April 7, 2017. Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues,
the partisan liars continue and let's learn to tell the difference
between a partisan piece of crap and a peace activist.
There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one There's a chance peace will come, in your life please buy one
For sometimes when I am feeling as big as the land With the velvet hill in the small of my back And my hands are playing the sand And my feet are swimming in all of the waters All of the rivers are givers to the ocean According to plan, according to man
Well sometimes when I am feeling so grand And I become the world And the world becomes a man And my song becomes a part of the river I cry out to keep me just the way I am According to plan, according to man According to plan, according to man According to plan, according to man According to plan, according to man According to plan
-- "Peace Will Come (According to Plan)," written by Melanie Safka, first appears on her album LEFTOVER WINE
There's a chance that peace will come . . . but not as long as people lie.
I get that D Cheney smirk when I see orgs quote Dr. King today that said nothing during Obama's 8 years of bombings. ourfuture.org/20170404/50-ye…
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If he hadn't overturned the 2010
Iraqi vote -- talk about foreign interference in an election -- Nouri
al-Maliki wouldn't have gotten a second term and Iraq might not have
witnessed the rise of the Islamic State.
Where's Bill Clinton?
Do a half million dead Iraqi children not matter?
Or, like Madeline Albright (Bill's Secretary of State and Destruction), do you think killing them was "worth it"?
There's a special in place for hell for Madeline Albright and plenty of spots for those who lie and cover for her as well.
Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his
memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began
to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet
intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to
President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that
correct? Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA
aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the
Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly
guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979
that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the
opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a
note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion
this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention. Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But
perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to
provoke it? Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to
intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would. Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that
they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States
in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis
of truth. You don’t regret anything today? Brzezinski: Regret what?
That's Mika Brzezinski's dirty ass father Zbigniew Brzezinski who served as Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor.
Peace will never come when whores and liars pretend the problem is Republicans.
John Kerry voted for the Iraq War.
John Edwards voted for the Iraq War. Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War.
Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War.
What do they hold in common?
They're all Democrats for one thing.
And they were all on presidential tickets after their votes for war.
The 2004 Democratic presidential ticket was Kerry - Edwards (or John and John -- two toilets for twice the flushing).
Joe Biden was the running mate on the 2008 and 2012 ticket.
Hillary Clinton was the presidential candidate on the 2016 ticket.
Before you start cheering on Barack
Obama and Tim Kaine for not voting for the Iraq War, remember that
neither was in the US Congress -- House or Senate -- in 2002.
And add in that Barack told THE NEW
YORK TIMES in 2004, during the national convention in Boston, that he
didn't know how he would have voted had he been in the Senate.
And yet someone claiming to want peace, is pimping the wars as the responsibility of the sole Republican Party?
That's a lie.
And peace will never come while we continued to allow ourselves to be hijacked for partisan purposes.
Grasp that in 2006, Democrats promised they would end the war in Iraq if they were given control of a house of Congress.
At the time, they were in the minority in both houses.
In those November elections, the American people gave them control of both houses.
January 2007 saw that Congress sworn in.
Did the Iraq War end?
Did it end in 2008?
Give us one house of Congress and we'll end the war . . .
Nancy Pelosi, elevated to Speaker of the House, tried to pin the blame on then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
What a load of nonsense.
She didn't say, "Give me both houses of Congress," she said one.
They thought they had a chance at winning back the House. That was the
promise she was making. So she expected the Senate would obstruct --
that it would be controlled by Republicans.
Instead, it ended up controlled by Democrats.
And she whined -- the the editorial board of THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
-- that she only had control of the House herself so she couldn't end
What a lying sack of s**t.
Shame on everyone who provides cover for politicians who start and/or continue illegal wars.
Shame on those who use it as a partisan issue.
This is about human life and you're lying to churn out the vote for a political party?
That includes Peace Is Active who doesn't give a damn about peace --
check out the Twitter feed -- just about slamming Republicans and
Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could
result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on
training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to
General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently
deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with
If Barack's sitting before them and he's flat out lying to the American
people, it's their job to ask. They didn't do their job. Nor did
social menace Candy Crowley who was apparently dreaming of an
all-you-can-eat buffet when Barack was babbling away before her about
how he wouldn't allow more "troops in Iraq that would tie us down." But
that's exactly what he's currently negotiating.
