WITH FORMER U.S. SENATOR AND ONE TIME DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION SEEKER JIM WEBB CRITICIZING HER HANDLING OF LIBYA
, CRANKY CLINTON STRUCK BACK IN COMMENTS TODAY TO THESE REPORTERS.
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"AS SOMEONE WHO ONCE TRIED TO ENLIST IN THE MARINES," CRANKY CLINTON TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "OR THE ARMY -- MAYBE IT WAS THE ARMY -- IT WAS THE SEVENTIES -- WHO REMEMBERS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? BUT AS SOMEONE WHO WAS ALMOST A VETERAN, I TAKE UMBRAGE AT PEOPLE LIKE JIM WEBB WHO HAVE NEVER SERVED DARING TO CRITIQUE MY FOREIGN POLICY STANDS."
REMINDED THAT, IN FACT, JIM WEBB HAD SERVED IN VIETNAM, CRANKY CLINTON ROLLED HER EYES.
"LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING," CRANKY SNARLED, EYES BLAZING, "IT'S PEOPLE LIKE JIM WEBB THAT LOST THAT WAR. IF I HAD SERVED IN VIETNAM, THAT COUNTRY WOULD BE A BARREN DESERT BY NOW AND THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD TREMBLE AT THE THOUGHT OF FURHER CLINTON!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE
Thursday, the Arab Leauge weighed in on a matter that's caused controversy
throughout this month: Turkish troops in Iraq. TODAY'S ZAYMAN brings
everyone up to speed:Earlier
in December Turkey sent a contingent of additional forces to bolster
its military presence in the Bashiqa camp near Mosul to train local
forces in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL). The move prompted a backlash in Iraq, sparking a diplomatic spat
between Ankara and Baghdad. Last week, the Iraqi government brought the
issue to the UN Security Council to demand the unconditional and full
withdrawal of Turkish troops.
At first, Ankara said it deployed
forces in coordination with the central government in Baghdad. The Iraqi
authorities said they had never invited such a force and it happened
without its approval and knowledge. To defuse tension, Ankara partially
withdrew its forces from the camp and re-stationed them further north in
the Kurdish region.
Unsatisfied with that, Baghdad pressed for the withdrawal of all Turkish troops, a demand yet to be met.
, "Turkey must withdraw immediately all its troops from
Iraq without any preconditions, a statement unanimously adopted by
members of the Arab League said Thursday." AFP notes
Turkish deployment "is an assault on Iraqi sovereignty and a threat to
Arab national security," they said in an Arab League statement after
meeting at the pan-Arab bloc's Cairo headquarters.
deputy chief Ahmed Ben Heli read out the statement at a press
conference, in which he added that the Turkish troops "increased tumult
in the region."
Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari reports SPUTNIK,
told the Arab League, "We are not threatening for now. But if our
security and integrity is continued to be threatened, I will use all
legal means to respond to the attack. Every option is on the table."
The issue had been raised most recently at the US State Dept's Monday briefing moderated by spokesperson John Kirby.
QUESTION: Iraq, John? On the situation in Bashiqa. Last Friday --
MR KIRBY: Yeah.
Last Friday, the President Obama made a phone call with Turkish
President Erdogan on this issue again. And according to the readout, the
U.S. side urged the Turkish side to withdraw all its forces from Iraq.
Do you have any update on this? Is – the withdrawal is achieved over the
weekend, according to your --
MR KIRBY: If what was achieved?
QUESTION: The withdrawal of the Turkish forces is achieved?
KIRBY: I don’t have an update on Turkish military movements. I think
you should – I would refer you to the Turkish Government for specifics
on that. What we have said is we’re encouraged by the dialogue between
the two countries, and we’ve seen the reports of Turkey’s intent to
withdraw. We welcome that, because the third point I’d say – we’ve
always made this clear – is that whatever military activity is going on
inside Iraq needs to be done with the approval of the sovereign Iraqi
Government. And so our view is we want this worked out bilaterally
between the two countries. We’re encouraged by the dialogue that they’ve
had and the progress they seem to have made. But I can’t give you a
up-to-date tick-tock on exactly where Turkish troops are right now. I
QUESTION: Yeah, but the Iraqis brought this issue to
UN Security Council also. It’s not anymore a bilateral issue. So as a
chairman of the council – I mean this month, U.S. – what is the U.S.
position on this issue? Is there any timeframe for the withdrawal, for
example, or I mean – because the Iraqis are – I mean, it’s said that –
Foreign Minister Jafari – they will carry on the process until the full
withdrawal is achieved.
MR KIRBY: I understand. And they have
every right to pursue their sovereign ends the way they believe they
need to pursue them. Our view is that we would prefer to see this worked
out bilaterally. It appears that that is what is happening, and we want
to see that continue.
QUESTION: No. If there will be no
withdrawal until a specific time, there will be a condemnation from the
council, for example? Any specific --
MR KIRBY: I’m not going to
speculate about an action the council hasn’t taken yet. And I don’t
speak for the UN. I know we’re the president, but I speak for the State
Department and for Secretary Kerry. Our view is we want this resolved
bilaterally. They continue to have discussions and talk through this,
and we think that’s the right approach. But as exactly where Turkish
troops are right now, you’d have to talk to the Turkish Government.
Yeah. Last one on this. One of the arguments that the Turks raised on
this issue: If the Turks will withdraw from the region, ISIL is – will
be replacing the Turkish forces in the region. Is it a reasonable
argument, do you think? I mean, can ISIS, for example, fulfill the gap
in the region after the withdrawal?
MR KIRBY: As I understand it
– and again, I’m not going to speak to Turkish military activities. But
as I understand it, it’s a training presence that they have there. And I
don’t know of any – of any training mission that ISIL’s taken on with
respect to forces in northern Iraq, so I don’t see how you can compare
the two. But again, you’d have to talk to Turkey about what they’re
doing with their troops and on what timeframe.
We continue to
want to see the sovereign integrity of Iraq respected and for military
activity inside Iraq to be done with the full approval of the Abadi
government, as ours is. And we want these two countries to work this out
between themselves. Again, they appear to be doing that and we’re
encouraged by that. Okay?
John Kirby lies on behalf of the State Dept -- there's no polite way to put it.
When Turkey began bombing northern Iraq (again) this year, Iraq's
government objected and the US State Dept -- and Kirby himself -- gave
Turkey a pass. They did more than that. Kirby went on record stating
Turkey had a right to bomb northern Iraq in order to 'protect' and
That was Turkey's "right," according to Kirby and the US State Dept but
Iraq does not appear to have the right to insist Turkish troops leave
Iraq -- not in the eyes of the State Dept.
This should not be a 'both sides' issue.
Does a nation-state have the right to demand foreign troops leave its territory or not?
If it does have that right -- and the history of law and treaties says
it does -- then the only answer is for the US government to support the
legal right of Iraq's government to demand that Turkish troops leave
This is not a gray area.
This is established law that's been in place for centuries.
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