"LET THEM EAT CRUMB CAKE!"
CRANKY CLINTON MIGHT AS WELL HAVE SAID THAT AS SHE TURNED A WORK FORCE INTO SLAVE LABOR.
SHE FLEECED THE COUNTRY OF MILLIONS BUT SHE'LL BE DAMNED IF SHE PAYS HER STAFFERS A LIVING WAGE -- OR EVEN A WAGE.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "I PAY THEM IN SMILES. IF THEY DO SOMETHING NICE, I OFFER A SMILE AND THAT'S SO MUCH BETTER THAN CASH."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Let's start with crap.
Oh, Medhi, we love you.
We love all the 'special' from Al Jazeera -- the channel that went silent because of the deal the owner made with Nouri al-Maliki back in the day.
People are periodically shocked that Al Jazeera self-censors and lies but, remember, we told you about it in real time.
Mehdi links to Joel Wing -- are you sides aching yet? And Joel's interviewed Mr. Naval War College.
He interviewed a part of the war machine who, no surprise, wants you to know the Islamic State has done more damage.
Because Craig Whiteside is an idiot, a liar or a whore.
He can pick which one.
It doesn't matter because he doesn't know what he's talking about.
[Joel Wing King Dumb Ass]: 2. A conventional wisdom has formed about how the Islamic State was able to rebuild itself after its nadir in 2008. Most of that argument centers on Syria providing a rebirth for the group, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s autocratic politics. You’ve written those were important, but there was more to the story. What else do you think was pivotal for the group’s re-emergence?
[Idiot/Liar/Whore Craig Whiteside:] We tend to rely on these simplistic narratives to explain complex events like the resurgence of the IS. Not to defend the indefensible, but I don’t think you can say that Maliki’s autocratic politics – as counterproductive as they were - can physically force someone to join a horrific organization like the Islamic State. The Sunnis know exactly who IS is and what they are capable of doing. I mean, if you looked at who has harmed the Sunni people the most since 2008, it would easily be the Islamic State movement, which has killed thousands of Sunnis in its return to power (and advertised this fact in real time on jihadist websites by the way). So I don’t see the IS resurgence simply as a result of some grievance narrative against Maliki, or from the very real advantages the IS movement did see from their investment and leverage of the chaos in Syria to recruit, upgrade weapons, and secure additional funding from extortion and oil sales. It is more complex than that.
A conventional wisdom?
Rebirth from 2008?
Even in the administration, there is not agreement that you can trace the Islamic State back to 2008 in Iraq. Let alone prior.
Even in the Pentagon, there is disagreement on that.
And I can quote Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on that.
And as for "some grievance narrative against Maliki"?
What a bunch of cheap liars.
The murders carried out by Nouri al-Maliki will continue to emerge.
The Sunnis were targeted.
Even removing the ethnic cleansing -- which Nouri carried out with the US government's help -- pre-2008 leaves you with a lot of dead.
And that's before we get to the other issues.
The Islamic State did not run off a Sunni politician. Tareq al-Hashemi was run off by Nouri al-Maliki.
It was Nouri who staged a dawn raid on a Sunni politician's home, after all.
It was Nouri who tortured peaceful protesters.
Craig, don't remember you saying a damn word when that took place but, of course, you wouldn't.
And it's cute how after so many Sunnis have spoken to the press, Captain Blowhard knows better than the Sunni people.
Here's Alice Fordham reporting on NPR's Morning Edition on February 3, 2015:
Now his group is in a de facto alliance with al-Qaida's successor, ISIS. Their thinking is similar. They fight alongside each other. Dabbash's views are typical of a broad spectrum of Sunnis in Iraq - Islamist, tribes, one-time supporters of Saddam Hussein. They feel victimized by Iraq's Shiite-led government, and many fight against the Shiite-dominated army, either joining ISIS or allying with them, even if they find the group extreme.
Here's Nour Malas and Ghassan Adnan (Wall St. Journal) reporting May 22nd:
While some of his Sunni kinsmen in Anbar province set about working with Shiite militias on a strategy to oust Islamic State, Emad al-Jumaili was making a very different kind of plan.
The tribal elder was busy preparing to guard his home and family from those same militias.
“I have always said I would much prefer to be killed by a Sunni terrorist organization than a Shiite terrorist organization,” said Mr. Jumaili.
Abigail Hauslohner (Washington Post) reported July 12, 2014:
The worshipers and other Sunnis interviewed in Baghdad said they have little affinity for the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State that routed Iraqi forces last month and declared a “caliphate” across a vast swath of the country.
But as the militants take aim at Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, these educated, professional Sunnis leave no doubt that their sympathies lie with the insurgents.
“It’s a revolution against oppression,” Moussa said. “We believe there will be a zero hour here in Baghdad soon. The Sunnis have nothing to lose.”
We could do this all day.
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