Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Iraq, Julian Assange, and two US
whores who exposed themselves but think we should still listen to them.
Someone forgot to take the trash out. Which is how Norman Solomon's latest garbage
is where we start. I have no idea why COUNTERPUNCH continues to run
his garbage. They shouldn't and they owe their readers an apology --
that's not opinion, that's fact. For violating journalistic standards,
they owe their readers an apology.
In 2008, 'antiwar'
Norman was published over and over by COUNTERPUNCH. I liked Alex and I
had more important issues with Norman to call out. So, for example,
ehere and with Ava at THIRD, the focus was on how nOrman was lying to
listeners of KPFA -- among others He went on that radio station and on
programs on other platforms to give 'independent' analysis of the
election. As an 'independent' analyst, Norman managed to trash
Democrats running for the presidential nomination except for one. No,
not Dennis Kucinich. Norman ignored Dennis.
The one Norman kept promoting? Over and over, Barack Obama. But from an independent and netrual stance, you understand.
was a pledged delegate for Barack Obama. Living in California, we were
aware of that. We were also aware of the fact that this detail was
included when his weekly astroturf masquerading as "columns" were
published by real news outlets. When that happened, Norman made sure
that a little note was attached identifying himself as that.
disclosure was never made when he was on KPFA. And we called it out
and were part of a call that grew louder and louder until a call-in
raised it on the air. Poor Norman.
THat's what he was.
COUNTERPUNCH published his articles during that period. I've checked. No disclosure.
He's a whore.
if you let whores in, you're a bordello. I'm not running a whore
house, thank you very much. Norman has never gotten accountable for his
actions in 2008 which were so much worse than just whoring for Barack.
He walked away from the Iraq War. Which, considering how he almost
destroyed Lt Ehren Watada, may have been a good thing. Ehren was
fighting for his future when Norman started attacking him regarding a
female journalist that the court wanted to hear from. I have been told
that woman had nothing to diwht the war Norman waged nd we now highlight
her as a result. I'm not going to bring her name into this but it's
out there and anyone confused should be able to Google. Ehren refused
to take part in the crime that was the Iraq War. And in the middle of
being tried by the US government, Norman starts popping up on various
give-me-meony platforms to take the focus off Ehren who's future is at
stake and to put it on a woman who has to do nthing but say she won't
disclose her sources.
We'll forget -- or at least set aside --
how druing the time he also broke up the marriage of two friends of
mine. Norman, you don't want that story told, do you? DIn't think so.
the Barack aspect is important. During the Barack years, Norman lost
interest in the Iraq War. He was too busy covering for Barack.
matters because he's still doing it. His latest garbage is a
'response' to an NYT article. It's the article we've now noted three
times at this site. Here's the fourth time.
Azmat Khan (NYT) Tweeted:
After years of reporting — more than 1,300 hidden Pentagon documents, ground investigation at the sites of 100+ U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and scores of interviews — we present part 1 of
THE CIVILIAN CASUALTY FILES:
Azmat authored "Hidden Petnagon Records Reveal Patterns Of Failure In Deadly Airstrikes" which went up over the weekend:
Shortly before 3 a.m. on July 19, 2016, American Special Operations
forces bombed what they believed were three ISIS “staging areas” on the
outskirts of Tokhar, a riverside hamlet in northern Syria. They reported
85 fighters killed. In fact, they hit houses far from the front line,
where farmers, their families and other local people sought nighttime
sanctuary from bombing and gunfire. More than 120 villagers were killed.
In early 2017 in Iraq, an American war plane struck a dark-colored
vehicle, believed to be a car bomb, stopped at an intersection in the
Wadi Hajar neighborhood of West Mosul. Actually, the car had been
bearing not a bomb but a man named Majid Mahmoud Ahmed, his wife and
their two children, who were fleeing the fighting nearby. They and three
other civilians were killed.
In November 2015, after observing a man dragging an “unknown heavy
object” into an ISIS “defensive fighting position,” American forces
struck a building in Ramadi, Iraq. A military review found that the
object was actually “a person of small stature” — a child — who died in
None of these deadly failures resulted in a finding of wrongdoing.
These cases are drawn from a hidden Pentagon archive of the American air war in the Middle East since 2014.
