Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jeremiah Wright could have told him

They spent 8 years lying.


Jeffrey St. Clair Retweeted Emmett Macfarlane
Obama is desperate to wipe his DNA off a policy that originated in his administration.
Jeffrey St. Clair added,

Too bad, Barack.

As your preacher Jeremiah Wright often said, "the chickens are coming home to roost."

Have you heard people complaining about the rise in their insurance premiums?

That's all I'm hearing right now.

ObamaCare -- the nightmare.

And Barack needs to shut up.

He isn't president.

He's a private citizen and he needs to shut up.

All of the policies people are suddenly disgusted with they were fine with when Barack was in the White House.

Isn't it disgusting?

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017.  The daily outrage is necessary to fill so many empty lives, as we shall see below.

Let's talk about what's happened.

And let's call a group The Debra Messings because that instantly conveys insanity.

So you move into a neighborhood.  You paint your house, you move all your belongings in.

Then The Debra Messings see your things.

Well, they tell themselves, you seem okay there but you'd be much better there with a few changes.

So they break into your home and put things the way they'd have them.

And in the process, they destroy your home.

Although it's crumbling now and falling apart, suddenly they notice someone has moved in next to you and they're off to 'renovate' that home as well.

That's America.

That's what we've done.

We never dealt with the Iraq War.

It was a war based on lies and none of the liars faced charges -- let alone a Congressional investigation.

After the November 2008 election, we allowed the US media to 'retreat' or 'surrender.'

They began decamping from Iraq.

Before Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve of 2008 aired, ABC NEWS had already announced that they'd be rebroadcasting BBC NEWS clips to cover any developments in Iraq.

And the American people were okay with that.

Denial was the hallmark of Barack Obama's two terms as president.

And for all the talk on the left (my side) about accountability, there was none.

Not just no accountability for the leaders who were misleaders by voting for the illegal war or lying about it or any host of crimes.

But there was no accountability for what we, as a country, did to Iraq.

Every now and then Iraq Veterans Against the War would offer the crackpot idea that we should give money to the Iraqi government.

The government that persecutes the Iraqi people?  The government of exiles that came to power because of the illegal war?

That passed for 'paying attention' to Iraq.

And busybodies, The Debra Messings, can't feel good about themselves.

They're useless and their lives are meaningless.

Which is how you get the non-stop cry for war on Syria.

It's as though a new project will keep them busy.

In Iraq, the US fights the Islamic State and al Qaeda and in Syria?

It arms them.

But no one's supposed to be logical.

When this two-faced position leads to charges from the Arab world that we're funding and/or creating the terrorist menace, we tend to recoil with a how-dare-they look.

But what else should they assume?

We destroyed Iraq and then ignored it.

While still feeling we were the ones to save Syria.

President Donald Trump has put immigration on hold for seven countries while the regulations are re-examined.  Two of the countries are Syria and Iraq.

And this has resulted in a lot of crazy being let loose.

Interviewer: In 2011 President Obama banned people from Iraq—did that not concern you? Protester: No because I loved President Obama.


Well how sweet for you.

The Cult of St. Barack drank the Kool-Aid but Jim Jones didn't dose it so they're still with us.

Passing themselves off as concerned and informed -- though, like most cult members, what they're concerned with and what they're informed about is highly questionable.

Yesterday I sat down with Jake Tapper to discuss my trip to Syria. View the full interview here:

We should not ban refugees from our country. But we must address the root cause that is making people flee their homes— regime-change wars.

The people fleeing don’t want to live in a refugee camp - they would rather be in their homes, in their own country.

This is why we must end the counterproductive regime-change war in Syria that is causing tremendous suffering & death.

And we'll note this:

Veterans For Peace, a 140 chapter global organization that works to educate the causes and enormous costs and consequences of wars, this week endorsed the bipartisan Stop Arming Terrorists Act (U.S. House Resolution 608) that was recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2).
If passed in Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, the act would making it illegal for federal government funds to be used to provide certain types of assistance to groups identified as terrorists or those identified as working with terrorists, including other nations. The act defines assistance as weapons, munitions, weapons platforms, intelligence, logistics, training and cash.

“As veterans we took an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States,” said Barry Ladendorf, president of Veterans For Peace. “The threat to the Constitution comes not from Russia, China or ISIL but from within the walls of Washington D.C. where the Congress and the Executive branch have enmeshed the country in ongoing unnecessary, illegal and unconstitutional wars.”
Gabbard, who is a major in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard, also served in Iraq as a military police officer. She currently serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees in Congress.

“Those who have seen and experienced war firsthand share a unique appreciation for the need for peace,” Gabbard said. “From Iraq to Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has and continues to wage wars of regime change, each resulting in unimaginable suffering, devastating loss of life, and the strengthening of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. I am grateful to have the support of Veterans for Peace for the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, and for their work to prevent the United States from continuing to pursue counterproductive, interventionist wars.”

