Friday, February 24, 2017

Those damn e-mails

Isn't that what Bernie Sanders foolishly called them.

Here's Sputnik today:

The Clinton email scandal erupted back in 2015 when it became publicly known that Hillary Clinton had used her private email server for official communications during her tenure as Secretary of State.
It turned out later that Hillary Clinton deleted about 33,000 emails by the time she handed over work-related correspondence from her private server to the US State Department in 2014. Predictably, it added more fuel to the fire and prompted the question why she decided to delete them.
There is a lot that the deleted emails could have told us, Jan R. Weinberg, founder of Show Up! America, believes.

They note that we still haven't seen all the e-mails (and that more were quietly dumped this month).

Hillary is an idiot.

And someone who can't be honest.

So she lied about the e-mails from day one.

And then got testy if her contradictions were pointed out.

And her cult acted like it was all okay.

None of it was.

It's on her.

As it should be.

She always creates her own mess.  And never goes away.

She's the house guest who won't take a hint.

Radar reports on Hillary:


RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that the disgraced politico secretly took cash from a New York-based weapon manufacturer – one who coincidentally secured a shady $418 million deal on the last day of the Obama Administration!
A world exclusive Radar investigation uncovered troubling links between Clinton and L3 Technologies, an arms manufacturer that recently won a megabucks deal to provide 14 warplanes to Kenya. Other high-ranking Democrats such as John Kerry, the late Ted Kennedy and his son Patrick were also implicated in the probe.



Oh, Hillary.


Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 
Friday, February 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, efforts to resell the war never end, US taxpayers spend $12.5 million a day dropping bombs on Iraq at the Iraqi government's request but Iraq takes its F-16 to Syria to drop bombs, and much more.




IMPORTANT PM ordered Iraqi Air Force to target positions inside & the first airstrike is successful.
 
 


Joint Operations announced that F-16 targeted in Albu Kamal inside territory & completely destroyed it HQ.
 
 
 


Joint Operations released a video of the airstrike that targeted in which was ordered by PM .
 
 




So Iraq's using one of the F-16s the US government wrongly (illegally) supplied to bomb Syria.

And how many billions have the US taxpayers footed for the bombing of Iraq from US war planes since August 2014?

Why is that happening?

If the Iraqi government has F-16s (and they wrongly and illegally do), why don't they do their own bombings?


The US taxpayer is on the hook for "$12.5 million a day on air operations against the Islamic State and has spent billions more training and equipping Iraqi security forces," according to Loveday Morris (WASHINGTON POST).


Tubby Hayder al-Abadi issued a statement moments ago.

It's 8 points.

The usual nonsense we'd expect.

The Iraqi forces are on the human side, for example.

Except of course when they're threatening or harming civilians.

He leaves that part out.

He does not that they bombed Syria and that they will continue to do so.

And he mentions the people of Mosul (seventh point).

Remember them?

The 750,000 civilians that may still be in Mosul?

Does he note the harm they have faced?

No.

He just calls on them to support the Iraqi forces.

Hayder forgot the people of Mousl?

Well that's what he's always done, right?

Mosul was seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.  By August of that year, Hayder was transitioning into the role of prime minister.

But he would wait until mid-October of 2016 -- over two years later -- to attempt to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul.

130 days later, The Mosul Slog continues.

Jordan Shilton (WSWS) reports:


An estimated 750,000 civilians remain in the west side of the city and the offensive by Iraqi forces will prove deadly for many. Other urban centers recaptured from ISIS over the past two years, including Ramadi, were virtually destroyed in the process.
The streets in the ISIS-held part of the city are narrower and virtually all routes for escape have been closed off. Bridges linking the east and west sides of Mosul across the Tigris River were destroyed by air strikes, and Shiite and Kurdish militias have surrounded the city to the north and west.
According to the United Nations, more than half of all casualties thus far in the battle for Mosul have been civilians. At least 1,096 civilians have died and a further 694 have been injured since the government’s offensive was launched last October.
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that “available food and fuel supplies continue to dwindle, with residents resorting to burning furniture and rubbish to keep warm. Food and fuel supplies are dwindling, markets and shops have closed, running water is scarce and electricity in many neighborhoods is either intermittent or cut off.”
It added that spaces at refugee camps could provide shelter to only 60,000 civilians.


