IRAQ

Aug 27 18:46

Christopher Bollyn - "The Islamic State and John McCain"

Why has Sen. John McCain supported the gang of terrorists who behead innocent American journalists? Why is a leader from the U.S. Congress meeting with and supporting groups of mad-dog fanatics in the Middle East; the very same groups who we now find ourselves at war with? Why is the U.S. waging war against the militant and extremist groups in the Middle East that it helped create and arm in the first place?

Aug 27 09:39

Obama Talks Up Long Iraq War, Congressional Role Unclear

President Obama has made his latest in a long line of comments on the new Iraq War today, declaring “rooting out a cancer like ISIS won’t be easy and it won’t be quick.”

As usual, the focus was on a long war with a growing collection of missions attached, today’s being revenge for the execution of journalist James Foley. As the signs of an open-ended war in Iraq mount, the question of Congressional involvement remains unresolved.

The administration has downplayed the idea of even needing Congressional authorization for wars, saying they can launch them unilaterally and will “keep Congress informed” of the decisions they make. Where Congress as a whole would stand on such a vote is unclear, though many seem reluctant to hold the vote at all, preferring to avoid scrutiny of their position on the war come election time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama: if you had spent even a fraction of the money you have spent on these morally and fiscally disastrous wars on the concept of workable, renewable energy, we could tell those oil producing countries, "Thanks, but no thanks: please solve your own problems!"

We want no more wars; no more of our young men and women getting killed and maimed for life, ultimately for private corporate profit; and we want you to start fixing the enormous problems right here in our own country, and right now!

Aug 27 09:33

US Surveillance Flights A Step Toward Expanding War Into Syria

Officials confirmed the move toward surveillance flights over ISIS targets in Syria, leaving somewhat open the question of when the US is going to start launching airstrikes against targets inside Syria, expanding the Iraq War across the border.

Yet it’s not really a question of if, but when, as the surveillance flights are clearly the first step toward such attacks. The primary question is how to start launching such attacks without Syrian coordination, since officials want to avoid the appearance of cooperating with Syria.

The questions abound about expanding the war into Syria and are mostly unanswered, with Gen. Dempsey pushing the attacks, and the US already giving targeting intel to Syria’s government for the ISIS war.

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The real reason the US government is going into Syria, and back into Iraq, is that with ISIS controlling so much of the oil (at 2 to 3 million dollars of revenue per day), the oil is not being sold in US dollars, but other denominations.

This is about wrestling back economic control of the oil, and the currency in which is is sold.

Aug 27 08:57

US poised to ask Britain to join air-strikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama is set to authorise new air-strikes in Iraq amid reports that Britain and Australia could be asked to join them

Aug 27 06:51

Lavrov: Anti «ISIS» must be done with the consent of the countries concerned

Russian Foreign minister “Sergei Lavrov” streesed that his country’s support"in principle" the idea of the fight against the organization "Islamic State” stressing the need to include both Iraq and Syria alike and respect for the sovereignty of the countries concerned Lavrov said during his press conference the need for coordination with the only legitimate governments in both Syria and Iraq if the American military wanted to hit organization sites in Syria and other countries in the form of play in Iraqi territory.

Aug 26 19:11

Video: Vets Reject Obama’s Foreign Policy Ideals at American Legion Convention

Listen to the lack-of response President Obama gets from a crowded room of veterans at the American Legion’s 96th annual national convention in North Carolina while voicing some of his foreign policy ideals.

Aug 26 08:51

Transference of Evil: Netanyahu, a Creature without Morality or Mercy

This is a Zionist world gone mad.

“…the pictures out of Gaza are heart wrenching and painful, the painful pictures of children dying… and the thousands of refugees. What goes through your mind when you see that?” Bibi’s answer is not the “banality of evil” that Hanna Arendt saw as she witnessed Eichmann’s answers at his trial, an evil of “stupidity” that excluded rational thought.

“Hamas targets civilians, we don’t… They want to pile up as many dead as they can…the more dead the better” (Netanyahu interview with Wolf Blitzer, 8/20/2014).

Aug 26 08:28

US policies can result in next World War: American journalist

Washington’s policies can “explode the entire Middle East” and they can “result in the next World War,” an American political commentator says.

In an interview with Press TV on Monday, James Morris, editor of America-hijacked.com, said US military interventions in other countries, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, have created brutal terrorist groups like ISIL.

ISIL “is the result of the failed US invasion of Iraq,” Morris said.

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The US wants a major war. They need something to blame when the economy collapses!

Aug 26 08:12

Syria ready to cooperate with U.S. and others to stop Islamic State

The UN on Monday accused jihadists in Iraq of “ethnic and religious cleansing” as the most senior U.S. military officer warned they will soon threaten America and Europe.

As condemnation of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group mounted, Syria — a pariah over its bloody crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule — said it was ready to work with the global community against “terrorism.”

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said abuses by IS and affiliated groups in Iraq against non-Arab ethnic groups and non-Sunni Muslims involved targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, and destruction of holy and cultural sites.

“They are systematically targeting men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation and are ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the areas under their control,” Pillay said.

“Such persecution would amount to crimes against humanity,” she added, in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My goodness, what a difference a year makes!

Was it not just a year ago that John Kerry and President Obama were on the verge of ordering air strikes against Syria for allegedly hitting its own population with poison gas?!?

And the two people who talked them out of that foolishness were none other than Russia's Vlad Putin and Sergei Lavrov, now demonized today, because they protested the illegal replacement of the duly elected Ukrainian government in a US/EU/UCB-backed putsch.

In the Middle East there is a saying: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And this is nowhere proven more true than the US's sudden turnabout regarding Syria and the IS.

Aug 25 10:52

VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?

So what it looks like is being planned, and pre-sold to the American people with all these stories about celebrities' personal information being hacked and made public (an activity that produces no profit for the hackers other than news headlines), and the "Syrian" (nudge nudge wink wink) hack of the AP Twitter feed that shocked the US stock market, is that the US Government will itself take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran /Russia/ China/Al Qaeda/Syria/Arabs and others to be named as convenient. This gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks, to set the stage.

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Reposted in light of Today's warming from Wall Street of an impending cyber-attack, along with the wag-the-ISIS from the corporate media.

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Aug 24 12:50

ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’

The terror group President Barack Obama threatened to strike in Iraq Thursday evening is itself threatening to strike the American homeland

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This reeks of stolen incubators and Saddam's nuclear weapons.

At present there is only this one image found by Google of the threat made to fly the flag of Allah over the White House.



It is rather small, just 150x150 and I started wondering why this was the largest image of what is being promoted as the new Adam Gadahn. So I found the original video and grabbed a screencap from that.

Take a close look at the top of the beard and how sharp it is. It looks fake to me. This person's cap is slightly too small and looks brand new. His shirt is clean and pressed, also looking new. The vest he is wearing is not body armor but simply a belt of pouches sand serves no other purpose than to make him look "military" for the cameras.

This is yet another fake to sell us yet another war in Iraq, no different than the stolen incubator hoax that tricked us into the first Iraq war or the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second. And frankly I do not think it will get much traction because for a lot of Americans ANY new flag flying over the White House looks like an improvement! :)

UPDATE: The US media is now replaying the Boco Haram, gambit, claiming that ISIS is kidnapping helpless women to commit horrible acts upon their bodies, like forcing them to watch reruns of The Hollywood Squares. The video being shown is very shaky, blurry, and overly compressed; dead giveaways that they don't want anyone to be able to take a close look for inconsistent details.

UPDATE: As it turns out, our caution with the story about ISIS saying they will raise the flag over the White House was well-founded. VICE media, the source of this story, has a long history of lies and deceptions!

UPDATE: I am bumping this to the top because there is a very heavy-handed online campaign to promote VICE News as the new go-to news source on the internet.

Aug 24 10:26

ISIS are Sunni Impostors & Saudi-CIA Shills

Left. John McCain meets with Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS in Aleppo in April 2013. Source

ISIS pretends to lead a Sunni resurgence but in fact they are not Sunnis.

David Livingstone explains they are Salafis, a longstanding
Illuminati proxy aimed at dividing and conquering the Muslim world. - See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2014/08/ISIS-are-Sunni-Impostors%20.html#sthash....

Aug 23 10:07

Muslim Leaders Worldwide Condemn ISIS

Many Americans Want to Know Why Muslims Aren’t Condemning ISIS

Why don’t we hear Muslims condemning the barbarian ISIS terrorists?

ABC News’ Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Fox & Friends and other U.S. media commentators say that Muslims are silent and complicit.

Muslim leaders are actually speaking out … but our press isn’t covering it.

Aug 22 12:09

US Begins Selling "Syria Intervention" Using ISIS Pretext

In a previous report titled, "Growing Mayhem - US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border," it was reported that (emphasis added):

Clearly, the answer, left for readers to arrive at on their own, is that these "successful" US airstrikes in Iraq must be carried over into Syria - where mission creep can do the rest, finally dislodging the Syrian government from power after an ongoing proxy war has failed to do so since 2011. After arming and aiding the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Iraq, the US will attempt to make a similar argument regarding the arming of terrorists in Syria and providing them direct US air support to defeat ISIS - and of course - Damascus.

In less than 24 hours, the New York Times would report in its article, "U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key to Halting ISIS," that:

Aug 22 11:09

Fmr. Homeland Security Adviser: ‘Very, Very True’ ISIS May Have Crossed Border

Joshua Katz, an Army veteran and former CIA operations officer who served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said it is “very, very, true” that ISIS may have crossed the southern border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously this will not go over very well with the pro-illegal immigration agenda, but what is being done here is the creation of a plausible means for the terrorists (nudge nudge wink wink) to have brought the bomb into the US. Personally, I think the weapon is already inside the US and has been for quite some time, either a bomb crafted from some of the Uranium Israel stole during the NUMEC scandal or the missing nuke from the Minot incident.

