Monday, April 09, 2018

Howard The Fake Ass Dean

BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


  1. just checking up on that “far left” “anti-war” candidate I campaigned for in college




THE ORIGINAL FAKE ASS HOWARD DEAN REVEALS HIS TRUE SELF AND IT'S UGLIER THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE EVER GUESSED.


FROM THE TCI WIRE:



And to the realm of pimping war.  Tuesday, the United States Institute of Peace held three panels to push further war in Iraq and Syria.  The third panel was moderated by leaker Stephen Hadley and featured Special Envoy Brett McGurk, US Gen Joseph Vogel (CENTCOM commander) and US AID's Mark Green.

Let's note this segment and, as you read along, grasp the question asked and then Green's response which starts out on a different topic completely and then, mid-way, begins offering nonsense that is little more than definition and has nothing to do with any actual work being done.

Stephen Hadley: [. . .] one gentleman said to us, you know, we've won three wars in Iraq.  One against Saddam Hussein, one against al Qaeda and we're on the threshold of winning one against ISIS but we haven't had an enduring peace.  It was to emphasize -- as you [Mark Green] did and as Gen Votel did -- the importance of the stabilization piece.  Part of that, of course, a mission near and dear to the heart of USIP, is the reconciliation mission, bringing groups -- sectarian groups that are divided by grievances, by history, threats of retaliatory violence -- bringing them together both at the national level and the local level.  Can you talk about what-what the United States and its coalition allies are doing on the reconciliation front in terms of Iraq?


Mark Green: Uh, sure.  Uh, in Iraq, one thing we're doing is help to restore the cultural diversity that has been a hallmark of Iraq.  So in northern Iraq, uh, we're working, again, to help Yazidis and Christian minorities to be able to return home -- to feel secure enough to be able to return home and-and sort of re-establish their communities.  So that's one thing that we're doing in particular.  And, in fact, I know that USIP was at our broad agency co-creation conference when we were working with, uh, a wide range of-of civil society groups -- Iraqi, American, but also from other parts of the world to try to look at this element of, uh, of reconciliation.  On top of that, what we're also doing is strengthening civil society and working with civil society groups. So in addition to having responsive governments and capable governments -- and governments that are capable of delivering services in an equitable way so that groups aren't disenfranchised.  It's also important to strengthen the capability and the role of civil society so that the needs and desires of citizens can be organized and marshalled in their dealings with government.  So, uh, to have effective governance, you have to have an effective government that can deliver.  You also need the cultural ethic and, uh, and community constructs that allow those desires and needs to be organized and pushed forward to the government.  That's part of the work that we're doing there.


Reconciliation?

It refers to one of the benchmarks that was supposed to be tied to continued US financial and military support for Iraq near the end of Bully Boy Bush's second term.  No progress was ever made and soon it was forgotten.  But reconciliation refers to the Sunnis and the Shi'ites.  Specifically, it refers to overturning Paul Bremer's de-Ba'athification.  That policy stripped most Sunnis of the ability to serve in government.  That policy stripped them of many jobs.  It is thought by many -- including every -- that's every! -- witness who appeared before the UK's Iraq Inquiry -- civilian and military witness -- that Bremer's de-Ba'athification was a disaster which destroyed Iraq.

The benchmarks included reconciliation but nothing was done on it -- even to this day.

Another election will be held May 12th and yet again the Justice and Accountability Commission is screening candidates despite the fact that most people were shocked in 2010 that the commission was still around because it had outlived its mandate.

Asked about reconciliation, Mark Green offered nonsense about Christians and Yazidis.  Asked about reconciliation, Green spoke definitions of governance, he did not provide one single example of reconciliation and he knew that as he spoke, it was all over his face.  The others averted their eyes.

June 14, 2014, then-US President Barack Obama insisted that there needed to be a diplomatic push but, though he soon began bombing Iraq daily, there never was a diplomatic effort.  In the time Donald Trump's been president -- about 15 months -- there had been no real diplomatic effort.

Though reconciliation is the best thing for Iraq, it clearly is not the best thing for the occupation of Iraq.  A reconciled Iraq could work together and could expel the foreigners in Iraq including the US occupiers.  As the US government and the UK government have now spent years admitting that Iraq needs a national reconciliation process but have also spent years refusing to help facilitate that, it is very obvious that the governments do not want a reconciled Iraq -- an Iraq that might take charge of its own destiny.