The people of Mosul.

The supposed reason for the operation.

Completely forgotten by the corporate press.

Well maybe that's not fair.

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin and Susannah George (AP) remember the civilians . . .

in paragraph thirteen.

12 paragraphs have to take place before the supposed reason for the operation can even be mentioned.

AP clearly has other priorities.


Day 130 and CNN's Ben Wedeman sells war with lies -- the operation isn't 48 hours old.

Sorry, Ben, your lies are as offensive as your looks.

As he lies to reset the clock, he also leaves out the reason for the alleged 'success' of the last few days:  US troops, Australian troops and Canadian troops.

It's not the Iraqi forces.

It's the foreign troops.

Quit lying.

Yes, the operation is moving quicker in the last days.

That's not because of the Iraqi forces.

It's because 'trainers' and 'advisers' are now officially in combat.

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko (AP) note:


In the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul, the United States has adjusted its rules of engagement as American and other international troops are now closer to front-line fighting than before.

During the push to take Mosul International Airport on Thursday, American and European advisers were embedded with forward Iraqi rapid response and special forces units.



If it were left to the Iraqi forces, The Mosul Slog might last a full year.


Let's note a stupid Tweet.


Hey Trump, do you even realise this? Nah, too complicated for you.
 
 


The Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State -- some of these forces are committing War Crimes -- aren't trying to come to the US.

How stupid are you?

More to the point, they don't like the US.

Even excluding the Shi'ite militias loyal to the government in Tehran, they don't care for the US.

Not a crime, they don't have to.

But let's grasp as more billions are poured into Iraq that the US State Dept said they'd oversee training of Iraqi forces.

Did we all forget that?

In October 2011, the US mission was transferred to the State Dept in anticipation of the military drawdown at the end of that year.


And the State Dept was given millions of taxpayer dollars for this.

And millions were spent on a Baghdad training facility.

What happened there?

Before the drawdown even took place, the Iraqi government had declared they didn't want US training.

Did the whole world forget that?

Then in 2014, it's train me, train me, train me.

Get real.

Even the Hillary Clinton supporters should agree with this because Hillary held onto that money at State for months hoping the Iraqi government would change its mind.

They did not while she was Secretary of State.

The Iraqi military that the stupid Tweet (and its stupid owner) support is the same one that 'followed orders' after the bulk of US troops left Iraq in December and patrolled and circled (with tanks) the homes of Sunni politicians.  They're the same military that invaded the home of a Sunni member of Parliament at dawn and killed people in the raid -- including the MP's brother.

They're the same ones who 'followed orders' and 'disappeared' thousands of Sunni civilians.

Herr Trump can hump the legs of the Iraqi military but there's no reason for any sane person to be impressed by them.

They attacked Sahwa, they attacked the Peshmerga.

And if and when the Islamic State is gone (or at least a minor threat), they'll go back to attacking other Iraqi military.

For now, they keep their teeth sharp by attacking Iraqi civilians in 'liberated' areas.


Yes, they get good press.

When whores like Ben Wedeman are embedded with them, something happens.  Sexual lust?

Probably.

As well as the whole Patty Hearst hostage experience.

They're not journalists when they're embedded.

They're controlled whores.

Ben Wedeman needs to free his inner Tania.

And the western press needs to stop serving sop to whatever consumers they have left.


Loveday Morris' recent report for THE WASHINGTON POST offered more reality than Ben could fit into three hours of his embed 'reporting.'  Morris:

In an open letter to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a Facebook page called Mosul Eye, which has chronicled life in the city under the Islamic State, warned that abuses by some parts of the security forces were creating humiliation for the local population, while "huge corruption" meant that Islamic State members were going free.


And protesters gear up in Baghdad.


Roads leading to Tahrir Square are closed again today in preparation for another protest.
 
 




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    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Ginsberg needs to shut up

    BBC notes that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is getting chatty with the press again.

    She needs to shut up.

    From the article:

    Asked what most concerns her about the current climate she said, in an apparent reference to longstanding congressional gridlock: "Our legislature - which is the first branch of government - is right now not working."
    Justice Ginsburg was careful to avoid commenting directly on Donald Trump's presidency directly.
    Before the election, in July 2016, Justice Ginsburg criticised Donald Trump - calling him "a faker". She later said she regretted making the comments.

