CRANKY CLINTON IS GETTING BAD PRESS FOR HER 4TH OF JULY ANTICS WHICH ARE SEEN AS PREVENTING THE PRESS FROM OBSERVING HER BY PUTTING UP A ROPE TO KEEP THEM OUT OF HER CAMPAIGN EVENTS.
NOT SO, SAYS CRANKY.
"THE ROPE WAS THERE TO PROTECT THEM," SHE EXPLAINED EXCLUSIVELY TO THESE REPORTERS. "WE HADN'T REALIZED THAT MY RABBI SHOT HAD EXPIRED UNTIL RIGHT BEFORE THE EVENT AND THERE WASN'T TIME TO FIND A LARGE ANIMAL VET AND GET ANOTHER SHOT SO WE JUST ROPED OFF THE PRESS IN CASE I STARTED FOAMING AT THE MOUTH."
FROM THE TCI WIRE;
Today, US President Barack Obama spoke publicly about the Islamic State. The address took place at the Pentagon or, as ABC News put it, the address took place "in a rare visit to the Pentagon."
In other words, he may have visited all 50 states, but the Pentagon's never really been on his travel itinerary.
Dana Milbank (Washington Post) also noted the "rare visit" nature:
Obama had used the phrase before, but this was shock-and-awe-worthy — the commander in chief, in a rare visit to Defense Department headquarters, standing onstage with grim-faced and medal-festooned generals and likening war strategy to . . . an arcade game.
Milbank noted Barack "had used the phrase before."
But the person who applied it to Iraq first and most persistently was Senator John McCain who began using it over and over in 2006.
For only one example of this, we'll flash back to the August 3, 2006 United States Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when the following exchange took place:
Senator John McCain: So, General Abizaid, we're moving 7,500 troops into Baghdad, is that correct?
General John Abizaid: The number is closer to 3,500.
[. . .]
McCain: And where are these troops coming from?
Abizaid: Uh, the troops, the Styker Brigade, is coming down from Mosul.
McCain: From Mosul? Is the situation under control in Ramadi?
Abizaid: Uh, the situation in Ramadi, is better than it was two months ago.
McCain: Is the situation under control in Ramadi?
Abizaid: I think the situation in Ramadi is workable.
McCain: And the troops from Ramadi came from Falluja, isn't that correct?
Abizaid: I can't say senator, I know that --
McCain: Well that's my information. What I worry about is we're playing a game of whack-a-mole here. We move troops from -- It flares up, we move troops there. Everybody knows we've got big problems in Ramadi and I said, "Where you gonna get the troops?" 'Well we're going to have to move them from Falluja.' Now we're going to have to move troops into Baghdad from someplace else. It's very disturbing.
It was hard not to recall that exchange as Barack spoke today.
Such as the quote from Barack's speech Milbank offers, "ISIL lost at the Mosul Dam. ISIL lost at Mount Sinjar. ISIL has lost repeatedly across Kirkuk province. ISIL lost at Tikrit. . . . ISIL lost at Kobani."
The dam may have been 'saved' via intense bombing from US war planes but who controls Mosul?
As Reuters noted Saturday, "The city has been under Islamic State control since the Islamist militants took over in June last year" and "[t]he Shi'ite-led government has promised a military offensive to retake Mosul but progress has been slow."
A year and one month to 'retake' Mosul?
Yeah, I'd say that's pretty slow.
Despite that reality, Barack was insisting at the Pentagon that "today, it's also important for us to recognize the progress that's been made."
And, of course, the Islamic State seized control of Ramadi in April and remains in control of it.
But Barack spun this as a 'victory' as well, insisting in his long winded remarks today that "the fall of Ramadi has galvanized the Iraqi government."
The claim is laughable in terms of scoring it as a 'win.'
It's also factually a lie.
Since August, the US has insisted that a national guard in Iraq was a possible solution. They've prodded the government on that.
Parliament's refused to vote on it.
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