Jun 20 06:51

Megyn Kelly Totally Owns Dick Cheney Over His Terrible Iraq Track Record

"Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir. You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the insurgency was in its last throes back in 2005, and you said that after our intervention, extremists would have to 'rethink their strategy of jihad.' Now, with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with almost 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?"

Jun 20 06:41


Jun 20 06:35

ISIS closes in on Baghdad, joined by former allied tribes turned enemies

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More confirmation that this has turned into a popular revolt against US proxy-rule.

Jun 20 06:32

Washington’s Rats are Abandoning Maliki

On May 19, after the votes were all counted (at least those in Shia regions), the Washington Post, another stalwart backer of the US foreign policy establishment, reported on the victory of Maliki’s party in the elections saying:

“The US Embassy in the capital welcomed the result, calling it ‘another milestone in the democratic development of Iraq.’”

But along the way to Maliki’s re-election plurality, something happened: a lightning-fast military campaign by Sunni insurgents, backed by a population that was furious over several years of violent attack and repression by Maliki’s police and military, and an opportunistic separatist move by Kurds in the north, suddenly put even Baghdad at risk.

Suddenly the rats in Washington, seeing their “man in Baghdad" as vulnerable, and their rickety construct in Iraq as facing collapse, aren’t so committed to democracy in the place, and are “adapting” to a new political environment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Obama administration may be hoping that if Maliki resigns, the Sunnis will simply stop where they are and life will go back to normal. I rather doubt it. A rage long in building is long in cooling and if Maliki waits until the Sunnis are at Baghdad's gates, then there is no reason for them to stop even if he flees.

Jun 20 06:25

Obama will send 300 ‘advisers’ to Iraq

President Obama said Thursday that he is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to aid in the urgent fight against advancing Sunni militants, ramping up U.S. involvement in the country less than three years after he withdrew all American troops.

Speaking after a White House meeting with his top national security advisers, Mr. Obama stopped short of ordering airstrikes against the insurgents but said he might take “targeted” action if necessary. The president emphasized that he won’t send U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US got tangled up in Vietnam by sending "advisers", who (we were told) would not be in actual combat. Of course, that was yet another government lie to trick Americans into accepting a new war. The advisers did fight, and when the North Vietnamese fought back, more "advisers" were sent, escalating the situation until Johnson pulled the Gulf of Tonkin hoax, using an erroneous report of torpedoes from an inexperienced sonar operator who heard his own ship's propellers, to bludgeon Congress into passing a resolution for a "police action" that eventually cost the lives of almost 60,000 Americans.

Jun 19 18:30

These Amazing Pictures Show What Iraq Was Like Before The Country's Decades Of Chaos

Below we have some photos that highlight what Iraq was like before decades of war and conflict affected the county.

Jun 19 16:22

Iraq crisis Q&A: what do you want to know about the Isis offensive?

Peshmerga fighters at a checkpoint outside Mosul which is currently under control of Isis militants. Photograph: Sebastiano Tomada/Getty Images

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The photo that goes with the above caption confirms that more than just ISIS are on the move towards Baghdad. The Peshmerga are Kurds. This is a popular uprising in progress. The people of Iraq, all the people, are taking their nation back from US proxy rule.

Jun 19 14:20

Ukrainian Conflict Could Lead to Gas Rationing

Michael Rivero: Did the US arm the rebels now rampaging through northern Iraq?

Jun 19 11:47

BEX ALERT - Iraq crisis: Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpile' - live

Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons facility'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So they are back to wagging "banned weapons of mass destruction" at us again to sell a new war with Iraq, even though Saddam didn't have chemical weapons and the new government of Iraq isn't making new ones.


Right now the US Government is cornered and desperate. Polls show Americans overwhelmingly opposed to a new invasion of Iraq. But the US cannot "lose" Iraq or the war to force the world back onto the US dollar and the Petrodollar comes off of the rails. The US Government needs to find a way to "motivate" Americans into a new bloodlust aimed at the eeeeeeevil moooslims, and this sudden flurry of articles about how ISIS is already inside the US and planning terror attacks across Europe signals they are seriously considering a new false-flag, more horrific than 9-11, possibly involving chemical weapons, to be blamed on the Muslims.

Jun 19 11:46

ISIS militants raise black flag over Baiji oil refinery

His words came as Jihadist militants surrounded Iraq's largest oil refinery today after a day of intense fighting with government troops and helicopter gunships that at one point led to a desperate last stand by Iraqi soldiers in the control room.

Jun 19 09:47

Ed Miliband - A Shameless Zionist In Our Midst

As the Brits were expressing their disapproval of ‘Red Ed’ and his clumsy politics, the Labour leader found the time to socialise with the Jewish Lobby. The following is Ed Miliband’s speech to LFI (Labour Friends Of Israel), the same Zionist Lobby group that funded Blair’s government as it drove Britain into a criminal war in Iraq.

In his speech, Ed Miliband affirms his deep Zionist affiliation. The verdict on his reign is clear, Miliband should never have been the leader of a major British political party. He would have been better suited for a position as a local Rabbi or a part time job as an Israeli consular.

Jun 19 07:01

Obama to Congress: I don't need new permission on Iraq

I'll let you know what's going on, but I don't need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New authority? You don't have an old authority! Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives to the Executive Branch the command of the nation’s armed forces, while Article I, Section 8 gives to the Legislative Branch the power to decide when the United States goes to war.

Unless you are referring to that "AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ RESOLUTION OF 2002" . Because there is a bit of a problem there. That authorization passed by Congress contained two conditions that had to be met. First was that UN resolutions against nuclear weapons in Iraq had to be enforced. Second that the use of force was pre-authorized against Iraq for direct threats to US security.

On March 18th, 2003, President Bush submitted a letter of transmittal to the US Congress activating the Congressional Authorization for the use of force in Iraq. In that letter Bush stated that Iraq was in defiance of the United Nations' ban on weapons of mass destruction, and that the invasion of Iraq was needed to punish those responsible for 9-11. In hindsight, Bush lied on both points. Bush himself later admitted that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11, and there never were any weapons of mass destruction. President Bush lied to the US Congress when he claimed to have proof of both of those assertions. The forged Niger "Yellow cake" documents, actions by the White House to keep the fact of that forgery secret, the "Dodgy Dossier", etc. all prove the lie was intentional with malice aforethought. That makes the first invasion of Iraq a war crime, illegal and unconstitutional, committed by President Bush.

