Saturday, August 26, 2017

Now We Bomb Oklahoma


That's "Now We Bomb Oklahoma!"  C.I. noted:

Barack explains, "Americans need to remember we are bombing Iraq and Syria because of the violent beheadings!"  Valerie Jarrett adds, "So now we bomb Oklahoma!"  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.

If you've forgotten, we bomb Iraq and Syria following some beheadings but we have a beheading in Oklahoma and it's worry for a day or two and then forget.

Hmm.  Maybe we overreacted in Iraq and Syria?

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

Friday, August 25, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, the director of a cartoonish pro-war film mistakes herself for an auteur, a homophobe (recovering?) gets applauded by HUFFINGTON POST, and much more.

Let's start with the nonsense.

I get it, Carlad Herreria needs a she-ro whose crotch she can bury her face in and she thinks that woman is Senator Tammy Duckworth.

It is offensive to identify Tammy repeatedly as "who lost both legs in . . ."  That's what happened to her, it's not who she is.  Carla and HUFFINGTON POST can't even fit Tammy's name in their headline.  They're reducing her to an object.

That's (A).

(B) Tammy thinks that transgendered persons should serve in the military.

That's her right.  (I happen to agree with her.)

Her losing two legs in the Iraq War doesn't make her opinion any more valid or any less valid than anyone else -- a fact Carla might realize if she could stop dreaming of Tammy's crotch (drooling over?).

(C)  Carla's so busy quoting that she doesn't do the job of reporting:

“When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn’t care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown,” Duckworth said in a statement shared Thursday on Twitter.

Thanks for the fanzine bulletin, Carla.

(D) Reality.

I believe, when Tammy was bleeding to death, she did care whether the troops who helped save her were married.

Excuse me, rather they were married to members of the same sex.

Because in 2006, when she first ran for Congress (in a rigged primary that pushed out the real progressive Christine Cegelis -- and it was rigged as was the 'independent' media coverage), she was against marriage equality.

It wasn't until 2015 that Tammy came out for marriage equality.

That's three years after Joe Biden made his remarks in support of marriage equality on MEET THE PRESS.

So let's abandon the notion that Tammy's opinion is more valid than anyone else.  It's certainly not more valid because she lost two legs in war.

Were that the case, then let's find someone with even greater injuries -- and, yes, there are many more severely injured veterans -- because by Carla and HUFFINGTON POST's 'reasoning' they would be the ultimate arbitrary.

Ava and I have gone over this nonsense repeatedly, of elevating people to positions they don't warrant.  For example, then-Chastity Bono is forced out of the closet by THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER and is immediately made the voice of gay America by the media and by GLAAD.  She didn't have a clue.  She was an idiot.  Her comments about ELLEN got the show negative publicity and gave ABC an excuse to cancel it.  She did not just say "too gay" on THE TONIGHT SHOW, she said in interviews (including to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER).  She didn't know a thing and her opinion shouldn't have been treated like gospel but she became the media voice for lesbians.

Where is she now?

No more.

Chastity is now a man, Chaz Bono.

He is no longer the media voice for lesbians -- nor should he have ever been.

Tammy Duckworth's opinion?

She can and should offer it.

Before treating it as gospel -- in shriekings better left to TIGER BEAT  -- we might need to evaluate the opinion and the source.

On a related note, glad for Patty's success but James Cameron is correct, WONDER WOMAN was not about feminism not was the character especially strong.  Women in James' films have tended to not only be more complex, but stronger as well.

And while I'm happy for Patty's success, surely she doesn't believe she wrote the screenplay.

Because she didn't.

Allan Heinberg did.

It's actually an embarrassing film -- both for being pro-war (that's not what Princess Diana was about) and for refusing to grapple with the world.

It's movie-land.  Meaning they set it in WWI because they didn't want African-American characters.  And movie-knowledge allows them to get away with that.  (Meaning old movies rarely featured African-Americans in anything other than bit parts so the White landscape in WONDER WOMAN -- which is not reflective of the ear -- does merge with what many see as the past via feature films.)

When Patty can leave the cartoonish, glorification of war, she might have something to be proud of.

