Thursday, March 22, 2018


There has been no accountability for the Iraq War.  It's an important point and one that we can't stress too much.  Patrick Martin (WSWS) points out:

As a matter of international law, the US-UK invasion of Iraq was a criminal act, a brazenly unjustified violation of Iraq’s rights as a sovereign nation. Under the principles laid down at the Nuremberg Tribunal, which declared that the planning and launching of a war of aggression was the supreme crime of the Nazis, from which all other crimes flowed, including the Holocaust, Bush, Blair, Vice President Cheney and aides like Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice should all have been prosecuted as war criminals and jailed for the rest of their lives.
Joining them in the dock would be the media pundits and editors who spread the Bush administration’s lies and deluged American public opinion with war propaganda, in a concerted and deliberate effort to suppress mass antiwar sentiment. The New York Times played the leading role, with correspondent Judith Miller serving as the main conduit for official claims about “weapons of mass destruction,” while columnist Thomas Friedman declared that he had “no problem with a war for oil.” Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen gushed that Colin Powell’s presentation before the United Nations Security Council—based on manufactured “evidence” of Iraqi chemical weapons stockpiles—was “so strong, so convincing” that “there is no choice” but to go to war.
In absolute contrast to the complacent apologetics of the corporate-controlled media, the World Socialist Web Site carried out a continuous exposure of the lies of the Bush administration, while seeking to encourage the mass opposition to the war voiced in the unprecedented mass demonstrations carried out worldwide throughout the months before the US-UK attack, involving tens of millions of people.

It would be wonderful if we could get some accountability.  But the reality is that we can't even get media reports -- forget honest coverage, we can't even get media reports from the corporate media or the fake ass beggar media like Democracy Now!

15 years and the media still pussy-foots around the issue.  It was about oil and it is an occupation.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  "I want my money back."

I never meant to be the needle that broke your back
You were here, you were here, and you were here
Don't look back
I never meant to be the needle that broke your back
You were here, you were here, and you were here
Don't look back
He war he war
He will kill for you
He war he war
He will kill for you
From who you can
You know you can
-- "He War," by Cat Power, first appears on her YOU ARE FREE

However you count it, the Iraq War is now 15 years old.  (Or the latest wave of it.)  The Bastard War?  No, The War Of The Bastards.  It's a long, long list of bastards -- Bully Boy Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Tony Blair, John Howard, Dianne Feinstein, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Olympia Snowe . . . 
The War Of The Bastards.  How appropriate that it's birth is so clouded.  It began at the same moment around the world but, due to the time zone differences, it started on March 20th in Iraq and the late night of March 19th in the US.  

The War Of The Bastards ignored international and domestic law, used pysops on the American people, was willfully sold by the media whores and left the US forever in debt.  US President Donald Trump's slammed for saying three trillion dollars.  Slam him when you want but when he's actually right and you slam him, you make it look like your problem isn't with his actions, it's just with him and that's not going to build a resistance though it may bring one or two more over for your circle jerk.  Play safe, kiddies.

Three trillion is the estimated cost.  That's when the medical needs of the veterans of today's wars are factored in.

Three trillion dollars.  And it wasn't Bush or Barack or Donald's money.  It was We The People's money.

And we suffer, across the country as a result.

I want my money back
I'm down here drowning in your fat
You got me on my knees
Praying for everything you lack
I ain't afraid of you
I'm just a victim of your fears
You cower in your tower
Praying that I'll disappear
I got another plan
One that requires me to stand
On the stage or in the street
Don't need no microphone or beat
And when you hear this song
If you ain't dead sing along
Bang and strum to these here drums
Till you get where you belong

I got a list of demands
Written on the palm of my hands
I ball my fist, you're gonna
Know where I stand
I'm living hand to mouth
You wanna be somebody? See somebody?
Try and free somebody?

"List of Demands (Reparations)" -- the new single from The Kills

"I want my money back!" should be the cry of the American people.