It also means that 2002 authorization is null and void, since the conditions in it were never met. Iraq was fully in compliance with UN resolutions on weapons of mass destruction, and Iraq was not part of the 9-11 attack on the United States. The 2002 Authorization was never legally in effect and still isn't.

Under the War Powers act the President can deploy US military forces to respond to a direct threat to America, such as your soldiers protecting the embassy, but you cannot invade an entire nation. The President's War Powers authority only lasts 30 days, after which the decision to continue reverts to the Congress.

No, Mr. President, you may not take this nation to war without an Act of Congress. You don't have the authority to start a war on your own and you never did.

Jun 19 06:38

Iraq: The US Sponsored Sectarian “Civil War” is a “War of Aggression”, The “Supreme International Crime”

More than 11 years ago, high ranking government leaders in the United States and Britain likely broke international law in planning and waging the Iraq War.

The great command of the Nuremberg Tribunal convened after the Second World War to punish the evil that had shaken Europe was to abolish the “supreme international crime” – the planning and waging of wars of aggression. “War is essentially an evil thing,” the Tribunal held as it passed judgment on German leaders. “Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world.”

Jun 19 06:24

Dick Cheney's amazing chutzpah on Iraq

You have to hand it to Dick Cheney. How many people, knowing what has happened in Iraq over the last 12 years, would dare to write an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal containing this line: "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many" -- and not be talking about George W. Bush? The man has chutzpah.

The op-ed in question was co-written with Cheney's daughter Liz, former State Department worker and failed Senate candidate. The two are forming a new organization, the Alliance for a Strong America.

Of all the former Bush administration officials who have emerged in the last few days to blame the deteriorating situation in Iraq on Barack Obama, one might think Cheney would be among the last.

Jun 19 06:22

Iraq crisis: US 'urging Maliki to resign'

The US is reported to have demanded the resignation of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as a condition for US military intervention. The Wall Street Journal says the US has signalled its desire for unity government in Iraq without Maliki.

Maliki's government has rejected calls for the prime minister to quit. His spokesman, Zuhair al-Nahar, said the west should focus instead on providing immediate military help to the Iraqi government.

Jun 18 11:17

ISIS Secures US-Made Weapons, Ships Tanks to Syria Front

Creating and equipping a brand new Iraqi military wholecloth was no problem for the US. It was a win-win, a chance to train up a new “ally” and ship massive amounts of US arms-makers equipment abroad.

It’s looking less wise now, as the Iraqi soldiers drop their US gear and run, and the advancing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the same group that used to be al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) during the US occupation, is finding itself in possession of a lot of shiny new US military exports.

Jun 18 11:17

Isis insurgents attack Iraq's biggest oil refinery

Islamist militants launch assault in Baiji as Iran raises prospect of military intervention

Jun 18 09:49

A Brief History of Iraq for Westerners

Because the Arabs were too backward to be allowed to govern themselves, or even to contemplate creating a world war, and because tribes and ethnicities and religions never really garner much loyalty or support that can't be wiped away with a good cup of tea or a few clouds of poison gas, and because the French were too dumb to know where the oil was, it became necessary for the British to install an Iraqi leader who wasn't Iraqi, through a democratic election with one candidate running.

Jun 18 08:55


Shortly after the US revealed that, in addition to aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships it was also sending a few hundred “special forces” on the ground in Iraq, contrary to what Obama had stated previously, Washington made quite clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Then something unexpected happened: Iraq’s Shi’ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq’s main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting “genocide.”

In fact, as Reuters reported moments ago, the Shi’ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction of Obama’s demands, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers “traitors” and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how many personnel and weapons we are going to throw at Iraq (and that number of 275 troops to guard the US embassy is only the proverbial camel's nose under the tent), there is no amount of external force which can resolve the internal Shiite/Sunni conflict, save the Iraqi people themselves.

There has to be an internal dialogue and reconciliation between both groups to get the violence to stop.

However, the hugely autocratic and tone-deaf national Shiite leadership of the Al-Maliki government (the US-sponsored puppet), will do everything in their power to stop that from happening, including calls for the US government to bomb their own citizens.

Before the invasion, occupation, and de-Baathification in Iraq, there was no problem between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims in this country, nor were their problems for the Christian members of that society.

The explosive popular revolution in Iraq can be laid squarely at the feet of the preceding, and current, administrations. In both administrations, US foreign policy regarding Iraq can only be characterized as an epic failure.

Jun 18 07:48

The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Being Told

Jun 18 07:38

Obama to make case for sending special forces to Iraq

President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked congressional leaders to meet with him Wednesday as he considers his options in Iraq.

Administration officials tell us the president will make the case for sending a limited number of special forces troops to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"These aren't troops. These are special forces. Two words. Not really the same thing at all. So I really did not lie to you when I said no troops would go into Iraq. And none are. We are sending special forces. " -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 18 07:33

Oil majors cut staff in Iraq on fears violence will spread

Some oil companies are pulling foreign staff from Iraq, fearing Sunni militants from the north could strike at major oilfields concentrated in the Shi'ite south despite moves by the Baghdad government to tighten security.

Iraqi officials say the southern regions that produce some 90 percent of the country's oil are completely safe from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has seized much of the north in a week as Baghdad's forces there collapsed.

The government says 100,000 police dedicated to protecting oil facilities are on high alert and well armed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So were those 30,000 Iraqi Security Forces than ran like hell!

Jun 18 07:03

Crude oil edges toward $107 after Iraq refinery attacked

Crude-oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back toward $107 a barrel after militants in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery, underlining worries about potential threats to export facilities in the south.

Jun 18 06:56

Obama Eyes Long Campaign of ‘Selective’ Airstrikes for Iraq

According to senior administration officials, President Obama’s latest notion on intervention in Iraq is to model it after the ongoing Yemen drone war, launching “highly selective” airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq rather than engaging in a full-scale air war aimed at changing the situation on the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yemen isn't going all that well, and Obama appears to have forgotten the lesson of Vietnam, which is that you cannot win a war from the air.

Jun 17 10:55

Pentagon Denies Plan to Coordinate Iraq Strikes With Iran

Despite the Obama Administration considering direct security talks with Iran on the worsening situation in Iraq, the Pentagon insists that there will be no coordinated military action with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When this government consistently lies to the American people, and the world, about what this government is going to do, the fact that the Pentagon is denying this possibility strongly suggests to me that it is already in the works.