    There's so much stupidity these days.

    David Walsh (WSWS) documents some stupidity:

    In the panel discussion portion of the program, Maher argued that “our country’s hanging by a thread” and that Trump was guilty of “the crime of treason, the crime is colluding with Russia to fix an American election.”
    One of his guests, Malcolm Nance, who described himself as having formerly worked for US Naval Intelligence and the NSA, as well as having been “loaned to other people” (presumably, the CIA), claimed that the 2016 was “the first time that a president was elected with the assistance of a foreign intelligence agency [i.e., Russia’s].” Nance did not provide the slightest evidence for his allegation, and, indeed, some time later, Maher was obliged to admit, “We don’t have the proof of that” [Russian involvement], but that did not prevent either man from making the wildest statements.
    Maher went on to suggest that “the [US] intelligence agencies are crying out, ‘We don’t want to do a coup …’” In the most startling part of his comments, Maher argued that President John F. Kennedy had been killed in 1963 by US intelligence, or at least “that was one theory,” because of his philandering. He was having sex with “East German spies and mafia couriers” and the intelligence outfits “couldn’t trust him … [They said to themselves] ‘He is too much of a danger to America.’”
    Maher must rank as one of the first “progressives” to put a positive spin on the alleged CIA involvement in Kennedy’s assassination!


    Amen.

    How stupid have we become that we would start applauding the CIA and seeing them as a good thing?

    Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

     
    Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the western press continues to lionize (via coverage) an apparent suicide bomber while ignoring the death of a US servicemember in Iraq, The Mosul Slog continues, and much more.


    Two foreign deaths this week in Iraq.  A Brit apparently blows himself intentionally and am American dies serving.

    Which one did western media glom on?

    Which one do you think?

    Link to headline article



    A strong response from War Criminal Tony Blair?

    As we noted yesterday, the British suspect was (a) released from Guantanamo at the urging of the British government and (b) apparently handed one million dollars from the British government.  And Tony's objection?

    That press reports are blaming him for both when the million dollars took place after he was out of office.

    Again, of the two issues, begging for the release of a prison who allegedly went on to kill himself and others?  That's the one you really don't want to be attached to.

    But Tony's always been an idiot.

    It's why he gets out of bed each morning, forever convinced that this will be the lucky day the world develops amnesia and forgets his War Crimes.


    From the death they can't stop talking about to the one that's barely getting attention . . .





    "Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne" died serving in Iraq.  The death was announced Tuesday.

    Ware selectmen held a moment of silence to honor Army Pfc. Brian Odiorne, who died in Iraq.
     
     




    Jim Russell (MASS LIVE) reports:

    Selectmen requested a moment of silence prior to the start of Tuesday night's meeting to honor a soldier and town resident, Army Pfc. Brian Odiorne, who died the previous day while serving in Iraq.
    The more than two dozen attending the meeting stood in silence with selectmen.


     Tiffany Chan (WWLP) offers, "Massachusetts Veterans Services Secretary Francisco Urena told 22News at a State House military event, that Odiorne’s loss is especially tough, since he was just 21 years old." The young man is remembered by many.  Antonio Planas (BOSTON HERALD) includes this:

    “He was a very kind and loving soul that always put others first. If you were in need, he’d stay and help even if he just met you. He loved being a peacekeeper, and me and his other brother will miss him more than anything,” Kyle North told the Herald in Facebook messages. “He was my hero. ... Men like him are so rare.”


    David McKay (WWLP) notes:

    Odiorne was well known throughout the area. He was a machine shop student at Pathfinder Regional High School, and he was also on the football team. He graduated in 2014. Whether it be in the hallways at school or out on the football field, he was known as a people pleaser.
    Coach Chris Pope said, “He was just “OD” that was his name, I probably didn’t know his name was Brian in four years of knowing him. Everybody liked him…I’m sorry to his family, it’s a real loss.”

    McKay also explains, "If you would like to make a donation to the Pathfinder Booster Club in honor of Odiorne, you can send it to Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School at 240 Sykes Street, Palmer, MA 01069, c/o Booster Club."


    CNN notes the state's Governor Charlie Baker declared Wednesday that he had spoken with the family,  "I said to them, I’m not calling you as a public official, I’m not calling you as your governor, I’m calling you as a dad to speak to how sorry and sad I am that your son, who committed to serve this country, isn’t coming back."