Mike rightly called out Bernie Sander's latest for show action.  But grasp that if Bernie wants to focus on the economy, on jobs (the lack of), on the crumbling infrastructure, you can't do that without talking about where the money went.  It went to the colonize Iraq.  Three trillion dollars and counting.  And counting.

I want my money back.

If the senator wants to run for president again, he's going to have to explain where the money went and how, as president, he'd avoid the same thing.  Because we've now had three occupants of the Oval Office conducting the war on Iraq: Bully Boy Bush, President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.  The money continues to flow to Iraq.

Not to help the Iraqi people, understand, but to prop up the US-created government.  The occupation and the colonization of Iraq continues as surely as the war itself does -- they are all intertwined.

I want my money back.

Gordon Block (WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES) reports:

Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division formally took the lead of the international ground forces helping Iraqi troops defeat ISIS in the country.
The ceremony took place 15 years to the day from when American forces first entered the country to take on Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, after President George W. Bush and his cabinet built the case that the country was developing weapons of mass destruction.
The Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command — Operation Inherent Resolve, previously managed by the 1st Armored Division, represents 75 nations and international organizations supporting training, advising and equipping Iraq’s security forces.

The Iraq War has not ended.  It's amazing that those who supported the war grasp that while those of us who opposed it have a large number who self-deceive that the war is over.  Tara Copp (MILITARY TIMES) spoke with one service member who supports the ongoing and never-ending war:

Fifteen years after the U.S. launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, the remaining U.S. troops deployed there are still needed, the spokesman for U.S. operations in western Iraq said Tuesday.
Marine Corps Col. Seth W.B. Folsom was one of the 150,000 U.S. and coalition troops who initially crossed into Iraq 2003 and is now the commander of Task Force Lion, the continued U.S. effort in Anbar province. 
"My Marines and I came to Iraq in 2003 because we thought it was the right thing to do and we served honorably," Folsom said Tuesday at press briefing with reporters at the Pentagon.
"Unlike a lot of people out there right now, I'm not really interested in engaging in the same sort of self-loathing a lot of people are doing today on the anniversary.  The simple fact is this: the war has changed out here.  It's not the same war anymore.

Well then that would mean -- if it's not the same war anymore -- that it would need something other than the 2002 Congressional authorization to go forward.  The war continues.  Many Americans live blissfully unaware of that.  Who knew we were a nation of Barbara Bushes (the old one, not the young pretty one).

"Why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

Take a look in the mirror, America, we've become Barbara Bush.

We're saggy and flabby -- and that's just our minds.

How does this happen?  Well you can't pay Rachel Maddow over a million a year and still do news, apparently.  Of television outlets, all but CNN pulled out of Iraq at the end of 2008.  The only real American withdraw has been the US media's 2008 withdraw.  The print outlets?  THE WASHINGTON POST has journalists in the region -- often in Iraq itself.  MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS?  None.  Because MCCLATCHY never did s**t.  Bill Moyers started that lie.  KNIGHT RIDDER was the newspaper chain questioning the war and the claims made to support it.  KNIGHT RIDDER was purchased by MCCLATCHY (it ceased publication in July of 2006).  Now MCCLATCHY was around in the lead up to the war.  It did nothing but whore.  Don't give MCCLATCHY credit for what KNIGHT RIDDER did.  It had papers but it chose to whore like THE NEW YORK TIMES did.  THE NEW YORK TIMES?  They do have reporters in Iraq.

Now under Barack, coverage fell there -- despite the money the paper was spending.  Why?  Jill Abrasmon -- who has attacked Judith Miller on the record and on background in a catty manner that can only be described as bitchy (well, there's the c-word but I'm still not comfortable using that).  She supported the war.  She tries to pretend otherwise but she did.  And when she was made editor of the paper, it was all about bury Iraq.  Tim Arango, remember, had the exclusive news in September 2012 that Barack was sending US troops back into Iraq and he had an on the record US military brass source.  Jill wouldn't let that be a story.  Tim finally managed to squeeze it into a report on Syria -- two paragraphs buried in there.