The US government coordinating with the Iranian government about how to oust fighters in Iraq?!?!?

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

Jun 17 07:56

Iraq, America and The Lobby

It is amusing to witness the energy and effort mainstream news outlets are investing in diverting attention from the fact that the current mess in Iraq is the direct outcome of Jewish political domination of the West for the last two decades.

When America and Britain launched the criminal second Gulf War, it was the Zionist Neocons, a bunch of politically influential Jews who urged the ‘liberation’ of the Iraqi people. Members of the same breed of tribal exponents have rallied for intervention in Iran, Libya and most recently in Syria.

Jun 17 06:21

Saddam-era fugitive’s armed group fighting alongside militants in Iraq, officials say

Signs are emerging that a top fugitive and other military officers from ousted dictator Saddam Hussein's regime are backing Al Qaeda-inspired militants in Iraq, who vowed Thursday to march against Baghdad after seizing two key northern cities.

Jun 17 06:20

Why some Iraqis would rather try their luck under ISIL

Ahmed says he expects Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to try and take Mosul back by force. He described a scenario reminiscent of recent events in Iraq's southern Anbar province, where government forces have been battling militants since January.

"When the Iraqi soldiers come back they will drop every kind of bomb on us and shoot everyone," Ahmed said.

Jun 17 06:19

7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

“ISIS fighters achieved victory after victory in the Sunni north.” While this assertion is true, and towns continue to fall to it, it is simplistic. The central government troops, many of them Shiite, in Mosul and in towns of the north, were unpopular because representatives of a sectarian Shiite regime. The populace of Mosul, including town quarters and clan groups (‘tribes’) on the city’s outskirts, appear to have risen up in conjunction with the ISIS advance, as Patrick Cockburn argues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More confirmation that this is a popular uprising.

Jun 17 06:18

Why ISIS gains in Iraq are reshaping Syrian regime's war strategy

Syria's regime has relied on Shiite fighters to claw back territory from rebels. A draw down of Iraqi Shiites to defend the homeland from ISIS militants puts more strain on Hezbollah.

Jun 17 06:12

500 U.S. Citizens Fighting for Their Lives in Iraq—Obama Denies Air Support Needed to Save Them

I just found out that 500 Americans 500 U.S. Citizens are awaiting evacuation but team Obama, true to his cause isn’t doing a damn thing to get them out. He’s the king of “standing down.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, what Obama may be thinking is how great it would be to have a massacre of Americans so he can wave those bloody shirts to sell a new Iraq war to the American people!

Jun 17 06:04

Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iraq?

rom the sage of NSA surveillance Glenn Greenwald to the prophet of a new American populism Peter Beinart to my old friend from London the political reprobate Christopher Hitchens, a lot of extremely brainy people with liberal or left-wing pedigrees initially backed George W. Bush’s disastrous war in Iraq. What a marvelous thing, they thought, to overthrow a terrible tyrant like Saddam Hussein.

Truth be told, I shared their hatred of Saddam. I had been one of the first to warn back in 1981 of Iraqi and Pakistani efforts to build what Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto called “The Islamic Bomb.” These were serious nuclear programs, as opposed to the bogus Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that the Bushies and their British toady Tony Blair conjured up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Iraq was never about nuclear weapons (which turned out not to exist) but about forcing Iraq's oil to be sold only for US dollars, giving the US financial system a mafia-like "piece of the action" of Iraq's (and later Libya's) oil trade on which they grew wealthy. The entire war agenda is about forcing the world back to the post-WW2 Bretton-Woods agreement that made the US dollar the global trade and banking currency, again giving the US financial system a mafia-like "piece of the action" of all global commerce, and the "Petro-dollar", by which the US conquers all the world's resource-rich areas so that those resources also trade only for the US dollar. What hapens to the people of those invaded nations is irrelevant to that financial agenda.

Jun 17 05:56

Steve Bell on the US-Iran response to the Iraq crisis

Obama administration says it is willing to enter into discussions with Tehran as jihadists capture northern Iraq city of Tal Afar

Jun 17 05:56

British embassy in Iran to reopen as Iraqi crisis deepens

William Hague says diplomatic base in Tehran to be restored as west looks to Iran to help tackle Isis-led insurgency in Iraq

Jun 17 05:52

US sends troops to Baghdad embassy

The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war.

Jun 17 05:51

Saudi rejects foreign interference in Iraq, blames 'sectarian' Maliki

Saudi Arabia rejected on Monday the idea of any foreign interference in Iraq and blamed Baghdad's "sectarian and exclusionary" policies for a lightning offensive by Sunni insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you create a society biased towards one particular group at the expense of the others, such as, oh, for example, the 1% against the 99%, it is only a matter of time before there will be trouble.

Jun 17 05:49

BREAKING NEWS: Obama announces 275 US troops WILL be sent to Iraq to protect American embassy days after saying they would not return

President Obama announced that American troops are being deployed to Iraq

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Send your own kids, Barry.

Jun 17 05:40

Iraqi gains blindside American spies

United States intelligence agencies were caught by surprise when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized two major Iraqi cities this week and sent Iraqi defense forces fleeing, current and former U.S. officials said Thursday. With U.S. troops long gone from the country, Washington didn't have the spies on the ground or the surveillance gear in the skies necessary to predict when and where the jihadist group would strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess they were too busy spying on law-abiding Americans!

Jun 16 13:48

Obama Considers Special Forces To Help In Iraq

The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation's rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday.

While President Barack Obama has explicitly ruled out putting U.S. troops into direct combat in Iraq, the plan under consideration suggests he would be willing to send Americans into a collapsing security situation for training and other purposes.

Jun 16 13:16

State Department Denies Embassy In Iraq Being Evacuated: They Are Being “Temporarily Relocated”…

Jen Psaki goes full-Baghdad Bob.

Jun 16 10:44

BEX ALERT - Will ISIS plan a 9/11-style terror plot against the U.S.?

