Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good for Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper Tweeted this today:

SPC Allen Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas & SGT Roshain Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York. Killed in Iraq. RIP

Before they were identified, Tapper had also Tweeted about it -- C.I. probably included that Tweet in Monday's snapshot.

While Amy Goodman can't be bothered with this, others grasp that it's news.

Jake Tapper's a real journalist.

Applause for him.

How do two people serving in a war, two people who end up dead, how is that not news?

Ask Amy Fake Ass Goodman.

In two hours of blather -- Monday and Tuesday -- she's never had time for this reality.

But Goody's not about reality, she's about whoring.

We got it Goody.

We got your number.

Can't wrap my mind around ppl protesting Trump over Charlottesville but shrugged when he killed 1,000 civilians in Iraq & Syria in 1 month


I don't have time for the fakery of Amy Goodman.

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Chaos, violence and the illegal war continue as THE NATION, THE PROGRESSIVE, DEMOCRACY NOW!, et al stay silent about the Iraq War.

Honoring 82nd Airborne's Sgt. Allen Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas, & Sgt. Roshain Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, NY. Killed in Iraq Sunday

Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, and Sgt. Allen L. Stigler Jr., 22, were identified as soldiers killed in Iraq on Sunday

Corey Dickstein (STARS AND STRIPES) notes, "According to the 82nd Airborne division, Stigler was from Arlington, Texas and joined the Army in November 2013; Brooks, from Brooklyn, New York, joined in July 2012. Both have been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and Combat badge, the statement said."  Patrick M. Walker (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM) adds:

Stigler joined the Army in November 2013. After basic combat training and advanced individual training, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Casey, Korea from May 2014 to June 2015. In July 2015, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. This was his first combat deployment.
Stigler’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and the Parachutist Badge.

NBC NEW YORK 4 notes:

Brooks joined the Army in July 2012, and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas. In 2016, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, and he deployed to Afghanistan from June to November 2014. This was his first deployment to Iraq.
Brooks' awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with "C" Device, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

These are two more deaths in the never ending Iraq War.

These two men did not die 'protecting us.'

They protected corporations, maybe.  (As one Iraqi MP revealed last week, there exists, in writing, a plan by the current council of ministers to privatize electricity in Iraq.)

There's no reason for the US military to be in Iraq -- not now, not yesterday, not today.

But try to find that expressed at so-called left outlets.

THE NATION offers the always ridiculous Robert L. Borosage with "Democrats Are Fighting Among Themselves, and That's Okay."

Oh, quit whoring, Robert.

Democrats 'fought' among themselves in 1992.

The result: slashes in the safety net.  Attacks on the poor.

That's what's happening again.

The spirit of Will Bunch lives on.

And Robert doesn't have the guts or spine to tell you.

The conversation taking place, that Robert's so proud of, is the same one that took place in 1992 and a lot of people are about to be sold out once again.  But Robert's not going to inform you of that history, he's not going to tell you anything.

So why doesn't he just pack it in?

He's nonsense and bulls**t and 100% worthless.

As he babbles on endlessly, Peter Van Buren (ANTIWAR.COM) writes:

I’m going to take a break with this blog. I may post here and there when I get bored, I may rerun some old things, I may do nothing at all. But after some six years and over 2,000 posts, I’m gonna do something else. Not sure just what yet.
The reason is simple: the Internet has become too boring and too toxic. It is no longer a matter of having a thick skin, it is a question of why bother.
The past election finally broke the idea of the informal interchange blogs thrive on, as it broke journalism. And as it apparently caused most of America to lose its mind.

Partisan reporting devolved into partisan facts; for example, though the basics are black and white in how the government’s document classification system works, the mass of media allowed itself for over a year to believe that Clinton had no classified material on her email server because someone retyped things without the SECRET headers, then spent months telling everyone even if she did that did not matter, even after it did. There are plenty of other examples. For example, a large number of Americans now believe, based on no real evidence presented yet so far, that our government is literally controlled from Moscow. But mention the idea of a Deep State and you’re labeled a nut case conspiracy theorist. Sure.

Journalism used to involve sources, people and documents – facts. Reporters told us how they knew something so we could judge the validity of the reporting. If the source on a new strategy toward India was an intern who quit last year versus a senior national security advisor, we could judge. Now, major stories are near-exclusively sourced anonymously, and often include second and third hand leaks and rumors, all jumbled together as fact. As long as the main story point supports a given bias (Trump is bad) most people seem to play along. As the old joke goes, that’s not reporting, it’s typing.