Jill was trash and so is her son.  Poor Jill, disgraced.  And her son's once promising career no more.  Yes, I had a hand in the departure of Jill -- a hand (Elaine actually documented my role at her site, my part -- in the lead up to Jill being fired) -- from the paper.  But when it came to take down her son, that was pretty much 72% me.  You're welcome, Jill.  The Iraqi people pay for your sins, it's the least I can do to make sure that you and your son are miserable.

Jill's gone (and exposed as a racist at the paper).

If Jill were still at the paper, we wouldn't get this announcement:

On the 15th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, we are relaunching At War, which began as a blog for our journalists and contributors in Baghdad years ago. You can read more about that here.
One contributor, Matt Ufford, writes about rolling into Iraq on a tank, as a Marine. Above, U.S. troops keeping watch as the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation burned in April 2003.
In our Op-Ed section, the Iraqi-born novelist Sinan Antoon writes about how he opposed the invasion, and he mourns what has happened since.
“The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in the United States as a ‘blunder,’ or even a colossal mistake,’” he writes. “It was a crime.”

We wouldn't get that if Jill were still at the paper.  But she's gone.  Scribbling a weekly column for THE GUARDIAN -- a foreign newspaper -- and trying to pretend like that qualifies as disgrace when it's shame, she's bathed in shame and embarrassment.

Those objecting to Judith Miller?  Miller's reports were wrong.  Miller didn't make up things, she just trusted her sources and trusted them way too much.  After the fact, Jill tried to whisper to the press to make herself look better.  Reality, Jill had the power to stop Miller's reporting but she supported it.  A lot of people want to pretend that Judith Miller is responsible for everything.  She's responsible for what she wrote.  Others above her are responsible for it making it into print and for it making it into print the way it did.

People sometimes say no lessons were learned from this ongoing war.

How could lessons be learned?

There was no accountability.

MOTHER JONES, to name but one outlet, rewarded pro-War Cheerleaders like Kevin Drum.

The people who were right, to this day, are not applauded.

The people who lied are still in positions of power -- even in the press.

How can lessons be learned when that happens?

Also true, we didn't demand accountability as a people.  When Ed Needham did his "trend" story about bug chasers (AIDS), outraged readers called that junk nonsense out and demanded that ROLLING STONE extend their subscriptions by one issue.  Imagine if NYT subscribers had done that with regards to all the editions of the paper with lies published as fact?

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  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    If only we had functioning unions

    Jerry White (WSWS) reports:

    On Sunday night, the National Education Association (NEA) shut down the strike by 4,000 teachers and support staff in Jersey City, the second-largest school district in the state of New Jersey. The NEA ordered educators to return to their classrooms without providing any details on the tentative deal, let alone allowing workers to vote on it. Presuming that an agreement actually exists, it will do nothing to address teachers’ demands to end soaring health care costs.
    The one-day strike is the latest in a growing wave of protests and calls for strikes that have spread from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Tennessee, Colorado and other states, plus the US territory of Puerto Rico, where teachers struck against school privatization yesterday.
    The struggle of Jersey City teachers exposes the role of the Democratic Party, which supports the assault on teachers and public education no less than the Republicans. At issue is a bill, known as Chapter 78, which forces public employees to pay up to 35 percent of their medical insurance premiums and eliminates fully funded pensions for future teachers. It was passed with the backing of the Democratic-controlled state legislature in 2011.
    Within hours of the beginning of the strike, a Hudson County judge granted the city’s Democratic Party-controlled school board an injunction to order teachers back to work on the grotesque grounds that teachers—not the corporate-controlled politicians—were doing “irreparable harm” to Jersey City school children.
    The Jersey City Education Association (JCEA) is acting in the same manner as the unions in West Virginia, which opposed any struggle of teachers and worked to end it and impose a sell-out deal as soon as they could. Under conditions of a growing desire for a unified fight across the country, the NEA, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the other state-affiliated organizations see as their central task the suppression of class struggle. They will do exactly the same thing wherever a struggle emerges, and not only among teachers.