Republicans are sounding the warning that the next 9/11-like terror plot could emerge from the regions of Iraq and Syria that are currently dominated by an extremist group bearing down on Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right. And Iraq stole incubators from Kuwait and Saddam had nuclear weapons, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Back in 1979, when the people of Iraq got fed up with living under a US puppet regime and kicked the Shah out, the US Government and the media branded the Iranians as "terrorists", "separatists", militants", and "insurgents" until the reality of a popular revolt against US proxy rule became undeniable. The same is happening in Iraq. When you look at how 30,00 US trained and financed Iraqi security forces have been swept away, it is obvious this is not the work of a splinter "Islamic" group, but a full on popular uprising.

The US is on the verge of getting kicked out of Iraq and they are desperate to re-invade and re-conquer Iraq, but dare not admit as such to the American people lest the war-weary American people decide a sequel to the illegal US invasion of Iraq (based on the lie of Saddam's nuclear weapons) is not a good idea.

They must be pretty desperate to try to wag 9-11 at us, in yet another attempt to scare us all into going to war against a nation that dares break free of US control. Are they desperate enough to set off a major explosion in the US to blame on the Iraqs? Certainly false-flag attacks are a well-known means for dictatorships to get what they want, such as Hitler's staging a phony attack on the German radio station in Gleiwitz, which was blamed on Poland to trick the Germans into an invasion. Israeli agents bombed British and US assets in Egypt and planted evidence to frame Egyptian Muslims in what later exploded as the Lavon affair scandal. Likewise, as Israel was attacking the USS Liberty, Israel claimed Egypt was attacking that ship, until the crew managed to get a radio message out past the Israeli jamming identifying their true attackers.

And if there is a really big bang, to be blamed on the next invasion target, that big bang will tell all of Americans that the NSA spying and TSA crotch-groping, all clear violations of the Constitution, really doesn't work to stop terror at all!

Jun 16 08:42


Jun 16 08:25

John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict

The Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Kerry also said in an interview with Yahoo! News that U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.

Kerry said Washington is "open to discussions" with Tehran if the Iranians can help end the violence and restore confidence in the Iraqi government. Asked about possible military cooperation with Iran, Kerry said he would "not rule out anything that would be constructive." However, he stressed that any contacts with Iran would move "step-by-step."

U.S. officials said earlier there is a possibility that Undersecretary of State William Burns may discuss Iraq with an Iranian delegation at nuclear talks in Vienna.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary of State Kerry: sir, I am having an industrial strength, palm-to-forehead moment, upon reading your comments about drone strikes.

The current administration is definitely on the ropes on this one, and it appears the Iraqi people want their country back, and do not believe it will do well under its current, US-imposed leadership of Al-Maliki.

The drone strikes kill and maim a large number of innocent civilians, in this form of extrajudicial assassinations.

Congress, many of them facing a hostile voters, and critically vulnerable in upcoming elections, are most likely not to want to cooperate with the administration on further war efforts.

The scandals during this administration just keep on becoming more and more outrageous; Benghazigate, IRSgate, APgate, Obamacare; VAgate, APgate, Bergdolfgate, and NSAgate.

The state of the economy is in ruins in this country, except for the money junkies, and many people are in a very tough state financially.

The only option President Obama has right now is to invoke the War Powers act, and hope and pray that the drone strikes will murder enough Iraqis to calm down the local momentum away from Iraq's US-installed puppet.

But the President has only 30 days in which to act unilaterally, and only if there is a real, specific threat to the US itself, for which the current state of affairs in Iraq cannot possibly be said to qualify.

This is, I am pretty much convinced, the reason that Lindsey Graham was all over the talking head/presstitute "news" shows yesterday, and threatening the US with another "terrorist attack" (read: false flag) if we did not immediately re-invade Iraq.

Losing Iraq is losing the use of the US dollar as the medium of payment for Iraqi oil. Other nations, like China and Russia, have begun to freeze out the use of the US dollar completely, and China is dropping US treasuries like crazy.

(Sigh): This administration appears to be pathologically allergic to intelligent, long-term thinking and problem-prevention (not to mention problem solving).

The original invasion and occupation of Iraq was built on a pack of lies; the re-invasion of Iraq is an even more lousy idea, and one which will wind up leaving this country even more broke, morally and fiscally, than it is already.

So no, Secretary Kerry; extrajudicial assassinations will not "fix" the problems in Iraq; the religious/tribal ethnic strife, between Shiite and Sunni here have to be addressed internally, and in the context of peaceful, disciplined, and difficult dialogue so that all the people of the country feel as though they are respected, by both their government and their military.

Jun 16 08:06

Iraq Blows Wide Open

The late Saddam Hussein was certainly right when he predicted that America’s invasion of Iraq would become “the Mother of All Battles.” Eleven years later, it continues.

This week saw the collapse of two divisions of Iraq’s government army, a full 30,000 men running like chickens before the relentless advance of the fighters of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams(Syria). The same puppet army trained and equipped for a decade by the US at a cost of $14 billion. An evil portent of what awaits Afghanistan’s US-led army and police.

Remember when President George W. Bush boasted, “mission accomplished?” Was not the wicked Saddam Hussein lynched by US Shia allies? Wasn’t the dreaded al-Qaida defeated and its leader, Osama bin Laden, assassinated? Remember all that crowing from Washington about “draining the swamp” in Iraq?

Jun 16 07:43

Iraq conflict: U.S. open to talks with Iran over Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would that be the same Iran the US Government has been telling us ever since 1979 cannot be trusted to keep any agreement, such as the P5+1? And now the US and Iran are going to give each other a wet sloppy kiss and whup on the Iraqi people together?

The US must really be desperate in Iraq to so openly undermine their own anti-Iran propaganda this way.

"We've always been at war with Eastasia!"

Jun 16 07:15

US preparing for direct dialogue with Iran over ISIS threat in Iraq – report

The US is getting ready for an open dialogue with Iran to discuss Iraq’s security concerns and ways of responding to radical Sunni militia that have been gaining ground in western Iraq, The Wall Street Journal quoted senior US officials as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will bet lifting those sanctions is on the talking points list!

Jun 16 06:58

Criticism of Obama mounts as Islamists sweep through Iraq

Islamist militants swept toward Baghdad on Sunday, leaving a bloody trail in their wake and putting pressure on the Obama administration to come up with a response as Republicans warned that sectarian violence in Iraq is making the world less safe with each passing day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This isn't "Islamists", or "militants", or "sectarians", or "Al Qaeda." Do you really think a group of just a few thousand could capture so much territory so quickly? This is a full-on popular uprising by the people of Iraq against their US puppet rulers, little different from 1979 when the people of Iran kicked out their US puppet ruler, the Shah. The US Government is having to try and re-invade and re-conquer Iraq without admitting to the war-weary American people that this is what they are actually doing!

