Tuesday, October 17, 2017

They aren't there for us

, , etc voted for war on . made sure it was never investigated. The Empire is bipartisan.

Yep, they're all in the same band.

They're just not in our band.

They're closer to the likes of John McCain than they are to us.

They have more in common with their buddy War Hawks.

Which is why even though We The People want Medicare for All, they think they can distract us and not give it to us.

They'd rather hang with their buddies than represent us.

It's really past time that they were put on notice.

And they need to grasp that they can run all the Hillarys in the world and we won't vote for those War Hawks.

They seem to think we have no choice -- but as we showed in 2016, we always have choices.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

"Oil prices continued to climb Tuesday amid fighting in Iraq that threatened production from northern Iraq and as the relationship between the United States and Iran risked more strain," notes Christopher Alessia (MARKETWATCH).  What's going on?

Kelly McEvers (ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NPR) explained it yesterday afternoon:

There's a confrontation going on over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, and it's between two factions who have been trained and equipped by the United States. On one side are the Iraqi Kurds, and on the other side is the Iraqi central government. Both have been key allies in the U.S. fight against ISIS. The showdown has been a long time in the making, but it really heated up when Kurds recently voted to secede from Iraq. And when it finally boiled over last night, Iraqi forces moved very quickly into what had been a Kurdish stronghold.

She was speaking to THE NEW YORK TIMES' David Zucchino:

DAVID ZUCCHINO: As it turned out, they had managed to split the Kurds by cutting a deal with one faction of the Kurds to have them pull back and let government forces come through. But the other faction, the one that actually rules the autonomous area, decided to stay and fight. And so there was an outbreak of hostilities. But because half of the Kurdish factions just kind of surrendered and withdrew, it made it very easy for the Iraqi forces, the government forces to really sweep through very quickly.

MCEVERS: So does that mean that Iraqi forces from the central government in Baghdad are now in control of the city of Kirkuk?

ZUCCHINO: They absolutely are. They went to the governor's compound, where there were two flags. One was the Iraqi flag and one was the Kurdish flag. And they took down the Kurdish flag, left the Iraqi one and then went around the city taking down all the Peshmerga posters and flags and replacing them with their own. And there was a huge celebration. People poured out into the streets, mostly Turkmen and Arabs, firing guns and honking horns and parading with flags. And it went on for hours.

They managed to split the Kurds by cutting a deal with one faction of the Kurds . . .

Oh, the Talabani betrayers.

They always betray.

Usually because the US government pays them off and, yes, they were paid off yet again.

Jalal Talabani cashed in nicely in 2012 when he betrayed the Iraqi people.  The Shi'ites, the Sunnis and the Kurds came together, remember, to call for a no-confidence vote on then-prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki.  They followed the Constitution and got the needed signatures and all Jalal was supposed to do was officially present the petition in Parliament (at which point the Parliament would vote).  But pressure and rewards via then-Vice President Joe Biden and Jalal refused to follow the Constitution and quickly took his back stabbing fat ass off the Germany.

The Talabanis have betrayed the Kurds yet again.

How long before that corrupt family is run out of Iraq?

THE NEW ARAB reports:

A deal was struck between the Talabani faction of the PUK, which commands many of the Peshmerga based in southern Kirkuk - a group still grieving over the loss of former leader Jalal Talabani earlier this month - and the Baghdad government.
PUK Peshmerga withdrew from their positions without resistance - though reportedly under fire in several hotspots. Exactly what they were offered in return remains to be seen. The deal has appears to have been confirmed publicly - a statement from the KRG prime minister's office explicitly accused the PUK of betrayal. Those in the PUK who wanted to stay and fight, notably Kirkuk's former Governor Najmaldin Karim and Peshmerga commander Kosrat Rasol Ali, were cut out of the decision-making process, and by the time they were aware, it was too late. The Kurds has lost Kirkuk. 

Bought off yet again, the Talabanis betray the Kurds.

Pavel,Talabani's son,lived all his life in US&EU but returned to Kurdistan only a week to sell Kerkuk out to enemies Im ashamed to read it

Is this how you continue the legacy of Talabani? He would be ashamed of you PUK. You sold kurdish unity, people of Kurdistan will remember.

Agreement signed by PUK's Pavel Talabani & PMF's Hadi Al-Amiri according to Gorran federal MP Massoud Haider.

Ala Talabani called Hashd al Shaabi ‘our brothers’, hours after reports of Hashd beheading Pehsmerga.

Lahur and Bafel Talabani ordered the PUK Pesh withdrawal from Kirkuk. Lahur was America’s line to YPG. Read US statement in light of that.

US statement?

US President Donald Trump yesterday lied and stated, "We're not taking sides."

On THE NEWSHOUR (PBS), Judy Woodruff spoke with Emma Sky (who "served as an adviser to General David Petraeus while he was commander of U.S. forces in Iraq from 2007 to 2010"):

JUDY WOODRUFF: Emma Sky, we heard President Trump say today the U.S. is not taking sides in this.
Is that accurate, that the U.S. isn’t taking sides? What is the U.S. role here?

EMMA SKY: Well, the U.S. has stipulated over and over again that its policy is to support a united Iraq.
So you can see the U.S. has given support to Iraqi security forces, but also to the Kurdish Peshmerga, to fight against ISIS. The U.S. policy for the last few years has really been focused on ISIS and not on the day after ISIS.
But what we’re witnessing at the moment is that different groups are already moving to the day after, which is the power struggle for control of different territories in Iraq.
And Barzani believed that during the fight against ISIS, he became stronger because he got weapons directly from the international community. And, as Feisal said, he was able to extend his control over the disputed territories.