Tulsi Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act is an important bill.

Maybe we could see some rallies for it?

As for what's going on right now, I wonder what people thought immigration was before this month?

They apparently have never heard the horror stories of the hoops that must be jumped through over and over just to go through the process as it already existed.

Donald is now president.  He has paused immigration from seven countries for a review period of the existing guidelines.

But it's being treated as though immigration is no more.

People need to calm the hell down.

“Now our family in the U.S. can’t even come to visit us, nor can we visit them"

90 days is the review period.

I think you can go 90 days without seeing family that are oceans apart.

I believe many Americans have had to go much longer.

If it bothers you that much, you can always go back to Iraq permanently.

And maybe you should do so if a temporary pause is going to cause you so much grief.

It is not as though you're in West Berlin and you're relatives have been relegated to East Berlin before the fall of the wall.

Calm down.

Iraqi Parliament Bans American Citizens’ Entry for 90 Days

It is so very good to know that the Iraqi Parliament can still pass something.

Took them forever to pass yearly budgets, for example, but it's good to know that they can come together -- in the face of a common enemy -- and do something.

America, of course, being the common enemy.

Even though it's the only thing that's kept the puppet governments in place in Iraq for the last years.

Bethan McKernan (INDEPENDENT) warns that this ban means that Lukman Faily is banned.

Now that's a loss.

Without him Tweeting insults at Sunnis from the Iraqi embassy in DC, who will fill the void?

Faily's actions -- not just his Tweets -- went against the Iraqi Constitution repeatedly.

However, we're the only ones who covered Faily regularly.

Now THE INDEPENDENT is interested in what he says.

How sweet.

In other obsessions passed off as news . . .

Donald Trump has had a fixation on Iraq’s oil—and America’s right to seize it—for at least six years.

But Donald Trump can't seize it.

A point no one seems to get.

It's already been taken by the corporations that want it and Iraq will be held in check (enslaved) forever thanks to the deals with the IMF and the World Bank.

Deals that Antonia Useless ignored but deals Grand Ayatolloah Ali al-Sistani warned against.



This says it all:

The very same media outlets and blue-state virtue-signalers who are howling about the “cruelty” of Trump’s rejection of Syrian refugees have been telling us for years that we haven’t been aiding the Syrian rebels enough, and that the US must intervene more strenuously in that country’s civil war. Do these people not realize that our policy caused the refugee exodus?

That's Justin Raimondo (Antiwar.com).

In Syria, we have armed al Qaeda and the Islamic State in our bid to defeat Bashar al-Assad.

That's why we are a joke in the Middle East.

In Iraq, we fight against these groups.

But in Syria, we arm and aid these same groups.

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

Monday, January 30, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the rewriting of history and selective outrage continues, the prime minister of Canada has issued a Tweet that supporters of war resisters should demand he follow, and much more.

BREAKING: Lawmakers: Iraq parliament approves 'reciprocity measure' after Trump's travel ban, to apply for Americans entering Iraq.

Iraq: Iraqi parliament voted to ban US citizen's visa

Great, these are the folks that are fighting ISIS -Iraq parliament approves 'reciprocity' to U.S. ban via

They are the ones that are fighting the Islamic State.


And they are some of the ones who are fighting Iraqis.

And have been fighting them.

As any real observer of Iraq knows, the Islamic State (why then-President Barack Obama called them "junior varsity") took root in Iraq because of conditions created by the government of then-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

It is why Barack had to insist that Nouri not get a third term (this after Barack threw out the votes of the Iraqis in 2010 and gave Nouri a second term via The Erbil Agreement).

Because so many tuned out on reality once Barack was sworn in as US president in January of 2009, let's yet again note Kevin Sylvester's This Sunday Edition (CBC) from August 23, 2015, which featured Emma Sky discussing Iraq and her book  The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.  Excerpt of the discussion about the 2010 national election:

Emma Sky: And that national election was a very closely contested election. Iraqis of all persuasions and stripes went out to participate in that election.  They'd become convinced that politics was the way forward, that they could achieve what they wanted through politics and not violence.  To people who had previously been insurgents, people who'd not voted before turned out in large numbers to vote in that election.  And during that election, the incumbent, Nouri al-Maliki, lost by 2 seats.  And the bloc that won was a bloc called Iraqiya led by Ayad Allawi which campaigned on "NO" to sectarianism, really trying to move beyond this horrible sectarian fighting -- an Iraq for Iraqis and no sectarianism.  And that message had attracted most of the Sunnis, a lot of the secular Shia and minority groups as well.

Kevin Sylvester:  People who felt they'd been shut out during Maliki's regime basically -- or his governance.