Jun 15 16:37

Senator says ISIS held territory in Iraq will be the next 9/11 ‘staging area’

“Iraq and Syria combined are going to be the staging area for the next 9/11 if we don’t do anything about it,” Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN Sunday. “If Bagdad falls, if the central government falls, a disaster awaits us of monumental proportions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They have to be pretty damned desperate to wag 9-11 at us. Especially since we have George Bush on video admitting Iraq had nothing to do with the first 9-11!

The "disaster of monumental proportions" Lindsey Graham is talking about if the Iraqi people kick out their US puppet regime is actually about money. The war agenda followed by the US is to conquer all of the world's resource-rich areas to force everyone to pay for those resources in US dollars borrowed at interest from the Federal Reserve. Iraq itself is a classic example. In 2002 Saddam Hussein received permission from the United Nations to sell Iraq's oil, not for the dollar, but for the Euro. One year later, lying that Saddam had nuclear weapons, the US invaded and Iraq's oil is back on the world market, but only for the US dollar.

What is going on in Iraq is a popular uprising, similar to the one in Iran in 1979 that kicked out the US puppet the Shah.

If the people of Iraq succeed in taking back their country from US proxy-rule, the rest of the war agenda will collapse. The American people will tolerate no more wars, will certainly not pay the bills for the wars, let alone sacrifice the lives of their children just to make the private central bank richer than it already is.

Washington DC is desperate to crush down the Iraqi people, but dares not openly invade and conquer Iraq a second time, in an election year. So they are pulling out every slimy trick there is in the book, calling the Iraqi people "terrorists", "militants", "insurgents", and "Al Qaeda" to obfuscate the fact that this is a popular revolt. As a side note, the US Government described the Iranian people the same way in 1979, until the reality of it being a revolution was inescapable.

So now Senator Graham is going to wag 9-11 at us to get the American people to go along with having to invade and conquer Iraq all over again. This is desperation on the cusp of madness, maybe even desperation enough to try another false-flag hoax.

But use your common sense. If the people of Iraq succeed in ousting the US puppet government, they are NOT going to overtly attack the United States because they know that would give the US Government the excuse to launch another all-out war, and the people of Iraq have had enough of all-out war from the United States. They will, as Iran did in 1979, mind their own business and not give the US a reason to attack.

If there is a big bang somewhere in the United States, it will not be from Iraq, although Iraq will get the blame for it. But if there is a Big Bang in America what it will also do is send the message that all of this illegal and unconstitutional spying on law-abiding Americans by the NSA doesn't work to stop terrorism. If there is a Big Bang in America what it will do is send the message that all of this illegal and unconstitutional crotch-groping, luggage looting, and laptop smashing on law-abiding Americans by the TSA doesn't work to stop terrorism.

The only way to stop real terrorism is to stop screwing around with other peoples' countries.

Jun 14 14:10

US warship, 50 fighter jets ready in Persian Gulf as Iraq crisis escalating

The Pentagon says the US aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush and more than 50 attack aircraft are in the Persian Gulf, ready to launch attacks against Takfiri militants in Iraq.

The warship along with a battle group of ships are "in the region and ready for tasking," Pentagon spokesperson Rear Adm John Kirby said on Friday.

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Ah, but there is a major problem. The American people and indeed the whole world knows that the United States invasion of Iraq was illegal, based as it was on the lie of Saddam's nuclear weapons. The United States lacks any legitimacy to be in Iraq at all. This makes invading Iraq all over again a very hard sell to the American people just months before the mid-term elections.

Further complicating the legal picture is that Obama cannot attack Iraq without authorization from Congress or the United Nations. Congress won't authorize war, again out of fear of voter retaliation in November. Russia and China can be expected to veto any UN Security Council resolution for military action. The War Powers act allows the President to deploy US military force anywhere in the world on his own authority, to meet a threat to the United States. But nobody is going to accept that the Iraqi people taking back their country is any kind of threat to anyone in the United States except Wall Street, who are at all-time historic lows in terms of public support for their wars-for-greed.

There is in short no way that Obama can attack Iraq that will be in any way seen as justified or credible, let alone legal.

Jun 14 13:39

‘We are in shock’: Baghdad ‘empty’ as Iraqi capital prepares for jihadist siege

The usually bustling streets of Baghdad were quiet on Thursday and business almost at a halt as stunned residents feared the imminent arrival in the capital of bands of Islamist militants.

“Baghdad has been empty for two days,” said Zaid Andulwahab, 33, sitting in a deserted restaurant in the centre of Baghdad.

“The gunmen are only 90 kilometres away from the capital. This means … they might storm it all of a sudden,” he said.

Jun 14 08:28

Iraq unraveling as top Shiite cleric issues call to arms

The likely breakup of Iraq into feuding ethnic and sectarian bastions accelerated Friday as Iraq’s senior Shiite Muslim cleric broke years of support for the central government and decreed that every able-bodied Shiite man had a religious obligation to defend the sect’s holy sites from rebellious Sunni Muslims led by fighters from the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Jun 14 07:04

Obama: ‘Ultimately It’s Up to the Iraqis to Solve Their Problems’

At the White House Friday, President Obama addressed the growing trouble in Iraq arguing that leaders there need to take responsibility to solve their own nation’s problems.

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Kennedy said the exact same thing about Vietnam.

Jun 13 11:31

Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani Issues Call to Arms to Fight al-Qaeda

Notoriously reluctant to involve himself in security affairs, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the top Shi’ite religious leader in Iraq, has issued a call to arms today, urging everyone who is able to do so to take up arms and fight the advancing al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

Jun 13 11:30

US ‘Urgently’ Readies Air Strikes Against al-Qaeda in Iraq

There seems to be growing momentum among US politicians from both parties in favor of direct military intervention on behalf of the Iraqi government, with President Obama saying he won’t rule out anything that might aid Prime Minister Maliki.

Jun 13 11:18

Irony: George H. W. Bush Is Heading Toward Iraq... The Aircraft Carrier, That Is

Yesterday, when we presented the latest US naval update, focusing on the distribution of US aircraft carriers around the world and particularly in the middle east, we summarized that "America, which historically has had a far greater naval presence in the middle east, is quite unprepared for the recent dramatic resurgence of Al Qaeda splinter groups. Expect at least one more aircraft carrier to depart in direction Iraq shortly."