We've previously noted the US Institute of Peace's Tuesday events in  Wednesday's "Iraq snapshot" and in yesterday's snapshot.

While we're noting Brett, let's offer a note to Gina Chon, Rukmini is the new Judith Miller, yes, but she's also got quite a relationship going with your husband.  Considering that you left your husband for Brett when you were both in Iraq and he left his wife for you, you might want to wall Rukmini off from your husband.


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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Mad Maddie's one to talk

BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

MAD MADDIE ALBRIGHT IS PROMOTING A NEW BOOK AND REMINDING PEOPLE NOT TO OVERLOOK FASCISM.

"ALSO," SHE STATES IN EVERY INTERVIEW, "STARVE LOTS OF CHILDREN! LOTS AND LOTS OF CHILDREN!  I'M THE BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD!"

FROM THE TCI WIRE:

This morning, WORLD BULLETIN reports:


A total of 374 would-be candidates will be excluded from Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary polls due to previous associations with the now-defunct Baath Party, according to Iraq’s Justice and Accountability Commission.
In a Monday statement, the commission said it had finished vetting the names of 7,367 potential candidates, 374 of whom had been found to have links with the outlawed party, which ruled Iraq under deposed President Saddam Hussein.

The Justice and Accountability Commission was supposed to have been sent packing long ago.  In fact, ending de-Ba'athification and moving to national reconciliation was one of the benchmarks the Iraqi government was supposed to meet in order to continue receiving US financial and military support.  But that was when Bully Boy Bush was in the White House.  These days, they don't even pretend.  And, let's be clear, the benchmarks were a pretense.  The only one who took them seriously in the US Congress was US House Rep Lloyd Doggett.  He expected them to be met or support to be cut off.  Others in Congress didn't even pretend to care.

May 12th is when Iraq is supposed to hold the latest round of elections.

Dropping back to last Friday's CSIS podcast, where Anthony Cordesman and pollster Dr. Munqith Dagher discussed Iraq's upcoming elections. Using the data pool of those who intend to vote (likely voters), Dagher predicts that Hayder al-Abadi's Al-Nasr will win 72 seats in the Parliament, al-Fath (the militias) will get 37 seats, Sa'eroon (Moqtada al-Sadr's new grouping) will get 27 seats, Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law will get 19 seats, al-Salam will get 18 seats (KDP and PUK parties for the Kurds), Ayad Allawi's Wataniya will get 15 seats. There are others but Dagher did not predict double digits for any of the other seats.  The number are similar for the group of those who are extremely likely to vote (Hayder's seats would jump from 72 to 79 seats).

These are predictions and the election's over a month out (May 12th).  Even if the predictions are accurate, many things could change by the time elections roll around.  In 2010, many pollsters were predicting a big victory for Nouri al-Maliki.  Not only did he not have a big victory at the polls, he did not even have a victory.  Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya won in 2010.

If Dagher's current predictions should prove to be accurate, no single party will win enough seats to form a government and will have to enter arrangements with other parties.

Who will?

That's where it always gets confusing.  There's the law and then there's the Iraqi courts.  The party with the most seats in Parliament is supposed to get first crack at forming a government.  After the 2010 March election, Nouri pulled out a court verdict that none of the other parties knew about and presented it as law.

If the laws and rules are followed this go round and if Dagher's predictions ended up accurate, Hayder al-Abadi would have first crack at forming a government.  He would need to enter alliances with other groups.  You need 163 seats in the Parliament to govern.

And for 2018, what's expected?  Per Dagher, forming the government after the election will not come quickly, "It will take a long time.  It will take quiet a long time."  He did not reference 2010 but he did say he was basing this on the 2014 post-election process.  2010, of course, took eight months following the election for a government to be formed.

Corruption and jobs are the two biggest issues potential voters cite for how they will determine whom to vote for.  That explains Hayder's low turnout.  (Low?  In 2010, Ayad Allawi's group won 91 seats.)  Hayder has not reduced -- let alone ended -- corruption and job creation has not been present in Iraq.  Of course, many who do have jobs in Iraq have a different problem: getting paid for their work.