Maybe Candy Crowley missed the New York Times article? Maybe she spends all her time pleasuring herself to her version of porn: Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine?
That is possible.
But she was only one of the three moderators. Bob Schieffer and Jim
Lehrer also moderated. Of course, they didn't foolishly self-present as
a fact checker in the midst of the debate nor did they hit the
publicity circuit before the debate to talk about how they were going to
show how it was done.
Poor Crowley, a heavy weight strutting into a non-competition will always look woefully misdressed.
Barack lied and Americans will face that or not.
Chris Hayes appears to indicate that America will not face that.
President Erdogan: It is not appropriate to raise the Kurdistan flag alongside the Iraqi flag.
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Must be wonderful to be Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, president of Turkey, so few problems that you can stick your
nose into other countries' business and do so over issues like whether
or not they should raise a flag.
Erdogan's Turkey has thousands of problems -- most of them stemming from Erdogan.
And when he's out of office, he will
be seen as a butcher for all the civilians he's killed in his so-called
efforts to bomb the PKK. (He's killing Kurds. He knows it. The Kurds
know it. He's thinning out the population. His policies in Turkey are
the same only less obviously violent.)
Repeating, when he's out of office, he will be seen as the butcher he is.
And he can shut down every last TV channel, newspaper and blog in Turkey and he still won't be able to silence that truth.
Meanwhile it's day 171 of The Mosul Slog.
How's that going?
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers this:
KEY FIGURES 314,268 Iraqis currently internally
displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to
retake the city began on 17 October 2016 37,455 core relief item (CRIs) kits distributed to families in camps, assisting some 224,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas 7,814 family plots currently occupied out
of 12,497 family plots (for some 75,000 people) in UNHCR built camps
ready to receive IDPs displaced from the Mosul corridor 3 million IDPs since January 2014 250,952 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 14,878 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016 FUNDING USD 578 million requested for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region in 2017
remember that this week, the civilians in Mosul were again instructed to
remain in their homes. There is no safe passage out. But we can be
sure that when the next civilian massacre gets attention we will suffer
through members of the US Congress insisting it's all ISIS' fault.
The war continues in Iraq, Trump's
attacking Syria and the thing all the 'intelligent' people are doing?
Mocking Jared Kushner for wearing a flack jacket.
No, your priorities aren't screwed up at all. (That was sarcasm.)
While flying home to Hawaii, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard issues statement: Trump's air strikes on Syria are reckless and short-sighted. –Team Tulsi
Tulsi Gabbard added,
Hawaii News NowVerified account@HawaiiNewsNow
In statement, @TulsiGabbard condemns Trump's military action in #Syria, says he 'acted recklessly.' #HINews
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US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is correct.
By the way, the US State Dept will not have a press briefing today: "There will NOT be a Press Briefing today."
And they haven't held once since March 21st. The State Dept press
briefing is a daily event. How sad that Donald Trump's people are too
scared to face the press. How sad, but how telling.
So much to work on but so little willing to do the work.
don't need another war but, by all means, let's not focus on that or
Iraq or anything that matters because we can be snotty about Jared!
(Snotty, not bitchy. It's not mature enough to pass for bitchy. It's
the stuff of 3rd graders.)
Instead, I see a lot of junk and, worse, opinion passed off as news all over the net.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 21, 2017 12:13:25 PM CST
Death of a Fort Hood Soldier
Pfc. Brian Patrick 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.
The announcement comes on the same day that THE NEW YORK TIMES runs a letter from a LA reader whose comments include:
these principles, the armed forces of the United States and its allies
have killed tens if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, a large number
of them civilians, including women and children. And our country has
suffered the death and injury of tens of thousands of our own sons and
daughters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives by waging this war in
for what purpose? We know that there were no weapons of mass
destruction threatening our peace and security. We had no plan to bring
peace and security to Iraq and its neighbors. So yes, our soldiers and
sailors are valiant and represent the best in our country, but I still
do not know what we’re fighting for.
MICHAEL E. MAHLER
Why is the US still in Iraq?
Why didn't Barack end the war he promised to?
These are questions we're apparently not supposed to be asking.
Which is sad and strange -- because they are the questions that matter.