Jun 13 09:21

Report: Iran Deploys Military To Fight Sunni ISIL Insurgents in Iraq

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces helped Iraqi troops regain control over most of Tikrit, according to Iranian security sources.

Confronted by the threat of Sunni Muslim forces overtaking Shiite-dominated Iraq, Iran responded to aid its Arab ally and sent Revolutionary Guard fighters to Iraq, according to Iranian security sources.

At least three battalions of the Quds Forces, the elite overseas branch of the Guards, were deployed to support the fight against ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda that is swiftly conquering territory across Iraq, they said.

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What an absolutely brilliant chess move, on the part of the Iranian government and military; I mean, how the heck can the US government even talk about invading or bombing Iran while it is in the process of helping a US-allied government in Iraq?!?

The short answer is, YOU CAN'T!!

Jun 13 07:33

Biden Once Called Iraq One of Obama's 'Great Achievements'

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Given the quality of Obama's other achievements, such as Obamacare, the use of the IRS against opponents, NSA, Benghazi, "Getting" Bin Laden, and human-caused global warming, this might actually still be true! :)

Jun 13 07:31

Obama may find himself allied with Iran during Iraq's jihad battle

With President Barack Obama on Thursday announcing to the American people that the U.S. must assist the fragile Iraq government to defend itself against a tidal wave of jihadists in that nation's northern region, Obama now finds himself in the peculiar position of perhaps partnering with the terrorist-sponsoring, Sharia-imposing nation of Iran.

Iran, which has always opposed al-Qaida and other Sunni Muslim terrorist groups, is reportedly mobilizing its military to enter Iraq and assist in repelling the onslaught of the al-Qaida offshoot that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As described in past Examiner news stories, the ISIS is considered even more brutal and merciless than the original al-Qaida.

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This is a brilliant move on Iran's part, making it far more difficult for the US to find an excuse to start war with Iran.

Jun 13 07:14

Iran signals intent to fight as two Iraqi towns fall

Militants who seized large swaths of Iraq's Sunni heartland with lightning advances this week have pushed into an ethnically mixed province and captured two towns northeast of Baghdad, officials said Friday as neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran signaled its willingness to confront the growing threat.

The fresh gains by insurgents, spearheaded by fighters from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, come as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government struggles to form a coherent response after the militants blitzed and captured the country's second-largest city of Mosul, Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, smaller communities, as well as military and police bases - often after meeting little resistance from state security forces.

Jun 13 06:59

Obama considers more aid to Iraq after stunning militant attacks

Caught off guard by stunning battlefield gains made by al Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, President Obama tried to assure alarmed lawmakers Thursday that he is not ruling out anything to help the besieged government in Baghdad, including airstrikes.

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Mr. Obama said the U.S. has an interest in ensuring jihadists don’t gain control in Iraq.

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Mr. President, your pants are on fire! Calling the people of Iraq "terrorists", or "Al Qaeda", or "militants" does not obfuscate the fact that the US invaded Iraq in 2003 under the trumped-up pretext of Saddam's nuclear weapons, and installed a puppet ruler to control Iraq's oil and more importantly, make sure it was bought and paid for using US dollars borrowed at interest from the Federal Reserve. The people of Iraq are now kicking out their US puppet ruler, just like Iran did in 1979. The American Empire is trying to find a way to put down this rebellious province without the war-weary American people seeing it as another invasion and conquest so soon after the last one!

Jun 13 06:46

Iraq Splinters Into Pieces, Al Qaeda in Control of Several Cities, Kurds Take Oil City Kirkuk; Thank George Bush and the Neocons; Iraq Before and After

"They will shower us with flowers."

Anyone recall that idiotic line from disgraced Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld?

Remember any of these lies...

"Oil will flow freely."
"The war will pay for itself."
"We know where they [WOMDs] are."

And with blatant lies and complete ineptitude, the US set about "nation building" in Iraq. It was the neocon's number one wet dream at the time.

Today the results are in.

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Jun 13 06:35

Australian Prime Minister Not Ruling Out Military Intervention In Iraq

Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia, has not ruled out military intervention in Iraq as the crisis in the Middle East deepens. After meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, the Prime Minister said that any request for Australian assistance would be taken seriously. Australia was the third largest contributor of manpower and materials during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, after the United States and the United Kingdom. - See more at:

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Well Tony, if you really feel that way... Here's your rifle, here's your parachute; we ran out of the desert camo but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Abu Ghraib. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane, and we'll call the people of Iraq and tell them that you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself. But we all remember how this mess in Iraq started with lies about non-existent nuclear weapons, so you will forgive us if we sit this next fiasco out and keep our kids safe at home!

Jun 12 13:35

Raw: Militants Seize Former US Base in Tikrit

Islamic militants overran a former U.S. military base near the northern city of Tikrit, taking hundreds of Iraqi soldiers prisoner. (June 12)

Jun 12 10:31

Iran Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces Helped Iraqi Troops Win Back Control of Most of Tikrit, the Sources Said

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This was a very smart move on Iran's part. Now Obama can't claim Iran is behind the uprising and use it to justify an attack on Iran.

Jun 12 10:28

Caught off guard by al Qaeda uprising, Obama considers more aid to Iraq

Caught off guard by al Qaeda-linked militants seizing more cities in Iraq, President Obama said Thursday he’s not ruling out anything to help the beseiged government in Baghdad, including possible air strikes.

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House, Mr. Obama said the U.S. has interest in assuring that jihadists don’t gain control in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is going on in Iraq, although spun as "Jihad" and "Al Qaeda" by the US media, is a repeat of what happened in Iran in 1979. The people are fed up with their US puppet rulers and are taking back their nation.

But the US cannot afford a single loss in their plan to force the world back into the Petro-dollar deal and reliance on the US dollar for all international trade and banking (which has made the US financial system very rich indeed), so when Obama says 'anything", that will include young Americans in uniform being sent in for a second invasion and conquest.