    It's amazing how many band together to harm workers. 

    They're not interested in addressing the employee concerns but let the workers make some demands and suddenly it's time to block them.

    It would help if the unions would stand up with the workers but they're so quick to cave.

    In fact, C.I. made a good point back in January.  She noted that there have been protests against films for homophobia and for sexism and so much more.  But she said not one union would show up in March (and they didn't) at the Oscars to protest THE POST and the glorification of union buster Katherine Graham.

    And they didn't.  They didn't even issue a press release condemning Graham or her glorification.

    This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  As the Iraq War hits 15, note the silence that continues.

    15 years on and still the Iraq War continues.  The war continues, the occupation continues, Iraq remains a colonial outpost for the US and UK governments.

    Took this photo 15 years ago today, waiting to invade Iraq—all unaware we were about to be part of the greatest lie and greatest crime of our generation

    When does the Iraq War end?  We should be demanding the answer to that question.

    My name is Penny Evans and I've just gone twenty-one
    A young widow in the war that's being fought in Vietnam
    And I have two infant daughters, I thank God I have no sons
    Now they say the war is over but I think it's just begun

    Now they say the war is over .. . but I think it's just begun.

    The war and the occupation of Iraq continues all this

    Yesterday's LETTERS & POLITICS (KPFA) explored Iraq.

    Mitch Jeserich: Now the conventional war itself only took about a month and would end with the toppling of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.  But Iraq would remain to this day incredibly unstable as much of the Middle East and it could be argued that the instability around the Middle East was also due in part to the invasion of Iraq.  The total number of people who died in the war -- and it's hard to get an exact estimate, but they range, on the very low side, to far more than 100,000 people to,  the high side, of over a million people.  And for people in the United States this war who had popular support at the beginning though, of course, not from all quarters that support waned as the war dragged on.  US soldiers and contractors deaths added it up it became clear Iraq did not have Weapons of Mass Destruction and reports also made it clear that the United States committed systemic torture.  Today, the  Iraq invasion of 2003 is considered the biggest foreign policy mistake in US history -- argued by many -- and right there with the Vietnam War. 

    Many got it wrong.  Many walked away.  At THIRD, Betty, Elaine, Trina, Ava and I had discussed a piece that time ran out for.  But here are ten that deserve mention for not just making the hard calls when everyone talked about the Iraq War but who have continued to make those hard calls and refused to provide cover for political favorites.

    1) Glen FordMargaret Kimberley and Bruce A. Dixon (BLACK AGENDA REPORT)
    2) Arundhati Roy (novelist and activist)
    3) Sarah Abdallah (activist)
    4) Harry Belafonte (singer, activist, author, leader)
    5) Justin Raimondo, Jason Ditz, Margaret Griffis, Scott Horton (ANTIWAR.COM)
    6) Cindy Sheehan (activist, author)
    7) Patrick Martin and Bill van Auken (WSWS)
    8)William Rivers Pitt (TRUTHOUT)
    9) Zach Haller (SHIRTLESS PUNDIT)
    10) John Stauber (critic, author)

    These are the ones we had agreed on -- Betty, Elaine, Trina, Ava and I -- and the plan was to include them on a list -- a much larger list -- with other choices for people who had not walked away from the topic.  A lot of people would not make the list because, for example, like United For Peace and Justice, they closed shop after Barack was elected in November of 2008.  Fakers.  But it's important to note the people who did make a difference.