They're just there to try and make the people free, But the way that they're doing it, it don't seem like that to me. Just more blood-letting and misery and tears That this poor country's known for the last twenty years, And the war drags on.-- words and lyrics by Mick Softly (available on Donovan's Fairytale)
of Defense Jim Mattis hosts a joint press conference with U.S. Army Lt.
Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation
Inherent Resolve, at Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq, Feb.
20, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)]
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
General Townsend and I have been
spending some time together here and -- and getting current on the
political military situation as the Iraqi army continues to surge
against the enemy on the west side of Mosul. Despite the casualties
they've taken, this is an army that's learned to fight in the middle of a
real tough battle against our common enemy and the coalition commander,
General Townsend, has briefed me up on the situation -- the current
situation there today.
I would just tell you that by, with
and through our allies is the way this coalition is going against
Daesh. We're going to continue to go after them until we destroy them
and any kind of belief in the inevitability of their message. Their
message is going to be proven to be false on the battlefield as well as
how we deal with their mythology of somehow they are the brave new way.
They're going to be shown to be at
fault, they're going to be shown to be exactly what they are, which is a
bunch of murderous relics, to put it bluntly. So the Iraqi army is in
the fight with the coalition supporting them with full support, and as
we go through this fight, Daesh will not be over with. We all know
that. There'll be more fights ahead, we'll stick together. And as we
look at the future, we're going to continue to stand by the Iraqi army,
the Iraqi people, who are fighting this enemy.
So at that point, I would just
throw it open to your questions. We learned a lot here and aligned
ourselves politically and militarily for the current fight and the
future. So what's on your mind? Go ahead.
Q: (Off mic)
LIEUTENANT GENERAL STEPHEN
TOWNSEND: It is true that we're operating closer and -- and deeper into
the Iraqi formation, so we adjusted our posture during the east Mosul
fight and we embedded advisers a bit further down into the formation.
That is true. I do not need -- I have all the authorities that I need
to prosecute our fight and I'm confident if I need -- if I were to need
more, that my leadership would provide those.
Q: For both of you also, as you
look ahead to -- (inaudible) -- fight and the upcoming difficult fight
in Raqqa, what do you see as the key (inaudible) and -- and --
(inaudible) -- to be able to -- (inaudible)?
SEC. MATTIS: We are going to
prosecute this fight against Daesh, against ISIS, in the areas you
mentioned and more areas than that, actually. We'll accommodate any
request from the field commanders. Right now, our allies are carrying,
as you can tell from the casualty list, the overwhelming burden of this
fight in their own territory and we'll work by, with and through allies
from the coalition. And that coalition, as you know, has got more than
60 nations at varying levels.
So we owe some degree of
confidentiality on exactly how we're going to do that and the sequencing
of that fight so that we don't expose to the enemy what it is we have
in mind in terms of the -- the timing of the operations. But you -- you
summed up some of the issues that we'll be dealing with as we go
forward and we'll be addressing each one of them, from intelligence, to
tactics, to logistics as we sustain the fight going into this.
Q: You said -- you mentioned a
number of things that you're looking at, but you have seven days left to
provide your thirty-day review to the president. Did you learn
anything here that you could share with us -- (inaudible) -- what you're
gonna -- (inaudible)?
SEC. MATTIS: I would -- what I
specifically learned here is the resilience of this army. Recognize it
took casualties, it has reconstituted itself both equipment and
personnel wise, and as you know, has already crossed the line of
departure going against the enemy and west Mosul. This is not something
that was a forgone conclusion for an army that only a year ago, many
people were questioning.
And you can see the level of
capability they've constituted in the middle of a war with the kind of
operation that you're right now witnessing today underway.
Q: If I could ask General Townsend. What happens after Mosul? (off mic)
GEN. TOWNSEND: Jennifer -- it's
good to see you again, by the way. We rode together in Baghdad a couple
times a few years ago.
I don't anticipate that we'll be
asked to leave by the government of Iraq immediately after Mosul. I
think that the government of Iraq realizes this is a very complex fight
and they're gonna need the assistance of the coalition even beyond
Q: (Off mic)
GEN. TOWNSEND: I wouldn't want to put a timeline on it.
