Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Greg Hunter has a great article

Not feeling it tonight, sorry.  So let me just note this from Greg Hunter (ICH):

Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says what Hillary Clinton did with her charity and Uranium One while she was Secretary of State was a crime for the history books.  Shipp explains, “Hillary Clinton used this to launder money in foreign banks so it wasn’t subject to U.S. laws, congressional subpoenas or FOIA demands for the evidence.  This was done to launder this money globally into the Clinton Foundation so the U.S. government could not examine it at all.” 

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was the head of the FBI while the Uranium One deal was being done by Clinton and the Russians.  One fifth of U.S. uranium production was bought by the Russians in a deal Clinton pushed and approved.  The Clinton Foundation received more than $140 million from some of the same Russian players who were involved with Uranium One.  Why didn’t Mueller stop the deal?  Shipp says, “Mueller is either a complete moron, which he is not, or he overlooked the biggest counterterrorism cases in U.S. history.  It involved Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One and, of course, the destruction of all the emails and evidence and her secret server, and on and on and on it goes, and he (Mueller) ignored it all.” 

That's all I have tonight, sorry.

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Let's start with stupidity because it needs to be challenged and called out.

Obama untangled us from Iraq, Afghanistan Wars, and ISIS. And the Iran Deal would have kept Iran stable for 15 years.

Instead we are headed to greater instability in Iran.

Barack Obama did not untangle the US from Iraq.  Or from ISIS but we're focused on Iraq.

Before we recount the realities, let's go to a Tweet which notes continued US military action in both Iraq and Afghanistan and maybe even stupid Randy can grasp reality this go round since the Tweet is from the US military.

From ops in Afghanistan to Iraq and Syria, take a look at 's highlights for the past month:

Get it, stupid Randy?

US troops remain in Iraq.  Randy is a stupid lying idiot.

Barack did what he said he would do in 2008.

No, not that "We want out of Iraq!" cry.  He said he'd pull troops out and then send them back in.  He said that to Michael Gordon and Jeff Zeleny of THE NEW YORK TIMES.  But the paper was really busy whoring for Barack so they failed to include that pertinent detail in the published article.

When the transcript went up online, we covered reality.  See the November 2, 2007 "Iraq snapshot," and, at THIRD, "NYT: 'Barack Obama Will Keep Troops In Iraq'."  If others didn't, too bad.  Randy's an idiot.

All US troops did not leave Iraq at the end of 2011.  Some left.  It was a "drawdown" not a "withdrawal" -- DoD understood the difference even if idiots like Randy didn't.

Not only were some US troops left in Iraq but a large number were left in Kuwait.  Senator Kay Hagan grasped that.  We covered that hearing [see the November 11, 2011 snapshot for one example and the hearing was also reported on in the November 15, 2011 snapshot, and "At Trina's site last night, Ava covered an exchange with "Scott Brown questions Panetta and Dempsey (Ava)," at Rebecca's site, Wally covered economic concerns expressed over the use of contractors "The costs (Wally)" and Kat offered a look at various claims about the administration's negotiating goals and what Iraqi leaders supposedly sought with "Who wanted what?""].    Maybe if idiots like Randy had paid attention, Hagan would still be in the Senate instead of losing to a Republican?

In 2012, Barack ran for re-election as president on the false claim that he had ended the Iraq War and pulled all US troops out of Iraq.  In October the so-called presidential debates -- actually the Democratic and Republican debates -- began.

September 26, 2012 (print, it was online September 25, 2012), the New York Times' Tim Arango reported:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

As Ava and I noted the day after the 2012 election:

Days later, October 3rd, Barack 'debated' Mitt RomneyAgain October 16thAgain October 22nd.
Not once did the moderators ever raise the issue.

If Barack's sitting before them and he's flat out lying to the American people, it's their job to ask.  They didn't do their job.  Nor did social menace Candy Crowley who was apparently dreaming of an all-you-can-eat buffet when Barack was babbling away before her about how he wouldn't allow more "troops in Iraq that would tie us down."  But that's exactly what he's currently negotiating.

Maybe Candy Crowley missed the New York Times article?  Maybe she spends all her time pleasuring herself to her version of porn: Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine?

That is possible.

But she was only one of the three moderators.  Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer also moderated.  Of course, they didn't foolishly self-present as a fact checker in the midst of the debate  nor did they hit the publicity circuit before the debate to talk about how they were going to show how it was done.

In 2012, while few paid attention, Barack began sending US troops back into Iraq (just as he promised he'd do in that NEW YORK TIMES interview in 2007).  By June of 2014, he was sending more troops in openly.  US troops remain in Iraq.  They are there to prop up the rulers the US government imposes and to maintain oil production.  They are not there for freedom or democracy.