Aug 22 11:03

FLASHBACK - U.S. Suspected Israeli Involvement in 1960s Missing Uranium

Declassified documents from the 1970s provide new evidence that federal officials believed bomb-grade uranium that disappeared from a Pennsylvania nuclear facility in the 1960s was likely taken for use in a clandestine Israeli atomic-weapons program.

The documents, obtained earlier this year through public-records requests by a Washington-based nonprofit group, also indicate that senior officials wanted to keep the matter under wraps for fear it could undermine U.S. Middle East peace efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is estimated that Israel acquired at least 118 kilograms of weapons-grade uranium. 16 kilograms of uranium is enough to make a working nuclear weapon. So Israel acquired enough uranium to make seven bombs. Now the trick of getting a "terrorist" nuclear weapon into the United States is getting it INTO the United States, but Israel started out with enough uranium inside the United States to make 7 bombs, then smuggled all or part of it back to Israel. It would have been trivial for Israel to leave enough weapons-grade uranium inside the US to build a bomb, and there is still the unexplained radiation surrounding Israel's New York Embassy. Getting that weapons-grade uranium is the hard part of building a bomb. Once you have that, the rest is easy. All a uranium bomb does is take two sub-critical pieces of uranium and slap them together. Such a bomb makes for a great means of blackmailing the US government, or staging the ultimate terror false-flag to trigger WW3. Just something to keep in mind while ABCNNBBCBSFOXDRUDGE scream at you that ISIS is going to nuke a US city!

Aug 22 09:20

NATO Using Foley and ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria - Ultimate Target Is Russia

The Islamic State and the war in Syria is back on the front pages of the news once again on the heels of the alleged killing of James Mark Foley, an American journalist working in Syria. The outrage surrounding the alleged beheading of Foley, while justifiable if it is real, is already being used for propaganda purposes, namely in order to build up American support for an aerial bombing campaign against the Syrian government.

Aug 22 09:19

THE ISIS CONSPIRACY EXPLAINED!

The ISIS "uprising" is a US-Israel engineered plot using provocateurs, mercenaries, "jihadist" fanatics, and NGO's. The Axis of Evil and its various puppets seek to smash any independent Middle Eastern state that refuses to bow down to Greater Israel.

Aug 22 08:13

A senior US general expains that we’re learning to fight 4GWs [Fourth Generation Warfare] , but slowly

Summary: We’ve slowed the intensity of our efforts in the Long War, following failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. So the momentum shifts to our foes, as the fires we’ve sparked across the Middle East spread. Success in the next phase depends on what our military leaders have learned from their failures.

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Basically it comes down to the US being fully prepared to fight a war a certain way, only to meet an enemy that is outside the box.

Aug 22 08:07

John McCain, Conductor of the "Arab Spring" and the Caliph

Everyone has noticed the contradiction of those who recently characterized the Islamic Emirate as "freedom fighters" in Syria and who are indignant today faced with its abuses in Iraq. But if that speech is incoherent in itself, it makes perfect sense in the strategic plan: the same individuals were to be presented as allies yesterday and must be as enemies today, even if they are still on orders from Washington. Thierry Meyssan reveals below US policy through the particular case of Senator John McCain, conductor of the "Arab Spring" and longtime partner of Caliph Ibrahim.

Aug 22 07:53

McCain's ISIS Buddies Now Better Armed Than The Kurds: Thanks, America!

In a textbook example of The Law of Unintended Consequences, the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are complaining that their (mainly) Warsaw Pact-era weaponry is no match for the more modern tech being wielded by Sen. John McCain's ISIS chums.

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Aug 22 07:42

Ed Gein in a Skin Suit with Louboutins

Now we see an ominous glimpse of the agenda of the 1%. Those who are directly responsible for world conditions at this time. ISIS was created by western and Israeli intelligence services to act as a foil and a stimulus for reckless adventurism, manifesting as a whole lot of murder and mayhem against people without the weaponry to defend themselves. They are the new boogeyman to replace Al Qaeda, who is getting long in the tooth and they are the ones who are going to be blamed for the next major league false flag event soon to take place in the US or some similarly strategic location.

Aug 21 18:32

CENSORSHIP CLAMPDOWN! James Foley Beheading - HOAX CONFIRMED!


The censorship on this HOAX has EXPLODED! TPTB are now trying to prevent people from watching the video (I wonder why...). They are censoring it on all Google platforms. They have also slapped an age restriction on my Foley Parents Crisis Actors video! Join discussion below!

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Now ... where did I leave the egg timer?

Aug 21 16:29

A GOVERNMENT THAT LIES

But with regards to the claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, there was no evidence to miss or misinterpret. There could not be, since in hindsight there were no weapons to leave traces of evidence with. The story about weapons of mass destruction was just made up, and fraudulently manufactured "proof" created to support that lie. The mere existence of Tony Blair's dossier, plagiarized from a student thesis, is proof not only that the claims of Iraq WMDs were lies, but were known and conscious lies. Had their been any real proof, it would have been shared immediately between the various war-mongers. There would have been no need for Tony Blair to concoct his discredited Dossier. But, what the public were offered were mislabeled and blurry photos, made up dossiers, and balloon inflators misidentified as mobile biological weapons laboratories (which the British government knew about since they had sold the balloon inflators to Iraq in the first place).

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And they are doing it again!

Aug 21 16:28

REMEMBER THESE?

But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them. George W. Bush, President Interview with TVP Poland 5/30/2003

We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud Condoleeza Rice, US National Security Advisor CNN Late Edition 9/8/2002

How the United States should react if Iraq acquired WMD. "The first line of defense...should be a clear and classical statement of deterrence--if they do acquire WMD, their weapons will be unusable because any attempt to use them will bring national obliteration." Condoleeza Rice, US National Security Advisor January/February 2000 issue of Foreign Affairs 2/1/2000

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A collection of the lies used to trick Americans into the second invasion of Iraq.

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Aug 21 16:25

Rumsfeld: Bin Laden's Mountain Fortress's

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WEBMASTER NOTE: Right now the corporate media is shoveling ISIS at us as hard as they can, in an obvious propaganda campaign reminiscent of the similar campaign about "Al Qaeda" and "Osama Bin Laden" that preceded 9-11. Given how desperate the US Government is to revive the war agenda, we should be concerned that a new false-flag attack, bigger and bloodier than the World Trade Towers, is being considered.

Aug 21 16:09

Faked Kuwaiti girl testimony

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This was the hoax used to trick Americans into supporting the first invasion of Iraq. The "nurse" was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador, and the incubator story a total fabrication created by PR firm Hill & Knowlton. It is worth recalling because it appears that the US Government is once again prepared to use lies and deceptions to trick the American people into a third invasion of Iraq.

Aug 21 16:04

THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

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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This is the story of how the American people were tricked into supporting the second invasion of Iraq, and it is worth remembering as it appears the US Government is trying to lie and trick us into a third invasion of Iraq.

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Aug 21 14:20

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat.

Aug 21 14:19

Rick Perry Warns ISIS May Already Be in the United States

ISIS terrorists may already be in the country, Governor Rick Perry (R., Texas) warned, saying that the terrorists’ own version of “mission creep” will draw them from Iraq to the United States.

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I'll bet Perry's indictment goes away now!

Aug 21 12:55

Republican: ISIS developing means to ‘blow up’ a US city

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said ISIS members are “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.”

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Actually, Jimmy; it is YOU we do not believe.

We The People remember how we were tricked into the first invasion of Iraq with a hoax about stolen Kuwaiti incubators.

We The People remember how we were tricked into the second invasion of Iraq with a hoax about Saddam's nuclear bombs.

Frankly, your claims seem like more of the same. And if a US city should vanish in a blinding flash of light, we will remember all the evidence that points the finger of blame for 9-11 at Israel and the US working together to hoax us into a century of war and conquest.

But if you personally want to go after ISIS, feel free. Here is your rifle, here is you're parachute, watch your head climbing into that transport plane, and we will call Iraq and tell them you are on your way to invade them (for the third time) all by yourself!

Aug 21 12:22

US Readying More Troops to ‘Crush’ ISIS

The Obama Administration has never been one to let a sad piece of news slip by unexploited, and when news emerged last night of the beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS, they were quick to transition their narrative to fit the new story.

The US was already escalating the Iraq War at an alarming pace under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention,” but now are using Foley’s killing as the official justification to continue that escalation in the name of revenge.

President Obama presented ISIS as a “cancer” that had to be “extracted” from the Middle East, going on to accuse them of plotting genocide and offering “nothing but an endless slavery.”

Obama went on to declare that “no just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day,” vowing his own relentless pursuit of them.

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Okay, Barry and John; here are your rifles... Here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo but here are a couple bright day-glo orange jumpsuits left over from the CIA torture centers. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane, and we will call Iraq and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember how we were tricked into the first invasion of Iraq with a hoax about stolen Kuwaiti incubators.

We The People remember how we were tricked into the second invasion of Iraq with a hoax about Saddam's nuclear bombs.

Frankly, this beheading video just seems like more of the same.

So you will understand if we sit this one out and keep our kids safe at home.

Aug 21 12:19

State Department requests 300 more US troops for Iraq: official

The U.S. State Department has requested additional military personnel to provide security in Iraq, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The request for additional military personnel, which would include fewer than 300 people, has not yet been approved, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. military has already sent more than 800 soldiers to Iraq since Islamic State fighters took over much of the country's north in June.