    Yesterday, we noted the latest poll which found more people still believe the Iraq War was a mistake but that the numbers for that position had dropped.  That's because people walked away from Iraq, so called leaders in the US.  It's also because hypocrites have to deny Iraq.  They voted, for example, for Hillary Clinton and they have to disappear Iraq.  Or they are members of The Cult of St. Barack, so they have to disappear Iraq.

    And it's very hard for We The People to know what goes on Iraq today.

    Community members surveyed the 'independent' media landscape yesterday and found disappointing results.  Trina noted US Socialist Worker had nothing on Iraq, Ruth noted that THE PROGRESSIVE had no interest in Iraq, Marcia noted the same with IN THESE TIMES and Betty noted THE NATION's useless Katha Pollitt.  And, for the record, THE NATION did have one article on Iraq -- sadly, it's the Phyllis Bennis article.

    It's that awful piece that we covered in the February 22nd snapshot.  25 days ago!  How timely.  As we observed then:

    It's a curious editorial -- one that leaves the impression that the Iraq War is over.

    If it's over, Phyllis, why are US troops still on the ground in Iraq.

    The editorial hits new lows of whorishness as it names various people -- all Republicans.  I'm sorry, Phyllis, but it was the Democratically controlled Senate, in 2002, that voted for the Iraq War.  Not only does she ignore that, she also ignores certain key others.

    The Iraq War is not over.  For example, over the weekend, the DOD issued this about those killed in the US helicopter crash in Iraq:

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of seven airmen who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died March 15 when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
    Killed was:
    Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. For more information, media may contact the 23rd Wing public affairs office at 229-257-4146.
    Also killed were:
    Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York.
    Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York.
    Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York.
    Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.
    All four were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York. For more information, media may contact the New York National Guard public affairs office at 518-786-4581.
    Also killed were:
    Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida.
    Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.
    Both were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. For more information, media may contact the 920th Rescue Wing public affairs office at 321-615-0329.

    The war is not over.  And it now includes the ongoing occupation.  From US Major Danny Sjursen, "Unmitigated Failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later" (ANTIWAR.COM):

    America, the guileless behemoth, brimming with hubris, somehow cannot see it. The sheer irrationality of the whole endeavor borders – 15 years later – on the absurd. The only real winners in Iraq have been a chauvinist brand Iranian Shi’ism, and the trademark Wahhabi Sunni Islamism of Saudi Arabia. Neither is a true friend to US interests or values. Neither cares whether US soldiers live or die. Each has its own agenda and plays US policymakers and generals like so many fiddles. The rational move for America is to opt out; do less; and walk away before sinking farther into the next quagmire. Unfortunately, compressed so narrowly between adversarial forces, and obtuse as ever, American "statesman" can’t see the way out.
    These wars won’t end well for the United States, just as matters didn’t end well for my platoon, wedged, as it was, between micro-factions of these same adversaries: Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    The Sunni precursors of ISIS shot Sergeant Ty Dejane through the spine – he’s still in a wheel chair. The Shia militiamen aligned with Iran exploded a massive bomb which unleashed shrapnel that tore apart three other young men. Sergeant "Ducks" Duzinskas lost most of an arm. Sergeant Alex Fuller and Specialist Mike Balsley lay dead. They never knew what hit them, just as our platoon never knew who, or what, exactly, we were fighting.

    My boys were sacrificed on the altar of American hubris. That’s the war I remember, and the one the US still fights – futilely – in the Fertile Crescent. Perhaps the citizenry should ponder that…before the next escalation in Iraq.

    The next escalation because the war's never ended.

    But grasp that even on the so-called left, the American people are left in the dark about Iraq.    THE NATION, THE PROGRESSIVE, IN THESE TIMES, et al.  They fail to cover Iraq.  They fail to note it.  How are people supposed to be aware that the war continues when their own media doesn't tell them that truth?

    Even on the 15th anniversary, these whorish, money grubbing outlets can't cover Iraq.