The wrong people are closing shop.  Peter's work had impact and was important.  It wasn't mindless cheerleading that Robert will disown a few minutes from now (the way he launched the "Take Back America" campaign under Bully Boy Bush only to then play dumb when Barack came into office and insist that Republicans saying "Take Back America" must be racist -- couldn't be about political differences, could it, Robert?).

I'm tired of the liars and the whores.

I'm tired of screeching passing for reflection.

I'm tired of the nonsense.

Most of all, I'm tired of the silence on the ongoing war.

There's not a major lefty alive that didn't use the Iraq War to promote themselves -- Amy Goodman, that includes you.  And yet where are you today?

Whoring on some other topic, ignoring the ongoing war.

You're useless.

You don't help anyone.

If you want to know the Iraq War is going on today, this is sad, you can't find that out at THE NATION or THE PROGRESSIVE.  But, at THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE, you can find Daniel L. Davis' "U.S. Forces Cannot be Iraq's Security Crutch Forever:"

Now that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been driven from Mosul, a number of senior U.S. officials are calling for a long-term military presence in the region. The president should resist such calls without hesitation. 
I returned last month from my third trip to the environs around Mosul since ISIS first captured the city. Again, I talked to a number of refugees and survivors of the fighting.  One thing remains clear: the fundamentals of the conflict that existed in the years prior to the ISIS 2014 takeover have not gone anywhere.  There are still Sunni grievances and outright hatred between and among many Sunnis and Shia in the city, and even mistrust between the Kurds and the Arabs.  I saw no evidence of a change in leadership from Baghdad that would make me believe the age-old antipathies that spawned the fights in the first place will be healed in the foreseeable future.

Make no mistake: If Trump were to submit to the calls for continued presence in Iraq, the net effect would be to establish the United States military as the permanent security force for Baghdad, with no benefit to American national security.

Where's an argument -- in support, a counter-argument, an alternative argument -- being made at a left periodical online?


Forget that, where's even the acknowledgement that two deaths took place -- two US service members -- on Sunday in Iraq?

It must be nice to live in the gated communities of THE PROGRESSIVE and THE NATION where US foreign policy never harms or destroys these days -- or, for that matter, wars don't take place.

As a woman, I'm particularly outraged that this silence on war has taken place as women have ascended to positions of power at MOTHER JONES, THE PROGRESSIVE and THE NATION.

Shame on you.  Shame on you ridiculous little bitches who don't seem to grasp that peace is a feminist issue.

Shame on you.

It's really nice the way these rags -- that beg for your money because they can't survive without donations -- turn themselves over to the Democratic Party, sell out the readers, and lie over and over and over -- Robert, there's not a speck of truth in your lousy article that misleads America.  Shame on you.  Shame on you, Katrina, for publishing that nonsense.

Stop being cheerleaders for the Democratic Party while stealing the money of the people.

Shame on you.

This war has seen three different people in the White House.

First occupant Bully Boy Bush, then President Barack Obama and now President Donald Trump.

When is it enough?

Why was it only important to cover it -- let alone protest it -- when Bully Boy Bush was in office?

Why are you comfortable allowing the government to continue to send US troops over there?

There was no reason to ever go into Iraq.

There's no reason to be there now.

Except greed.  New markets, oil, you name it.

Is that what THE NATION is supporting?

Where is the coverage of Iraq?

Where is the acknowledgement that this illegal war continues day after day?

You don't understand what whores you are or that you're seen as such.

Katha Pollitt, you're ridiculous whoring includes trashing Cindy Sheehan -- in a non-feminist way, by the way.  Pretending to care about her as you trash her for running against Nancy Pelosi.

You're ridiculous whoring includes ignoring the gang-rape and murder of Abeer by US soldiers.  We stayed on your ass about that and finally got a whole paragraph from you, didn't we?

And you call yourself a feminist?

You're just a fat and old woman (who stalked your ex who left you for younger and pretty) who calls yourself a feminist because it's your excuse for being so fat and ugly.

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That's not feminism, Katha, it's consumerism.

Try learning.

I'm sick of all of you whores who pretend that war doesn't matter and doesn't need to be covered.

The Iraqi people don't have that luxury.

The US government -- Barack Obama -- supported the very government that led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq.

The Iraqi people said no to a second term of Nouri al-Maliki.

