Friday, March 29, 2019

Tulsi, David DeGraw, Rand Paul

C.I. asked if I could note this:

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  • David DeGraw does good work, I'm happy to note the above.  She's posting two things -- at least one tonight -- at THE COMMON ILLS.

    Now I want to note this.

    That's Joanna Newsom's "In California."  My daughter was listening to our CDs today and she found the Joanna Newsom one and decided she loved this song.  She says "everyone" should listen to it so I told her that I would put it up here.

    Idiot of the week?

    How about the dumb asses who believed the Russian hysteria?  Yes, Rachel Maddow, among others, lied.  But they aren't good liars.  I saw through Rachel, a lot of us did.  A large number of the dumb asses who believed were believing because they wanted to.  So let's award them with Idiot of the Week.

    Now this is from ZERO HEDGE FUND and about Rand Paul wanting an investigation and hearings into how this nonsense got started:

    When asked specifically if former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice should be called to testify about their role in the matter - and be subpoenaed to force their testimony if they refuse to voluntarily comply.
    Paul said:
    “Absolutely. We have John Brennan, who lied to us, who spied on the Senate and tapped into Senate computers,” Paul said.
    “We have James Clapper who came before the Intelligence Committee and said they weren’t collecting all of our phone data. So both Brennan and Clapper have been known to lie in official testimony.They should be brought forward and asked what was their part? What was their role in ginning up this dossier? Amazingly, most media outlets wouldn’t even print the dossier because they thought it was so unsubstantiated. And then all of a sudden, the FBI gives it credence. There’s one interesting story out today that says still no one would print it, so then Comey gives it to President Trump and that’s when it’s been leaked and then we have a news story saying that this dossier had been given to the president and that became the hook or the story.
    “I think it’s a terrible tragedy,” Paul said of the investigation. “It cost us $30 million, two years to go through all of this, the media has been so consumed by all of this that they have barely had time to report on any of the real news of the day. I think we shouldn’t allow this to happen again to a Republican or a Democrat.”

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

    Friday, March 29, 2019.  The puppets need US forces on the ground in Iraq -- they always have.

    Christian Caryl (WASHINGTON POST via GULF NEWS) reports:

    “If you ask me, is the Iraqi government bureaucracy successful? Absolutely not,” Iraqi President Barham Salih said in an interview.
    “Is the Iraqi state succeeding? I think there are some prospects for this country to be moving in the right direction. But the legacies of the past, the problems are really, really monumental.”

    He spoke at length on the need to fight a deeply entrenched culture of corruption in the bureaucracy, the government’s failure to provide basic public services such as water and electricity, and the challenge of preventing a [ISIS] revival.

    Good little puppet.  Barham was chosen by the US.  When he went to Mosul last Friday, he found out that puppets may be propped up by foreigners but they are not beloved by the Iraqi people.  The US government props him up and the US press treats him like a real president.  He's not.  It's a ceremonial position.  With Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the actual leader of Iraq, being such a disaster (and also being installed by the US), the focus really has been on Barham for the US press.

    The puppet wants the US to ''remain active'' in Iraq.  And why wouldn't he?  This is the man who, in the same article, grandly declares, "Every time I go out of the presidential palace in Baghdad—and I do try to go out as often as I can—I do see normalcy coming back, more and more."

    "Every time I go out of the presidential palace in Baghdad --"  Does it get more of the people than that?  (That was sarcasm.)  A puppet propped up in a cushy life, so out of touch that he doesn't even grasp how "Let them eat cake" he comes off.

    And that cushy lifestyle?  He has it because of the US government and the troops on the ground ensure that the Iraqi people do not rise up against their corrupt government.  That's always been the concern whether it was late spring 2006 and the Green Zone was almost penetrated by the Iraqi people or whether it was summer 2014 and Barack Obama fretted that Baghdad might be seized and controlled by ISIS.  The puppet government must be kept in place.

    Jerrod A. Laber (INDEPENDENT) observes:

    President Trump has promised repeatedly to end “endless wars,” during both his campaign and his tenure so far in office. Despite this rhetoric, endless — and, frankly, pointless —wars are, sadly, still the American norm.
    Two more Americans were just killed in Afghanistan — a war that the Trump administration realises needs to end, but seems in no hurry to actually do so. In December 2018, Trump announced that all US troops would be withdrawn from Syria, only to later rescind that declaration in favour of a small force of 400 to 1,000 troops to stay behind indefinitely, complementing the more than 5,000 troops in Iraq, who are there to satiate the administration’s obsession with Iran.