    Day 129 of The Mosul Slog and some are trying to sell it as success.

    I guess if US troops openly in combat in Iraq qualifies as wonderful to you, then it's a success.

    CBS and AP report, "Iraqi federal police pushed their way into the perimeter of Mosul International Airport on Thursday, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants hunkered down in several airport buildings, police officials said."  BBC emphasizes, "Foreign troops from the US-led coalition were with the attacking troops, officials told AP, without specifying their nationality."


    Sara Hussein and Jean-Marc Mojon (AFP) report:

    Senior US officials this week estimated there were only 2,000 IS fighters defending west Mosul, suggesting the jihadist group had suffered heavy losses in the first four months of the operation.
    The US-led coalition, which has provided intensive air support as well as advisers on the ground, said before the Mosul offensive began that 5,000 to 7,000 jihadists were in the city.
    AFP reporters saw US forces moving into Al-Buseif on Wednesday in convoys of large military vehicles.
    A coalition spokesman acknowledged later that US forces had been shot at and returned fire in the battle for Mosul.
    "They have come under fire at different times, they have returned fire at different times, in and around Mosul," Colonel John Dorrian said, declining however to confirm if any US troops had been wounded.



    So it's a success.

    The Mosul Airport has been seized apparently.

    It's an end to all those ISIS direct flights to Miami!!!!

    The 750,000 people in western Mosul?

    The airport seizure means nothing for them.

    But the operation has little concern for civilians since day one.

    And as Loveday Morris (WASHINGTON POST) notes, while everyone's watching Mosul, the Islamic State appears to be re-entering old territories.


    US troops are in combat in Iraq and no one's pretending otherwise at last.  Richard Sisk (MILITARY TIMES) offers up new possibilities:

    U.S. troop increases in Syria and Iraq could be part of the plan for speeding up the campaign against ISIS that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will present to the White House next week, military officials said Wednesday.
    Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Mideast, "It could be that we take on a larger burden ourselves" in supporting a combined Syrian Arab and Syrian Kurdish force closing on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. "That's an option."


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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Cowardly Michael Moore

    It is so past time for Michael Moore to go away.

    , a clown celebrity who advocated for and to be Prez, wants to lead the . OK



    Judging by the way he looks lately, he should be spending his golden years shopping for oversized mumus.

    Michael Moore disgraced himself when he got on his knees and begged Ralph Nader not to run.

    But that's how cowards like Moore think.

    The problem is always something other than the Democratic Party.


    And we're supposed to forgive them each November election.

    We're supposed to go along with them no matter what.

    Maybe that's how cowards like Moore roll.

    I don't roll that way.

    They want my vote?

    They could have had it if they'd run Bernie Sanders.

    But I will not support a war hawk like Hillary.

    To be clear, I was supporting her in 2008. 

    Giving her the benefit of the doubt on Iraq.

    But then she became Secretary of State and was still screaming for war no matter what happened.

    She's a war monger.

    And when they chose her, the Democratic Party ensured that a lot of us would not vote for the ticket.

    She is the problem.

    When Michael Moore can tell those truths, he might be a little less of a coward. 

    A little less.
    Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

     
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the western media covers one death while largely ignoring another, and much more.


    Another US death in Iraq.  Yesterday, it was announced that "Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne" died in Iraq.


              
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    DATE: February 21, 2017 12:13:25 PM CST

    Death of a Fort Hood Soldier

    Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne

    Pfc. Brian P. Odiorne
    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense announced Feb. 21 the death of a Fort Hood Soldier who died Feb. 20, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
    Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne, 21, whose home of record is listed as Ware, Massachusetts, entered active-duty military service in October 2015 as a cannon crewmember.
    He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since May 2016.
    Odiorne's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Medal. He will be posthumously awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon.
    Circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
    No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigative process.



    For more information contact:
    Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
    (254) 287-9993
    (254) 287-0106
    1001 761st Tank Battalion Ave
    Suite W105
    Fort Hood, TX 76544
    usarmy.hood.imcom-central.list.pao-mr@mail.mil



    Betty observed:



    It's "under investigation."

    Which usually means, "Let's stall until the press loses interest."

    Reality: The press lost interest long ago.