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"But they are all just advisers. ADVISERS! AD-VISE-ERRRRRRRRS!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 21 12:17

CFR Boss Calls for Military Action Against ISIS

Richard Haass, director of the Council on Foreign Relations and former high level functionary at the State Department, is calling for attacking ISIS.

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Here's your rifle, Dick...

Aug 21 10:33

US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border – Providing Cover for Terrorists in Syria; Fighting ISIS in Iraq

US may attempt to arm and provide air cover for terrorists in Syria after claiming success in fighting ISIS in Iraq using Kurds.
As predicted, the “sudden” appearance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in northern Iraq weeks ago, has created the rhetorical framework within which the United States and its regional partners will attempt to militarily intervene in both Iraq and Syria.

Aug 21 07:07

Bush Administration Lawsuit Hearing Scheduled for Sept. 11th

Rather than dismissing the case, the Judge asked for additional information. So Mr. Comar filed a 2nd amended complaint back in June. The amended complaint provides more details about the planning of the Iraq war and when it started.

Comar’s evidence, shows the Bush/Cheney team started planning the invasion of Iraq as far back as 1997. The amended complaint also explains that the war was motivated by personal enrichment and the war was a “crime of aggression.”

Aug 21 06:40

MEGA PUKE FACTOPR 9.9 BEX ALERT - Americans brace for new wave of Islamic State terror

The vicious Islamic State group now is vowing to broaden its war campaign to include killing Americans wherever and whenever it can.

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If we were to take this load of bovine excrement and use it as fertilizer, we could end world hunger!

This is just a repeat of the "Al Qaeda is coming to GETCHA" propaganda from 2001, leading up to the false-flag attacks of 9-11. Following that hoax, it came out that Al Qaeda was a fake. Adam Gadahn, the "American Al Qaeda" was revealed to be Adam Pearlman, grandson of a member of the board of the ADL. Youssef Al Khattab, who ran the revolutionmuslim.com website, was outed as Joseph Cohen of Brooklyn. Even the name "Al Qaeda" was a problem, as it means "toilet" in Arabic slang.

So now the warhawks are back with a new production called "Islamic State" to scare us all into sending our children off to war, complete with phony videos with a man in a phony beard promising to fly the flag of ISIS over the White House, and a "beheading" video so phony hardly anyone is buying it. In the wake of the stolen incubator story that hoaxed us into the first invasion of Iraq, and Saddam's nuclear weapons, which hoaxed us into the second invasion of Iraq, I am insulted that the government thought We The Poeple are dumb enough to fall for being hoaxed into a third invasion of Iraq!

Fool me once...

Aug 20 12:42

Before Returning to Golf Course, Obama Promises 'Relentless' Pursuit of Justice Against ISIS

Before returning to the golf course, in his statement the president said, “We will be vigilant and we will be relentless" in pursuing justice for Foley.

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Which tells us that Foley's murder is the latest incarnation of stolen Kuwaiti Incubators and Saddam's nuclear weapons!

Aug 20 12:38

Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria

U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say.

The retreat into eastern Syria, where Islamic State has built up an operational base amid the chaos of civil war over the past few years, doesn't reflect a broader exodus by the group, which continues to solidify its grip on Iraqi territory under its control,...

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"So can I invade Syria now? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pretty please with chocolate all over it and a cherry on top?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 20 12:13

Military officals consider sending more troops to Iraq

U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad.

Aug 20 12:04

CNN Commentator: ISIS Killed Journalist Due to Fear of Obama

CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona argued that the murder of American journalist James Wright Foley was due to the success of President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy.

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Assuming that the murder of James Foley isn't another false-flag (and I am not ready to make that assumption; think stolen Kuwaiti incubators and Saddam's nuclear weapons) then it is the result of the total FAILURE of US policy in Iraq going back decades!

Aug 20 09:23

Neither Obama Nor Congress Eager for Vote on Iraq

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the lead up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq became a huge political issue in the years to come, with Congressmen and Senators defined to a great extent by whether they voted for the war or against it. They’re not making that mistake again.

Not the mistake of starting a big war in Iraq, that’s totally happening. Rather, Congress is eager to avoid a vote that could come back to haunt them when the new war inevitably turns sour and stops being the trendy thing for officials to support.

It was less than a month ago, incredibly, that the House passed a resolution saying they opposed any troops being sent to Iraq without Congressional authorization. That came in the wake of polls showing overwhelming opposition for a new Iraq War, but weeks before President Obama unveiled his “humanitarian intervention.”

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What the people of this country want - an end to Israeli butchery in Gaza, and an end to a widened military involvement in Iraq - has become irrelevant.

And if you don't believe that, why in heaven's name did Obama make this move in Iraq before an election, and why did he think it was a "safe" move for his brother and sister Democratic incumbents, barely 90 days before the 2014 midterms?!?

Because Obama is only the titular head of the people of this country; the hard fact is, Obama and Congress are simply the handmaidens of the large corporations which fund their election cycles. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Once you understand this, it gets easier to somewhat understand their decisions and the legislation these decisions generate, which are generally lousy for We the People.

And war and carnage are big business in this country, and internationally, particularly if those activities are done to protect the US dollar.

Obama and the money junkies cannot allow Iraq to be overcome by Isis, which now controls large swathes of its oil-producing territory. Their control means that this oil may not be sold in US dollars, and economically competing countries, like Russia and China, will be allowed to freely purchase, and develop, Iraq's oil.

And no matter how much he has declared that there will be "no boots on the ground in Iraq", get out an egg timer; and see how long that whopper really lasts.

Because the cold, hard reality is, (and this country's leadership SHOULD have learned this from the Vietnam War, but did not) you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

Anyone see any ISIS military aircraft in Iraq or Syria?!?!?

I rest my case.

Aug 20 08:59

Obama Denies Plans to Put US Combat Forces on Iraqi Ground

US President Barack Obama in a Monday statement reaffirmed that the US military had no plans to put combat forces on the ground in Iraq, despite an increase in US airstrikes at Islamic State positions in the country’s north.

“I have been firm from the start that we are not reintroducing thousands of US troops back on the Iraqi territory,” Barack Obama said in response to journalists after the statement.

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IF Obama has denied this, that means that the US government most probably has boots on the ground in Iraq right now.

Because if the US government doesn't get back control of the oil-producing regions in Iraq, it has no control over who gets sold that oil, and in what currencies. And if ISIS is successful in maintaining control over these areas, you can bet your sweet bippie that the oil will not be sold in US dollars.

Aug 18 13:20

Iraq's New Prime Minister Is Exactly Who Iran Wanted For The Job

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi is the third successive Dawa Party official to become Iraq’s elected chief executive since 2003.

Abadi is also Iran’s man, much more so than his predecessors Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Nouri al-Maliki.

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"He is supposed to be OUR man, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 18 08:26

“THEY PULLED ME BACK IN…”

How handy. All three US networks and the increasingly shackled BBC were ordered to drop Gaza reporting and refocus their camera teams on the suffering Yazidis and, all of a sudden, Iraq’s fleeing Christians.

This was a brilliant media ploy. The world, which was furious at the US for enabling Israel’s savaging of Gaza and killing of almost 2,000 Palestinians, switched its attention to the hitherto unknown Yazidis, and to Iraqi Christians. No one in the US had ever heard of Yazidis but that was ok. Uncle Sam to the rescue.

No mention was made that Iraq’s Christians had been safe and sound under President Saddam Hussein – even privileged – until President George Bush invaded and destroyed Iraq. We can expect the same fate for Syria’s Christians if the protection of the Assad regime is torn away by the US-engineered uprising. We will then shed crocodile tears for Syria’s Christians.

Aug 16 08:03

RT George Galloway - discussion about ISIS

Aug 15 10:40

Iraq Escalation: US Troops Headed Back to Fallujah

Having ditched the Yazidi rescue pretext for the new US war in Iraq, after discovering there weren’t really many Yazidis to rescue in the first place, the US has reportedly set its sights on the Anbar Province, site of some of the bloodiest US battles during the previous occupation.

In an interview with Reuters, Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed meetings with US diplomats and senior military officials, and secured a promise of not only air strikes against ISIS holdings in the province, but a military presence on the ground.

“No date was decided but it will be very soon and there will be a presence for the Americans in the western area,” Dulaimi confirmed. ISIS controls materially all of the Anbar Province at this point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can tell, very easily, as to when President Obama is lying, as he did when he said, "no troops on the ground" in Iraq; he opens his mouth...and words come out of it.

President Obama promised that there will be no boots on the ground in Iraq even though the Pentagon recently sent 130 military advisers to Iraq bringing the total number of military advisers to 1,000.

Aug 15 10:11

US jets strike Islamic State armored vehicles in Iraq

US jets and drones launched more air strikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said.

The latest operations came after President Barack Obama said the air campaign had achieved its initial objectives but warned of more strikes to protect US personnel in the Kurdish city of Arbil.

US Central Command said drones and fighter jets took part in the latest strikes, the first at 1505 GMT to take out two armed trucks that had been firing on Kurdish forces.

The second strike took place just over 30 minutes later, targeting an MRAP — a heavy armored truck of the type supplied by Washington to Iraqi forces and presumably captured by IS forces in recent months.

“All aircraft exited the strike area safely,” Centcom said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pentagon; the White House; the State Department; and Congress: you absolutely cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

The Vietnam War should have taught ALL of you that, but apparently, NONE OF YOU HAVE LEARNED THE LESSON. And those who remain ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.