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  • Socialist Worker disappoints again


    From Sunday, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Hillary's Tainted Get Out The Vote Effort."

    I like WSWS.  I do not care for the US Socialist Worker.  WSWS covers real issues.  US Socialist Worker is an embarrassment. 
    106 links to stories on the front page of the website this evening.  Iraq comes up how often?  Not once.  Not. Once.
    Oh, wait, I missed this:
    Today marks the 15th anniversary of the most disastrous U.S. foreign policy decision since President Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 escalation in Vietnam: the invasion of Iraq, a military campaign that ended up costing the United States trillions of dollars, killing more than 4,500 U.S. troops, and realigning the Middle East power structure to Iran’s advantage. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to argue that the sectarianism, terrorism, and Iranian expansionism that defines today’s Middle East can be traced back to that fateful decision in March 2003.
    The Iraq war, in fact, has turned out to be such a calamity that an entire cottage industry has risen up to investigate the invasion, the occupation, and their aftermath. Dozens of books have been written by war correspondents and heavy hitter journalists like the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Gordon chronicling the decision-making process in Washington leading up to the conflict and the endless mistakes that occurred during the subsequent insurgency. The list of errors committed by U.S. officials is so long that one can easily imagine documentary filmmaker Ken Burns tackling the Iraq war as his next public service project for PBS.
    We don’t need to reprise all of the hubris, stupidity, and neoconservative babble that helped tear Iraq apart—there is so much material available that it is difficult to determine which mistakes were catastrophic and which were merely devoid of common sense.
    No, I didn’t miss it.

    Grasp that they are posting about the war but the US Socialist Worker has nothing.  Zilch.  Nada. 


    This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday:

    Monday, March 19, 2018.  The Iraq War hits the 15 year mark.

    Earlier this month, VARIETY profiled Barbra Streisand . . . for some reason.  I loved the notion that the star had used her power to get the stories made that she wanted.

    What stories?

    That awful STAR IS BORN remake?  It wasn't NUTS, she stepped over Debra Winger to steal that role so the film would have been made regardless (and much more believable with another actress).  WHAT'S UP DOC? -- she hates that film to this day.  In the feature, she talked about the hideous HELLO DOLLY.  Are we really supposed to believe that musical wouldn't have been made without Barbra?  It would have been made with Doris Day or any other musical comedy performer (Debbie Reynolds, for example).  FOR PETE'S SAKE -- the film that captured Barbra's homophobia on camera?  (Later, she'd visit the set of one of the RAIDERS and hurl -- joking! -- homophobic comments at Harrison Ford -- you can probably find that online.)  THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT?  That would have (and should have) been made with Elizabeth Taylor but at least it proved Barbra could have two homophobic movies in her filmography -- what an accomplishment for a woman who would be nothing without her gay fans.  I won't begrudge her YENTL.  But that's over a decade into her box office power.  After that, she's got nothing to brag about or even anything that qualifies as a noble failure.

    That got overlooked in all the rightful outrage over her demonstrating that she was someone with too much money and too little common sense: She's cloned her dogs.  She should be ashamed.  Not only because there are rescue dogs in need of homes but also because it shows where her priorities are -- bringing to life dead dogs.  She's is the dead.  The Living Dead.

    And the rightful shock over the cloning of dogs led many to miss the most outrageous part of the feature.

    This is what the nut case said:

    And now, in retrospect, Bush looks quite good compared to Trump. At least he’s not mean-spirited.

    Useless nut said what?

    Bully Boy Bush looks quite good compared to Trump.

    Let's quote someone more gifted and more knowledgeable -- certainly more ethical -- than Barbra.  This is Harry Belafonte from his best selling MY SONG:

    I really did think -- still do -- that George W. Bush was a terrorist.  My only mistake was in calling him the greatest terrorist in the world, since I had not met them all.  His launching a war against Iraq without cause, and with treacherous intent, resulting in the needless deaths of thousands of American servicemen and -women and tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens, the majority of them civilians, qualified him for the title, as far as I was concerned.  Those thousands of innocent lives lost were, to the Bush Administration, just "collateral damage," a phrase that I find infuriating.  To me, collateral damage is just a brazen attempt to find moral grounds for crimes against humanity.