    Soldiers who were children when the Afghanistan war began are dying. It’s well past time to bring all of our troops from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq home.
    [. . .]
    We assume that American soldiers die in defence of our rights and freedoms, as they protect us from existential threats. We thank veterans for their service and revere the dead as martyrs. By and large, we never dig deep into why they actually fight and die. After all, no grieving mother wants to think her child gave their life for nothing. But in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, that’s exactly what’s happening. 

    US troops remain in Iraq because the puppet government has not taken root.  It was always a doubtful project.  The US repeatedly ignored Iraqis who had lived in Iraq to instead install cowards who fled the country and only returned after the US invaded.

    As we have repeatedly noted, if the US was invaded and the invaders installed cowards who had fled the US, we wouldn't support those people.

    That's before you factor in the chips on their shoulders that so many of these cowards bring along.  Nouri al-Maliki was paranoid -- so paranoid that the CIA file on him recommended he be made Prime Minister because his paranoia would make him easy to control.

    On this recommendation, Bully Boy Bush installed him as prime minister in 2006 and Barack Obama gave him a second term in 2010 (via The Erbil Agreement) after the Iraqi people had voted him out.

    Grasp that, not just the democracy aspect.  Grasp how much hatred or indifference -- or both -- the US government truly has to the Iraqi people.  Nouri's paranoia was of epic levels -- to the point where his sanity is in question.  But the US government -- represented by a Republican and then by a Democrat -- was perfectly happy putting a rabid dog in charge.

    Maybe they kidded themselves, for a moment or two, that they had two hands on the leash and could pull him anytime they wanted to.  In the first term, Bully Boy Bush saw the rise of the secret prisons and torture centers under Nouri.  He didn't yank the leash.  In the second term, Barack saw Nouri attack rival politicians (attack -- send the Iraqi forces to raid their homes), attack journalists who covered the protests (in one case, to round them up and torture them -- and this was reported by NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST -- while THE NEW YORK TIMES filed a shameful non-report), attack the protesters, etc.  And Barack didn't yank the leash either.

    The US government put a rabid dog in charge of Iraq and the Iraqi people suffered but it was 'worth it' to the US government because this plant has to take, the roots have to go deep and, until they do, US troops will remain in Iraq.  That's the position of our so-called representatives.

    It's never been about democracy.  You don't value democracy by overturning election results as Barack did in 2010.  You don't instill faith in the ballot box by using The Erbil Agreement to nullify the votes of the Iraqi people.   `

    Missy Ryan (WASHINGTON POST via NATIONAL POST) notes retiring US Gen Joseph Votel feels that ISIS is not defeated (it's not) and he frets over US disengagement.

    Why does the US have to protect Iraq from ISIS?

    In what world does that make sense?

    Yes, Nouri's forces fled in 2014 when ISIS took over Mosul.  Atheel al-Nujaifi was governor of the province then and he has given a very detailed account of how Nouri's forces folded and fled.

    The Iraqi forces would not fight to protect Mosul from ISIS taking over.  They took over in June of 2014.  When did they leave?  Later that year?  The next year?

    ISIS remained in charge of Mosul until July of 2017.

    Why is the US supposed to help?

    A government that allows Mosul, one of their biggest cities, to be controlled by ISIS for three years?  And grasp that this wasn't three years of fighting.  Mosul was allowed to be controlled from June of 2014 with no real effort at liberation until October of 2016.

    Grasp that.  It's important.  It goes to the reality that a puppet government has no real support.

    Every other year, we're told that Iraqi forces need training -- US training.  In what world?  The issue isn't the training, the issue is the lack of support for the puppet government.  That's why so many fled Operation Knight's Charge in 2008 (the Baghdad-based government's assault on Basra).  The Iraqi forces saw huge desertion rates during that battle.

    There is no real government for the Iraqi people to be vested in.

    And the plan is for US troops to remain in Iraq until this puppet government or the next one or the one after finally takes root.

    The kind or blind can say that this is done with 'good intentions.'  Good or not, it's still stupid because it's been done over and over and it has still not taken root.

    Vogel hints and pretends it has -- to Missy Ryan, yes, but in the last Congressional hearing we covered as well -- where he noted it was his last time appearing before the Committee -- and thank heaven for that because maybe the next person in charge will be a little smarter?

    Or maybe that's my stupidity for not grasping that smart never enters into efforts by the US government to control other countries.

    As'ad AbuKhalil (NEW AGE) observes:

    IT HAS been sixteen years since the US invasion of Iraq of 2003. The event barely gets a mention in the US press or is any longer part of American consciousness. Iraq remains a faraway land for most Americans and the remembrance of the Iraq war is only discussed from the standpoint of US strategic blunders. Little attention is paid to the suffering and humiliation of the Iraqi people by the American war apparatus. Wars for Americans are measured in US dollars and American blood: suffering of the natives is not registered in war metrics.

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