Jun 12 09:35

Tribal rebels capture soldiers of Maliki army after the big runaway dressed in civilian clothes

Mujahideen Army start to use tanks in the battles against the Peshmerga in Kirkuk which is trying to control the military bases that formerly seized by the Mujahideen

Jun 12 07:19

The battle for Baghdad is nigh: Thousands of men answer Iraqi government's call to arms as ISIS jihadists bear down on capital

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Look at all the old men in that second picture down. Hardly a credible military force in the making. I suspect that these photos are from some other event, mislabeled to make it look like the people of Iraq are still supporting their US puppet regime.

Jun 12 06:58


There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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I wrote this article way back when the US Government was still trying to justify the invasion and conquest of Iraq by claiming that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. It is a detailed breakdown of all of the obvious lies, frauds, and falsehoods used to trick Americans into supporting that war. The real agenda, long hidden, was to punish Iraq for daring to sell their oil for the Euro and to install a puppet regime that would enforce the sale of Iraq's oil for the US dollar.

So, as Obama cranks up the drones and sends the troops back into Iraq for "Invasion: The sequel - This time we'll get it RIGHT!", expect a second helping of highly odoriferous bovine excrement served to you by the US corporate media.

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Jun 12 06:54

FLASHBACK - Why Remember Iraq?

Iraq, correctly labeled the “worst mistake in American history,” has to be remembered because of what it should have taught about Washington’s false perception of the U.S. vis-a-vis the rest of the world. One of America’s poorest secretaries of state of all time, Madeleine Albright, once said that the U.S. is the only “necessary nation” because it “sees far.” She could have added that it sees far though it frequently doesn’t understand what it is seeing, but that would have required some introspection on her part. Albright’s ignorance and hubris have unfortunately been embraced and even expanded upon by her equally clueless successors and the presidencies that they represented. Iraq should be an antidote to such thinking, a prime lesson in what is wrong with the United States when its blunders its way overseas as the self-proclaimed arbiter of the destinies of billions of people.

Jun 12 06:28

Islamists unleash all-out assault on Iraqi cities with US weapons

Jun 12 06:10

Iraq Gives Obama Green Light To Commence “Kinetic Support” Against Al Qaeda

It appears that the best diversion from Obama’s latest bevy of scandals, including the VA snafu and the Bergdahl fiasco, will be yet another war, one which Iraq just gave the green light for. As the WSJ reported moments ago, Iraq has privately signaled to the Obama administration that it would allow the U.S. to conduct airstrikes with drones or manned aircraft against al Qaeda militant targets on Iraqi territory, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Jun 11 19:32

Insurgents in northern Iraq seize key cities, advance toward Baghdad

Insurgents inspired by al-Qaeda rapidly pressed towards Baghdad on Wednesday, confronting little resistance from Iraq’s collapsing security forces and expanding an arc of control that now includes a wide swath of the country.

Jun 11 19:22

US has no plans to send any of its 35,000 Middle East-based troops into Iraq after al-Qaeda overruns two cities and forces 500,000 to flee for their lives

The United States has no plans to send troops back into Iraq despite the bloody resurgence of an al-Qaeda faction that has captured major cities, seized hundreds of millions of dollars and forced more than a half-million people to flee their homes this week.

America has 35,000 troops station around the Middle East, a Pentagon official confirmed on Wednesday, including 10,000 in nearby Kuwait.

A State Department official told MailOnline on background that there are no plans to use them.

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If the US is having to invade Iraq a second time, the last thing they want is that the American people learn about it.

Jun 11 18:29

Iraq Wants America Back to Fight Insurgents With Air Strikes

Two and a half years after the last U.S. soldier departed, an al Qaeda offshoot is in control of Mosul and headed for Baghdad—and Iraq’s prime minister is requesting U.S. air strikes.

Jun 11 17:59

News about 4000 U.S. troops landing at Baghdad International Airport to assign security forces in Mosul

A security source revealed, Wednesday, for the arrival of 4,000 U.S. troops to Baghdad International Airport for the award of the security forces in the fight against “Daash.”
The source said the reporter Agency / Source News /, that “4,000 troops Amarki arrived today, to Baghdad International Airport, coming from a military base in Turkey to support the Iraqi Anaasraljeic in the face of the organization” Daash “terrorist according to the strategic agreement signed between the two countries.”
And add that “the security forces regained control of most areas of Mosul and Salahuddin remote control” Daash “on a number of villages and airport Sharqat military watchtowers in Baiji.”

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This is not a crackdown against "sectarians." The people of Iraq are trying to take their nation back from the US puppet regime in Baghdad and the US has been forced to re-invade Iraq, because once the American empire conquers a province, especially one with oil that must only be sold for US dollars, it by GAWD stays conquered and the oil sold only for US dollars, no matter how many people have to be killed in the process!

To recap.

Following Richard Nixon's ending of gold convertibility for the Federal Reserve Notes, effectively nullifying the Breton-Woods agreement, foreign demand for US dollars was kept up through the "Petro-dollar" deal, an arrangement whereby the dollar was used for all international purchases of oil and other raw materials. The US financial sector enjoyed a tremendous economic boom from this arrangement, as all nations had to first come to the United States and trade real products for dollars, or borrow dollars at interest from the Federal Reserve, before they could buy the raw materials they needed. The US bankers grew rich off of this mafia-like "piece of the action" of all global commerce, and being lazy, allowed US manufacturing and agriculture to decline, to the point where they are now dependent on the continuation of the Petrodollar scam.

Then, in 2002, Saddam Hussein obtained United Nations permission to sell Iraq's oil, not for the US dollar, but directly for Euros. The United States invaded in 2003 under the now-revealed pretext of nuclear weapons, lynched Saddam, installed a puppet regime in Baghdad, and now Iraq's oil is back on the world market, but only purchasable using US dollars.
The people of Iraq are tired of being ruled by a US puppet regime, and as was the case with Iran in 1979, are trying to take their nation back.

The US, intent on continuing the campaign of wars to force the world back onto dependency on the US dollar, cannot afford a single loss, and hence is having to re-invade and re-conquer Iraq. Your sons and daughters in uniform, and who knows how many Iraqis. are going to be killed and crippled for no other purpose than to keep the world enslaved to the US dollar, to keep the US bankers happy and content.

Don't it make you proud?

ATTENTION RIVERO'S RANGERS! This is a call to keyboards! Please post this comment everywhere you see a story about these 4000 US troops going back into Iraq, and forward to all of your social media.

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Jun 11 12:45

Iraqi soldiers, police drop weapons, flee posts in portions of Mosul

As security forces ran out, militants overran Iraq's second-largest city on Tuesday -- a stunning collapse that heightened questions about Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ability to hold onto not only Mosul, but his entire country.

