Friday, June 19, 2015
THE COURTS AREN'T FAWNING OVER CRANKY CLINTON.
ANOTHER LAWSUIT HAS BEEN REOPENED AGAINST CRANKY.
HER BENGHAZI LIES HAVE PILED UP AND ARE ABOUT TO BE KNOCKED OVER.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY DECLARED, "I WILL SAY WHAT I ALWAYS SAY, 'COME ON OVER AND TAKE ME BOYS, IF YOU THINK YOU CAN.'"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared Wednesday that he found it hard to believe that Baghdad would fall to the Islamic State because so many of the Iraqi forces were being used to surround it and he did not believe Shi'ites would allow it to fall.
He was speaking to Congress, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee in a joint appearance with Gen Martin Dempsey, the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"That's why we're there right now," Dempsey quickly added to Carter's response. "I mean the threat to Erbil was what drew us into the kinetic portion of this fight as well as the threat to Baghdad and the fact that we have our diplomatic presence there in the form of our Embassy and thousands of American citizens. So -- Look, we will always protect our national interest with -- uh, unilaterally. And some of the recent special operations strikes and some of the other kinetic strikes that you have seen us conduct -- both manned and unmanned -- and let's not forget that . . ."
As Dempsey meandered on and on, droning from one point to the next, rarely landing on an actual point (were he a singer, we'd say he sang all around the note without ever actually hitting it), it became clear that US President Barack Obama's plan or 'plan' was as muddled as Dempsey's answer.
Which may be why, today, the US State Dept's John Kirby tried to stay far, far from the hearing.
QUESTION: Yeah. A follow-up on Iraq is you have been talking about the reforms in the Iraqi army, but there are reports also, the Foreign Affairs and International Crisis Group. They are talking about the fragmentation among Peshmerga also, the politicizing by the PUK and KDP forces. There are also a plan by the minister of Peshmerga to reform, and the ministry of Peshmerga too. Would you support this kind of reforms, or are you also concerned about the fragmentation among the Peshmerga forces?
MR KIRBY: I don’t think I’m going to make any statements here today about the reform of the Peshmerga. I mean, our focus is fighting against ISIL inside Iraq and in Syria. It’s a broad coalition. We’re working through the government in Baghdad. That’s how the support is getting to the Pesh, is through Baghdad, and I think we’d let the Iraqi Government speak to reforms in there.
What I will say is, writ large, we are constantly as a part of this mission looking for ways to help Iraq improve the capability, competence and the battlefield performance of Iraqi Security Forces. And two, a measure of that has been our support to help advise and assist Peshmerga as well.
I’ve got just time for a couple more. Back here.
QUESTION: Just on yesterday’s comments made by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the hearing. He said a couple of things, one about Iraq. He said the United States did have a policy for the possibility of the disintegration of Iraq as a country. He said we will enable the local forces and they will not be a single country at that time. Can you elaborate more on that and do you really believe that Iraq is going to disintegrate, that’s why you have a policy for it?
MR KIRBY: I didn’t see those particular comments, and again, I am not the spokesman for the Secretary of Defense. So it’s not my place to speak to what he said or what he meant. Again, I’ll go back to – our policies remain unchanged, that the – we’re working with Prime Minister Abadi’s government, the elected Government of Iraq, which is a sovereign nation, and the support that we provide them militarily and otherwise goes through the government in Baghdad.
QUESTION: Also on Syria --
MR KIRBY: Now, I will – I do want to add that one of the things that – about Prime Minister Abadi’s leadership that we have noted with respect is the fact that he is trying to decentralize a little bit and he is trying to empower governors to act more on their behalf.
QUESTION: You do support a decentralized system of governance for Iraq, right?
MR KIRBY: I’m sorry?
QUESTION: You do support a decentralized system of governance?
MR KIRBY: We support Prime Minister Abadi’s efforts to decentralize some control in a federal-like way. But ultimately, these are his decisions that he has to make and obviously to be responsive to his electorate, the Iraqi people. But yes, we support his efforts – and these are his efforts. We’re – it’s not – we’re not making him do it; he’s doing this.
They support Haider al-Abadi.
How very sad.
They supported thug Nouri al-Maliki before.
They don't support the Iraqi people, please grasp that.