Barack's the one who trashed the election results and gave a Nouri a second term (via The Eribl Agreement).

But I guess calling out St. Barack was just too much for the fake ass left?

And for whatever reasons, after eight years of silence, you still can't find your spines or your voices.

The Iraqi people need to have the right to self-determination.

The US has imposed, they have ignored the Iraqi people.

But it's okay, Katha's gifting to the needy in the US.

Go, Katha, maybe you can get some Target gift cards?

What nonsense.

This is pathetic.

The Iraq War is claiming lives to this day.

It needs to end.

Shameful would be all the people who cannot say that but want to claim to be leaders and opinion makers.

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    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Fake Ass Amy Goodman exposes herself yet again

    Maybe she can do a pictorial for her good friend and sometime publisher Larry Flynt?

    I can't imagine she could get any worse than she already is.

    Two soldiers died in Iraq on Sunday, five more were injured.

    Where's Amy Goodman?

    The Goody Whore used the Iraq War to make her name.

    But these deaths?

    She couldn't even note them in her hour long show.

    Not even in headlines.

    F**K you, Amy Goodman.

    You little foundation whore.

    You and Sarah scissoring?

    You know she did with Stanley (Ann) Dunham, right?

    Amy Goodman's a whore and a liar.

    If you're still believing DEMOCRACY NOW! is an alternative for the left, you are pretty stupid.

    She cheered on the assault on Libya.

    She's lied repeatedly.

    F**k her.

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

    Monday, August 14, 2017.  How do you note the death of 2 US service members in Iraq?  If you're a reporter for THE NEW YORK TIMES or most members of the US Congress, you do it with silence.

    Yesterday, it was announced two US service members had died in Iraq and five more were injured.

    Say a little prayer till they all get home
    Say a little prayer till they all get home
    I knew when we woke up
    You would be leaving
    You knew when you left me
    It might be too long
    That kiss on your shoulder
    It's me looking over
    Close to your heart
    So you're never alone
    Say a little prayer till they all get home
    Say a little prayer till they all get home

    -- "Till They All Get Home," written by Melanie (Safka) and first appears on Melanie's CRAZY LOVE

    CENTCOM: Two U.S. service members were killed and five injured conducting combat operations in northern Iraq, Aug. 13, 2017.

    Jake Tapper wasn't the only one in the media noting the dead and the injured.

    US military says 2 American soldiers killed in Iraq
    2 U.S. soldiers killed during operations in Iraq

    Interestingly, although Tweeting six hours after Jake Tapper about pompously "sitting in Iraq," THE NEW YORK TIMES' new Judith Miller (Rukmini Callimachi) didn't say a word about the deaths or the injured.

    She's paid to cover Iraq but she can't Tweet about it?

    My thoughts are with the families of the service members killed in Iraq today.

    US House Rep Beto O'Rourke could -- and did.

    Good for Beto, as Alicia sings, "Nobody ever shut it down like you."

    What of the cowardly posers?

    Babsie Lee, I mean your fake ass.  Didn't Tweet about the deaths did you?  Nor you, "Auntie" Maxie.
    What a bunch of fake asses.  They used the Iraq War, railed against it and then fell silent when it won the party the White House.

    The queen of all fake asses, my US House Rep, Nancy Pelosi had not a word for Twitter either.  But, Nancy, we'll note you more later this week.

    Also strangely silent?  My own US senator, Dianne Feinstein, couldn't Tweet one word about the loss.

    But then, why would she?  Iraq's been a huge moneymaker for her:

    Senator Dianne Feinstein voted to let Bush invade Iraq her husband is now raking in millions in military contracts for his company Perini.

    Guess voting for the Iraq War paid off pretty good for the Feinstein family.

    Back to THE TIMES, also Tweeting about Charlottesville but not Iraq?

    THE NEW YORK TIMES' "Baghdad Bureau Chief" Tim Arango.  I was nice and stayed out of it over Tim's recent piece that he was slammed for.  It's a decision I can revisit at any time.  I noticed, for example, those who felt Tim played fast and loose with the facts in that latest piece of writing were unaware of the smackdown he received from a public editor -- even though it fit the narrative.  Tying that moment in would make for media criticism and not just complaining -- complaining is what FAIR and others did -- apparently unable to do the work required.

    Tim, you can always go back to the soft feature writing if you're not up for the task of reporting.

    But, for future deaths of US service members in Iraq?  If you're the Baghad Bureau Chief, you get off your candy ass and you Tweet about it.