Aug 15 08:03

Yazidis Weren’t Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other Missions

The 40,000 Yazidis stranded on the mountain. That was the pretext for US military intervention in Iraq, as set out by President Obama last Thursday. The air war was commenced, and officials were talking up sending ground forces for “rescue” operations as recently as this afternoon.

But a funny thing happened when the US “advisers” got to Mount Sinjar. There weren’t 40,000 starving Yazidis stranded there. In fact, the indications are that there never were, and the Pentagon quickly dropped the “rescue” plan.

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Aug 14 13:44

Iraq’s PM Maliki gives up his post, supports his successor Abadi

Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki has announced his resignation from the post of Prime Minister of the embattled state in a speech on state television. He said that he supported his nominated replacement in the post, Haider al-Abadi.

Aug 14 12:39

US Expanding Military Operations in Iraq

A week after President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in northern Iraq, the United States announced it was dispatching over 100 addition military advisers to the area in a sign of escalating operations.

Aug 14 12:03

Back In Iraq: We Only Want To Save You

New York, New York: Welcome back to Iraq -- complete with our ever present WMD's -- Weapons of Mass deception.

Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and on our military agenda. So, after a few denials that troops would not, never, and no way be sent, sure'nuff, U.S, boots are back on the ground, but to play a very different "mission."

Of course, it's not combat, assures Secretary of Defense Hagel who was wearing his tennis clothes when he met with GIs. That is, no doubt, why we are pounding that country with bombs again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 14 07:23

Iraq crisis: US and Britain call off rescue of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar

The US and Britain are stepping back from launching a risky military mission to rescue thousands of Iraqis stranded on Mount Sinjar after claiming that special forces on the ground found their condition was better than expected.

Declaring that the US bombing has succeeded in beating back forces from the Islamic State (Isis), the Pentagon said the planned rescue mission had been ruled out for the moment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, this "responsibility to protect" propaganda has cratered. The horrible things we were being told were done to the Yazidis didn't actually happen and the Yazidis are far better off than the Palestinians in Gaza, for whom nobody in the Israel-enslaved government will lift a finger.

But rest assured, the bombing and invasion of Iraq will continue, because the real goal is to regain control over which currency Iraq's oil will be sold for on the world market.

Aug 14 06:47

Bombs away! US to the rescue – but only of certain minorities, not Muslims

He wouldn’t bomb Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s bloody caliphate when it was butchering the majority Shia Muslims of Iraq. But Barak Obama is riding to the rescue of the Christian refugees – and the Yazidis – because of “a potential act of genocide”. Bombs away. And thank heavens that the refugees in question are not Palestinian.

Aug 14 06:28

Airstrikes Can Only Do So Much to Combat ISIS

Bombing is most effective when coordinated and informed by competent, well-trained forces on the ground. Air power is an enabler that must be synchronized with other operational assets and intelligence sources to achieve maximum strategic effect; bombing is a potential means to an end but it’s not an end in itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the sales pitch to send your kids back into Iraq for a third time.

Meanwhile, FOX News claims they have a poll showing a majority of Americans approve the current bombing campaign in Iraq. Let's check that out.

Aug 13 14:03

White House Isn't Ruling Out Ground Troops to Save Iraqis

A senior White House official said on Wednesday that the United States would consider using American ground troops to assist Iraqis in rescuing Yazidi refugees if recommended by military advisers assessing the situation.

Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard that President Obama would probably receive recommendations in the next several days about how to mount a rescue operation to help the refugees, who are stranded on a mountaintop surrounded by Sunni militants. He said those recommendations could include the use of American ground troops.

Aug 13 12:03

Pentagon Proposing Ground Combat Operation for Yazidi Rescue

The US war in Iraq is escalating at a remarkable rate, and less than a week after the commencement of the air war, the Pentagon is putting the finishing touches on a proposal to send ground troops into open combat operations against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Operation FLUSTERCLUCK is now fully under way!

Aug 13 11:43

White House Official: U.S. Would Consider Ground Troops In Iraq To Help Save Refugees

Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, told reporters Wednesday the U.S. would consider using ground troops in Iraq to help rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped on a mountain, the New York Times reports.

Aug 13 11:41

Fearing genocide against Christians, Vatican approves Iraq air strikes despite peace policy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Vatican has an air force?!? :)

Aug 13 11:40

EU gives go-ahead to states sending arms to Iraqi Kurds

The European Union failed on Tuesday (12 August) to agree on a joint position on supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamic State militants, but said individual members could send arms in coordination with Baghdad.

Aug 13 08:32

Top 9 Reasons to Stop Bombing Iraq

1. It's not a rescue mission.

Aug 13 08:18

In Increase, U.S. to Send 130 Advisers to Aid Iraqis

Mr. Obama has insisted, most recently on Monday, that he will not send American ground troops back to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 12 11:44

Pentagon: US Airstrikes Won’t Stop ISIS Momentum

Lt. Gen. William Mayville, the Pentagon’s top war planner, today sought to lower expectations for the current US air war in Iraq, insisting the attacks are having only very limited effects on ISIS operations, and a very temporary impact.

In that context, Lt. Gen. Mayville’s comments must be seen not only as tempering expectations but also as laying the groundwork for further escalation of the war, and advancing the narrative that the already large US presence is insufficient for those growing goals.

Its undeniable that Lt. Gen. Mayville’s assessment in that regard is quite true, and that even 108 warplanes is insufficient for the goals now laid out of stopping ISIS nationwide. Yet it is left unspoken just how massive the US presence would have to be for these goals, with the public expected to just accept “more” as a general trend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US public is being "groomed" by this administration and its military for a full-scale, boots on the ground, reinvasion of Iraq to protect the oil, and determine in which currency it will be sold.

And please remember: last year, a "brother Democrat" of Obama's, Charlie Rangel, reintroduced draft legislation which will not only be drafting your sons, but also your daughters.

It appears that the government is waiting for the right "psychological moment" in the collective psyche of the US voter to bring the bill out of committee, and vote it through.

IS the US government and military thinking about what scenarios might bring such a "moment" to fruition by planning an horrendous false flag in this country, which would absolutely paralyze Americans' capacity for critical thinking?!?

Does a bear defecate in the woods?!?

Aug 12 11:34

Maliki signals he’ll step aside peacefully, easing tensions in Baghdad

Tensions eased in Iraq’s capital Tuesday as Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki gave his first signals that he’s preparing to step down from his post as Prime Minister-designate Haider al Abadi began forming a new government.

In a statement, Maliki urged the nation’s military “to stay away from the political crisis,” indicating that he won’t use the armed forces to hold on to his office.

It was a significant reversal in tone for Maliki, who on Monday held a press conference in which he and political allies accused Abadi of a power grab and said they would fight his appointment.

At the same time, Maliki lost one of his most important allies when top officials in the Iranian government publicly embraced Abadi’s nomination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al-Maliki was probably, ultimately, given his marching orders by the US government, and the very grisly alternatives to his attempt at staying in power were forcefully enumerated.

Aug 12 10:57

300 U.S. advisers heading for Iraq, but what will they actually do?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same thing the "advisers" did in Vietnam, escalate the situation into an all-out war!

Aug 12 10:26

Hillary Clinton Joins Republicans in Call for War

Republicans – and Hillary Clinton – slammed President Obama's policies in Syria and Iraq on Sunday. A look at the criticisms and proposed alternatives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the suggestions are that American kids (not their own, of course) be sent into invade Iraq for a third time.

As of this writing, the US Government has announced they are sending "advisers" into Iraq.

Aug 12 10:20

France Looking at Supplying Iraqi Kurds With Arms

France, in consultation with its EU partners, is looking at supplying arms to Iraq’s Kurds to fight against Islamic State jihadists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday.

“One way or another, they must receive, in a sure way, equipment that will allow them to defend themselves and to counterattack,” Fabius told France 2 television from Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.

“We will look into that over the coming days but in liaison with the Europeans,” he said from the city, which is not far from the IS frontline.

France and Britain have pledged support for a US-led operation helping Iraqi civilians — many of them from the Yazidi minority — who are fleeing a murderous advance by Islamic State (IS) militants

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a Las Vegas bookie, I would not bet against this happening.

This is, after all, about the oil, and in what country's currencies this oil will be sold.

All of this RPT (responsibility to protect) talk, just as we heard when Gaddafi was overthrown in Libya, is just the same, grade-A bovine excrement as we were getting back then.

And I am having an industrial strength, palm-to-forhead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

The motivation is not humanitarian; had it been, the US never, ever would have gone into Iraq in the first place. The motivation here is purely economic.

Would that SOMEONE in the US federal government had the male attributes to be telling the truth regarding this reinvasion of Iraq; but none do, so what we get is a complete lie for the real reason we are back in Iraq.

Aug 12 08:49

The REAL Reason for New U.S. and French Military Involvement In Iraq

Obama says it’s to protect minorities. That’s nothing new. Obama is the fourth president in a row to bomb Iraq … while claiming it is for humanitarian purposes.

But the architects of the Iraq War (the one which started in 2003) themselves admitted it was about oil.

But what about now? Why are the U.S. and France deploying military force in Iraq now?

Well, ISIS captured some key oil fields in the Kurdish region of Iraq on August 3rd.

Mere days later, the U.S. started bombing ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not only the oil itself, but control of what currency the oil will be sold for on the world market. The United States' economy is propped up by Bretton-Woods and the Petrodollar, two scams by which all nations must first bring products to the US in exchange for US dollars (or borrow those dollars at interest from the Federal Reserve) before they can buy the natural resources they need for their own commerce. As long as the world's oil is traded only for US dollars, the US financial system grows rich off of this mafia-like "piece of the action" of other countries' trade and banking. Any nation that dares sell their oil for currencies other than the dollar gets attacked.