Please grasp the stupidity of mistaking a leader (a puppet) for the object of support.
Thug Nouri was supported.
So much so that when he lost the 2010 elections, Barack backed Nouri in his refusal to step down as prime minister.
So for eight months, the country was brought to a standstill (this is the political stalemate) and it only moved forward after the US government strong armed Iraqi leaders into signing off on The Erbil Agreement which went around the Iraqi voters, went around the Iraqi Constitution, and decreed loser Nouri would have a second term.
Again, the US government does not support the Iraqi people.
Instead, it's support whatever psychopath or loser they install as the head of the Iraqi government.
They support this thug until it's too embarrassing on the international stage to continue to support him.
Then they put the rabid dog down and move on to another.
Barack has no real strategy or plan.
For months, the press has lied about it and covered for him.
When they have allowed criticism to seep through, they've portrayed it as part of 'madman' John McCain's attacks and those other Republicans who stand with him.
Certainly, the media lie insists, no Democrats are opposed to Barack's plan.
US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard: You know we've heard a lot about this first line of effort that you outlined in your opening remarks to address the political and the sectarian situation in Iraq. And I think it's important as we look at this question of what is our strategy to defeat ISIS, it's important that we operate in the world that actually exists -- not the one that we hope or we wished could exist or would exist in the future. It's important to recognize that while these ideals are good to have, we're operating in the world that exists today. So even as we look at this administration's policy, the previous administration's policy, the billions of dollars and the thousands of lives that have been spent in holding onto this unified central government policy -- even as we hear rhetoric from Prime Minister Abadi, the reality is that experts both who wear the uniform and those who have studied the Middle East for very long time all say for practical purposes you have three regions in Iraq, it's a fractured country with the Kurds in the north, the Shias have their strong hold in Baghdad essentially and you have the Sunni territories largely to the west. So when you look at this question and you look at, Mr. Secretary, your answer to Mr. O'Rourke's question with regards to give us an example how there has been a plan or there is a plan in place to allow for this and support governance and the ability, for example, for the Sunni tribes to secure themselves. And you talked about how this would happen in the future, help the Iraqi people put a plan in place for governance as territory is recovered. But my question goes to Tikrit. This is an offensive that took place not that long ago. I questioned before this offensive occurred two members of the administration: What was the plan? And there was no plan at that time. And we saw as a result, once Tikrit was taken, Sunni families were terrorized by Shia militias, homes were burned down, businesses were looted and, as a result, you continue to see why these Sunni people have no motivation to go and fight for this so-called Iraqi security force, this Iraqi government that shuts down bridges when they're trying to run away from ISIS. So, as you say, it's essential Sunni fighters are brought into the fold, I think we all recognize that the Sunni people need to be empowered but this is why there's no faith by many in Congress and the Sunni tribes most importantly that there is a plan in place to empower them.
Secretary Ash Carter: I, uh, very much respect your expertise and your perspective, uh, on-on this and one of my favorite sayings is that "Hope is not a strategy." And this is a strategy, uh, the strategy, the particular part of the strategy which has to do with the integrity of the Iraqi state is a challenging one, no question about it, for all the reasons you described. It is -- if it can be achieved -- better than sectarianism for the Iraqi people and for what we want which is ISIL's lasting defeat. Is it difficult to achieve? Yes. Does it involve as an essential ingredient empowering the Sunnis and giving them the will to participate? Absolutely. Is Tikrit a good example of what we're trying to achieve? No. It wasn't. That's the whole point. That was a -- That was not an ordered operation under the exclusive control of the Iraqi government, uhm, and it did -- it had the kind of aftermath that exactly incentivizes us in trying to get Sunnis into the fight because if you put Shias into the Sunni fight, you know how that ends. That is not lasting, uh, defeat. So that's why we're trying to get the Sunnis into the fight. I think you are uh-uh-uh asking exactly the right question. I think it's more than hope. I think there's some prospect that we can do this. We're determined to do it. There are plenty of Iraqis that say that they will support that strategy and that, uhm, uh, we can make it succeed.
