Monday, October 15, 2018

How sad

get her hillary

That's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Get her, Hillary!"

Yeah, she really said it.  Hillary said there was no abuse of power because Monica was an adult.  I'm groaning too.  The Huffington Post notes:

Advocates against sexual violence have said it’s impossible for a president to have a consensual sexual relationship with an intern, given the unequal power dynamics.
But five major women’s advocacy groups ― National Organization for Women, Time’s Up, Planned Parenthood, Ultraviolet and Feminist Majority ― have been noticeably silent on Clinton’s controversial remarks.
These organizations have been outspoken supporters of Me Too or deeply critical of the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump ― or both.
National Organization for Women, Time’s Up, Planned Parenthood, Ultraviolet and Feminist Majority had not tweeted or issued statements about the interview as of Monday afternoon. None of the groups immediately responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment, except for NOW, which declined to comment.
Neither Tarana Burke, who started the Me Too campaign in 2007, nor Alyssa Milano, a prominent women’s rights activist who helped the campaign go viral a year ago, have publicly commented or responded to HuffPost’s request for comment on Hillary Clinton’s interview.

That's really sad. 

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

Monday, October 15, 2018.  Iraq struggles to form a government and, in the US, the Women's March on the Pentagon approaches.

Iraq held elections May 12th.  They're still trying to form a government all these months later.  AFP notes:

US State Department number two John Sullivan departs yesterday for Iraq to meet with the country’s new leaders, the highest level administration official to do so since their election.
Sullivan will visit Baghdad and Arbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, the State Department said.

The US deputy secretary of state will meet with the newly elected speaker of parliament, Mohammed al-Halbusi, as well as President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdel Mahdi.

The US State Dept notes that Sullivan met with al-Mahdi on Sunday.

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 14, 2018

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
On October 14, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs Andrew Peek, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Adil Abd al-Mahdi, Prime Minister-designate.
The Deputy Secretary congratulated Prime Minister-Designate Mahdi on his election, and together they committed to continue to build a strong and multi-dimensional relationship. The Deputy Secretary encouraged Prime Minister-designate Mahdi to continue with government formation quickly and in a manner that is responsive to the needs of all Iraqis.
The Deputy Secretary of State reaffirmed U.S. commitment to strengthen our ties with the people of this important country through our trade relationship, through cultural exchange, and through government-to-government relations.

And, as the Tweet below notes, Sullivan's also met with the outgoing prime minister Hayder al-Abadi.

رئيس مجلس الوزراء الدكتور حيدر العبادي يستقبل نائب وزير الخارجية الامريكي السيد جون سيلفان والوفد المرافق له . وجرى خلال الاجتماع مناقشة تعزيز العلاقات بين البلدين في مختلف المجالات وبالاخص الجانب الاقتصادي والاوضاع السياسية في العراق والمنطقة ....

Elijah J. Magnier (THE IRANIAN) maintains:

The US establishment has managed to influence prominent people within the Iraqi leadership, among these Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim and Haidar Abadi, the ex-prime minister. Abadi was surrounded by people who listened to the US and believed US hegemony would soon bring the fall of Iran, as it had been believed that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall in three months, six months or at most a year. Yet al-Assad remains in power: the regime change warmongers failed disastrously in reaching their objective even after seven years of war inflicted on Syria.
These same people pushed Abadi to announce that he would abide by US unilateral sanctions against Iran, thinking this would boost his chances for a second term. Abadi was ill-advised, yet he accepted this advice. That was his biggest mistake and the first nail in his political coffin. The US envoy to Iraq did everything in his power to promote Abadi but failed. According to top decision-makers in Baghdad, the US envoy actually warned Iraq against talking with Hezbollah’s representative, considered a “terrorist individual”. Faleh al-Fayyad, the head of National Security and commander of al-Hashd al-Sha’bi met with Ambassador Brett McGurk and informed him that “the US list of terrorists applies outside Iraq and certainly not against an Iraqi citizen (Sheikh Kawtharani holds dual citizenship)”. According to the sources, the US envoy responded that he is not acting against anyone, that he is not trying to stab Iran or Iraq in the back and that he would like to send a message to Qassem Soleimani that the US is not trying to twist Iran’s arm in Iraq.
A UN representative in Iraq met with the Hezbollah envoy to ease the already tense situation. Kawtharani told him: “our candidate is Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes. If the US wants to impose a candidate, let us see who will manage to reach power”.A meeting between a UN representative and a Hezbollah representative amounts to recognition of Hezbollah’s role in Iraq and is an indication of US’s desperation. The US was afraid of seeing an Iraqi leader in power with strong animosity to the US.

Meanwhile . . .

"Gonna put it in the want ads."  That's what Iraq's prime minister-designate Adil Abdul al-Mahdi did.  Last week, Mustafa Abu Sneineh (MIDDLE EAST EYE) reported, "Iraq's new prime minister on Tuesday launched a government website allowing Iraqis to apply for ministerial jobs online, in an unprecedented move in the Arab states. Several Iraqis have already announced their applications on social media."  RUDAW noted, "So far, 36,006 people have applied for a post in Iraq’s new cabinet, using the website set up by Prime Minister-designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi. The majority of applicants, 97 percent, are independents, according to figures released by Abdul-Mahdi on Facebook on Wednesday.ASHARQ AL-AWSAT finds a source who sees a strategy in the move, "When asked whether Abdul Mahdi would benefit from those who applied for ministerial positions through the e-portal, he replied that the assigned PM killed two birds with one stone by putting pressure on political blocs to submit the names of candidates to avoid choosing from names on the e-portal."  While the move has been hugely popular with those applying, not everyone is thrilled.  Today, IRAQ TRADE LINK NEWS AGENCY reports that Ammar al-Hakim (president of the National Wisdom Movement) feels this could destroy Iraq and that "we cannot look for ministers in universities, coffee shops and the streets."

In the Tweet below, he's calling for an independent and professional government that's balanced and service ready.

اننا بحاجة إلى حكومة متوازنة، وخدمية، ومستقلة مهنياً ووظيفياً.. حكومة فعل لا رد فعل، حكومة استثمارية لا احتكارية، حكومة تكاملية تتكامل مع باقي السلطات لا تقاطعية.

Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr may have rebuked Ammar's comments regarding the process.  AL ARABIYA reports:

In a statement directed at the Iraqi Sunnis and Sunni politicians, Sadrist movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr said that public interests should precede party interests, and that quotas should be avoided while forming the next government headed by newly elected Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
On his official Twitter account, Sadr called on Sunnis to provide independent qualified technocrats “to live together safely away from the treasonous dagger and corruption.”

Join us at the Pentagon on October 21st. Hear from and others as we call for an end to the bipartisan war machine.
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This is NOT a pink-pussy-hatted event to only oppose Trump and Get Out the Vote for the treacherous and warmongering Democrats (or Republicans): This is a principled non-partisan march on the bi-partisan US war machine.
Join us at the Pentagon on October 21st. Hear from Walter Teague and others as we call for an end to the bipartisan war machine.

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