DEADLOCKED IN OHIO, CRANKY CLINTON AND DULL DONALD ARE NECK IN NECK WHICH CAN ONLY BE SEEN AS A VICTORY OF THE MOMENT FOR DULL DONALD.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPERDELGATES PUT THEIR FAITH IN SOUR PUSS CRANKY CLINTON DESPITE HER PAST HISTORY AND WELL KNOWN DIVISIVE PERSONALITY AND THEY INSISTED SHE WAS A SURE THING.
OHIO, TRADITIONALLY A BATTLE GROUND STATE, BEGS TO DIFFER.
THINGS CAN CHANGE BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER BUT FOR NOW IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR DULL DONALD AND ALL THE OTHER BLOW HARDS IN AMERICA!
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with War Criminal Tony Blair, Nicole Stinson (DAILY STAR) reports:
The Iraq War Families Campaign Group launched an online appeal to the raise £50,000 to "bring to justice those responsible for the war and the deaths of our loved ones" earlier today.
In the less than a day they have managed to attract 1,428 backers.
They now have their sights on raising £150,000 to cover legal costs.
THE MIRROR adds, "It comes weeks after the Chilcot report tore into Mr Blair, other leading politicians and senior officials over their actions before, during and after the conflict, in which 179 British service personnel died." Adam Taylor (WASHINGTON POST) notes, "Blair came under renewed scrutiny after the release of the Chilcot inquiry. The report included evidence suggesting that he had misrepresented intelligence ahead of the war. In one memo from July 2002 before the war, Blair writes to President George W. Bush that 'I will be with you, whatever' -- which many took as implying that he would support the war, no matter the opposition."
But while those injured by Tony Blair have to crowd source to get money for legal bills, Robert Mendick and Ben Farmer (TELEGRAPH OF LONDON) explain, "Taxpayers will be obliged to pay all Tony Blair’s legal bills if he is sued by the families of soldiers killed in Iraq."
From thug to thug, Nouri al-Maliki.
Bully Boy Bush made Nouri prime minister in 2006. He was not a success. In 2010, Iraq held elections. Nouri lost. He then refused to step down and brought the country to a halt for eight months -- the political stalemate.
At the start of the stalemate, May 2010, Peter Kenyon (NPR's MORNING EDITION) spoke with Iraqis including Durgham Sabah:
"Why is that? Allawi got the most seats, and the constitution says he should form the government," Sabah says. "If Maliki had won, you can bet the government would have been formed in a hurry. What has Maliki done? Four years and we have no security, no jobs, no water, no electricity."
Two months later, still no prime minister and Marina Ottaway and Danial Kaysi (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) explaining:
Maliki has shown so far that he is determined to continue as prime minister. His insistence prevented the formation of a single Shi’i coalition before the election, leading to the emergence of Maliki’s own State of Law (SoL), which he dominates, and the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), which groups the other important Shi’i parties and personalities, including the Iraqi Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), the Sadrists, the Badr organization, and former Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari. Maliki’s insistence that he must remain prime minister has kept the new parliamentary Shi’i bloc, the National Coalition—which includes State of Law and the INA—from speaking with one voice. Instead, the parties in the INA are negotiating separately with Iraqiya and the Kurdish parties, and have even established their own diplomatic contacts with other countries in the region.
So how did he become prime minister for a second term?
Barack Obama gave it to Nouri.
He had the US broker a deal -- the Erbil Agreement -- a contract which went around the voters of Iraq and gave Nouri a second term in exchange for power sharing concessions Nouri agreed to.
It was a legal contract and all the parties, including Nouri al-Maliki, signed it.
November 10, 2010, The Erbil Agreement is signed. November 11, 2010, the Iraqi Parliament has their first real session in over eight months and finally declares a president, a Speaker of Parliament and Nouri as prime minister-designate -- all the things that were supposed to happen in April of 2010 but didn't.
March 7, 2010, Iraq concluded Parliamentary elections. The Guardian's editorial board noted in August 2010, "These elections were hailed prematurely by Mr Obama as a success, but everything that has happened since has surely doused that optimism in a cold shower of reality."
How right they were.
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