Until then, she should probably shut her mouth or others will step forward to respond as I have done-- this is the first time I've ever commented publicly on that film.  (As noted before, James Cameron is a friend.)

The Whiteness of WONDER WOMAN is truly offensive.

(And don't bring up Gal.  She's not playing a Jew, she's playing a White Amazon.  Do we want to explore the damage done to our society via enforced "passing"?  Didn't think so.)

Leaving cartoon war and its glorification for the reality of the Iraq War, RT notes, "The operation in Tal Afar has been going on for less than a week, but according to some estimates, over 10,000 local civilians have been displaced since its start. Those who manage to flee the battlefield have to walk for hours to reach safety."  They explain further:

Most people displaced from Tal Afar have to walk for hours “in arduous conditions before reaching safe areas,” and many arrive “exhausted and in poor health, often with critical levels of malnutrition among children, some unable to move,” the UN Migration Agency, IOM, reported on Tuesday. The people who flee carry a minimal amount of clothes, some only had what they wore, and some were only partially clothed, it added.
The IOM said that those who fled from the area arrive at military checkpoints and mustering points, and are then transported by the local authorities to areas including Hammam al-Alil, an area south of Mosul in the Nineveh Governorate, which hosts a displacement camp. From there, they are transported to other displacement camps and emergency sites.
Some refugees report “walking up to 20 hours before reaching Badoush, a point at which the authorities provide onward transport,” including to Hammam al-Alil, NRC reports.
“To get through those checkpoints, you need documentation. If you don’t have it or you have the wrong kind of documentation, you are prevented from moving further on,” Melany Markham, the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) media coordinator in Iraq, told RT.

Another 'liberation' effort.  Didn't work for Ramadi, Falluja or Mosul -- they're still destroyed and thousands are dead.  But the same plan is being used again.

Joan Soley (BBC NEWS) reports:

The military assault on Tal Afar might seem clear cut, but the combination of forces involved invites complications on the ground.
Approximately 40,000 troops are taking part in the fighting - three Iraqi Army divisions, Iraqi and US-led coalition special forces personnel, as well as "government-backed" paramilitary fighters from the Popular Mobilisation (Hashd al-Shaabi).
The Popular Mobilisation is an umbrella organisation under whose banner are militias like Kataib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades), Moqtada al-Sadr's Saraya al-Salam - the current incarnation of the Mehdi Army - and the Badr Organisation.
The Popular Mobilisation's ranks also include fighters from Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a group trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force that has been accused of a number of kidnappings and attacks in Iraq.
The factions in the Popular Mobilisation are predominantly Shia and many are backed and funded by Iran. When you speak to them, many of their fighters do not try to hide their deep-seated disdain for Iraqi's Sunni population.

The forces -- not just the militias (which are now officially part of the Iraqi forces) -- are known for War Crimes.  The US government looks the other way -- as they pretend not to know so much else.

Child soldier in US-backed Iraqi Army. It is impossible for the US and coalition to be unaware of child soldiers. via

Meanwhile Hamdi Malik (AL-MONITOR) reminds:

As the Islamic State weakens in Iraq and Syria, the forces fighting the group are eyeing each other more critically. The United States and Iran are vying for influence in Iraq, and accusations are flying.
In the battle to control the Iraqi-Syrian border, the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades, an armed faction of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) came under attack Aug. 7. In a strongly worded statement the same day, the group accused US forces of attacking their positions in western Iraq and vowed to avenge the casualties.
The statement said US forces had heavily bombed the brigades’ positions on and near the border, “killing and wounding many of our forces.” The group called for “an urgent meeting of leaders of the Islamic resistance factions in Iraq to consider an appropriate response.”
Denials came from many quarters. On Aug. 8, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command denied any attack on PMU positions in the area and stressed, “Incidents reported by the media occurred outside the Iraqi border.” Coalition spokesman US Army Col. Ryan Dillon stated via his official Twitter account, “Allegations of #coalition strikes vs. Popular Mobilization [Units] near #Iraq-#Syria border are INACCURATE. No coalition strikes there [at this time].” Even the leadership of the wider PMU issued a statement the next day echoing the coalition’s denial.

Who wants some democracy next..?