US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. I would just continue to urge the administration to -- to consider changing its policy on supporting this government in Baghdad. You mentioned sectarianism is the problem. I would argue that this government in Baghdad is further adding fuel to the fire of sectarianism by allowing these Shi'ite militias, by allowing this sectarianism persecution and oppression to continue which only allows further oxygen for ISIS to continue to exist and continue to grow in Sunni territories. Thank you.
That's Iraq War veteran and Democratic House Representative Tulsi Gabbard.
And she's making strong remarks.
She's noting that the current actions of the Iraqi government are "further adding fuel to the fire of sectarianism" and encouraging support for the Islamic State.
The exchange also made clear that Ash Carter doesn't understand what a political solution is.
Gabbard referred to US House Rep Beto O'Rourke's earlier remarks. O'Rourke is also a Democrat. He's also bothered by the plan or 'plan.'
And many would be bothered by it if the press would get honest about it.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
CRANKY CLINTON HAS A NEW CAMPAIGN STRATEGY:
“I’ve stood up to adversaries like [Russia President Vladimir] Putin and reinforced allies like Israel,” she said in her speech on Saturday at Roosevelt Island in New York City. “I was in the Situation Room on the day we got [Osama] bin Laden.”
YES, AMERICA, SHE'S RUNNING AS THE FOREST GUMP CANDIDATE -- ALWAYS WITH HER PULSE NEAR THE HEART OF POWER.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
"I would hope," US House Rep Adam Smith declared this morning, "that we would have learned over the course of the last 14 years of having a substantial presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan that the west showing up in the Muslim world and saying 'we're here solve your problems' isn't going to get it done."
He was speaking at the House Armed Services Committee hearing. Smith is the Ranking Member on the Committee, US House Rep Mac Thornberry is the Chair and today they were hearing testimony from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen Martin Dempsey (Chair of the Joint-Chiefs of Staff).
Thornberry had questions regarding US President Barack Obama's decision to send 450 more US troops into Iraq and to set them up at a base in Anbar Province.
This decision has had many vocal critics.
Such as Daniel Wagner (Huffington Post) who observed:
Mr. Obama apparently believes that being seen to be doing something is better than doing nothing, but he is wrong. The U.S. tried a war, installing a prime minister, and implementing a post-war counter-insurgency strategy. None of them worked for a reason: The Iraqi government is the wrong partner.
It took a long time for the U.S. to acknowledge that continuing to back Nouri al-Maliki for as long as it did was a big mistake, but by the time it did, it was really too late to salvage the situation. Iran is running the government and a feckless military. Trying to support the government or the military now is based on an alternate reality that 'could' have become true a dozen years ago, but bears little resemblance to the reality today. What will it take for the U.S. government to admit that what it is doing isn't working?
The editorial board of the Baltimore Sun pointed out Tuesday:, "Sending a few hundred troops merely gives the impression that he is taking action while really just kicking the can down the road for the next American president to contend with." From the May 21st snapshot:
And what's especially sad is he went on and on while campaigning for president (the first time) about how the answer wasn't to play "kick the can." He was, he insisted, someone who took action and made decisions.
But his Iraq action is nothing but kick the can.
Every day, you can picture him praying, "Just semi-hold together until January 2017, just semi-hold together until January 2017."
The whole point of his (minimum) three year action on Iraq that he started in mid 2014 was that he wouldn't be the one left holding the bag at the end.
So he grits his teeth and lies, "I don't think we're losing."
Aamer al-Qaisi (World Meets Us) observes:
There is nothing new in what the Americans have to say. On the tenth of June last year when Mosul fell, the Americans told us to expect a long war that could take three years. Only now - a year after Mosul's fall, it has become five years. We know nothing about the most recent projections of the American administration after it altered its strategy from merely encouraging the arming of various warring factions and the Peshmerga to now accepting the participation of the Popular Mobilization Forces [Shiite militias] in efforts to liberate occupied cities from Daesh!
Amid all the "creative chaos" of the American approach, we stand a year out from the fall of Mosul, four million people have fled, there is a waterfall of blood and the political cracks are deepening by the day – free gifts for Daesh, which it uses to extend its aggression and hatred toward everything human in this country ...