Q: (Off mic)
SEC. MATTIS: Yeah, this is a
partnership, Jennifer. Your question is very appropriate because
there's been a lot of rocky times out here. But there is no doubt, from
my discussions today, the Iraqi people, the Iraqi military and the
Iraqi political leadership recognizes what they're up against and the
value of the coalition and the partnership in particular with the United
States which has been, as you know, developing very well in terms of
this military's capability.
So I imagine we'll be in this fight for a while and we'll stand by each other.
Q: (Off mic)
SEC. MATTIS: That's a political
issue, an internal political issue right now what we've seen. But there
is only one country in the near proximity where the security forces
actually protect the people when they're out protesting the government
And I say -- think that says a
great deal about how this country has matured in a pretty difficult
neighborhood, that their military is actually seen as a protector of
people who protest at times against government policies. That's what
militaries are supposed to do under civilian control in a democracy.
Q: I have a version of the same
question. In your meetings today, did you hear anything that made you
confident that while the military’s successes-- (inaudible)and for you
General Townsend, do you see (inaudible)?
SEC. MATTIS: Yeah, your -- both
your questions are related because without political progress, you can't
set the conditions institutionally, organizationally in a government
that earns the people's respect, holds their aspirations close and
actually allows a country to be resilient and resistant to this sort of
So, what we've seen here is
actually I think a new =found understanding among the Iraqi people about
what it means to be an Iraqi country against this kind of threat, how
they have worked together. You've seen the Peshmerga and the Iraqi
security forces working together. You've seen some of the militias
working alongside them. So there's -- there's something coming together
here in terms of political and military maturation, I think, that shows
exactly what you're talking about so we're not back here five years
with that sort of a situation.
At the same time, this is not a
threat that's going to go away overnight, so it's going -- we all
recognize that it's going to be a long-fought battle.
You have anything to add to that?
GEN. TOWNSEND: Nothing to add, Mr. Secretary.
SEC. MATTIS: All right. We'll take one last one, there you go.
Q: Thank you. Thank you, sir -- (inaudible).
I wanted to ask you about the advance of Raqqa, in particular -- (inaudible) -- question about whether or not -- (inaudible)?
SEC. MATTIS: Yeah, we're still
sorting it out. The allies are working together. They're sharing
planning and that's ongoing right now, but the planning is still
underway so there's not -- it's not been all decided on who's going to
do what and where. We're working together to sort it out.
Q: (Off mic)Can I ask you a
personal question, Mr. Secretary? This is your first arrival as
secretary of defense and you spent many years here as a combat
commander. How do you feel returning here (inaudible)?
SEC. MATTIS: Yeah. Well, coming
back here after the years that we've fought alongside each other through
good times and bad times, it's just a privilege to come back and look
out the helicopter door and see what's going on down below, to see an
Iraqi military that can fight as truly valiantly as this one has
considering the situation they faced as -- as ISIS rose to occupy much
of their country and to see that in spite of the casualties, it's not
only held together, it's come back stronger and is now winning.
It's now freeing up and I'll have
the general say how much they've freed up in terms of area, but he's got
better awareness of that. But look at what the map looked like eight
months ago where ISIS was, where they are today and the attack that's
underway here. It's very heartening to come back at this point in my
Steve, if you want to just talk
about some of the progress that this army's made during this time which
gives more than just my words, it gives objective data for why I would
be heartened by it. Steve?
GEN. TOWNSEND: I think the
secretary alluded to it a couple of questions ago when he talked about
where this army has come over the last year.
If you look back just a little over
two years ago, this army was broken and defeated and barely able to
hold their capital when they asked the coalition, the world for
assistance. That army has done this remarkable turnaround in just two
years and now they're running a multi-divisional operation involving
40,000 or 50,000 Iraqi security forces up around Mosul 400 kilometers
from their capital and their logistics base.
It is an incredible turnaround.
They've liberated approaching half of their lost territory and they're
-- they're about to liberate their second-largest city, the largest
population city center held by ISIS anywhere in the world.
The Iraqi security forces are going
to take that city back, no doubt about it. I think that's a remarkable
achievement and it just -- some examples of what the secretary is
talking about what the Iraqi security forces have done.
Those that tell me not to tweet politics because I'm an uninformed celebrity are the same people that voted for... an uninformed celebrity.
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Alyssa, I'm telling you not to Tweet politics. And I didn't vote for Donald Trump.