He’s also facing domestic problems within Kurdistan. There are tensions between the different Kurdish groups, and some believe that Barzani has overstayed his term as president.

Yeah, you can't make the policy a united Iraq and still be neutral.

A lie.

The Iranian-back militias did not win.  The Kurdish fighters withdrew as ordered by the Talabanis.

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  • Monday, October 16, 2017

    Pro-rape Jimmy Kimmel 'entertains' some

    Monday, Monday.

    Political cartoon,

    Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Weinstein Avoidance" went up last night.


    Yep, Jimmy's a perv.

    Hollywood PERVERT JIMMY KIMMEL "The best moral compass is ME" Featuring Tears for NBC CBS
    Kimmel's Lecture Target: "American Gun-Nut Trump Voters" He weaps tears of shame over Conservatives who don't share his opinion on guns, Health Care, & Patriotism. And on Sexism he is a hypocrite.

    Doubt how bad he is?

    See "Jimmy Kimmel is part of the rape culture" -- that's really Ava, C.I. and Ann, by the way.

    They did a great job.

    The rest of us were really reduced to "Yeah!"


    They got on a roll with that piece.  Praise to them.

    Jimmy Kimmel is disgusting.

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

    Monday, October 16, 2017.  Chaos and violence intensify as new tensions break out.

    Kirkuk offensive: Thousands flee amid Iraq army advance

    ALJAZEERA explains:

    Federal forces, backed by Shia militia, launched a major offensive over two fronts on Monday, aimed at retaking the Kurdish-held city.

    Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from the outskirts of Kirkuk, said an increasing number of Kirkuk residents were trying to flee.

    "Thousands of cars are filling the roads leading out of Kirkuk and the numbers are increasing. There is a lot of fear in the city for the Iraqi army's advance."

    Chaos and fear -- as usual, the Baghdad-based government has a hand in it.

    David Zucchino (NEW YORK TIMES) notes:

    Iraqi state television said early Monday that Iraqi forces had begun an operation to seize the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its surrounding oil fields, despite weeks of urgent efforts by the United States to keep tensions between its allies from boiling over into another war in the Middle East.
    [. . .]
    It was unclear whether American troops were in the area Monday morning. A spokesman for the coalition in Baghdad did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There was no immediate response from the American Embassy in Baghdad.

    The RAND Corporation has repeatedly noted the issue of Kirkuk, such as in 2011:

    The Kurds successfully pushed for the TAL and the 2005 constitution to require a census and a subsequent referendum to determine Kirkuk’s status, both of which they believed would strengthen their arguments to expand the boundaries of the KRG to include Kirkuk and other areas. Although Article 140 of the constitution required the census and referendum to take place by December 31, 2007, political leaders never agreed on how to conduct them, in part because Arab and Turkmen parties questioned the voting eligibility of Kurds who settled (or perhaps resettled) in the area since Saddam Hussein’s fall and feared that their participation would skew the results. Since the constitution failed to specify what would happen if the dead- line was not met, Arab and Turkmen leaders now argue that the constitutional requirement for the census and referendum has expired, while the Kurds maintain that the requirement to conduct a census and referendum still exists. Th is stalemate—which is aggravated by unresolved ques- tions related to federalism and regional autonomy—obstructs eff orts to resolve the status of the disputed territories. Any political settlement will require Iraqi leaders to come to agreement on whether to undertake a census and/or referendum in some manner or to eliminate the require- ment, after which they must modify the constitution and relevant statutes appropriately.
    The historically multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk has immense political, emotional, and economic importance to the groups involved. Kurds see the city as a critical piece of their history and as the center of an autonomous (and perhaps eventually independent) Kurdistan. Further- more, the city of Kirkuk itself sits directly on top of the largest oil fi eld in the region—making the territory a very lucrative asset.

    The vote was due at the end of 2007.

    The Shi'ite dominated government in Baghdad refused to follow the Constitution.

    Not only that, but The Erbil Agreement included that Article 140 would be implemented.  The Erbil Agreement was how Nouri al-Maliki got a second term after the Iraqi voters rejected him as prime minister.  This legal contract was backed by then-US President Barack Obama.

    But once Nouri got his second term, he walked away from the contract and Barack acted as though it never existed -- despite the fact that the US government brokered it.

    The US government has been disgraceful in its dealing with the Kurds.

    Repeatedly, it tells people to abide by the law.

    But only when the law says "wait."

    When the law is on the side of the Kurds, the US government ignores the law.

    The law is that a referendum and census were to be held by the end of 2007.

    It has not taken place.

    Kirkuk remains unresolved.

    And now yet another war may break out as a result.

    But it's the Kurds that are at fault?

    Not Nouri al-Maliki who never held the referendum and census?

    Not the US who looked the other way as the law was ignored and broken?

    You may remember that Hayder al-Abadi, current prime minister of Iraq, insisted on Friday,  "Our forces cannot and will not attack our citizens, Arab or Kurd."

    Yet 24 hours later . . .

    demands the withdrawal of forces from areas occupied since 2014 including by 02:00 or they will be taken forcibly.

     While so many rush to defend Baghdad and its use of Iranian-backed militias to attack the Kurds, not everyone's on board.

    Replying to 
    Every major city in is in a mess. Armed militias act with impunity/extremism/sectarianism. have reason to be skeptical.

    The Latest: US military downplays fighting in Iraq's Kirkuk (from )

    Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Weinstein Avoidance" went up last night.  New content at THIRD:


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