    Another American who should have been somewhere else, not being used to continue the never-ending Iraq War -- a war that his 14 years next month.

    14 years.

    And Barack swore he would end it.

    Liar.

    He's a War Criminal and so is Bully Boy Bush.



    Mike Glenn (HOUSTON CHRONICLE) notes, "Odiorne was originally from Ware, Mass. - about 80 miles west of Boston. He joined the Army in October 2015 and had been at Ford Hood since May 2016."  Anthony Fay and Hayley Crombleholme (WWLP) report, "Since May, Odiorone had been assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. He entered active-duty service as a cannon crewmember in 2015."




    Honoring PFC Brian P Odiorne, died Feb 20, 2017 in Iraq. Honor him so he is not forgotten.





    Brandon Gray (KCEN) reports on the passing, Samara Abramson (WESTERN MASS NEWS) speaks with those who knes Odiorne:

    Odiorne's loved ones said that he stayed in touch with them even when he was busy.
    "Even if we didn't get to talk until the next day, we'll make sure that we at least keep in touch, like 'Hey, I'm okay, I'm letting you know I'm safe'," [Kelsie] Delisle added.
    Delisle spoke to Odiorne on the phone every night, including Sunday - the night before he died.
    "We'd always tell each other every night, when we hung up, that we missed each other and we loved each other and I'll talk to you tomorrow," Delisle explained.
    That's what they told each other Sunday night, but Delisle found out about her close friend's death Monday morning after reading a post on Facebook.
    "I don't know what to do and I have not stopped crying since then because it feels like I lost a part of me," Delisle said.

    Patrick Johnson (MASS LIVE) notes rememberances of Brian Odiorone on social media including this from Brianna Woodman:


    I can't believe what I'm hearing... I had just received a message from you the other day asking to check up on your grandmother for you every now and then since you can't always talk to her. I promise I will visit her. This is just so surreal. You were such a kind, gentle, caring person who's heart was as big as your smile. Thank you for serving our country, RIP Brian Odiorne, you'll be missed and never forgotten.


    And he notes  Molly Przybyla:

    I lost the most incredible man I have ever met. Brian made me who I am today, he broke me out of my shell, and helped me be more confident and out going and I didn't get the chance to tell him that he is the love of my love, the one I was supposed to end up with. We were supposed to get back together but at least I know how he felt about me, told me he never stoped loving me, and I told him I loved him too. I will never forget him, I will always hold him in my heart forever... and noone can ever replace that he's my soul mate and his family will always be my family. I am so sorry, you guys always where there for me and I love you guys and I love you 




    That's about all from the western press.

    They are noting another death, however.


    Reports: ISIS suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee via


    British Militant Carried Out Suicide Attack in Iraq, ISIS Says






    AP notes, "British news media say a suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release."  Guy Faulconbridge and Ali Abdelaty (REUTERS) report:

    Islamic State militants said Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a British citizen who was originally known as Ronald Fiddler and then cast himself as Jamal Udeen al-Harith, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base southwest of Mosul this week.
    The militants also published a photograph of the smiling bomber surrounded by wires in the seat of what appeared to be the car in which he blew himself up.

    The Islamic State statements could not be independently verified by Reuters but three Western security sources said it was highly likely that Britani was the bomber and now dead.


    Jane Onyanga-Omara (USA TODAY) adds, "Harith, 50, traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in 2014, raising fears that the money given to him had been passed on to ISIS. He was known to fellow militants as Abu-Zakariya al-Britani."  That same report notes that War Criminal Tony Blair is offended by these reports.

    He insists that the government he led did not pay the man one million dollars . . . Blair only secured the man's release in 2004.

    Really?

    Of the two, I think I'd go with the payment.  Would you rather be known as the one who demanded the release of a killer or the one who paid him compensation?

    Tony Blair's never been smart -- few petty criminals are.

    Day 128 of The Mosul Slog.

    Maybe Tony Blair can take pride in that too?


    The World Health Organization notes:


    • 1.2 -1.5 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED
    • 152,448 # DISPLACED FROM MOSUL
    • 2.7 MILLION PEOPLE IN NEED OF HEALTH SERVICES
    • 462,922 PEOPLE REACHED
    • 3,972 # INJURED



    And to think, Iraq's prime minister Hayder al-Abadi had over two years to plan this operation.



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