I'm telling you it because you have (a) a herd mentality and (b) you are so woefully uninformed.
Calling you "ignorant" would be generous.
You've never done the work required. And, Alyssa, I know you.
You have every right to Tweet about anything you want -- we all can weigh in.
But for your own image, I'd urge you to find something else to Tweet about.
You're a misguided and misinformed stooge whose Tweets are reactionary and back up war while you're not even aware of it.
From a professional point of view, it's not smart to take money from
Atkins and to offer Tweets that insult a good portion of the American
people but your people have already told you that. (Atkins is also
considering parting ways with you at the end of your current
arangement.) They hired you to popularize their product. That's why a
lot of us don't do advertising -- it's whoring.
But you wanted to keep you name out in front of your public -- such as
it is -- and so you agreed. But you're not living up to the bargain,
However, my concern is your deep stupidity and lack of curiosity which
leads you to accept simplistic pronouncements that encourage violence
I was having a debate with a friend last night on the phone that turned into an argument.
She's an actress who can't stop her nonsense Tweets about Donald Trump being evil and the Democrats being salvation.
Is Donald Trump evil?
He may or may not be. Time will tell.
Are Democrats the salvation?
And she was raised in a Socialist family.
And we both used to listen to Gore Vidal go on (constantly) about the boiled frog.
Gore was right.
The Democrats are not the answer.
Could they be?
Maybe if they were pushed.
Susan Sarandon's pushing them. Which is why hacks like Debra Messing get so angry.
Everyone should be pushing them.
No, you don't have a right to our votes.
You earn them.
And if the Democratic Party wants our votes, it damn well better try to earn those votes.
The country doesn't need pretty words, it needs action.
It needs jobs.
If all your money goes to rent and food, you're not making a living and we need to stop kidding otherwise.
Alyssa, my friend and I live very fortunate lives.
We need to be aware that many others are not so fortunate.
These are the people the Democratic Party has abandoned -- a party that
can't even publicly mention the poor, a party that should have declared
one of their so-called wars on the issue of the homeless long ago. If
10% of what's been spent on the 'war on drugs' in any year was spent on
addressing the homeless, the people would be better off.
The Democratic Party has joined the corporations in fleecing the American people.
That's not going to turn out any votes.
And Alyssa and others can tell themselves they're so damn superior to
Trump or whomever because they say the right things but words don't keep
a roof over your head or food on your table (unless you're a paid
The Democrats need to be pressed to earn votes.
They don't need to be defended.
They have lined their pockets with corporate donations. Nancy Pelosi is
a lousy leader but gets to hold on (for now) because she brings in so
much corporate cash to each election cycle.
The party's entirely about greed.
I doubt that will change.
But you can pressure them to make concessions to We The People.
And you don't do that by castigating Susan Sarandon.
You do that by saying more people are going to walk -- like Susan -- if
you don't start addressing the basic needs, the reason political parties
exist, which is jobs. You're going to keep losing if you can't defend
the safety net -- which needs to be increased, not gutted.
Alyssa's very good at fingering pointing at others. She's just not very good at introspection -- true of far too many.
Some on the left political spectrum in the US are suspicious of
Trump's foreign policy, and for good reason. US imperialism's war agenda
is non-negotiable. Trump's status as a billionaire champion of American
(white) exceptionalism does not necessarily breed confidence in Trump’s
rhetorical gestures to scale back key points in US foreign policy. His
Administration should be resisted at every turn for current and future
war provocations against Iran and China. His Administration should be
held accountable for the deaths of thirty people in Yemen during the
late January Commando raid just as Obama's Administration should have
been held accountable for killing thousands of people in Yemen,
Pakistan, and Afghanistan by drone strike over the course of eight
years. But the anti-war movement died the day Obama was elected, leaving the
contradictions that were brought to the fore throughout the
Presidential electoral cycle unaddressed. One does not have to support
Trump or refrain from struggle against the GOP to recognize that Trump's
rhetorical gestures against regime change in the Middle East and Russia
came from somewhere. These statements are the product of a rapidly
changing world. In this world, the US can no longer call itself the only
most influential or dominant global power. Russia's geopolitical
significance, China's unprecedented economic growth, and the stagnation
of the US economy have forever changed the international order of
How's that Iraq War that Saint Barack didn't end going?