Which is why Nouri al-Maliki could and did attack and kill protesters and reporters and the US looked the other way.  Barack only gave a damn a few years later when Nouri's action had led to the rise of ISIS and ISIS had seized control of Mosul.  The secret prisons and jails, the torture carried out by Nouri?  Never mattered to the US government.

For weeks now, Iraqis have been protesting the current US puppet Hayder al-Abadi.  And the US government doesn't care.  His response to the protests was to send the Iraqi military to attack them.  And the US government doesn't care.

Last week, Emily Burchfield (Atlantic Council) observed:

It is telling that the most recent press release from the US Department of Defense regarding Iraq—on July 17, the same day Iraqi security forces were beating protesters with rubber hoses—concerned the clearing of ISIS militants in northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, when asked about on the Iraq protests during a State Department Press Briefing, Spokesperson Heather Nauert called the protests an “internal” issue and affirmed the right of the Iraqi government to maintain the security of public property. She also deferred questions about tackling corruption. The United States could benefit from a broader strategy for stabilization and peace building in Iraq that addresses the socioeconomic conditions underlying violent conflict and unrest outside of the counter-ISIS fight.

That's the US government's abuse as the protests continue.  Elijah J. Magnier (MIDDLE EAST POLITICS) explains:

People took to the streets in many southern provinces protesting about the lack of basic services the country has been suffering from for over a decade. In addition, despite an all- party agreement over the results of the last parliamentary elections, the choice of a Prime Minister is not going to be easy. And that is not all: Mesopotamia’s problems continue with the bras-de-fer between Iran and the US, which is intensifying. The actual Prime Minister Haidar Abadi is no longer Iran’s favourite candidate but to the US and its regional Middle Eastern partners he remains so. The big question remains: in the event of successfully backing “their” candidate, who would be the winner, Iran or the USA? Both are determined not to lose and are using all available means to promote their own candidate-agenda.
Interim Prime Minister Haidar Abadi is managing for now to absorb the anger of the population, who took to the streets. They were demonstrating about the lack of jobs, the rationing of fresh water in the southern city of Basra, the regular power cuts in the very hot weather in southern and central Iraq, and they were revolting against the overwhelming corruption Iraq has suffered from since the US occupation in 2003.

People are struggling for basic needs.  Demand these needs and risk death.


These are the faces of the men who lost their lives in the anti-corruption protests in Iraq. May their souls rest in peace, knowing that they inspired millions to continue demanding their rights.

Those are the faces of 8 who have been killed.  They had lives, they had friends and family.  Standing up for basic needs cost them their lives.  In what world is that fair?

And the number killed has continued to increase.

14 killed in two weeks of Iraq protests...

RUDAW reports:

Protests against corruption, unemployment, and a lack of basic services in Iraq’s southern cities have left at least 14 people dead since they began two weeks ago, according to a member of Iraq’s human rights commission.

Security forces have used tear gas, water cannons, and live fire to break up protests that have raged across southern Iraq for over two and a half weeks.

Suffering under high unemployment and lack of water and electricity, angry protesters say they have had enough of government corruption and politicians’ failure to serve the people.

Fadel al-Gharrawi of Iraq’s rights commission, who was appointed by the Iraqi parliament, said there had been fatalities in Basra, Samawah, the Shiite shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala, and in the provinces of Diwaniyah and Babylon, according to Anadolu news agency.

Stupid Randy hasn't Tweeted once about the Iraqi protests.  The Iraqis don't matter to people like Randy, they never have.  Self-absorbed, sick individuals who thrive on lies and deceptions and look the other way while people suffer because of the direct actions of the US government.

A volunteer lawyer was killed to defend protesters in

Qasim al Otabi, president of ’s Bar Association confirms the assassination of prominent -i human rights lawyer Jabbar Abdul Karam.

Amnesty International has already called out the attacks on the protesters (they called out the attacks last week).  Today, Human Rights Watch calls for an investigation into the use of force against the protesters and notes:

Witnesses identified and provided photos and videos of the Interior Ministry’s anti-riot police, federal police, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) forces, Strike Force Brigade (Liwa al-Quwa al-Thariba), and oil facilities police, all identifiable by their uniforms, policing the protests. They said they observed these security forces beating numerous protesters with wooden, plastic, and metal sticks and pipes to disperse the crowds. In two incidents, they said, security forces beat protesters in custody and a journalist conducting an interview.
These security forces along with members of the Badr Organization, part of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, fired on protesters at six of the eight protests investigated, witnesses said. Human Rights Watch documented the deaths of at least two protesters from gunfire. The authorities confirmed both these deaths and a third.
Witnesses said that the 47 injured protesters had been beaten or hit with rocks and gunfire. One protester said he saw a protester hit by a Humvee armored vehicle that was chasing him. Two men are still in comas from serious head injuries caused by the security forces. With the exception of the protests at al-Qurna oil field, protesters and journalists said they did not hear any warning before security forces opened fire or used teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.


Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

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