Emma Sky:  Yes, people that felt, you know, that they wanted to be part of the country called Iraq not -- they wanted to be this, they wanted Iraq to be the focus and not sect or ethnicity to be the focus.  And Maliki refused to accept the results.  He just said, "It is not right."  He wanted a recount.  He tried to use de-Ba'athification to eliminate or disqualify some Iraqiya members and take away the votes that they had gained.  And he just sat in his seat and sat in his seat.  And it became a real sort of internal disagreement within the US system about what to do?  So my boss, Gen [Ray] Odierno, was adamant that the US should uphold the Constitutional process, protect the political process, allow the winning group to have first go at trying to form the government for thirty days.  And he didn't think Allawi would be able to do it with himself as prime minister but he thought if you start the process they could reach agreement between Allawi and Maliki or a third candidate might appear who could become the new prime minister. So that was his recommendation.

Kevin Sylvester:   Well he even calls [US Vice President Joe] Biden -- Biden seems to suggest that that's what the administration will support and then they do a complete switch around.  What happened?

Emma Sky:  Well the ambassador at the time was a guy who hadn't got experience of the region, he was new in Iraq and didn't really want to be there.  He didn't have the same feel for the country as the general who'd been there for year after year after year.

Kevin Sylvester:  Chris Hill.

Emma Sky:  And he had, for him, you know 'Iraq needs a Shia strongman. Maliki's our man.  Maliki's our friend.  Maliki will give us a follow on security agreement to keep troops in country.'  So it looks as if Biden's listening to these two recommendations and that at the end Biden went along with the Ambassador's recommendation.  And the problem -- well a number of problems -- but nobody wanted Maliki.  People were very fearful that he was becoming a dictator, that he was sectarian, that he was divisive. And the elites had tried to remove him through votes of no confidence in previous years and the US had stepped in each time and said, "Look, this is not the time, do it through a national election."  So they had a national election, Maliki lost and they were really convinced they'd be able to get rid of him.  So when Biden made clear that the US position was to keep Maliki as prime minister, this caused a huge upset with Iraqiya.  They began to fear that America was plotting with Iran in secret agreement.  So they moved further and further and further away from being able to reach a compromise with Maliki.  And no matter how much pressure the Americans put on Iraqiya, they weren't going to agree to Maliki as prime minister and provided this opening to Iran because Iran's influence was way low at this stage because America -- America was credited with ending the civil war through the 'surge.'  But Iran sensed an opportunity and the Iranians pressured Moqtada al-Sadr -- and they pressured him and pressured him.  And he hated Maliki but they put so much pressure on to agree to a second Maliki term and the price for that was all American troops out of the country by the end of 2011.  So during this period, Americans got outplayed by Iran and Maliki moved very much over to the Iranian camp because they'd guaranteed his second term.

Kevin Sylvester:  Should-should the Obama administration been paying more attention?  Should they have -- You know, you talk about Chris Hill, the ambassador you mentioned, seemed more -- at one point, you describe him being more interested in putting green lawn turf down on the Embassy in order to play la crosse or something.  This is a guy you definitely paint as not having his head in Iraq.  How much of what has happened since then is at the fault of the Obama administration?  Hillary Clinton who put Chris Hill in place? [For the record, Barack Obama nominated Chris Hill for the post -- and the Senate confirmed it -- not Hillary.]  How much of what happens -- has happened since -- is at their feet?

Emma Sky:  Well, you know, I think they have to take some responsibility for this because of this mistake made in 2010.  And Hillary Clinton wasn't very much involved in Iraq.  She did appoint the ambassador but she wasn't involved in Iraq because President Obama had designated Biden to be his point-man on Iraq and Biden really didn't have the instinct for Iraq. He very much believed in ancient hatreds, it's in your blood, you just grow up hating each other and you think if there was anybody who would have actually understood Iraq it would have been Obama himself.  You know, he understands identity more than many people.  He understands multiple identities and how identities can change.  He understands the potential of people to change. So he's got quite a different world view from somebody like Joe Biden who's always, you know, "My grandfather was Irish and hated the British.  That's how things are."  So it is unfortunate that when the American public had enough of this war, they wanted to end the war.  For me, it wasn't so much about the troops leaving, it was the politics -- the poisonous politics.  And keeping Maliki in power when his poisonous politics were already evident was, for me, the huge mistake the Obama administration made. Because what Maliki did in his second term was to go after his rivals.  He was determined he was never going to lose an election again.  So he accused leading Sunni politicians of terrorism and pushed them out of the political process.  He reneged on his promises that he'd made to the tribal leaders who had fought against al Qaeda in Iraq during the surge. [She's referring to Sahwa, also known as Sons of Iraq and Daughters of Iraq and as Awakenings.]  He didn't pay them.  He subverted the judiciary.  And just ended up causing these mass Sunni protests that created the environment that the Islamic State could rear its ugly head and say, "Hey!"  And sadly -- and tragically, many Sunnis thought, "Maybe the Islamic State is better than Maliki."  And you've got to be pretty bad for people to think the Islamic State's better. 