All the lives lost, all the money wasted, all the homes destroyed and how's that worked out?  A war that's now passed 14 years.  
Before the U.S invaded Iraq in 2003,there has never been a suicide blast in Iraq, while 1892 blasts, after invasion

Today AHLUL BAYT NEWS AGENCY reports, " Iraq witnessed nine of the 11 deadliest attacks in 2016, all claimed by ISIS militants, said a study by the university’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)."  That's the never-ending Iraq War.
Sold to you by the press which cheerleaded it before it began and then for years after.  Still sold to you by the press when they moved to ignore it because it was going so poorly.  Andre Damon (WSWS) observes:

 Another example of the convergence between the press and the military/intelligence establishment is an op-ed published Wednesday by Thomas Friedman, the New York Times ’ chief foreign policy columnist. Friedman boasts of having “spent eight days traveling with the Air Force to all of its key forward bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates,” including a trip to a “strike cell” carrying out airstrikes in Iraq.
Friedman describes US air strikes in an urban area with undisguised enthusiasm. “Quickly, the smoke cleared and the 30-foot-wide building was smoldering rubble—but the two buildings to the sides were totally intact, so any civilians inside should be unhurt,” exults the Times columnist, without pondering the fate of any civilians who were in the building that was vaporized.
“This is the war in Iraq today in a nutshell,” he writes, suggesting that the American military as a true liberator focuses its energies on preventing civilian casualties. This criminal lie is, of course, contradicted by the reality of millions killed, wounded and uprooted by more than a quarter century of US wars in Iraq and surrounding countries in the oil-rich Middle East, including the recent leveling of Mosul. Unfortunately for Friedman and the Times, this panegyric to the moral purity of the American military appeared two days after a US air strike in Syria killed more than 40 civilians.
Friedman’s whitewashing of the homicidal activities of the US Air Force exemplifies the role of the press, led by the New York Times and Washington Post, as shameless cheerleaders for US military intervention, together with the major TV networks, which routinely present retired military officials as authorities on all questions of policy.

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    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Peace Fake

    peace fake

    From September 15, 2014, that's "Peace Fake."  C.I. noted:

    CodeStink's Medea Benjamin declares, "I'm protesting attacks on Gaza, Hobby Lobby's insurance position, Burger King's tax position, my own personal obscurity and the refusal of the CBS network to consider a Barnaby Jones reboot."  A man in a t-shirt with a peace symbol asks, "And Iraq?"  Medea replies, "I-raq?  Is that like an I-phone or I-pad or I-pod?  I can't keep up with all that new technology."  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.

    Medea Benjamin lost me.  She stopped being about ending the Iraq War and became a Barack cheerleader.

    Once upon a time, I respected her.

    She lost me.

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

    Friday, August 11, 2017.

    Elections were supposed to take place in Iraq this year.

    First in Mach but they were pushed back.

    Then in September but again pushed back.

    Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki has used the time trying to look impressive.  That was behind his recent underwhelming trip to Russia.

    Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has also used the time -- he's visited Saudi Arabia and restarted his protests against corruption.

    On the former,  Fanar Haddad (WASHINGTON POST) offers:

    Though previously known as a “firebrand cleric” with a Shiite populist and militant line in Iraq, Sadr today presents himself as a moderate, nationalistic champion of change. His visit to Saudi Arabia was likely designed with two audiences in mind.
    A message to Iraq’s Shiite population
    Sadr’s visit was a message to his competitors in Iraq’s increasingly fragmented Shiite political scene. The Riyadh visit and the fact that Sadr was hosted at the highest levels of the Saudi establishment will underline his international relevance and burnish his prestige and credentials as an Iraqi statesman. This kind of political plumage is especially useful as Sadr and his rivals jockey for position ahead of next year’s Iraqi elections.
    A message to Iran
    Sadr’s visit demonstrated to Iran — and to Iran’s allies and proxies in Iraq/Sadr’s political rivals — that he not only has options, but he can even push back against Iran and has the power to potentially hurt Iranian interests in Iraq. If nothing else, this enables Sadr to present himself as the face of Arab (non-Iranian) Iraqi Shiism.