Iraq is just one example. in 2002 Saddam Hussein got permission from the United Nations to sell Iraq's oil for the Euro. One year later, under the pretext of Saddam having nuclear weapons, the US invaded, lynched Saddam, and put Iraq's oil back on the world market. nut only for the US dollar. This was repeated in Libya where Gaddafi introduced the Gold Dinar and then declared that Libya's oil would be sold for that currency rather than the dollar. Libya was invaded, Gaddafi killed, and Libya's oil is back on the world market only for the US dollar.

Then ISIS, originally funded and trained by the US to use against Syria's Assad, went rogue and invaded Iraq, bolstered by the Iraqi people who are eager to get rid of their installed US puppet regime. Russia offered to support Maliki. This created a situation where regardless of which side won, Iraq's oil would be selling for a currency other than the US dollar, either the Ruble or the Yuan, and THAT is the reason why the US has to invade Iraq for a third time, to force Iraq's oil to be sold only for the US dollar!

Aug 12 08:11

Looking For The Spark Of World War 3? Start Here

Any American influence left in Iraq should focus on rebuilding the credibility of national institutions. -- Editorial, The New York Times

Gosh, isn’t that what we spent eight years, 4,500 lives, and $1.7 trillion doing? And how did that work out? The Iraq war is just like the US financial system. The people in charge can’t imagine writing off their losses. Which, from the policy standpoint, leaves the USA pounding sand down so many rat holes that there may be no ground left to stand on anywhere. We’ll be lucky if our national life doesn’t soon resemble The Revenge of the Mole People.

Aug 12 08:02

The War Photo No One Would Publish

When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War. But the media wouldn’t run the picture.

Aug 11 15:20

Obama urges Iraqi prime minister-designate to form government

President Obama hailed the nomination of a new Iraqi prime minister Monday as “a promising step forward” to forming a new government in Baghdad that can effectively battle Islamist militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And guarantee that Iraq;s oil will be sold only for the US dollar!

Aug 11 14:32

Washington Threatens The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria.

The turmoil brought into the Middle East by the Bush and Obama regimes has meant death and displacement for millions and untold future deaths. As I write 40,000 Iraqis are stranded on a mountain top without water awaiting death at the hands of ISIS, a creation of US meddling.

Aug 11 11:51

Iraq's Maliki Refuses To Go: Says Only He Has The "Right To Represent State", Accuses US Of Intervening

And it was going so well until Joe Biden called. Moments ago the PM who refuses to hand in his resignation spoke to the nation in a TV address. In short: he isn't going anywhere.

From Bloomberg:

MALIKI SAYS AL-ABADI NOMINATION IS LEGALLLY WORTHLESS
MALIKI SAYS IRAQ FACES A SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION
MALIKI SAYS U.S. STATE DEPT. TOOK SIDE OF THOSE VIOLATING LAW
MALIKI SAYS NO ONE BUT HIM HAS RIGHT TO REPRESENT STATE, DAWA
MALIKI SAY PEOPLE, SECURITY FORCES ARE IN A HOLY BATTLE

And the punchline:

IRAQ'S MALIKI SAYS "WE WILL FIX MISTAKE" AFTER UNCONSTITUTIONAL NOMINATION OF NEW PM

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US will have boots on the ground in Iraq by the end of the week.

Aug 11 11:43

US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination

The Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry has said that from now on they will have a daily press conference to inform the Kurdistan public of new developments to prevent the circulation of propaganda and false information.

Halgord Hikmat, the spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry told BasNews from Erbil, that the recent US airstrikes in the Makhmur and Mosul regions against Islamic State (IS) Militants had inflcited huge loses on the extremist group.

“A lot of IS militants have been killed and many of their wounded have been captured by Peshmerga forces,” added Hikmat.

Aug 11 11:42

Iraq's prime minister kicked out of office as president orders new government – placing Baghdad on political knife-edge as country battles ISIS

Mr Ibadi, who pledged to form a government to 'protect the Iraqi people', was nominated for the post by the Iraqi National Alliance, a coalition of Shi'ite parties that Mr Maliki's State of Law is part of, but has turned against him.

Mr Maliki's Shi'ite-dominated bloc won the most parliament seats in April elections and the prime minister sees himself as rightfully keeping the post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US wanted Maliki out because he was cozying up to Russia. That left the US facing the loss of control over what currency Iraq's was sold for no matter which side won. That left a third invasion of Iraq as their only remaining option and here ... we ... go!

Aug 11 11:29

Lindsey Graham predicts an ‘American city in flames’ if Obama doesn’t go to war in Iraq

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned on Sunday that militants in Iraq and Syria would attack the U.S. mainland if President Barack Obama did not immediately take military action to stop them.

“I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “Mr. President, you have never once spoke directly to the America people about the threat we face from being attacked from Syria, now Iraq. What is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland?”

The senior senator from South Carolina recommended a “sustained air campaign in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Okay Lindsey, 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 the US torture centers. (We cleaned the bloodstains off of it ... mostly)

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane and we'll call ... whoever it is we are supposed to hate this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we remember the lie about stolen incubators that tricked Americans into the first invasion of Iraq.

And we remember the lie about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked Americans into the second invasion of Iraq.

So you will forgive We The People if we sit this next invasion out and keep our young people safe at home.

Fool me once...

UPDATE: I went to post the above on the article at Raw Story only to discover I am now banned from posting there as well, so would someone who is NOT banned at Raw Story please add the above comment.

Aug 11 11:24

As Obama Broadens Iraq Goals, Escalation Seems Inevitable

President Obama’s goals in Iraq continue to grow every time he gives a speech, and the shifting sands are giving hawks more ammo in their constant push to escalate the new US war as much and as quickly as possible.

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Aug 11 10:50

Syria 2.0: US Starts Sending Arms To Kurdish Fighters

While Einstein defined insanity as repeating the same behavior and expecting different results, it appears President Obama's administration defines that action as US foreign policy. Just as they did in Syria (where the US 'trained' moderate Al Qaeda terrorists, instead of "sending troops" - ensuring no 'boots on the ground' blowback), AP reports that the US is sending arms to the Kurds as their new proxy mercenary force in Northern Iraq. We are sure the result will be different this time?

Aug 11 09:23

More Iraq Airstrikes Amid 'US Homeland Threat'

American military planes have carried out a fourth round of airstrikes against insurgents in Iraq as a Republican senator warned the group was a threat to the US homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They have a Death Star. Really!!"

Aug 11 07:54

Clinton blames Obama for rise of militants

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama.

In an interview published on Sunday (local time) Clinton specifically faulted the US decision to stay on the sidelines of the insurgency against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as opening the way for the most extreme rebel faction, the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary's decision would have been full-on invasion; something to remember in 2016.

Aug 11 07:50

Political crisis deepens as Iraqi president names new prime minister

The president's choice is a public rejection of al-Maliki, ho in an angry midnight speech all but demanded he be re-nominated for a third term. Al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated bloc won the most parliament seats in April elections and the prime minister sees himself as the rightful candidate.

Critics say the Shiite al-Maliki contributed to the crisis by monopolizing power and pursuing a sectarian agenda that alienated the country's Sunni and Kurdish minorities.

Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Monday that forming a new government is critical to sustaining Iraq's stability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... one that will stop being so friendly with the Russians, of course, and continue to sell Iraq's oil only for the US dollar.

Aug 10 17:37

Military Coup In Iraq: Prime Minister Maliki Refuses To Step Down; Security Forces On Alert, Encircle Presidential Palace

Just days after the US launched a campaign that implicitly aides the current regime headed by the supposedly outgoing PM, al-Maliki, it appears that latest US intervention has already led to "unexpected" consequences, this time with the prime minister appearing to have just staged a coup overthrowing Iraq's president President Fouad Massoum moments ago.

Aug 10 17:33

Troops surround Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ as embattled Prime Minister Maliki appears to cling to power

TROOPS loyal to controversial Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki have sealed off Baghdad’s “Green Zone” in an apparent coup.

Aug 10 17:17

BREAKING: Military Coup Rocks Iraq

Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.

His speech refusing to step down occurred at midnight and was followed by the military action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well THIS will make Obama drop his putter!

Seriously, the US wanted Maliki gone because of his improving relations with Russia. But with Maliki now in control of the military and surrounding the Green Zone, we are looking at open combat inside Baghdad itself, and a "Saigon moment" inside the Green Zone unless Obama orders US troops into the city, a move which will cost the Democrats dearly this November.

Aug 10 17:16

Iraq Coup Chatter Spikes as Special Forces Loyal to PM Reportedly Deploy to Strategic Areas in Baghdad

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reportedly clinging to power, refusing to drop his bid for a third term as special forces loyal to him are said to have fanned out across Baghdad Sunday while a Sunni insurgency rages, Reuters reported.

Aug 10 10:33

Operation Martha’s Vineyard: Bomb Iraq, Then Hit the Links!

On Friday’s The Kelly File on Fox News, retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney told guest host Shannon Bream that the Obama administration’s choice to not name the mission of the recent air strikes in Iraq could indicate that the president thinks the mission is insignificant, especially in light of Obama leaving for vacation to Martha’s Vineyard immediately following the announcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I still think this third invasion of Iraq ought to be named "Operation FLUSTERCLUCK!"

Aug 10 10:31

Obama Blames Intelligence Failures for ISIS Gains

This is reminiscent of the conclusion reached by the Iraq Survey Group as it tried to provided a pretext for the 2003 Bush neocon invasion.

A report declassified in the summer of 2012 and held at the National Security Archive states it was “analytic liabilities” and predispositions that led to the war, the destruction of the country, and the death of over a million people.

