iraq and France
Washington, DCMay 30, 2015
Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL General John Allen is in Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Abadi and other senior Iraqi political and security leaders. They will discuss U.S. support for Iraqi-led efforts to counter ISIL, including operations in Anbar and how the U.S. and the Coalition can continue to support the Government of Iraq’s plan for re-taking Ramadi from ISIL and restoring Iraq’s territorial integrity.
General Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk will then travel to Paris to join Secretary Kerry at the Small Group Ministerial of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL on June 2.
The retired general who now likes to play toy soldier spoke to France 24:
FRANCE 24: Can a group like the Islamic State organisation be entirely defeated? Is that even possible?
General Allen: "Well, we need to be careful about applying...solely a military term to an outcome. When you hear us talk about the defeat of Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group), inherent in the outcome is an expectation that specifically, and more broadly, we can deal with some of the underlying causes that ultimately bring an organisation like Daesh into being.”
“So at the same time we talk about the defeat of Daesh, we’re also talking about dealing with the origins of violent extremism, and I think we would say that we have to deal with the political issues. We have to deal with inherent social, economic, religious issues, because in the end, the aggregation of those creates an environment where an organisation like Daesh can find cohesion and purpose.”
Well when does the envoy plan on addressing those "underlying causes"?
It's almost a year since Barack declared the only solution for Iraq was a "political solution."
All this talk about military aspects. Would it be any different -- would the administration be working on a political solution -- if they'd picked someone more appropriate for the envoy job -- say Jimmy Carter?
If Carter wasn't available, he could have gone with Cher.
Iraq is in ruins and all Barack can think to do is drop more bombs from overhead.
Which will produce?
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