    This is a position that resonates with his base — although the extent to which they will accept a Saudi embrace remains to be seen — and further differentiates him from his competitors. Having already announced a political alliance with Ayad Allawi, an anti-Shiite-Islamist figure, this visit will further polish Sadr’s credentials as a nationalist political figure who can rise above the politics of sect and ethnicity.

    Ammar al-Hakim has also appears to be campaigning.  The Shi'ite leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq has formed a new party called National Wisdom; however, he has insisted that this does not mean he's left ISCI.

    Ali Nasseri (NIQASH) reports:

    The provincial government in Dhi Qar has been unstable for some time, with members of different parties and blocs defecting at will or forming new alliances. The most recent change saw seven members of the Muwatin, or Citizen bloc, join a brand new party created by the cleric Ammar al-Hakim.
     At the end of July al-Hakim, who had led one of the country’s largest Islamic parties, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, or ISCI, since 2009, announced he was leaving the party to form a new one. Called the National Wisdom party, Al-Hakim has said the new party, which has dropped Islamic from the name, is a project to rejuvenate Shiite Muslim politics in Iraq and to appeal to younger supporters. Al-Hakim had been at odds with older members of the ISCI for years.
    As one commentator has noted, al-Hakim’s new party kept all the ISCI’s assets, essentially “stripping [them] of both the symbolism and the assets”.

    Politicians in Dhi Qar appear to agree with al-Hakim’s new stand. The new party is about the creation of a new political generation,” said Adel al-Dukhili, the deputy governor of the province, one of those who defected to the National Wisdom party. ” A movement that believes in rapid change and turning challenges into opportunities, by adopting a clear manifesto.”

    Will elections come in 2018?


    Maybe not.

    They've been twice postponed this year with no outrage expressed on the part of the global community.

    Maybe Hayder al-Abadi will decide to postpone them yet again, say they'll hold elections in 2019?

    Maybe he'll just play kick the can over and over.

    He certainly hasn't suffered any outrage -- or consequences -- over the decision.

    One election that may take place this year is on the fate of the Kurdistan region.

    Will the semi-autonomous region move on to full autonomy?

    RUDAW notes a new voice in the debate:

    Iraqi Sunni politician and leader of the Ummah Party Mithal al-Alusi says that Iraq has failed its people and that the Kurds are justified in their quest for separation and the establishment of a state of their own.

    “This is a cardboard state,” says al-Alusi in an interview with al-Iraqiya state television. “The Kurds have the right to say: I don’t want to be part of such a failed state.”

    Al-Alusi, who describes himself as a secular politician from Anbar, cites the interference of regional countries as proof of Iraq’s failure.

    “Is Qasem Soleimani entering Iraq on a visa? Does he have residency permit?” he asks. “Iranian intelligence working as advisors is this sovereignty? Saudi money piling up with the Sunnis, is this Iraqi sovereignty and an intact state?”

    Soleimani is the commander of Iran’s Quds Force who is said to have been hired by the Iraqi government as an advisor to the defense ministry.

    Al-Alusi who has been elected twice to the parliament and is a proponent of good relations with the West, including Israel, believes that Iraq has violated its own constitution which has given the Kurds a reason to seek a path of separation.

    “We all voted for and agreed on this constitution that stipulates the unity of Iraq, but where has it got now and what democracy have we Iraqis got?” he says.

    The move for self-determination is outlined in the Constitution.

    Among the fear if the Kurds attempt it?

    Neighbors like Turkey which regularly crush their own Kurdish population fear this will set an example.

    The other fear in the room?

    That Kurds taking this step might lead other areas of Iraq to do the same.

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    Friday, August 4, 2017



     From August 24, 2014, that's "Golfing."  C.I. noted:

    Barack, gold club about to swing, explains, "People say, 'Barack, Iraq is on fire.  Stop golfing!' Like golfing is what's kept me from focusing on Iraq for the last six years."  Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.

    Barack got away with everything.

    He could vacation.

    He only went to Iraq once in two terms as a president.

    He delegated Iraq to Joe Biden.

    And he golfed and golfed and golfed.

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

    Friday, August 4, 2017.

    ALSUMARIA reports that early this morning the security forces began cutting off the roads to Baghdad's Tahrir Square.