Now the U.S. is attempting to revisit this excuse to explain the rapid advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seem to have a better track record figuring out what is about to happen than the people who are paid to figure out what is about to happen.

That's a little scary!

Aug 10 08:05

The U.S. Airstrikes in Northern Iraq Are All About Oil

If the Obama administration wanted to prevent the world’s peoples from brutal dictators and repressive regimes or from takeovers by terrorist groups, there are other countries besides Libya and Iraq where it could intervene. What distinguishes these two countries is that they are major oil producers.

Aug 10 07:24

BEX ALERT - Exclusive: Iraq says Islamic State killed 500 Yazidis, buried some victims alive

Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children. Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And they stole our incubators, and, and, they have nuclear weapons, and, and, and, and ... they have a Death Star! Honest!"

Come on people, do you really think ISIS, having conquered so much of Iraq so quickly, is actually going to carry out deliberate attacks to turn world opinion against them and make it easier for the US to trick you into agreeing to a third invasion?

Reuter's is still banning me from commenting but feel free to use the above in your own comments.

Aug 09 16:47

Britain considers air strikes to avert genocide in Iraq

Britain could join America in launching military strikes against Islamist extremists in Iraq should the situation descend into genocide, government sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If stopping genocide were the real agenda, they would be bombing Tel Aviv right now!

This is about Iraq's oil and which currency it will be sold for on the world market.

Aug 09 16:38

Feinstein warns of risk of ISIL attack on America

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: Here comes the really big false flag to trick Americans into more war, and worse, a draft!

Aug 09 16:34

Obama’s campaign in Iraq could require 15,000 troops

President Obama says it all the time – no combat troops will return to Iraq.

But many experts believe it will be extremely hard to achieve Obama’s newly expanded military mission there without more Americans on the ground.

“I think the slippery slope analogy is the right one for Iraq right now,” said Barry Posen, director of the Security Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Aug 09 12:21

BEX ALERT - ISIS is beheading children, and Obama drops two bombs

Would you like more detail on the evil we face? How about the fact that ISIS is actually beheading children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about stolen Kuwaiti incubators, the lie that tricked America into the first invasion of Iraq? Or Saddam's nuclear weapons, the lie that tricked America into the second invasion of Iraq? The US government needs to invade Iraq for a third time, to keep Iraq's oil selling only for US dollars and as is the usual pattern, the news is flooded with spectacular stories unsupported by any proof as to why Americans should go along with this third invasion of Iraq. The video of "ISIS" stating they will fly the flag of Allah over the White House has already been exposed as a fraud.

To detect a lie, look for what should be there and isn't, and what is missing from this story is a REASON for ISIS to behead children, knowing that such an act will turn world opinion against them and open the door for a US military invasion. These are not stupid people. Many were armed and trained by the US to use against Syria's Assad. They understand that without popular support from the American people, the US cannot launch another war, especially in an election year. So, why would ISIS hand the US Government any propaganda weapon that would work against them? The answer is, they wouldn't do that.

Look at how many wars were started with lies and deceptions. America was tricked into World War 1 with the claim that Lusitania was not carrying weapons. That was proven a lie when divers entered the hold of the wreck in the 1980s and confirmed the presence of a military cargo, which made Lusitania a legitimate target of war. Or the claim that a Spanish mine sunk the USS Maine in Havana Harbor that led to the Spanish American War? The Captain of the USS Maine insisted that the ship had been destroyed by an onboard fire, but President McKinley, aided by the Hearst newspapers, sold the lie of a Spanish mine to the American people. A later investigation led by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of America's nuclear Navy, concluded there had been no mine and the Captain of the USS Maine had been telling the truth. Lyndon Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam by claiming the USS Maddox was attacked by Torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, which turned out never top have existed.

Every war in history is started by some leader lying their population into thinking the war is the only possible course of action, and as I mentioned at the top, the two previous invasions of Iraq were launched with hoaxes about stolen incubators and non-existent nuclear weapons.

This is just more of the same USDA Choice Bovine Excrement!

Aug 09 09:45

Obama calls U.S. airstrikes, food drops in Iraq ‘successful’ so far

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We have started a new invasion of Iraq without the American people realizing that is what we are up to!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 09 09:40

Busted! U.S. Trained ISIS At Secret Jordan Base!

Aug 09 09:39

Militant Islamic Group ISIS Trained at U.S. Base in Jordan

Jordanian officials recently revealed that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS) were trained in 2012 by U.S. military instructors at a secret base in Jordan.

This militant Sunni group has made violent advances through northern and western Iraq, videotaping executions of civilians and soldiers and taking over Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city.

Aug 09 09:39

Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS

Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.

Aug 09 09:13

Obama ‘determined’ to avoid prolonged military action in Iraq

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That's what they said about Afghanistan!

Aug 09 09:10

Obama Bombs Iraq 'In Order to Save It'

After announcing authorization late Thursday, president invokes preventing "genocide" to justify Pentagon-confirmed airstrikes on Friday

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If Obama were really concerned about preventing Genocide, he would bomb Tel Aviv!

Aug 09 09:01

Who are the Yazidis and why are they being persecuted in Iraq?

The Yazidis are a small community that follows a 4,000-year-old faith and have been repeatedly targeted by jihadists who call them "devil-worshipers" because of their unique beliefs and practices.

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The media hypocrisy is astounding! For sixty years Israel has been attacking the Palestinians in Israel for the "crime" of not being Jews, and this is accepted behavior by the Toronto Star, but when the plight of the Yazidis can be used to sell a new war in Iraq, it gets headline treatment!

Aug 09 08:45

John McCain’s Whoops Moment: Photographed Chilling With ISIS

Does anyone remember when I wrote an article last year about John McCain being a traitor? Does the man in the red circle look familiar? Everyone put on your shocked face for John McCain’s whoops moment. It seems the Arizona Senator that is upset at Obama for the mess in Iraq was photographed chilling out with ISIS terrorist leaders in Syria!

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You need to remember that the US funded and created ISIS to use against Syria's Assad. So back then, they aere all buddy-buffy!

Aug 08 11:10

To Prevent 'Genocide,' U.S. Bombs Islamist Fighters in Iraq

U.S. warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide."

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I doubt it. If Obama was going to bomb someone to prevent genocide he would be bombing Israel right now for what they are doing in Gaza.

Iraq is about oil being sold only for the US dollar, to prop up the US financial system. It’s called the “Petrodollar.” As long as natural resources are traded around the globe only for US dollars, nations have to first come to the US with manufactured goods and produce to get those dollars (or borrow them at interest from the FED) before they can engage in other commerce. The US financial system gets a mafia-like “piece of the action” from all global commerce through this scam.

Saddam got permission from the UN in 2002 to sell Iraq’s oil for the more stable Euro. 2003 the US, screaming “nuclear weapons”, invades Iraq, lynches Saddam, and puts Iraq’s oil back on the world market only for the US dollar.

They did the same thing with Libya. Gaddafi kicked out their private central bank, created a new value-based currency, the Gold Dinar, and announced that Libya’s oil was now for sale only for the Gold Dinar. The US invades, kills Gaddafi, installs a new private central bank to enslave the Libyan people (nobody knows where the gold for the gold dinar went to) and Libya’s oil is back on the world market only for US dollars.

ISIS was trained and funded by the US to use against Syria’s Assad, but decided Iraq was more attractive, especially given that the Iraqi people are just as sick of their US puppet ruler as Iran was of the Shah in 1979. So Iraq is kicking out their US puppet ruler. Russia’s Putin rushed in to support Maliki, and now the US is looking at a total loss. If Maliki hangs onto Iraq (or at least the oil rich portion) Iraq’s oil will be sold for the Ruble. If Maliki falls, the Iraqi people will sell Iraq’s oil for whatever currency they wish to accept, such as the Yuan.

The only way the US can keep Iraq’s oil on the world market only for US dollars is to re-invade the country for a third time.

I understand the Pentagon has not yet come up with a name for this latest invasion. Given that this is invasion number three of Iraq, might I suggest "Operation THIS-TIME-FOR-SURE!"

Aug 08 10:30

ISIS Surges in Northern Iraq, Seizing More Cities Near Kurdistan

ISIS continues to take advantage of its momentum in northern Iraq today, advancing keeper into Kurdish-held territory and seizing several new cities along the Kurdish frontier.

Among the most important cities to fall was Bakhdida (also known as Qaraqosh), a city in the Nineveh Province and the largest city of Iraqi Christians remaining.

Bakhdida normally only has around 50,000 residents, but was also housing a number of Iraqi Christian refugees from in and around Mosul since the ISIS takeover of that city in June.

Nearby villages, also mostly Christian, were overrun as well, and another influx of refugees is coming out of ISIS-held territory and into neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan.

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It looks like, even with the air strikes, the US government is coming toward its "Saigon Moment" in Baghdad, and at lightning speed.

Aug 08 10:05

Obama says he has authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State ‘if necessary’

President Barack Obama said he had authorized US forces to conduct air strikes against Sunni extremist militants in Iraq if they are needed to prevent a massacre of civilians.

“We can act, carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide,” Obama said, referring to a religious minority group besieged by fighters from the so-called Islamic State.

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a quick question, Mr. President: if you can "...prevent a potential act of genocide..." in Iraq, WHY THE HELL CAN'T YOU DO IT IN GAZA?!?!?

Aug 08 10:03

'America Is Coming to Help' Iraq, With More Bombs

n a televised address late Thursday night President Obama announced that he has authorized new U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq.

The president said the bombings may be necessary to stop the advance of a Sunni militant group, called the Islamic State (previously the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS), if they approach the recently increased U.S. forces stationed at a fortified consulate and a military base in the northern city of Erbil.