Ferhad Dolemeri (RUDAW) reports, "Kurdish farmers filed a complaint at Iraq's administrative court in Baghdad against the trade minister as part of their continued demands for not providing full compensation for their last four years of crops sold to Baghdad."


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"THIS JUST IN! GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK!"

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Google and Facebook and more

BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

EMMANUEL MACRON, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE, SAYS FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE ARE BECOMING TOO BIG.


BOVINE BEAUTY DAVID HOGG IMMEDIATELY CALLED ON ALL ADVERTISERS TO BOYCOTT FRANCE WHILE FORMER ACTRESS ALYSSA MILANO TWEETED, "DAMN RUSSIANS!"


FROM THE TCI WIRE:


From Gary, let's go to another whore of Babylon, Jane Arraf (NPR at this moment):

In 2014, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority, facing genocide from ISIS, escaped to the mountain from the town of Sinjar and surrounding villages in northern Iraq.
The United States said it entered the war against ISIS partly to protect Yazidis trapped on the mountain with no food and water.
Four years later, several thousand of them remain there. Destitute and living in tents, they are still too afraid to come down.


True Barack story, in late 2015 as the Yazidis were still refusing attempts to 'rescue' them by getting them off the mountain, then-President Barack Obama wondered "what the f**k do they want?"  A very good question.  But not one that should have surprised him or anyone else.

In real time, in 2014, with this situation, we were quite clear.  We said don't send in US troops.  We said do air drops of packages so that they didn't starve.

That's what should have been done.

The US forces and the Kurds both provided every opportunity for the Yazidis to get off Mount Sinjar.  Not for one day, not for one week, not for one month, not even for one year.  Over and over they provided that opportunity.  The Yazdis wouldn't -- and still won't -- leave.

"I'm trapped!  I'm trapped! Rescue me!"

Save yourself.

Seriously.

Are you a kitten caught in a tree?




I am not a pretty girl
That is not what I do
I ain't no damsel in distress
And I don't need to be rescued, so
So put me down, punk
Wouldn't you prefer a maiden fair?
Isn't there a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere?
[. . .]
And what if there are no damsels in distress?
What if I knew that, and I called your bluff?
Don't you think every kitten
Figures out how to get down
Whether or not you ever show up?



The Yazidis don't figure it out because they don't want anything but to start more wars.  I don't know if that has to do with their worship or what.

But they have certainly been vocal about how the Kurds abandoned them!  Left them on Mt. Sinjar!  They are trapped!

No, you had you chances to come down but you refused to.  That's on you.  And everyone knows the Yazidis will use the same sentences to gripe about the US just as soon as they figure they've drained the US out of all the sympathy they can get.

The Yazidis are victims of their own making.



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"THIS JUST IN! MUELLER HAS VIDEO PROOF!"






  • Sunday, March 25, 2018

    Mueller has proof!

    BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    SOME SAY ROBERT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA HACKING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS "AT THE CROSSROADS."


    THEY ARE WRONG.  IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT  BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- MUELLER HAS ADMITTED HE HAS DOCUMENTED PROOF OF RUSSIAN SPIES ENGAGING IN ACTIVITIES IN KANSAS.

    "TWO RUSSIAN AGENTS, PHILIP AND ELIZABETH, CARRIED OUT A HONEY TRAP ASSIGNMENT IN KANSAS," MUELLER EXPLAINED.  "YOU REMEMBER, THIS IS A STATE THAT THE BLESSED HILLARY CLINTON LOST DESPITE ALL HER GROOVINESS."

    ASKED HOW HE KNEW THIS, MULLER INSISTED HE HAD VIDEO PROOF.  WHEN PRESSED TO DEMONSTRATE THIS, HE SHOWED IT AND IT SEEMED HIGHLY CONVINCING . . . UNTIL THESE REPORTERS POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS ACTUALLY AN EPISODE OF SEASON FIVE OF FX'S THE AMERICANS.


    FROM THE TCI WIRE:



    May 12th, Iraq is set to hold parliamentary elections and no one's been bothered by the fact that Ramadan takes place from May 15th to June 14th.   Past elections in Iraq have required many deyas -- in the case of the 2010 parliamentary elections, many months -- to settle.