Posted By Worldmeets.US
The truth we must courageously face up to is that we are fighting Daesh without any kind of strategy – political or military. We are in fact in the heart of the chaos. Politically, our wonderful politicians continue to exchange insults and accusations while brandishing slogans of reconciliation, national unity and Iraqi brotherhood. That is all for internal consumption – and we're fed up with it. Militarily, we continue to lack united leadership and a military strategy that could serve as a compass for all those fighting Daesh. Our military victories lack purpose and depth in terms of returning displaced people to their homes and restoring social peace in liberated cities that have been destroyed by war!
Those are only a few of the critics of Barack's announcement last week.
The announcement was more of the same -- announcing to continue the same actions begun back in August of last year.
The actions have not produced any visible successes.
And when people note that reality, the White House responds that this is not something which can succeed overnight and that this is something which will require years.
That stalling tactic is used as an attempt to silence criticism and to shirk oversight.
Which is why this moment during the hearing is so important:
Chair Mac Thornberry: So what's the reasonable time period for us to check back and see whether this is working as we hope?
Secretary Ash Carter: I honestly think it's-it's reasonable for you to ask in-in weeks, uh, because, uh, I -- we're already getting an inflow of, uh, Sunni fighters. We'll put them through the training program. We have the capacity to do that.
That was one of two key moments in the hearing.
We'll note more of the hearing tomorrow but today we're focusing on the above and one other moment.
In the above exchange, Carter is stating clearly that in weeks, not years, it will be possible to render a judgment of success or failure.
A year ago, Barack told the world that the only answer to Iraq's crises was a political solution. He stressed a military solution was not going to solve the deeper problems.
And yet he's tasked the entire administration -- even the State Dept -- with working on the military aspect.
Why is that?
We offered that he was using the State Dept not just to get 'coalition' partners who could join in the air bombing campaign but also to get other countries to send in troops.
The Iraq War is not ending.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
TODAY COMPARISONS WERE MADE OF KING JOHN TO FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O.
THE COMPARISON DID NOT GO OVER WELL AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
STOMPING HIS FEET, BARRY O INSISTED HE WAS NOT A KING! "I AM YOUNG AND PRETTY AND A PRINCESS! I AM PRINCESS BARRY!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Last week, Barack Obama made some remarks that continue to haunt him. One person sounding off? Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Martin Matishak (The Hill) speaks with Gates:
“Just adding another few hundred troops doing more of the same I think is not likely to make much of a difference,” he said.
“We have to figure out what our strategy is. We should have had a strategy a year ago that took into account differences within the Iraqi government and the sectarian difference in the country and so on,” Gates added.
Gates is far from the only one concerned with Barack's more of the same passed off as 'strategy' or a 'plan.' The editorial board of the Baltimore Sun weighs in:
The chances that a few hundred more American advisers can turn the situation around are remote unless Iraqi leaders can get their act together and unify the country against ISIS. Until that happens, sending more U.S. troops only serves as window dressing for a continued U.S. withdrawal from the region.
After years of U.S. effort and billions of dollars spent training and equipping the Iraqi security forces, only to see them suffer a humiliating setback when Islamic State fighters captured the city of Ramadi last month, it's clear the U.S. strategy isn't working. Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition haven't stopped ISIS advances on the ground, and U.S. commanders openly admit that plans to retake the major Iraqi city of Mosul, which fell to the insurgents last summer, are now on hold indefinitely. There's no telling how long the current military stalemate will last, but ISIS clearly has the advantage.
[. . .]
We are first to admit that there is no easy solution here, but the American public is being ill served by any suggestion that what Mr. Obama is doing will make the slightest difference. Sending a few hundred troops merely gives the impression that he is taking action while really just kicking the can down the road for the next American president to contend with.
At Reuters, Peter Van Buren shares his take which includes:
This is likely only the beginning of Obama’s surge. General Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined the establishment of what he called “lily pads” — American base-lets scattered around the country. Of course, like Taqaddum, these lily pads will require hundreds more American military advisers to serve as flies, at risk of being snapped up by an Islamic State frog. Any attack on U.S. troops would require a response, a cycle that could draw the U.S. deeper into open conflict.
The new strategy also revises the role of American troops in Iraq. “Advise and assist” is the new “training.” While careful to say Americans would not engage in combat per se, signals suggest advice and assistance will be dispensed quite close to the front.
In sum: More troops, more bases, more forward-leaning roles, all operating at times against the will of a host government the United States appears to have lost patience with. The bright light of victory is years down a long tunnel.