That's the reality so many missed out on.

That's the part of the puzzle they lack as they try to whine, "It sprung from Bully Boy Bush going to war on Iraq!!!"


The Islamic State and al Qaeda in Mesopotamia are not the same thing.  They have similar goals and can work together or can be at war with one another.

The Islamic State took root in Iraq due to the persecution of the Sunnis.

The Sunnis had turned out to vote and their votes -- all the votes -- were trashed.

Let's again note John Barry's 2012 piece "'The Engame' Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq" (Daily Beast):

Washington has little political and no military influence over these developments [in Iraq]. As Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor charge in their ambitious new history of the Iraq war, The Endgame, Obama's administration sacrificed political influence by failing in 2010 to insist that the results of Iraq’s first proper election be honored: "When the Obama administration acquiesced in the questionable judicial opinion that prevented Ayad Allawi's bloc, after it had won the most seats in 2010, from the first attempt at forming a new government, it undermined the prospects, however slim, for a compromise that might have led to a genuinely inclusive and cross-sectarian government."

And you can refer to the April 25, 2013 "Iraq snapshot" for an in depth history of how the Iraqis used the ballot box and were denied, their elected leaders attempted to use Constitutional mechanisms on Nouri and were denied, and then began the peaceful protests and Nouri's attacks on the protesters.

Your inability to pay attention isn't my fault.

And your sudden decision to march to the front of the line with no knowledge of Iraq since 2008 doesn't mean anyone should listen to you -- quite the contrary.

“Our lives, our families, we have everything to thank for our interpreters. We owe them."

You know you might have something to say if Senator Ted Kennedy was still alive or if, after his death, you'd honored his work.

But you didn't, did you?

It was Ted who cared about Iraqi refugees.

And when he died, no one stood up for them.

Barack didn't just do his period of halting.

We talked about that repeatedly last week and finally the press has caught up to that.

What they've still not caught up to is how the quota system was not met.

There was no push to meet it.

Thanks to Ted's efforts, the US was supposed to be admitting a number of Iraqis each year.

But after Ted's death, there was no effort to meet those goals.

So people didn't get into the US?

Big surprise.

We were stating that each year of Barack's presidency.

Realities escaped so many then and escape them now.

needs 2 rethink their outrage. Who is 2 blame 4 ? Stop being lemmings & start thinking 4 yourself. FTW

Killing hundreds of thousands of Muslims & destroying their states? OK. Stopping them going to the US? Not OK.

Dr. Alaa Ali has been kidnapped in Samarra -- by Shi'ite militias -- after he criticized government corruption.

That's not the Islamic State.

And while the idiots have focused on the Islamic State, nothing has improved in Iraq.

Sunnis are still being terrorized.

And they're being terrorized by their own government.

Want to end the Islamic State immediately?

End the persecution of the Sunnis.

But instead we drop bombs on Iraq and pretend that the $2 billion wasted on bombing Iraq and Syria in the last two years accomplished something.

Iraq cleric Moqtada Sadr to Americans: "You should get your nationals out.''

Borzou's so sad.


He couldn't even handle that piece about war movies, you may remember.

Now he works for BUZZFEED so he doesn't even have to pretend to be honest.

Moqtada al-Sadr has called for all US persons out of Iraq since 2003.

This is not any different.

Borzou works for the outrage machine so he's rewarded for pretending that it's different but it's not.

The outrage machine is all about fake news.

As Ava and I explained last night:

Last week, make no mistake, was a media collapse as THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, NIGHTLINE, THE VIEW and others ran fake news.

There's no other word for what they provided unless you want to use "lies" -- which would be accurate.

As many outlets are using Donald Trump -- fear of Donald Trump -- to raise money, it should be clear that the fake news, the lies, isn't just happening.

People are rushing to post their 'scoops,' at best, because they know they'll get high traffic from another story about that awful Donald.

At worst?

At worst, the media is intentionally being dishonest to increase their traffic.

Today, Iraqi forces raided homes and arrested two young men . . . whose corpses have now been found.

Want to keep pretending that the problem in Iraq is the Islamic State?

Even the prime minister of Canada is wading in on refugees:

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength


So finally, Justin, war resisters are going to be granted citizenship?

Jeremy Hinzman's been waiting forever.

He and others fled persecution, terror and war.

They went to Canada because "diversity is our strength."

So Justin is finally saying he will do what his father did during Vietnam and grant aslyum to war resisters.


Joshua Key and all the rest can finally have what they need.

It has been a long fight but justice has prevailed -- if Canadians care to press Justin on his remarks, if they have the courage to make him stand by them.

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