    They always do this when they know of a planned protest.  It's to intimidate people with the hopes that they won't participate and to make it hard for those who still want to participate to reach the square.

    Haydar Majid (ALSUMARIA) reports  many came out to demonstrate today following Shi'ite cleic and movement leader Moqtada's call on Thursday to protest.  XINHUA notes:

    "I wish the people are aware of what corrupt politicians are engaged with a dirty scheme to restore corruption which will not only control the people's food, but also their necks and blood. So that they would stage demonstration by millions to determine their fate," Sadr said in a statement by his office.
    Sadr pointed out that the "sectarian storm," which engulfed the Iraqi people after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, made many Iraqis to close their eyes about what the politicians and the parliament blocs were doing.

    He said the politicians, who were seen as corrupts by many Iraqis, are planning to bring a new electoral commission and to approve an election law for the provincial elections that would take into account the interests of the same old large parliamentary blocs, according to the statement.

    Provincial elections were due in March but Hayder refused to hold them.  It was thought they would be held in September -- thought and publicly stated.  Yet again they've been pushed back.  It's now said they'll be held in 2018.

    Earlier this week, Moqtada met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

    : Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman receives Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement in on Sunday

    Madawi al-Rasheed (MIDDLE EAST EYE) offers:

    This is not Sadr’s first visit since the 2003 American occupation. He arrived in Riyadh in 2006 at the height of the Iraqi resistance to the occupation and the Iraqi civil war. But the visit was unsuccessful then. It yielded little benefits to either side. Like other aspiring clerics turned politicians, Sadr entered Iraqi politics with his own Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that later changed its name to the Peace Brigades.
    Saudi Arabia grew very frustrated over the Iranian expansion in Iraq after 2003 and found itself constantly backing losing Iraqi horses. From patronising Sunni tribal chiefs in 2005 as part of al-Tawafuq electoral list to backing the Iraqi Sunni-Shia coalitions under Iyad Allawi in 2010, Saudi efforts to find an entry into post-Saddam Iraqi politics led to further frustration amounting to hostility on several occasions.
    Saudi relations with Iraq deteriorated so much during Nouri al-Maliki’s premiership with Iraq bluntly accusing Saudi Arabia of sponsoring terrorism and precipitating a sectarian war in Iraq as a result of its Wahhabi ideology and the Saudi jihadis found in Iraq. Only in 2015 did a Saudi ambassador return to Iraq after almost 25 years of absence.  
    Sadr’s recent visit to Jeddah is a break from past Saudi practices and strategies. Mohammed bin Salman and his Trump administration backers want to limit Iranian expansion in the Arab world without outright military confrontation with Iran or its various militia that operate in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. 

    In familiar news, Mustafa Habib (NIQASH) reports:

    Last week, unknown assailants broke into the medical clinic of Iraqi doctor, Salim Abdul-Hamzah, in the Maamel neighbourhood of Baghdad. In other parts of Baghdad, two doctors were kidnapped: Mohammed Ali Zayer who works in a hospital in the Sadr City area and Saad Abdul Hur who had a private clinic in the New Baghdad neighbourhood. In the same week, a dentist, Shatha Faleh, was killed in a medical centre in the Washwash area.
    All of the above happened within the space of just one week in Baghdad. No wonder Iraqi doctors are worried.

    “The recent crime wave targeting Iraqi doctors is catastrophic for the country,” Jasib al-Hajami, a senior official in the Baghdad health department, told NIQASH. “The doctors and medical staff are the real wealth of our country and these crimes targeting them will push medical professionals out of Iraq. In fact, many of them have migrated or are thinking about migrating. More efforts must be made to protect them.”
    On June 25, doctors in Baghdad and in other parts of the country organised sit-ins inside their local hospitals to protest the crime wave that appeared aimed at them and their colleagues. Their banners called upon the Ministry of Health to offer them better protection and the individuals protesting also warned of a decrease in the number of trained professionals in Iraq.


    Longtime observers will read the above and nod while thinking of the "brain drain" as it was called in earlier waves.  Shi'ite militias targeted doctors throughout the Iraq War.  In part, it was a war on science.  The doctors and others with technical expertise that fled Iraq during the waves were part of a "brain drain."

    In other topics, let's move over to the Yazidis.