The trove of documents — the military’s own confidential assessments of
more than 1,300 reports of civilian casualties, obtained by The New York
Times — lays bare how the air war has been marked by deeply flawed
intelligence, rushed and often imprecise targeting, and the deaths of
thousands of civilians, many of them children, a sharp contrast to the
American government’s image of war waged by all-seeing drones and
The documents show, too, that despite the Pentagon’s highly codified
system for examining civilian casualties, pledges of transparency and
accountability have given way to opacity and impunity. In only a handful
of cases were the assessments made public. Not a single record provided
includes a finding of wrongdoing or disciplinary action. Fewer than a
dozen condolence payments were made, even though many survivors were
left with disabilities requiring expensive medical care. Documented
efforts to identify root causes or lessons learned are rare.
The air campaign represents a fundamental transformation of warfare that
took shape in the final years of the Obama administration, amid the
deepening unpopularity of the forever wars that had claimed more than
6,000 American service members. The United States traded many of its
boots on the ground for an arsenal of aircraft directed by controllers
sitting at computers, often thousands of miles away. President Barack
Obama called it “the most precise air campaign in history.”
This was the promise: America’s “extraordinary technology” would allow
the military to kill the right people while taking the greatest possible
care not to harm the wrong ones.
Please note, DEMOCRACY NOW! speaks with Azmat about her report on today's show.
report she wrote focuses on Barack Obama's drone war and the many dead
as a result -- the many civilians. It doesn't really address all the
lies Barack told while in the White House about the use of the drones.
But it's about his Drone War.
Norman decides he
wants to write about that. But what's a pledged delegate for Barack to
the 2008 DNC convention supposed to do?
decides the thing to do is to write an 887 word commentary that somehow
manages to never use two simple words: Barack Obama.
whored. You whored and Iraq suffered. All these years later, you've
yet to acknowledge, let alone apologize, for the damage you did.
Take your STD laden ass somewhere else. You're an unrepentant whore and no one should ever trust you again. You're trash.
can admit when I was wrong and I've been wrong many times. One of the
biggest times I was wrong was when I took you seriously and at your
word. You are trash. Looking back, you were trash then as well but I
was tood amn stupid to realize it. You have nothing to offer. You are
not independent. You are a whore. Well the world is full of whores
Norman and you've reached the retirement age. We need toa ll ensure
that by noting your past whoring so that young people just getting
political are not unaware of what you did and how you whored.
really is the amazing thing about the internet. It exposes and you
don't have to, ten years later, run to the dark basement of a libray and
get out the microfiche to find out what happened.
Nichols is a dirty whore to wand he also exposed that when he went
ga-ga over Barack. And when someone makes the mistake of interviewing
him on a program today, we get e-mails about it from people who looked
him up and found out what a whore he is.
It's your rap sheet, Norman, and you can't escape it.
COUNTERPUNCH knew or didn't know when they published Norman's 2008
garbage that he was a pledged delegate for Barack Obama. Either way,
that should have been disclosed and the readers are owed a public
apology. In addition, having failed to disclose something that
important, Norman should not be published by COUNTERPUNCH anymore.
John Nichols was brought up in the above let me note something e-mails
came in on. A few were noting that I had missed John Nichols' Julian
I didn't miss it. I was trying to be kind.
It's the typical crap the whore writes.
I'm not a Julian Assange groupie.
people, like John Pilger, still hate me for some of what I've written.
(And yet we still link to John when it's important because we're not
the catty bitches of WSWS.) I've not retracted anything I've said and
stand by it. I think we are, in fact, the only outlet that reported the
court trial accurately. Lovers of Julian couldn't deal with reality.
Haters of Julian tried to make things worse than they were. We reported
the testimony and noted the important parts -- which includes how
Julian ended up in the mess to begin with. John's not told you that
ever. Glenn Greenwald hasn't.
Hopefully, Julian will be free soon and we can talk about the truth.
But what I'm talking about is not anything that matters today in terms of Julian's life.
I'm not making it an issue in the commentary, I'm not noting it and
don't plan to until Julian's free. By contrast, John Nichols wants to
imply that he himself is better than Julian and that we should all be
disgusted by Julian but support his cause.
Julian's not a disgusting person. Nor am I any better than Julian.
He dserves to be free and I can write that and mean it. I don't need to couch that argument with qualifiers.
Nor will I.
End the persecution of Julian Assange and set him free.
It's that basic.
wants you to know that he did a little research -- on things having
nothing to do with Julian. And he's got some historical examples!!!!
No, he's got some factoids from long ago that have nothing to do with
Julian or his case. He uses his column for crap like that and to let
you know that he holds his nose when he speaks of Julian.
not a defense. That's just disgusting but John Nichols is a disgusting
whore who knowingly and willfully lies in print and on the air. When
he was out to defeat Hillary Clinton, for example, there was no lie he
wouldn't tell (Hillary, not Barack, was the one who met with CAnada and
told them NAFTA had her support! -- lie told on DEMOCRACY NOW!; Samantha
Power calling Hillary a monster was a-okay because Samantha and Hillary
were longtime friends -- lie told at THE NATION -- they hadn't even
spoken to one another at that point.) Dirty, lying whore.