    That reality never occurs to Barbra.  She's apparently stuffed her face so full of fillers that there's no chance for an independent or honest thought to penetrate that skull.

    Recently, still needing applause but too lazy to do anything, Barbra's taken to praising herself for not being harassed.  She leaves out the part about how her then live-in Jon Peters harassed plenty of women and Barbra didn't hold him accountable but instead blamed the women.

    Today is the 15th anniversary of the start of the ongoing Iraq War and an airhead like Barbra is so out of touch she actually declared this month, "And now, in retrospect, Bush looks quite good compared to Trump. At least he’s not mean-spirited."

    Think of all the millions dead and wounded in this illegal war and you start to grasp how a society can arrive at a point where they exclaim, "Off with her head!"

    In Iraq, babies are born with birth defects because of the weapons the US used there.  But Barbra's cloning her damn dogs.  She should fear people storming Malibu.  Maybe that would force her to do something wiser with the money too many have foolishly forked over to her.

    Let's note crazy Barbra's hero Robert Mueller.

    Amid the hysteria in Britain & as the 15th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq nears, here's a video of Robert Mueller lying to the world about WMD's This vile criminal, responsible for countless deaths, has been fully rehabilitated by liberals

    Robert Mueller in 2003 ahead of the start of the Iraq War: As Director [George] Tenat has pointed out, Secretary [Colin] Powell presented evidence last week that Baghdad has failed to disarm its Weapons of Mass Destruction willfully attempting to evade and deceive the international  community.  Our particular concern is that Saddam Hussein may supply terrorists with biological, chemical or radiological material.

    Harry Belafonte one more time:

    To which I say, nine years later: Who was right and who was wrong about Iraq?  About the satellite images showing supposed mobile factories for chemical weapons?  About the supposed bunkers of munition workers?  About the stockpiled weapons of mass destruction?  And is it too much to suggest that Powell and [Condi] Rice, in their eagerness to please their president, did indeed make the moral compromises that house Negroes made in the days of slavery?  That had they followed a higher moral calling, they might have helped prevent that war?

    Some stand tall,  Some cowards (Barbra, we mean you) slither on their bellies like the snakes they are.

    Pay attention, Barbra:

    Here’s my problem with many, though not all, of . Many of the GOP leaders they now eviscerate for enabling Trump also enabled phony WMD evidence & torture before and during Iraq war. As did they.

    Oh.  Believe he burned you, Barbra, worse than in any of his  film reviews attacking you.

    What trash like Barbra and Rachel Maddow have done is muddy the waters.

    Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, 48% of Americans say the decision to use military force was wrong, while slightly fewer (43%) say it was the right decision.

    That number should be much higher but when liars go around spinning for the War Merchants like Robert Mueller and Hillary Clinton and Bully Boy Bush, it's no surprise that the number isn't higher.

    It's cute to watch the whores line up to redeem the death merchants who sold the Iraq War.  But, hey, they also feel that Hillary Clinton was presidential and she voted for the Iraq War, she supported it and only finally called it a mistake after Barack Obama used it to bury her in the Democratic Party primaries of 2008.  And, only much later, would she explain the "mistake" she made was not to vote for and support the illegal war but to believe that Bully Boy Bush would have sent more US troops into Iraq in March of 2003 than he ended up doing.

    That's her "mistake."  And, for the record, though the press has repeatedly insisted in the last four years that she has apologized, she never apologized for the Iraq War.  Nor did she use her time as Secretary of State attempting to help Iraqi women.  She even rejected the pleas of one of her few actual female friends who begged her to do something for Iraqi women.

