IN A BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX EXCLUSIVE -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- CRANKY CLINTON HAS EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED WHY SHE CHOSE TO SIT DOWN WITH ANDREA MITCHELL ON FRIDAY TO TALK ABOUT HER E-MAIL SCANDAL.
"NO ONE WATCHES MSNBC," CRANKY EXPLAINED, "AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THE MORE PEOPLE THAT SEE ME, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE ME. SO GOING ON ANDREA'S SHOW THAT NO ONE WATCHES WAS THE BEST WAY TO GET MY STORY OUT. NO ONE WOULD SEE ME BUT ALL THE NEWSPAPERS WOULD WRITE ABOUT IT."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Hannah Allam, the joke of all US reporters covering Iraq returns to the topic.
For those late to the public embarrassment, Hannah not only writes for McClatchy but operates a little-read Twitter feed. Yet she grandstands publicly, for years now, about Iraqi refugees at various events -- how they need help and attention.
But she never writes or Tweets about the topic.
She's become a useless joke.
At this point, the human punchline returns to the topic of Iraq to scribble:
Iraq’s ability to fight Islamic State extremists who control roughly a third of the country is hampered by a financial crisis that’s left the Baghdad government operating “hand to mouth,” Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily warned this week.
The inability to pay salaries on time to the soldiers and militiamen fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has hurt morale and hindered progress in operations to retake key hubs that were captured by the jihadists, Faily said in an interview Thursday. And belt-tightening measures such as consolidating government ministries threaten to exacerbate ethnic and sectarian tensions by upsetting the delicate power-sharing quota system that’s been in place since the U.S.-led occupation authority took charge following the invasion of 2003.
“This goes back to not making your support conditional,” he added, referring to Iraqi officials’ frustration with the Obama administration’s reluctance to bail them out last year unless Baghdad first made reforms to address the corruption and ingrained sectarianism that softened the ground for the extremist takeover of Mosul in the north and most of Anbar province in the west.
Is that what it goes back to?
Oh, Faily thinks the whole world is as stupid as he is -- or Hannah is.
She then talks to Iraq Oil Report where, no surprise, it's Nouri's fault.
Unlike Iraq Oil Report, we've slammed Nouri al-Maliki since the summer of 2006. We were never taken in by the thug. Iraq Oil Report had to wait until he was out of power to really slam him (2014).
They're cowards. The world is full of cowards.
We still slam Nouri for his actions today.
For his actions.
Nouri hasn't been prime minister since August of last year. Haider al-Abadi is prime minister.
If there are budget woes now, that's on Haider.
I loathe Nouri al-Maliki. He's a thug and belongs in prison.
I'm comfortable slamming him for anything he's done.
But today's budget woes are not Nouri's problems.
Past corruption is Nouri's problem.
Not today's corruption.
Here's some basic reality that was too much for Hannah, the World Bank ranks 185 countries based on GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Iraq comes in at 75 while Madagascar is ranked 173.
The most recent numbers for Madagascar's GDP is $22 billion in US dollars.
That would be a country closer to struggling.
Saif Hameed (Reuters) reported last January, "Iraq's parliament approved a budget worth 119 trillion Iraqi dinars ($105 billion) on Thursday, made possible by improved ties between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region, but contrained by plunging global oil prices."
The price of oil fluctuates, that's nothing new. As this week wound down, it was $46.75 per barrel at one point. As Hameed noted in his January report, the budget approved was based on a $50 per barrel price.
The price per barrel only dropped below $50 at the end of July. It had been above $50 per barrel since the start of the year with it being nearly $70 mid-April. Barring any economic disaster, oil will average a price per barrel of greater than $50 for the year.
In the meantime, the CIA estimates 37 million Iraqis in Iraq.
In what world can a $105 billion yearly budget not guarantee the protection and security of 37 million people?
That's the question that idiots and liars like Hannah have ignored year after year.
The hard questions, the ones journalists are supposed to ask, have gone ignored under Nouri al-Maliki.
Now that he's out, Iraq Oil Report can criticize him to Hannah but, here's the thing, now that he's out of power, he's no longer responsible for the ongoing corruption.
McClatchy Newspapers did little to nothing for Iraq.
When they bought Knight-Ridder, they thought they could buy Knight-Ridder's pre-Iraq War reporting image.
But only idiots (hey, Lambert) fell for it.
McClatchy existed before the Iraq War started.
It did not expose the lies leading to war. That was Knight-Ridder.
Buying Knight-Ridder and then absorbing it in the summer of 2006 did not make McClatchy a truth teller in 2002 and 2003 when it, like the New York Times and so many other outlets, just parroted what Bully Boy Bush, Dick Cheney and others said.
In all her time 'reporting' on Iraq for McClatchy, Hannah never wrote one story that mattered.
That tells you a great deal about Hannah and about McClatchy.
Today, she writes an idiotic piece about Iraq struggling with finances but fails to tell you their 2015 budget, fails to tell you the population -- we're talking about 37 million people and a 105 billion dollar budget.
There's no extreme math skills needed to see this problem.
But apparently, Hannah lacks whatever skills are necessary to point out this basic problem.
Those skills might include honesty because she's never come off as very honest to me.
When you have a corrupt government and US reporters fail to report on the corruption, I'm failing to understand how a reporter like Hannah can be characterized as anything but corrupt herself.
All Iraq News reports, "The Supreme Religious Authority called for pursuing the top corrupted officials as a basic step towards reforms." Press TV adds:
"One of the essential steps for reform is to hunt the big heads among the corrupt and hold them accountable, to retrieve all the stolen money," Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in a sermon delivered by his representative Ayatollah Ahmad al-Safi in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala on Friday.
He added people "have long suffered from corruption" and they want "this mission to be implemented without procrastination and delay".
His call would have more power if amplified by the world press. Instead, 'reporters' like Hannah Allem provide cover for the corruption and the corrupt.
What the Hannahs of the world do 'report' is the statements of people like Haider claiming that they will do this or that.
Report it as fact and with no follow up.
Leave it to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to point out what the press refuses: Iraqi officials making statements to the media are not enough, actual actions are needed.
RECOMMENDED: "Iraq snapshot"
"The willfully stupid"
"Verdicts (or just gas baggery) are being rendered"
"Isakson to Visit Fort Benning on Sept. 3"
"Isakson to Visit Robins Air Force Base on Sept. 3"
"Can they please stop lying?"
"2 pieces -- one an actual report, the other an emb..."
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
"Winner of the week"
"The economy and those who make it stink"
"What does this say about us?"
"Extant (one more episode for the season)"
"Extant -- Lucy's no fool"
"cranky clinton finds a new low"
"Extant (John or JD?)"
"David Demented Swanson"
"From the doctors . . ."
"No, no Cate"
"What 80s sitcom would I like to see revived?"
"NYT does stand up"
"That awful Hand To God show"
"The mess that is political America"
"Alan Grayson, shut up (Wally)"
"is corrente dying or does it just need to?"
"THIS JUST IN! CRANKY WEIGHS IN!"
"Food for thought"