    1. Replying to 
      42) Nechirvan Barzani's speech today was highly disrespectful to the survivors of the Genocide—such disgusting remarks only cause more pain.
    2. Replying to 
      41) Instead of helping return to and build a secure future, their Genocide is still being exploited for political gain.
    3. Replying to 
      40) Instead, Nechirvan used his genocide commemoration speech today as a platform to attack Baghdad ahead of the KRI Independence Referendum
    4. Replying to 
      39) survivors of genocide do not need more empty and false excuses—they need a genuine apology.
    5. Replying to 
      38) That officials cannot honestly face up to these facts continues to be a painful thorn in the side of those who lost everything.
    6. Replying to 
      37) Everyone knows the truth about Sinjar, and these continued excuses are downright embarrassing.
    7. Replying to 
      36) Whether a calculated decision or simply sheer cowardice, the withdrawal allowed the Genocide to take place.
    8. Replying to 
      35) Though it is nice to see the PM now calling the event the "Yazidi Genocide," the ongoing attempts to avoid responsibility do not help.
    9. Replying to 
      34) In previous commemorative events on the Genocide's anniversary, officials called it "the Sinjar crisis" or the "Sinjar genocide."
    10. Replying to 
      33) In the first couple years after the Genocide, the KRG would not use the language "Yazidi Genocide."
    11. Replying to 
      32) < "…weapons in their hands there was no way the Peshmerga could defend Shingal.” This statement is offensive to every Genocide survivor.
    12. Replying to 
      31) In his speech today, Nechirvan said “When IS came with those weapons they were more advanced than our Peshmerga. And with the old >>
    13. Replying to 
      30) Such is the brazenness of this hypocrisy: Presenting an instance of cowardice and negligence as the selfsame group's bravery and heroism
    14. Replying to 
      29) Next, the KDP built a monument to the incident, memorializing the vehicle and placing a large image of Masoud Barzani next to it.
    15. Replying to 
      28) Poor rural people with no power or education, and no sense that they have any voice in politics, can be easy to intimidate or co-opt.
    16. Replying to 
      27) << but which broke down. Later, the KDP put the poor mechanic on their payroll, as they typically do, and made him a "commander."
    17. Replying to 
      26) Sinjar was saved, in part because of an accident, a vehicle that the Peshmerga tried to take with them, against the cries of Yazidis >>
    18. Replying to 
      25) This is how effective one single gun can be—imagine the outcome if all the Peshmerga had stayed and fought.
    19. Replying to 
      24) << airstrikes helped repel IS advances on the mountain. The mechanic may have single-handedly saved the mountain from IS.
    20. Replying to 
      23) Because of his high-ground advantage, the jihadists were not able to continue their ascent. This bought time until coalition >>
    21. Replying to 
      22) << Yazidi mechanic with no military background climbed into the vehicle, took hold of the gun, and aimed it at the ascending jihadists.
    22. Replying to 
      21) The vehicle had a heavy weapon mounted on the back. As IS later pursued Yazidi civilians up the mountain road, a poor, uneducated >>
    23. Replying to 
      20) As the Peshmerga withdrew, one of their vehicles broke down on the main road leading from Sinjar City up the mountain.
    24. Replying to 
      19) << of those weapons to the Yazidis who were begging them to leave anything that would help them defend their families.
    25. Replying to 
      18) Nechirvan is talking a lot about the inferiority of Peshmerga weapons, but it is interesting that they refused to leave behind any >>
    26. Replying to 
      17) He also didn't mention that on Aug 2 the local Yazidis asked Pesh leaders whether they should evacuate the area, but were told to remain
    27. Replying to 
      16) << once IS had already taken the area (rather than having had the advantage of holding the area to begin with, as the Peshmerga did).
    28. Replying to 
      15) In his speech, Nechirvan did not explain how the YPG, who were less equipped than the Peshmerga, were able to fight through IS lines >>
    29. Replying to 
      14) << stayed and fought to defend Tal Afar until gradually being forced to withdraw. The "we had no weapons" excuse is baseless and a lie.
    30. Replying to 
      13) Further, the Peshmerga in Sinjar looted the weaponry and vehicles of sections of the Iraqi army that did not dissolve, but which >>
    31. Replying to 
      12) << likewise fell into the hands of the Kurds. If fact, entire weapons depots in Nineveh were seized by Kurdish forces.
    32. Replying to 
      11) He also emphasized that Iraqi weapons fell into the hands of IS after the Iraqi army collapsed, but failed to mention that weapons >>
    33. Replying to 
      10) Nechirvan focused on the collapse of the Iraqi army, not drawing attention to the fact that it was the Peshmerga who controlled Sinjar.
    34. Replying to 
      9) Instead, they fled the entire region and left the civilians defenseless, after promising to protect them.
    35. Replying to 
      8) << plains near the mountain, they could have remained on the edges of the mountain and provided cover to fleeing civilians.
    36. Replying to 
      7) << how much more effective the defense would have been if the Peshmerga had stayed. Even if they felt unable to defend areas in the >>
    37. Replying to 
      6) If local people with no combat training or equipment used the high ground to prevent the jihadis from taking the mountain, imagine >>
    38. Replying to 
      5) Nechirvan should be asked how handfuls of Yazidi farmers w/ hunting rifles were able to prevent IS' ascent in some parts of the mountain.
    39. Replying to 
      4) Nechirvan repeated the tired claim that the Peshmerga were not sufficiently equipped to defend Sinjar, lacking adequate weaponry.
    40. Replying to 
      3) Nechirvan's speech contained many false and misleading statements that sidestep the uncomfortable realities of the Genocide.
    41. Replying to 
      2) In today's speech, Nechirvan tried to shift responsibility for the abandonment of from the Peshmerga onto the Iraqi army.
    42. 1) Today in Dohuk, KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani gave a speech to commemorate the Genocide:

    Oh, those poor persecuted Yazidis.

    I'm really getting tired of their p.r. efforts.  Not surprised to see the right-wing US p.r. firm that trolls the press to give them coverage is now reaching out to the University of Chicago -- a hot bed of neocons and among the universities that sold the Iraq War.

    It's amazing that the Mandeans are suffering and are being ignored but neocons continue to 'just know' that one more push will help sell both the Yazidis and further war.  Neocons are not just Jewish (though Peggy Noonan described them as such in her first book decades ago), the ones working on this were ignorant of Christianity.  They honestly believed they could sell the Yazidis to Christians in America (to further war) -- this despite the reality that Yazidis are known as "devil worshipers" -- Excuse me, were known as such every year of the Iraq War in the western press -- in all of the western press -- until the p.r. firm was hired.  Strange how up until 2014, they're "devil worshipers" in one report after another but they hire a p.r. firm and suddenly the press no longer describes them this way.  However, the press describes them, American Christians were never going to embrace them -- especially when you consider the assault on Iraqi Christians which the press tends to ignore.

    As we noted in yesterday's snapshot, 'comic' Samantha Bee needs to first practice no harm.

    It's clearly too much for her.

    Or for her ugly followers in the press.

    Who is Matt Wilstein I asked a friend on the phone a few minutes ago?  An actor on a long running series, he laughed and replied, "Proof that celebrity 'reporters' only got into reporting because they're so butt ugly."

    Oh, yes, I see.

    And big boned and fey (hat tip to Joanna Newsom) Matt watched Samantha's KRG segments religiously and felt he was getting truth.

    At THE DAILY BEAST, Matt attacks the Kurds.  They love US President Donald Trump and only do so, he explains (thanks to Samantha's 'reporting') because Trump has armed the Kurds.

    No, you stupid -- and ugly -- idiot, that's not reality.

    Just because you're too stupid to know the facts (and so stupid you see a comic's special as reporting), doesn't mean the rest of us are idiots.

    Some Iraqis were naming their babies after Donald right after the election and before he was sworn in.

    In fact, see these reports: Ben Wedeman and Elizabeth Roberts (CNN) and Stephen Kalin (REUTERS) for Donald's popularity in the KRG before he was even sworn in.

    Matt and Samantha re physically ugly.

    Even worse, they're ugly in the soul -- and no plastic surgeon can ever fix that.

    They sneer and mock a people (the Kurds) which is bad enough but they hold the Kurds up for ridicule by distorting reality.

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