The US government's persecution of Julian Assange must stop
immediately. Julian needs to be set free from the UK prison at once.
And the world needs to pay attention to Iraq. MEMO notes:
Iraq, along with Palestine, is a clear
example of the environmental crisis resulting from war, occupation and
neo-colonial policies in the Arab world, which undermine the social and
economic basis of life in the region. The effects of this environmental
crisis appear in devastating climate change, the pollution of extractive
industries, the depletion of natural resources, the scarcity of water,
and the pollution of air and soil due to the use of modern munitions,
such as depleted uranium and white phosphorous, as has been seen in Iraq
and Gaza. It is estimated that the war against Iraq caused the release
of 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide between 2003 and 2007.
That's more than 60 per cent of the total for all countries in the
Despite the availability of this data and
its documentation by international human rights organisations, and the
fact that the internal environmental situation is largely linked to the
outside world, Iraq remained, until recent months, at the bottom of
government and public lists of concerns. It is hardly mentioned except
on the margins of international conferences or among the lists of
"worst" countries in reports and statistics issued by UN bodies and
organisations concerned with the environment and its economic and
societal repercussions. Only then does it rank in a high position that
no one else matches.
Iraq is stable at the top of the most
corrupt countries in the world, and it tops the list of the most corrupt
Arab countries. Iraqi President Barham Salih is unable to cover the
financial loss from corruption in the country over the years. Iraq has
lost hundreds of billions of dollars, including $150 billion smuggled
abroad through lucrative deals since 2003, a figure that seems smaller
when the dinar and dollar are compared, and the word "trillions" comes
Iraq is also among the most dangerous
countries according to the security risk index, competing with Libya,
Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Mali and Afghanistan. This is based on the
documentation of the war and information on terrorism, infighting,
insurgencies and politically motivated unrest. It was also the second
deadliest country for journalists in 2020, according to Reporters
Without Borders. Once-beautiful Baghdad, with its ancient civilisation,
is not spared from inclusion in the list of the least clean cities in
the world due to the neglect of the reconstruction of the buildings and
structures that the occupation destroyed, as well as the infrastructure,
including the sewage system, roads, water drainage and power plants.
In a recent report by the UN Environment
Programme (UNEP), Iraq ranked fifth in the list of countries most
affected by climate change and global warming. The repercussions can be
summed up in the lack of water safe for drinking and irrigation, the
indiscriminate use of groundwater, and the lack of water in the Tigris
and Euphrates rivers due to the construction of dams upstream by Iran
and Turkey, in violation of international agreements. This has caused
agriculture to be abandoned and the displacement of rural populations to
cities that were not prepared to receive them. The Norwegian Refugee
Council declared last week that nearly half of the Iraqi population is
in need of food assistance in the areas affected by drought.
Iraq had had many schools built in recent years. Laura Zhou (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST) reports:
China has signed a deal to build 1,000 schools in Iraq as Beijing pushes for a bigger role in the Middle East while the United States retreats.
Hopefully, unlike the bulk paid for with US taxpayer dollars, these will be built correctly.
political paralysis continues in Iraq. October 10th, the country held
elections. Parliament has still not been convened (it was dissolved
days before the election). No prime minister-designate has been named.
Layal Shakir (RUDAW) reports:
A high-level Shiite delegation arrived in the Kurdistan Region’s capital
on Wednesday to meet with Kurdish leaders, discussing the new
government formation in Iraq following the parliamentary elections where
the Iran-backed Shiites were defeated.
Headed by Nouri al-Maliki, the Coordination Framework, which was formed
by some losing party leaders, arrived in Erbil in the morning hours.
The framework met with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Masoud Barzani in Pirmam, according to a statement from Barzani Headquarters.
The meeting highlighted “the need to review Iraq’s governance, take
advantage of past experiences and considering the principles of
partnership, compromise and balance in the governing process,” read the
Nouiri al-Maliki. Hmm. If only the
press had realized he wasn't dead -- certainly not politically -- and
bothered to pay attention to him. We did. We noted ahead of the
election, months ahead, that he wanted to be prime minister again. We
noted days after the election that he was meeting with various groups in
an attempt to form an alliance. It's a shame that the western press --
so busy with their paint-by-number pieces on how Moqatada was a
"king-maker" couldn't notice reality.
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