    Cindy Sheehan has an essay about this 15th anniversary of the ongoing tragedy and we'll note this section:

    o call the 2003 US invasion and subsequent (and ongoing) occupation of Iraq a "mistake" would also be highly inappropriate. The US war machine and its "coalition" knew exactly what they were doing---the destruction of Iraq to seize the oil fields and enrich the war profiteers has been highly successful for them. The destructive US foreign policy is policy, not “oops, we just fell into a war and made a mess.”

    The consequences for today are a horrid legacy of poverty and disease for the people of Iraq. Depleted uranium and poisoned water and land are still killing the people there and the US is still occupying the country despite the fraud of Commander in Grief Obama ending the war in 2009; as agent orange and unexploded land mines are still haunting the people of Vietnam, who "won" the war, but have lost the peace. 

    The ongoing war has destroyed the country of Iraq and reduced it to a nation of widows and orphans where the median age isn't even 20.  Are they thrilled?  They must be!  We keep hearing that things have never been better in Iraq.  Campbell MacDiarmid (ALJAZEERA) explains that the sentiment of the few rulers and not the feelings of the masses:

    "My older brother grew up a few years ahead of me and had friends in different governorates across Iraq but for me, I have only friends in Anbar, I don't have friends in Basra or in other governorates," said Mahmoud Zaki, 34. "Because of what happened with the invasion and the sectarianism that came afterwards divided the Iraqi fabric, it kept us apart."
    With dead relatives, lost opportunities and a feeling of insecurity, many Iraqis remain less interested in elections and democracy than taking care of their loved ones. "I don't want to be wealthy; I want to have a decent life, I want to be safe, I want my family to be safe," said Zaki, who spent two years in American-run prisons on spurious accusations of supporting the rebellion.
    The ongoing violence even makes many Iraqis nostalgic for the relative stability under the former strongman.

    "Under Saddam, you could do whatever you wanted to do, so long as you stayed away from politics and didn't say anything against the government," said Sami Josef, a 32-year-old Christian from Baghdad whose uncle died fighting the Americans. "Until this day, I say God rest the soul of Saddam."

    We need honesty.

    Instead we get lies from idiots like Amanda Terkel (HUFFINGTON POST).  Idot?

    She did write:

    In 2012, Obama won re-election against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was one of the biggest hawks in Congress.

    In 2012, Barack ran against Mitt Romney.  They're called facts, Terkel.

    Need some more?  Ben Rhodes is a hack and a hawk.  You shouldn't promote him if you're talking about a future of wise decisions.

    Nor should you promote War Hawk Tammy Duckworth.  She is not a progressive.  And her being in Congress didn't stop Libya from being attacked, did it?

    It's interesting that Terkel pretends to be against the Iraq War -- such a poser -- but I'm seeing tons of pro-War Hawks in her article and only  two -- Russ Feingold and Katrina vanden Heuvel -- who actually opposed the war.

    The Iraq War started on March 19th (US) and March 20th (Iraq).  That's the time difference.  We'll note the anniversary tomorrow as well.

    But for those that don't grasp the Iraq War has continued, note this:

    This week in 2017, the US dropped a 500 lbs bomb on a crowded residential area of West Mosul, Iraq, unleashing a massive explosion, which killed nearly 300 civilians, many of them children. The strike was the US’s most deadly air strike for civilians in 25 years.

    Also don't forget that seven US service members were killed in the helicopter crash last week in Iraq.  From the US Defense Dept:

    Killed was:
    Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. For more information, media may contact the 23rd Wing public affairs office at 229-257-4146.
    Also killed were:
    Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York.
    Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York.
    Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York.
    Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.
    All four were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York. For more information, media may contact the New York National Guard public affairs office at 518-786-4581.
    Also killed were:
    Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida.
    Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.
    Both were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. For more information, media may contact the 920th Rescue Wing public affairs office at 321-615-0329.