We’ve seen this before. It was Vietnam.
Some details are different. The jumps from air power to trainers to advisors to combat troops took years in the Vietnam War. Obama has reached the advisor stage in just months. The Iranians fighting in Iraq do share a short-term goal with the United States in pushing back Islamic State, but like the Russians and Chinese in Vietnam, ultimately have an agenda in conflict with American policy.
Meanwhile, similarities scream. As in Vietnam, a series of U.S.-midwifed governments in Baghdad have failed to follow Washington’s orders; they have proceeded independently amid incompetence and corruption. Both wars are characterized as good versus evil (baby killers in Vietnam, jihadis chopping off heads with swords in Iraq); both were sold under questionable pretenses (humanitarian intervention in Iraq, reaction to an alleged but doubtful attack on U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964) and as part of a great global struggle (against communism, against Islamic extremism). Despite the stakes claimed, few allies, if any, join in. In each war, the titular national army — trained, advised and retrained at great cost — would not fight for its country. The host country is charged with ultimate responsibility for resolving its (American-created) problems, even as America assumes a greater role.
And on the ground in Iraq, the dying continues. Margaret Griffis (Antiwar.com) counts 275 violent deaths across Iraq today. 275 dead doesn't have the bright spin Brett McGurk likes to offer -- maybe the reason that the administration avoids talking about the dead unless it's the dead killed by US war planes dropping bombs from overhead -- at which point, it's talk of dead 'terrorists' while repeatedly ignoring that all the dead are not terrorists and that these bombs have killed a large number of civilians.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
INFAMOUS BAD TOUPEE WEARER DONALD TRUMP FLIPPED HIS WIG AND DECLARED TODAY THAT HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, "I'M RICH AND I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT."
"ME TOO!" INSISTED CRANKY CLINTON. "ME TOO! I'M RICH AND I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! I'M RICH TOO! . . . UH, EXCEPT WHEN I'M STRUGGLING. I KNOW ABOUT STRUGGLING. I AM THE MIDDLE CLASS!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
If only the insight of art translated easily into the action of activism and 'activism.'
Sometimes it seems
We'll touch that dream
But things come slow or not at all
And the ones on top, won't make it stop
So convinced that they might fall
Let's love ourselves and we can't fail
To make a better situation
Tomorrow, our seeds will grow
All we need is dedication
Let me tell ya that
-- "Everything Is Everything," written by Lauryn Hill and Johari Newton, first appears on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The peace movement in the US fell apart and as it allowed itself to become a cheerleader for then-candidate Barack Obama (and how's that working out?). Margaret Kimberley (Black Agenda Report) sees hope in the United National Antiwar Coalition. And certainly the Black Is Back Coalition has demonstrated a backbone and refused to stay silent and refused to lie.
This week's. Black Agenda Radio, hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey (first airs each Monday at 4:00 pm EST on the Progressive Radio Network), features Black Is Back Coalition Chair Omali Yeshitela offering some realities including on how his group never fell into the trap of promoting war -- not even Barack Obama's wars.
Omali Yehitela: We didn't claim to be fortunetellers or anything of the kind but we knew the nature of the social system that we were confronted with, that we were dealing with, and we know that the system wouldn't do us any favor by handing us some great guy who was going to represent the interests of Africans or the oppressed people of the world -- of that we were absolutely confident. And so we were able to look beyond the manifestation of wonderful, post-racial situation that was being offered up to us and to the people. And I think what was really critical about this and something that perhaps we need to talk about to some extent at our conference in August is that there is something wrong that there were so many people who called themselves leaders, groups, organizations, personalities who were dead wrong on this, who held up Obama for the people, who raised no criticism for the people and I loathe to think just how absolute this thing would have been for Obama and for imperalism had not the Black Is Back Coalition been on the scene up to now.
Glen Ford: And the Black Is Back coalition has taken note over these years about who those forces were, how they behaved and how they're pretending to have behaved now.