Militants seized Mosul's airport, TV stations, the governor's office and other parts, if not all, of the northern Iraqi city.

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The Iraqi soldiers do not want to shoot their fellow Iraqis for the benefit of American bankers. This tells us that if push comes to shove here in the US, with a confrontation between the US Government and We The People, that all those recently militarized police and armed Federal employees might not feel enthusiastic about shooting their fellow Americans for the benefit of the money-junkies.

Jun 11 09:18

Iraq crisis: Militants 'seize Tikrit' after taking Mosul

Islamist insurgents in Iraq have seized the city of Tikrit, their second major gain after capturing Mosul on Tuesday, security officials say.

Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, lies just 150km (95 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has vowed to fight back against the jihadists and punish those in the security forces who have deserted.

The insurgents are from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.

It controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, in a campaign to set up a Sunni militant enclave straddling the border.

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OK, I think we can reasonably come to the conclusion that the invasion and occupation of Iraq, coupled with the completely unsuccessful attempt at regime change in Syria, have resulted in a complete, epic, flustercluck for the United States government.

The lack of critical thinking, and zero knowledge of world history manifested by this Administration, has led to some really lousy decision making coming out of DC, and that is a real problem, both for Americans and for the world.

Jun 11 07:57

Al-Qaeda Jihadis Loot Over $400 Million From Mosul Central Bank, Seize Saddam's Hometown

As reported yesterday, in yet another humiliating blow to US foreign policy and the State Department, Al Qaeda-linked ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) militants took over the key northern town of Mosul, where an unknown number of US-made Black Hawk helicopters were parked and have been captured by Al Qaeda (potentially the same forces that have been trained by the US across the border in Syria).

Adding insult to injury the Al Qaeda militants also appear to have looted some $429 million from local banks.

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Well, we can all see just how brilliantly post-invasion and occupation events are unfolding in Iraq!

Not only has Al-Qaeda overrun Mosul: it has also become the most wealthy terrorist organization on the planet!!

Jun 11 07:18

Mosul emergency: US considers sending emergency military aid to Iraq

The US government is considering sending emergency military supplies to Iraq after rebel fighters took control of Mosul, according to senior Western security sources. Supplies including Hellfire missiles and ScanEagle unmanned Drones are expected to be airlifted to the country very soon and more weaponry such as artillery may follow.

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"Dammit; once we conquer you, you stay conquered!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 11 06:50

Militants seize Turkish consulate in Iraqi city of Mosul - reports

Radical Islamist insurgents have seized the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occupied by an Al-Qaeda offshoot, Turkish government sources have told Reuters.

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"Radical Islamist insurgents" being the people of Iraq taking back their country.

Jun 10 09:53

Al-Qaeda seizes Iraq's third-largest city as terrified residents flee

Al-Qaeda seized control of Iraq's third biggest city on Tuesday, freeing thousands of imprisoned fellow fighters in a series of jailbreaks and sparking a mass exodus of refugees.

The assault on the city of Mosul, 225 miles north west of Baghdad, saw the Iraqi army retreat to the outskirts after a sustained assault by men armed with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

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"The aftermath of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq is going BRILLIANTLY!" - official White House souse.

Jun 10 07:14

Peoples’ Destinies at the Mercy of False Reports

Here we are, more than seven years after those Security Council meetings, and after a devastating war in which Bush and his clique of neo-conservatives were responsible for killing over a million unarmed civilians in Iraq. Now that Powell has left the public stage and became capable of telling the truth about what he knew and believed then, he acknowledges that what he told the Security Council was not true. Some people see in this ‘a virtue’ indicating the greatness of democracy instead of bringing to account those responsible for fabricating those lies.

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There is a stinging irony in all this. When I expressed doubt about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and suggested Colin Powell was lying, I was attacked and smeared. Then Powell comes out ans admits that yes indeed, it was all a lie and he is acclaimed a great man for his far-too-late honesty and I have yet to receive any kind of apology from those who called me bad names (some of them in a foreign language) let alone an acknowledgement that I had been right.

Jun 10 06:54

Al-Qaeda Offshoot Routs US-Trained Forces And Captures Iraq's Second Largest City

Extremists fighters from the al-Qaeda offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have captured the capital of northern Iraq, Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan of The Washington Post report.

American-trained Iraqi forces reportedly fled posts in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and all of the city's critical facilities — including the government complex and the prisons — are now controlled by the insurgents.

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The ISIS rebels in Iraq are bad, the ISIS rebels in Syria are good. Try to remember this fact.

Apr 05 09:13

Serious Business: President Bush and VP Cheney Should Take the Stand on War Lies

I was fresh from the massive anti-war marches in New York and questioned the truth of any connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, although President Bush and Vice President Cheney had drawn the association with regularity. My seatmate's whole body leaned over to the right -- literally. "I feel so sorry for you," he said. "How cynical you must be to think that the president would lie."

Now, nine years later, I feel sorry for all of us. If only, like the Beatles' Revolution 9, played backwards by disc jockeys of the day, we could rewind this tune.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 10:44

Guidebook To False Confessions: US Torture Manual Released

The timeline of how we went from a nation of liberty to one of forced false confessions revealed in release of the key document the US used to justify torture.

Apr 04 07:25

Man Whose WMD Lies Led to 100,000 Deaths Neoconfesses All

Defector tells how US officials 'sexed up' his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion

Mar 16 12:26

Aiding Terrorism Redefined To Include Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

Point of no return: The US government broadens the NDAA definition of people and organizations that support terrorism to include Bradley Manning and Wikileaks

Jan 15 08:27

Boom in Fallujah Birth Defects Continues To Go Uninvestigated

Though the US has denied using prohibited weapons in Fallujah, a study in September 2011 found chemical contamination in local soil and water samples, as well as hair samples from the families of children with birth defects. Mercury, uranium, and bismuth are among the suspected culprits causing this unprecedented rise in congenital abnormalities.

Research has also shown a 12-fold increase in childhood cancers since 2004. The normal birth rate has also been skewed, with only 86 boys now being born for every 100 girls in Fallujah. The birth defect rate is more than 14 times that found today in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Ah, the American legacy in Iraq; massive birth defects and cancers among its children, and a society on the brink of a vicious sectarian civil war!