    Your failure to do so is highly disappointing.

    I'm sorry, Tim, that doing your job is too hard for you.  I'm sorry that you're bored with the Iraq War -- unless you can find an Iran angle.

    But, check, you'll see, the war is still going on and people are still dying and no one needs your reTweeting about a US event -- and that's before you start reTweeting the whack job who was hurried out of THE NEW YORK TIMES because he was surfing online for underage male porn stars.

    Can someone explain why today's NEW YORK TIMES carries this AP story?

    The paper is paying Tim and Rukmini to cover Iraq but they have to run an AP report on the deaths of 2 US troops because Tim and Rukmini are too busy -- in Iraq -- Tweeting about Charlottesville to do their damn job?

    I'm sure I'm not the only media observer who remembers THE NEW YORK TIMES selling the Iraq War -- beginning with a front page October 2001 report falsely linking Iraq to the 9/11 attacks.  Having sold the damn war, they're obligated to cover it -- including the deaths in Iraq.

    They have blood on their hands and running an AP story that they bury on page six of the main section doesn't wash that blood away.

    Marilia Brocchetto and Diane Rugiero (CNN) observe:

    Close to 5,000 US troops are currently aiding in the fight against ISIS.
    A month after Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, the coalition continues to aid the Iraqi armed forces fight against ISIS in other towns throughout the country. 

    Colin Dwyer (NPR) notes, "As NPR's Lauren Frayer reports, nine Americans involved in the operation have been killed this year, and nearly 50 service members have been wounded since the campaign was launched roughly three years ago."  Chad Garland (STARS AND STRIPES) also reports those figures -- 9 killed this year, 50 wounded in the last three years.  Ray Downs (UPI) notes, "Including Sunday's deaths, the United States' Operation Inherent Resolve against Islamic State has resulted in 43 U.S. soldier fatalities since the mission began in 2014, according to DoD data.  As of June 2, 484 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led coalition strikes during that time."  RT reminds, "In July, a top US commander in Iraq stated that the US troops and coalition forces may stay in Iraq even after Islamic State terrorists are totally defeated. He added that the troop levels are not going to be changed in the near future."

    RUDAW adds:

    According to a statement from the coalition on the incident, the deaths and injuries were “not due to enemy contact.”

    ISIS, however, issued a claim of responsibility, saying in a statement published online that they had fired Grad rockets at US forces in the village of Bewer, east of Tal Afar. 

    Kareem Fahim (WASHINGTON POST) reports on the denial of ISIS' claim:

    Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, called the Islamic State claim “false” and said the casualties on Sunday were “not because of enemy fire.” 

    An Iraqi military statement issued Monday said the soldiers had been performing a routine inspection of a cannon when a shell inside exploded and that the deaths were not combat-related.

    At THE NEW YORK TIMES, their correspondents are silent.  I guess that's better than PRESS TV where the comments left include:

    11 hours ago
    Great news. The cost of occupation must increase.
    15 hours ago
    US troops are devilish assassins and terrorists
    16 hours ago
    Hooray ..... Hopefully many more to follow..... Well done that man...
    16 hours ago
    Why isn't the U.S saying that the Taliban captured Ghormach district in Badghis province?
    17 hours ago
    ha ha! Excellent news... well, not really - it's good news... "Excellent" would be many more of these dirty Yanks being killed!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!1
    > Maz11 hours ago
    You do know why they call them YANKS of course.
    18 hours ago
    Excellent! USA thugs are on their way to hell!
    18 hours ago
    18 hours ago
    They will not get out of North Iraq or Iraq, North Iraq is FLOATING on oil, US must be driven out by force and against their will..
    18 hours ago
    Good riddance...more to come

    Among the violence being reported today in Iraq, ALSUMARIA notes a Kirkuk attack left 1 police officer dead, and the Ministry of the Interior notes two of their explosive experts died attempting to disable a bomb.

    ALSUMARIA also notes that Saleh al-Mutlaq, known for the large, wide yellow streak down his back, has held a ceremony to announce that he is the leader of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front party.

    Saleh's suddenly grasped that all the other major players are campaigning and he better hurry up and toss his name out there too.

    He's got a lot of miles to go.

    Currently getting the most attention?

    Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr whose latest trip has been to the UAE.

    Iraqi Shi'ite leader visits UAE, strengthening ties with Sunni states

    Iraqi Shia cleric Sadr visits after Saudi Arabia#

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