    Hayder al-Abadi staked his future on the premature claim that he vanquished ISIS in Iraq.  That, of course, hasn't proven to be the case.   He hasn't been very effective eliminating corruption either. MEM reports, "Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi yesterday ordered an immediate investigation into allegations that fake jobs in the public sector were being offered to citizens by political parties in order to win votes in the country’s upcoming general elections."

    Christopher M. Blanchard (CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE) notes:

    Prime Minister Abadi has announced his plan to lead a coalition of mostly Shia parties and independent Sunni figures under the framework of his Victory (Nasr) Alliance. In launching his own coalition, Abadi is competing with Vice President and former prime minister Nouri al Maliki, who, like Abadi, is a leading member of the Dawa Party. Maliki’s State of Law alliance has been critical of Abadi’s leadership, and some State of Law members are vocal opponents of Iraq’s security partnership with the United States. Several former leaders of the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) militias organized to help fight the Islamic State are participating in the elections as candidates under the rubric of the Fatah Alliance (see textbox below).
    Other prominent Iraqi figures have organized coalitions and lists to contest the election, including a largely Sunni list led by Vice President Osama al Nujayfi and the National Alliance jointly led by Vice President Iyad Allawi, COR Speaker Salim al Juburi, and former deputy Prime Minister Salih al Mutlaq. Among Shia leaders, Ammar al Hakim’s Wisdom (Hikma) movement has formally withdrawn from the Prime Minister’s coalition, but Hakim reportedly intends to coordinate with Abadi during government formation negotiations after the election. Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr is directing his followers to support the multiparty, anti-corruption oriented Sa’irun coalition. Sadr has criticized the participation of PMF leaders in the election and is campaigning on a populist reform and anti-corruption platform.


    Barack Obama ousted Nouri al-Maliki in the fall of 2014 to make Hayder prime minister.  Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri wants to be prime minister again despite his flunkies repeatedly insisting that is not the case.  ALSUMARIA reported yesterday that Nouri has insisted Iraq is passing through a serious, make-it-or-break-it period.  Naturally, Nouri believes he's the one who can save the country -- despite nearly destroying it in 2014..  Today, ALSUMARIA notes that he's saying Iraq needs someone who can lead the country in construction and progress.  Others who would like to become prime minister include Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr who has teamed up with five other groups -- including the Iraqi Communist Party -- for this election cycle.  Two others who'd like to become prime minister, Ammar al-Hakim and Ayad Allawi, have done joint photo-ops.  Ayad Allawi should have been prime minister per the 2010 elections.  But Nouri refused to step down for eight months and brought the country to a stalemate.  Barack Obama, then president, refused to back the winner of the election and instead brokered The Erbil Agreement which, in November of 2010, gave Nouri a second term as prime minister -- in effect, nullifying the election results and overturning the will of the Iraqi people.


    March 7, 2010, Iraq concluded Parliamentary elections. The Guardian's editorial board noted in August 2010, "These elections were hailed prematurely by Mr Obama as a success, but everything that has happened since has surely doused that optimism in a cold shower of reality." 

    November 10, 2010, The Erbil Agreement is signed.  November 11, 2010, the Iraqi Parliament has their first real session in over eight months and finally declares a president, a Speaker of Parliament and Nouri as prime minister-designate -- all the things that were supposed to happen in April of 2010 but didn't.


    If the post-election process goes even 1/4 as poorly as it did in 2010, Ramadan will only compound that.  Holding the election three days before Ramadan was very poor planning.


    All want to reform, but few are sinceres. The reformation in Iraq must be started right now via a set of Procedures are: Cancel privileges and pensions retailed; work on rehabilitating infrastructure and balanced external relations;







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    "The source of all gossip"
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    Friday, March 16, 2018

    The source of all gossip

    BULLY BOY PRESS &   CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

    ALL THE GOSSIP THAT'S FIT TO SPEW?

    IT'S BEEN A VERITABLE SUPER BOWL PARTY CHICKEN WINGS STYLE DUMP THIS WEEK WHEN IT COMES TO GOSSIP RELATED TO PRESIDENT CHEETO. 