"To stop the advance on Erbil," Obama stated, "I’ve directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move toward the city. We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad."

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This is another case of "blowback" from a poorly planned foreign policy. The US funded and trained ISIS to send against Syria's Assad. Then ISIS decided they had had enough of fighting the US' war in Syria and took their US taxpayer paid-for weapons and headed into Iraq, which was looking more attractive because of growing resentment by the people of Iraq against their US puppet regime. The Iraq security forces, also funded and trained by the US, dropped their US taxpayer paid-for weapons and ran, allowing ISIS to add to their arsenal of US taxpayer paid-for weapons and march towards Baghdad. So n ow Obama had ordered US warplanes (paid for again by the US taxpayers) to start dropping bombs (paid for again by the US taxpayers) onto ISIS to destroy their weapons (paid for again by the US taxpayers), along with a token number of food packages (paid for again by the US taxpayers) so Obama can pretend this is a humanitarian mission rather than invasion number three of Iraq.

As we head deeper into WW3, no matter who is fighting who, somehow the US taxpayer gets soaked for the bill!

Aug 08 10:00

Iran seeks alternative to Maliki to hold Iraq together

Iran believes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is no longer able to hold his country together and is looking for an alternative leader to combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency, senior Iranian officials said Tuesday.

Political deadlock since an inconclusive general election in April has paralyzed efforts to fight back against ISIS rebels who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad.

One Iranian official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Tehran was working with Iraqi factions to seek a replacement for Maliki, but there were few viable alternatives.

“We have reached the conclusion that Maliki cannot preserve the unity of Iraq anymore, but Ayatollah [Ali] Sistani still has hopes,” said the Iranian official, referring to Iraq’s top Shiite cleric. “Now, Ayatollah Sistani also backs our view on Maliki.”

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This is a true, geopolitical "mission impossible", unless someone is able to get Al-Maliki to step down, and he is assured of safe transit for himself and his family out of the country to a quiet, financially supported life elsewhere.

(US State Department, White Courtesy Telephone, please...US State Department, White Courtesy Telephone, please!!)

Aug 08 08:38

Back in Iraq, Jack!

President Obama may want us to sympathize with patriotic torturers, he may turn on whistleblowers like a flesh-eating zombie, he may have lost all ability to think an authentic thought, but I will say this for him: He knows how to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin fraud like a champion.

It's back in Iraq, Jack! Yackety yack! Obama says the United States has fired missiles and dropped food in Iraq -- enough food to feed 8,000, enough missiles to kill an unknown number (presumably 7,500 or fewer keeps this a "humanitarian" effort). The White House told reporters on a phone call following the President's Thursday night speech that it is expediting weapons to Iraq, producing Hellfire missiles and ammunition around the clock, and shipping those off to a nation where Obama swears there is no military solution and only reconciliation can help. Hellfire missiles are famous for helping people reconcile.

Aug 07 15:47

Airstrikes on ISIS Militants Have Begun, Kurds and Iraqis Say

Airstrikes on towns in northern Iraq seized by Islamist militants began late Thursday in what Kurdish and Iraqi officials called the first stage of an American-led intervention to blunt the militants’ advance and provide emergency aid to tens of thousands of refugees.

The Pentagon firmly denied that American forces had begun a bombing campaign. But Pentagon officials said it was possible that allies of the United States, either the Iraqi or Turkish militaries, had conducted the bombing.

Aug 07 09:44

Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say

President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday.

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No, Obama isn't worried about a humanitarian crisis. He is worried that Iraq in 2014 is a repeat of Iran in 1979, when the conquered people decided to take their country back from the imposed puppet regime. With Russia aiding Maliki, there is no way this ends with Iraq's oil still selling only for the US dollar, which was the real agenda behind the lies about nuclear weapons used to launch the invasion of 2003. If Maliki hangs on, Iraq's oil will sell for the Ruble. If the Iraqi people take Baghdad, Iraq's oil will sell for whatever they feel like selling it for, such as the Yuan.

The only way for the US to keep Iraq shackled to the Petro-dollar is a new invasion, a tough sell for Americans with fresh memories of the last two invasion of Iraq, and well aware that the US Government was lying about Saddam's nuclear weapons.

Aug 07 07:08

938 Killed As Maliki Continues His Obstinate Push To Remain Leader of Iraq

The full extent of the troubles that have befallen the Yazidi people of northern Iraq has not yet come to light, but the fighting for their land continues. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to consider stepping aside for Iraq’s sake.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in his weekly speech, cautioned everyone against selecting a new premier through unconstitutional means and admonished outside interference in Iraq politics. He was likely referring to Iran. Iran has been Maliki main benefactor, but now appears to be singing a different tune.

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Out of power, Al-Maliki will be, literally, fighting for his life, and he knows this. The criminality and torture he has overseen in this country, since he was "elected" is legend.

As reported at globalresearch.ca, in an open letter to the UN rapporteur for human rights, Navi Pillay, the following was noted:

On 26October2010, you have urged Iraq and the United States to investigate allegations of torture and unlawful killings in the Iraq conflict revealed in the Wikileaks documents. You demanded for all alleged abuses against Iraqi civilians by US troops to be properly investigated. The statement followed revelations that the US handed over more than 9,000 detainees to Iraqi authorities despite knowing of hundreds of reports of torture by Iraqi Security forces.[9] We think you know that figures provided by the Iraqi government cannot be trusted. We think you know that the actual deeds of the Iraqi government don’t match their words, their statements,their promises. This is a sectarian and corrupt government at all levels. You know that between 50 and 180 bodies were dumped on Baghdad’s streets each day at the height of the sectarian killing spree, and many bore signs of torture, such as drill holes or cigarette burns.[13] You know that the Iraqi government had issued instructions to all security and health offices not to give out body count numbers to the media. This was confirmed by a doctor at the Baghdad morgue who said on February 19 2008: “We are not authorized to issue any numbers, but I can tell you that we are still receiving human bodies every day; the men have no identity on them”.[14]On August 10, 2006 Reuters mentioned that Iraq’s Health, Interior and Defence ministries consistently provided lower figures than those released by the morgue.[15]

This guy is an absolute thug, and a disaster for the Iraqi people, but he has been the US's thug; therefore he has been able to hold on to power, by any means necessary, in Iraq.

It will be interesting to see what his fate will be when Baghdad falls (which, right now, looks like it is only a matter of time).

Aug 07 06:40

40,000 Yazidi Iraqis stranded on mountain as ISIS jihadists threaten death

Tens of thousands of members of one of Iraq’s oldest minorities have been stranded on a mountain in the country’s north-west, facing slaughter at the hands of jihadists surrounding them below if they flee, or death by dehydration if they stay.

UN groups say at least 40,000 members of the Yazidi sect, many of them women and children, have taken refuge in nine locations on Mount Sinjar, a craggy, mile-high ridge identified in local legend as the final resting place of Noah’s ark.

At least 130,000 more people, many from the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar, have fled to Dohuk, in the Kurdish north, or to Irbil, where regional authorities have been struggling since June to deal with one of the biggest and most rapid refugee movements in decades.

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Don't you just LOVE the unintended consequences of the US's pre-emptive war against Iraq, aside from bankrupting the US government both morally and fiscally?!?!?

It appears that one of the strongest prerequisites for having worked in either the Bush or Obama administration is a pathological inability to think things through to their logical conclusion.

Aug 06 11:07

Kurds from Turkey, Syria enter Iraq to battle Islamic State

Kurdish forces pushed Tuesday to retake territory they lost over the weekend to the Islamic State in a major counteroffensive that will test the ability of the best-trained military force in Iraq to confront the radical Islamist group.

Aug 05 08:46

US to Give Kurdish Forces Air Support

Kurdistan Region—Rudaw has learned from a high-level American official that the United States has offered the Kurds air support in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The official source who didn’t want to be named said that the US would also provide the Kurdish Peshmerga with arms and military expertise.

The American offer is said to include humanitarian aid to be transported by air to the people of Shangal and Zumar who have been displaced as a result of fighting in their areas.

This newspaper has also learned that a number of European countries have contacted the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with offers of military support.

The Kurdish forces went on the offensive against militants of the Islamic State (IS) for the first time on Sunday.

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IF, in fact this story is true, the US government and military know, without a doubt, that the "Saigon Moment" is coming to Baghdad, and quickly.

The Kurdish Peshmerga is one of the most fierce, and disciplined, fighting forces in the region.

Aug 05 07:10

THE MORALITY OF AMERICANS

The United States tortures prisoners. Obama just admitted it on TV. The excuse was the necessity to find Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But now we know there were no weapons of mass destrution, and that the US Government has been torturing innocent people to death.

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Aug 03 19:50

ISIS Captures Iraq's Biggest Dam: Baghdad Water Supply In Jeopardy

With the world's attention focused on the ongoing death and destruction in Gaza most have forgotten that just two months ago a vicious Al-Qaeda spinoff, after taking over the north of Iraq and a third of Syria's territory including its oil production facilities, proclaimed the creation of an Islamic State caliphate a few hundred kilometers north of Baghdad. The reason why the ISIS story fell off the front pages is that while the jihadists were consolidating their power in the caliphate region, it was believed that they have no chance of advancing onto Baghdad and the energy-rich Iraq regions south of Baghdad (and thus have little impact on the price of Brent). And yet there was one major "weakest link" - recall that a month ago we reported that "Baghdad May Lose Its Drinking Water As ISIS Approaches Dam", an outcome which would put Iraq's capital, and its 8 million residents, at the mercy of ISIS.