W.J. Hennigan and Nabih Bulos (LOS ANGELES TIMES) report: U.S. military advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against Islamic State, a sign of President Trump's
willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders than they've
had since Iraq’s ground war against the militants was launched more than
two years ago. The Trump administration has not yet
granted new authorities, but has loosened the reins for U.S. generals
running the war, allowing hundreds of U.S. troops to join advancing
Iraqi forces as they embark on their most complex mission to date:
liberating Mosul, their second largest city.
Thank you, Cult of St. Barack.
When he sent US troops in back in 2012, you said nothing.
Let me spoon feed you:
fact that Barack sent a brigade of Special-Ops in during the fall of
2012. Tim Arango (New York Times) reported, "Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could
result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on
training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to
General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently
deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with
That was reported right before the 2012 presidential debates.
But no one 'moderator' brought it up.
And in 2014, when Barack sent in 'advisors' and 'trainers,' people were only slightly more vocal.
Where were you, Alyssa?
This didn't happen overnight.
And those of us who have been covering it have long noted that US troops have been in combat from day one.
As the then-Secretary of Defense noted, dropping bombs from planes is also combat.
And the US government had bombed Iraq daily since August 2014.
Again, where have you been?
Off with The Cult of St. Barack?
Hands off the man, flim flam man His mind is up his sleeve and his talk is make believe Oh, Lord, the man's a fraud, He's a flim flam man He's so cage, he's a flim flam man Hands off the man, flim flam man He's the one in the Trojan horse making out like he's Santa Claus
"Hands Off The Man" (also known as "The Flim Flam Man") was written by
Laura Nyro and she performed it on her debut album MORE THAN A NEW
DISCOVERY (now known as THE FIRST SONGS). It was covered by many
including Peggy Lipton.
Peggy covered many of Laura's songs (they were friends from before Peggy
did THE MOD SQUAD) and let's note "Stoney End" because no one did a
better cover of that than Peggy.
"Now I don't believe I want to see the morning" -- indeed.
Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said that the advisers, numbering
about 450, are “operating closer and deeper into Iraqi formations” as a
new assault on western Mosul gets underway. U.S. commanders made the
adjustment during the fight for the eastern side of the city,
which began in October and ended last month, and the deployment has
continued with the attempt, beginning Sunday, to capture western Mosul,
It marks the first time the U.S. military has
acknowledged how close American service members are to the front lines
as it assists what Townsend characterized as a force of more than 40,000
Iraqi police officers and soldiers fighting to retake Mosul. The battle
for the western half of the northern Iraqi city is likely to stretch
for months in urban neighborhoods where up to 1,000 militants are
believed to be entrenched, U.S. military officials said.
It's day 127 of The Mosul Slog, the operation to liberate or 'liberate'
Mosul from the Islamic State -- the operation that only began in October
(despite the Islamic State seizing Mosul in June of 2014).
Only 180 more days, the Defense Dept has insisted. Apparently they have
based that judgment on the fact that deploying US troops into combat
(officially) can accomplish that. (Of course, they've been wrong
Making official what's been happening all along may be one of the reason
for US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' trip to Baghdad.
That's him yesterday, meeting with Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi.
The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley -- updated:
Mattis visit comes days after meeting with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani.
Of that meet-up, the US Defense Dept noted:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2017 —
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with
Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani in Munich
yesterday, a Defense Department spokesperson said in a statement. The two men affirmed their commitment
to their partnership to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the
statement said, and they discussed the latest developments in the Mosul operation and the key role Peshmerga forces have played in the counter-ISIS fight. Mattis and Barzani both noted the
important military cooperation between the government of Iraq and the
KRG, the statement said. They agreed battlefield success over the past
year was made possible by strong cooperation between the government of
Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the United States.
Donald Trump has not said he would seize Iraq's oil.
But the press loves to act as though he did.
It's actually great when they repeat it.
They remind the world that wars are about resources.
Even better would be if they'd explain how Iraq's oil has been seized by the IMF and the World Bank.
But that would require actual reporting.
Fortunately, Iraqis who listen to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani are
aware of what took place, even if the western media blacks it out.
While Mattis is in Baghdad, US Vice President Mike Pence recently met with Iraq's prime minister Hayder al-Abadi.