    EVERYTHING -- INCLUDING GOSSIP THAT HIS SON WOULD BE DIVORCING -- HAS HIT THE TOILET BOWL THAT IS THE U.S. MEDIA WITH A HEAVY FORCE LEAVING A NASTY STAIN AND REFUSING TO FLUSH DOWN.

    FROM A SECLUDED PRIVATE BAR, A CACKLE EMERGES AND, YES, SHE BECKONS TO US.

    THE ONE PULLING ALL THE MEDIA'S STRINGS, CRANKY CLINTON.

    OVER SHOTS OF CROWN ROYAL AND MULTIPLE BEERS, THE DRUNK CRANKY SLURRED HER WORDS AND WOBBLED ON HER BAR STOOL AS SHE BRAGGED THAT SHE WAS TAKING THE CHEETO DOWN AND MAKING THE MEDIA DO HER BIDDING.

    "PULL THE STRING!" CRANKY CACKLED.  "PULL THE STRING!"

    FROM THE TCI WIRE:

    As Patrick Martin (WSWS) pointed out earlier this month, he is among many people the Democrats are running as "experienced" but they can't seem to talk about their experience:

    Josh Butner, running in the 50th District of California against Republican Duncan Hunter, Jr., “served for 23 years in the United States Navy where he saw multiple combat deployments, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The career Navy SEAL says almost nothing about what he actually did in the top military assassination unit, but that is to be expected. His campaign website features the slogan “Service, Country, Leadership,” alongside a photograph of Butner in desert fatigues.

    I cannot endorse him or not endorse him.  I don't live in that district (Nancy Pelosi's my House Rep).  But if you're running for election on your "service" and your "leadership," you damn well should explain what that is.  If you can't explain, you shouldn't run on it.  And be sure to check out all three installments of Patrick Martin's "The CIA Democrats:"


    PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE


    Iraq is gearing up for elections as well.  They will hold elections May 12th.

    Hayder al-Abadi?  He wants a second term as prime minister.  In the fall of 2014, Barack installed Hayder as prime minister prompting the world to ask: "Hayder who?"

    The watery figure hasn't grown any clearer in the years since.

    But the US installed him and still backs him which prompts Tweets like this:


    America will rig Iraqi elections for Abadi. Hopefully it won’t be a success.





    Hayder wants a second term and is running on defeating ISIS.

    It's shaky ground for him to stand on.

    Adnan Abu Zeed (AL-MONITOR) reports:



    The Islamic State (IS) appears to be staging a comeback in parts of Iraq, which could endanger the country's oil deal with Iran.
    Hamid Hosseini, the Iranian secretary-general of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, warned in late February that the countries' plan can't be implemented fully because of security concerns. The countries signed a bilateral agreement in July 2017 to install a pipeline to transport Kirkuk’s crude oil to Iran to be refined. In the meantime, the oil is being transported by trucks, which are vulnerable to attacks.
    The Kurdish military, or peshmerga forces, took control of Kirkuk in 2014 after Iraqi forces fled as IS swept through the area. But in October, Iraqi forces reclaimed the oil-rich territory from the Kurds.
    IS has been blamed for numerous recent attacks in the area. On Feb. 19, IS fighters ambushed a convoy of the Baghdad government's Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk, killing 27. On Feb. 27, gunmen had targeted the Turkmen Front with a rocket shell. Since Hosseini's warning, security has deteriorated both in Kirkuk and Hawija. Local authorities have called for military enforcement.
    Masrour Barzani, the head of Kurdistan security, stressed that the “IS offensive in Kirkuk province is not coming to an end anytime soon.”

     



    Oops.


    And XINHAU reports:


    Iraqi security forces on Wednesday killed at least seven Islamic State (IS) militants in clashes at a village near the city of Shirqat in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a provincial security source said.
    The clashes erupted at dawn when about 10 IS militants attacked a military base at the village of Mseihli in southern Shirqat, some 280 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, Col. Mohammed al-Jubouri from the media office of the provincial police command told Xinhua.

    Again, oops.

    It was always a mistake for Hayder to run for re-election with nothing to show for it.  Even worse was to run claiming ISIS was defeated.  That might have worked for two weeks but for a campaign that's going to last months, it was a big mistake.



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