So that means idiot of the week.
No, just joking. I'm noting Phyllis Bennis for her post at ZNet:
President Obama, back when he was a candidate, promised he would end the war in Iraq. He called it a “dumb war.” The U.S. role in the war has gotten smaller but it sure isn’t over. And it hasn’t gotten any smarter. A year ago Obama told us that all combat operations in Iraq were about to end, that “our commitment in Iraq is changing from a military effort” to — what exactly? The 50,000 or so troops still in Iraq are there, we are told, to train Iraqi security forces, provide security for civilians, and, oh yes, to conduct counterterrorism operations. Apparently “counterterrorism operations” don’t count as part of a military effort?
Even worse, the Obama administration, following its predecessor’s footsteps, is clearly committed to keeping U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the December 31, 2011 deadline agreed to by the Bush administration and Iraq back in 2008. That agreement was supposed to be absolute — it called for all U.S. troops to be pulled out by the end of this year. (There were loopholes, of course — the agreement said all Pentagon-paid military contractors had to leave too, but didn’t mention those paid by the State Department, so guess which agency is taking over the check-writing to pay the thousands of mercenaries preparing to stay in Iraq for the long haul?)
But now the Obama administration is ratcheting up the pressure on Iraq’s weak and corrupt government, pushing Baghdad’s U.S.-dependent leadership to “invite” U.S. troops to stay just a little bit longer. Iraq’s elected parliament, like the vast majority of the population, wants all the troops out. But democratic accountability to the people doesn’t operate any better in Iraq than it does here in the U.S. So the Iraqi cabinet made its own decision, without any messy consultations with their parliament, to “open negotiations” withWashington over how many and how long U.S. troops would continue occupying their country.
It's good to know that a few people still care about the Iraq War. So good for Phyllis Bennis for writing about it and for caring.
But from the good, to the bad. From the good, to the ugly. From the good, to the stupid.
Yes, it's that time. Idiot of the Week.
Once again, it's . . . Matthew Rothschild!!!!!
No Balls Rothschild praises Barack's bad speech on Thursday.
Now, yes, he offers some criticism, but he also can't stop praising.
The speech that even No Balls Rothschild has to admit is about gutting the safety net (Barack's targeting Medicare and Medicaid) gets praise from No Balls.
That 'fairness' is a bit like writing about the Holocaust but stopping before you call out the killing of Jews, gypsies and gays to point out, "Damn, those Nazi's uniforms sure were pressed well."
Talking about missing the damn point. Matthew Rothschild continues to be the most useless of all time.
By the way, don't you think when he was pretending to be neutral in the Democratic Party primaries (he stopped pretending in February 2008), that he should have told you his daughter and wife were working on the Obama campaign? Don't you think so?
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"