Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How did we get here?

Did you see this?

BREAKING NEWS → the House just passed one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history on Iran, Russia, and North Korea.

Sanctions like this don't work.

They do help lead to war.

I'm going to focus on Russia because Hillary Clinton's Temple Love Slaves stirred up s**t with Russia and now we may end up in a war.

Hillary is trash and so are her groupies: Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano and all the rest.

Since they've destroyed the public discussion, I'm going to note these Oliver Stone Tweets:

  • Here’s my response to your 700+ comments on “The Putin Interviews.” Many of you wrote insightfully, inspiringly...
  • "Ukraine on Fire,” the doc I co-produced on the untold story of the 2014 Ukrainian coup, is available at .
  • See my Facebook page for a few thoughtful reactions to "The Putin Interviews."
  • Part 4 of tonight. What do you think? Analyses, observations, and perceptions of our acting all welcome. 😀
  • Part 3 of airs tonight at 9pm on . Catch up on parts 1 and two now:
  • Tell me which poster you like better and why.
  • Who's the enemy?
  • See my analysis here.
  • Is it Trump the pro-Hillary wing hates or is it truly the Russians? The 2 issues seem conflated.
  • Is it worth pushing the world closer to nuclear confrontation over the anger of Trump’s election?

  • Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

    On his trip to Russia, Nouri al-Maliki has now met with the country's president Vladimir Putin.

    1. Meeting with Vice President of Nouri al-Maliki

    : Meeting with Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki

    Former prime minister of Iraq and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki is now one of Iraq's three vice presidents.  He sometimes elevates himself to 'senior' vice president but he's not and there is no such position or ranking.

    Dwayne Harmon (NEWBURG GAZETTE) reports, "During a meeting with Iraq's vice president near Saint Petersburg Tuesday, Putin said the situation in the Middle East is complicated, but the two countries must work together."  SPUTNIK notes the two "discussed the issue of supplying Russian T-90 tanks delivery to Iraq, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Director Dmitry Shugaev said."  XINHUA adds:

    Russia's participation in Middle Eastern issues has prevented the region from falling apart, specifically in Syria and Iraq, said visiting Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki here on Tuesday.
    Maliki made the remarks ahead of an official meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a Kremlin transcript.

    "If it were not for Russia's contribution, the map of the region would have changed for the worse for us," Maliki told Putin.

    Ahead of the trip, Nouri was making these sort of statements.  He's continued to make them.


    Let's drop back to Sunday:

    Today on NPR's MORNING EDITION, the topic came up.  Excerpt.

    LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Andrew Exum is a veteran of the Iraq War. He was also the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy in the Obama administration. I asked him about the role of the U.S. military in Iraq right now. [. . .] So the idea is to train Iraqi troops, support Iraqi troops and let them do the fight. But how many people does the United States have on the ground there, and what are they doing?

    EXUM: So the United States has about 6,000 forces on the ground in Iraq. Most of them are serving as advisers. Some of them are serving as trainers. Some of them are helping the Iraqis with things in which the Iraqi military has traditionally struggled, such as logistics. The United States obviously is also engaging in direct combat in the skies. And there's also a very small special operations component that exists in order to do the kind of direct action special operations raids. If, for example, you get an opportunity to go after senior leadership of the Islamic State, but those strikes are very, very rare. The vast, vast majority of the fighting and the dying, it has to be said, has been done by the Iraqi forces. And they, and specifically the Iraqi special operations forces, have really borne the brunt of the human cost of this conflict.

    As this exchange took place, KURDISTAN 24 reminded, "About 2,100 US soldiers will deploy to Iraq later this year to take over the mission to train and advise Iraqi security forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants following the fall of Mosul, the US announced last week."

    Meanwhile PRESS TV notes:

    Washington now seeks to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in a bid to maintain influence in the region, he said.
    “ISIL resembles the Taliban which was created by the US administration to counter the USSR in Afghanistan. The same way, ISIL was created to counter the Iraqi stance, which did not agree to blockade Syria, was against no-fly zones in Syria and against American military bases,” said the Iraqi vice-president in an interview with Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.
    “The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country’s territory,” al-Maliki noted, adding that he has already warned the Americans against “coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here.”

    Per the law, the US shouldn't be in Iraq now or providing financial or weapon aid.  The Iraqi forces are attacking the Iraq people.  Treaties, laws and the Leahy Amendment are clear that when this happens, the US has to step away.

    Nancy A. Youssef and Mike Giglio (BUZZFEED NEWS) report:

    In the two weeks since Iraqi forces declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, local and international media have told a grim counterstory to the scenes of celebration — a rash of extrajudicial killings of suspected ISIS members at the hands of Iraqi security forces.
    The killings are no secret. Videos of Iraqi soldiers executing ISIS suspects have been posted to social media. Human Rights Watch and other watchdogs have issued reports. Iraqi military officers have openly discussed their participation in torture and revenge killings with reporters.
    Yet US troops embedded with the Iraqi military have reported seeing little of this, a US military official told BuzzFeed News — fewer than five instances. The lack of US reports raises an uncomfortable question: Have US forces simply been absent when the most horrific abuses have taken place or are they ignoring them?
    “My presumption would be that they don’t want to know that all the forces they are supporting have to go on the blacklist,” Belkis Wille, senior Iraq researcher for Human Rights Watch, told BuzzFeed News. “The vast number of abuses we are seeing in Mosul are by Iraqi government forces.”

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