Omali Yeshitela: [Laughs] Indeed. And me and you were one of the key people doing that. I mean, you debated virtually everyone of those who had the courage to come out and publicly state support for impearlism through Obama. And subsequently over the last several months, as you just suggested, the position that people had at the moment, they've been morphing, and we're getting a certain kind of historical revisionism coming along that they really didn't support him all the way, they just kind of supported him from some of them. But there's even some die hards who, up to now, who are claiming that Obama is the best thing to happen to African people since white bread
A lot of liars have done a lot of damage.
They've wrecked the peace and social justice movement in the US and done it for partisan politics.
They're still around, these hacks and whores. CodeStink, for example, is pimping the military as the new peace movement -- when the reality is Barack and his administration are so war hungry that even the military brass are putting the brakes on them.
They're missing the point as always.
Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan (Washington Post) report, "As President Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military that has grown increasingly skeptical that force can prevail in a conflict fueled by political and religious grievances."
We noted that last night and CodeStink found it on Monday and saw it as proof that 'we are winning!' when the reality is that any thinking person reading the article would have grasped this was not about peace but about how big the war goals of Barack really are that even the military brass is balking.
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Sunday, June 14, 2015
BENGHAZI, CRANKY CLINTON JUST CAN'T ESCAPE IT.
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, CRANKY EXPLODED AND SNARLED, "CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT MY VICTORIES? HOW ABOUT 1992 WHEN I BEAT BARBARA BUSH IN A COOKIE BAKE OFF? WHY DOESN'T ANYONE EVER WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT? YES, I SCREWED UP LIBYA. BUT, HONESTLY, HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BETTER COOKIE THAN MY CLINTON'S CHIPS?"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Earlier this week, as Barack Obama again sent more US troops into Iraq, The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel offered this:
I knew when it went up because a friend at The Nation immediately called and said it had to be -- had to be -- included in a snapshot.
It was, the friend insisted, a statement.
I scoffed at the notion but said we'd note it at some point if there was time.
Today, we make time.
As weak as Katrina's Tweet ('statement') is, she now stands like a giant for what she Tweeted.
All things fake-ass eventually lead to Amy Goodman -- the Porter Goss of the '10s.
Thursday on the weak ass and fake ass Democracy Now!, Goody Whore was pimping war.
She brought on a ridiculous guest -- the Guardian's Shiv Malik -- because his revisionary faux history exempts Barack as a player and pins blame on all others.
So eager was she to wash Barack clean that she brought on a War Hawk and gave him time to insist, "Now, that doesn’t mean that America should simply carry on focusing on al-Qaeda and not regear its intelligence machine, its military machine towards ISIS. You know, if you were wondering what’s a greater threat, ISIS certainly is."
Most adults are able to grasp that Amy should have pushed back against this urge for warring.
And if you've seen Goody play Last Journalist Standing, you know damn well that she's always preaching that when a guest goes on Charlie Rose or wherever and expresses an opinion it's the host's job to push back against it -- especially if it's promoting war.
That was then.
If you're preaching war on her show, she'll let it slip on by, don't stop, slip on by . . .
With Goody pimping war, Katrina vanden Heuvel's weak Tweet (which couldn't call out Barack, only express horror at escalation) suddenly makes her come off like MLK brought back to life.
Judged against an ever shrinking baseline, Katrina manages to stand stall.
Not all the left once against the illegal war has turned to silence or weak stances. For example, Thomas Gaist (WSWS) is able to report honestly what's going on:
The Pentagon is preparing to develop a network of new US military bases in strategic areas of Iraq, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Thursday.
The new US garrisons will house further deployments of hundreds more US troops, beyond the deployment of an additional 450 US forces announced by the Obama administration on Wednesday.
The Pentagon aims to establish a chain of “lily pads, if you will, that allow us to continue to encourage the Iraqi security forces forward,” Dempsey said. US military planners are already looking at possible locations for bases in central Iraq, he added.
“We’re looking all the time at whether there might be additional sites necessary,” Dempsey said while speaking to reporters during a visit to Europe this week.
The US currently maintains a force of some 3,100 troops in Iraq, a figure set to increase to nearly 3,600 as a result of the new deployment announced Wednesday.
The US may eventually decide to go “all-in” with its intervention, State Department spokesman Admiral John Kirby said in statements earlier this week. Even in such a scenario, the war would likely continue for at least 3-5 more years, Kirby said.
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"THIS JUST IN! HE DID HAVE A BACKUP PLAN!"