CRANKY CLINTON MADE NICE WITH CAPON STEPHEN COLBERT ON HIS SAD SHOW TUESDAY NIGHT.
BY FAILING TO BITE THE HEAD OFF ANY AUDIENCE MEMBER, CRANKY'S APPEARANCE WAS HAILED AS A "TRIUMPH" BY HER LEATHER CROWD IN THE MEDIA.
"THE THING ABOUT S&M," CRANKY EXPLAINED TO THESE REPORTERS, "YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PRETTY TO BE A GOOD MISTRESS. YOU JUST HAVE TO INFLICT PAIN. BILL CAN TELL YOU I KNOW HOW TO DO THAT AND, SOON, AMERICA WILL BE ABLE TO DO SO AS WELL."
Starting with news of even more war, Missy Ryan and Greg Jaffe (Washington Post) report,
The president’s most senior national security advisers have recommended measures that would move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria, officials said, a sign of mounting White House dissatisfaction with progress against the Islamic State and a renewed Pentagon push to expand military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas.
U.S. military commanders have forwarded several options to the Defense Department in the last few weeks, the officials told The Hill, as part of a mounting push within the administration to more aggressively target the terrorist group.
One of the options presented was embedding U.S. troops with Iraqi security forces; they would have the ability to call in airstrikes, a step that would bring American forces to the front line.
RT: Can the Pentagon still realistically maintain its 'no boots on the ground' stance given that an American soldier has been killed apparently in action?
Phyllis Bennis: I think the question of US boots on the ground has been true for over a year now. We’ve had at least 35,000 troops in Iraq that went back last year and I don’t think most people in this [US] country recognize the difference any more than they would in Russia if and when Russian troops or volunteers are sent to Syria; if somebody tries to claim they are not combat troops, nobody would believe that either. These are troops engaged in combat. They are advising, they are supporting, they are arming, they are training and they are fighting with forces on the ground. So, the notion that there are ‘no boots’ is simply not the case. We also know that besides 35,000 US troops on the ground in Iraq there are an unknown number of other Special Forces and CIA forces on the ground. Maybe they wear sneakers rather than boots. But there is no question that US forces have been fighting directly in Iraq for more than a year now.
In the comic above, a confused White House spokesperson Josh Earnest asks, "What's he doing?" Valerie Jarrett explains, "Ballet slippers on the ground are not boots on the ground."
Why today's talk?
Possibly because . . .
Thursday saw the combat death of 39-year-old Master Sgt Joshua L. Wheeler in Iraq.
And possibly because of the silence that greeted this death.
Press TV notes Noam Chomsky can talk about Iraq today:
Prominent American author and linguist Noam Chomsky has blasted the US foreign policy, calling Washington's 2003 invasion of Iraq “the worst crime of this century.”
“What right do we have to kill somebody in some other country who we don't like,” Chomsky told teleSUR on Monday.
Calling the US-led invasion of Iraq “the worst crime of this century,” the renowned scholar and intellectual said, “Suppose it had worked... it's still a major crime, why do we have the right to invade another country?”
But sadly not everyone can follow Noam's example.
Take two of our 'great' rags on the left: The Progressive and The Nation.
The Progressive ignored the death and its implication.
Remember, editor Ruth Conniff bragged on KPFA that she didn't know anyone who'd been touched by the war.
How very nice for her and the other racists in the gated community she lives in.
Then there's The Nation magazine.
Anyone remember their November 10, 2005 editorial?
It started on the cover and continued inside the rag.
They insisted they "wound only support candidates who made a speedy end to this [Iraq] war a major campaign issue."
Ignoring the combat death, ignoring the ongoing war, let's them pretend like they ever fulfilled that promise.
Just like they pretend the Iraq War ended.
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