Aug 02 10:12

23 ISIS Fighters, 17 Iraqi Soldiers Killed South of Baghdad

Early morning clashes between ISIS fighters and the Iraqi military left 17 soldiers dead and three others wounded, with reports that 23 ISIS were also slain in the same battle, in Jurf al-Sakhr.

Jurf al-Sakhr itself is a relatively nondescript town along the Euphrates River, and a fight between ISIS and the Iraqi military over such a town normally wouldn’t be a huge deal, but for the location.

ISIS has seized virtually all points west of Baghdad, and many important cities north of Baghdad. Jurf al-Sakhr is south of Baghdad, and could indicate growing efforts to encircle the capital, with the town midway between Baghdad itself and the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala.

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When Baghdad falls (and at this point, without a massive US military intervention, it will fall), and the US government has had its "Saigon Moment" here, all Americans need to seriously reflect on how many more times we are going to allow this government to lie to us to get us into a pre-emptive war of aggression.

A government which lies has totally deligitimized itself, and is no longer worthy of trust, allegiance, or any credibility; and unfortunately, at this time in its history, the United States of America has just such a government.

Jul 30 06:11

UN threatens sanctions on anyone trading oil with ISIS terrorists

The UN Security Council has voiced “grave concern” over reports of oil trading with ISIS militant groups in Iraq and Syria. ISIS has seized control of oilfields in the area and is reportedly using the revenues to finance its nascent Islamic State.

Russia submitted a draft statement to the Security Council on Monday night that would ban crude oil sales by terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq, and potentially sanction anyone that does business with them. The measure “strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria involving terrorist groups, and reiterates that such engagement constitutes financial support for entities designated by the Security Council 1267/1989 Committee as terrorist."

The statement also calls on all member states to take “necessary measures” to stop “nationals, entities and individuals” from engaging in transactions linked to non-state actors in the oil industry in Syria.

Jul 29 12:23

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

Colin Powell's UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high flying aircraft and spacecraft. On the photos were circles and arrows and labels pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as
laboratories and storage areas for Saddam's massive weapons of mass destruction program. Nothing in the photos actually suggested what the blobby shapes were and during inspections which followed the invasion, all of them turned out to be rather benign.

In at least one case, the satellite Powell claimed had taken one of the pictures had actually been out of operation at the time. And many questioned why Powell was showing black and white photos when the satellites in use at the time over Iraq took color images.

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Earlier this week the US Government released the usual very blurry low-contrast black and white photos with arrows and labels on them to prove Russia is the bad guy. Any time what they release is out of focus, it is to hide the evidence of fakery and the fact is that these latest photos, like Colin Powell's don't actually show what the labels say they show. In at least one case, the photo being presented as representing the situation today carries an EXIF time stamp from 2 years ago!

So, think back on all the photos and diagrams the US Government produced to well you that whopper that Iraq had nuclear weapons and was ready to attack, because the lie machine is once again warmed up and in overdrive!

Fool me once...

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Jul 28 11:25

America is buying disputed Iraqi Kurdish Crude Oil

Today a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker ‘United Kalavrvta’ carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was anchored near the Port of Galveston, Texas, despite Washington’s long-standing concern over independent oil sales from the autonomous region. It would be at least the second time a U.S. company has taken delivery of oil that the Baghdad government says was smuggled from the country.

The semi-autonomous government in Kurdistan argues the exports are within its rights under Iraq’s federal constitution, but Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki insists all Iraqi oil must be brokered by the state oil company.

The shipment is significant because it is one of the first from the new pipeline through Turkey, which Baghdad emphatically calls a smuggling operation. To make matters more tense with Baghdad, the Kurds siezed northern oil fields from ISIS control to keep them out of the hands of the Jihadist insurgents who control the northwest of the country.

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It is just a question of time before the government in Baghdad collapses completely, and Kurdistan's officials have been making statements about creating a completely independent country here.

Ultimately, like it or not, the US is going to have to deal with an independent Kurdistan, with oil to sell.

Jul 26 09:29

Resolution Against New Iraq War Passes House in Landslide

The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic resolution that calls for the executive branch to attain explicit approval from Congress before deploying troops to Iraq in a "sustained combat role," in what peace campaigners are heralding as an important milestone in efforts to prevent a new war.

Jul 25 12:32

Hanabusa Votes to Limit Troops Deployments to Iraq - July 25, 2014

I am proud that the U.S. House of Representatives has again supported my position that we need to limit the way our nation approaches the situation in Iraq. It is our duty to preserve the role of Congress in determining America’s defense efforts and ensure that we act responsibly and with due concern for the men and women who have volunteered to defend our nation. Today’s vote, 370-40, together with the Hanabusa amendment, indicates a clear objection to the nearly 1,000 troops and combat assets that have been deployed in the region. I urge the Senate to take immediate action on both these measures.

Jul 24 11:07

Kurdish Politician Fouad Massoum Named President Of Iraq

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote.

Massoum, 76, is one of the founders of current President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party. He is considered a soft-spoken moderate, known for keeping good relations with Sunni and Shiite Arab politicians.

The vote for president -- a largely ceremonial post -- was delayed for a day when the Kurdish bloc requested more time to select a candidate. They named Massoum as their pick late Wednesday.

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Let us hope this man can help stop the Sunni-Shiite carnage which is destroying Iraq.

Jul 23 09:53

ISIS gains highlight ‘aggressive’ use of water as weapon of war

Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, generating fears that the Al-Qaeda splinter group could turn off the taps to the Shiite south of Iraq, sparking a massive humanitarian crisis.Last month’s ISIS-led offensive across Iraq saw it overrun cities and battle for oil refineries as the national army melted away, but it has also been waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams and desalination plants in a bid to solidify its territorial gains.

Control of water is seen as key to the viability of the fledgling caliphate declared by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Without water, seasonal droughts cannot be managed, electricity cannot be generated, proper sanitation practices are near impossible and the local economy grinds to a virtual halt.

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The Sunni rebels have been very savvy in terms their strategy of controlling both the oil and the water of the region.

And the US government appears clueless as to how to respond. When Baghdad falls (which it may well do), the US government will have lost Iraq twice, militarily, and once, economically, because with the fall of Baghdad, the US government will have no say as to who gets Iraq's oil, and in what international currency it will be sold.

Jul 22 12:35

Meanwhile, back in Iraq - Hawija Massacre 21-07-2014

25 Sunni civilians were killed at bombing targeting the houses in Hawija, Kirkuk

Jul 21 08:36

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how war is cilling innocent children.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 21 08:35

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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This video is now over a half million views! The original article the video was made from is HERE.

As a side note, I tried to post the YouTube URL for this video to Facebook in reply to a question, only to find out that Facebook is blocking this URL for "objectionable content."

If anyone you know is wondering why the US Government seems hell-bent on creating more wars in Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc. send them this video.

Jul 16 08:49

Kurds enter Syria from Turkey to fight ‘Islamic State’ jihadists

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have entered northern Syria to help battle jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab, a monitor said Tuesday.

“At least 800 Kurdish fighters crossed the Turkish-Syrian border to help their comrades in Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), which is under total siege by Islamic State jihadists,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

A Kurdish Syrian activist said the flow of fighters came as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), blacklisted in Turkey as a terrorist organisation, gave orders for Kurdish fighters to move to protect Kobane.

“Fighters started going into Kobane from Turkey some four or five days ago,” said Havidar, who goes by only one name.

“But the latest entry, last night, came after orders from the higher leadership of the PKK. Last night, there were celebrations in Kobane — fighters were firing into the air as they arrived in the town,” he told AFP.

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Only time will tell if the Peshmerga fighters will win against the Islamic rebels; right now, I would not bet against it.

Jul 16 08:25

Iraqi forces withdraw from Tikrit offensive

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, a soldier who fought in the battle said Wednesday.

Government troops and allied Shiite volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset Tuesday to a base four km south after coming under heavy mortar shelling and sniper fire, the sources said.

The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on June 12 to Sunni insurgents led by the militant Islamic State group, began two-and-a-half weeks ago.

No fighting was reported in Tikrit Wednesday morning, according to residents.

Tikrit lies 160 km north of Baghdad. It is a stronghold of loyalists of the late dictator Saddam Hussein and ex-army officers who joined forces with Islamic State to take over large parts of north and west Iraq last month.

Jul 16 08:00

"Kurdistan" Israeli Style

From the U.S. point of view, the creation of Kurdistan is a step in the remodeling of the "Middle East region" (Greater Middle East), that is to say, the division of the area into ethnically homogeneous micro-states, easy to dominate. That is why the Pentagon has been conspicuously absent. At a closed meeting during which the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel and the Chief of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, came to explain to Congress the parliamentary situation in Iraq, they not only claimed to have lost the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi file (and thus didn’t know why they arrested him in 2004 and why they released him a few months later) [2], but also admitted to having no intervention plan and leaving the field entirely open to the Islamic Emirate and Kurdistan. [3]

Jul 14 11:46

ISIS raises $1 million a day selling crude oil from captured Iraqi oilfields as government forces are accused of killing 255 Sunni prisoners

ISIS are making nearly $1million a day selling off crude oil from conquered refineries to Kurdish businessmen.

The jihadists, who now call themselves the Islamic State's caliphate, are smuggling the resources from Iraqi oilfields into Turkey and Iran where they offer it up for $25 (£15) a barrel, making a huge profit.

The lucrative trade was revealed as the Iraqi government were accused of killing 255 Sunni prisoners as revenge for the ISIS advance, which has seen them take large swathes of the country.

Jul 14 10:10

U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force

A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials.

The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month.

Adding to the administration’s dilemma is the assessment’s conclusion that Iraqi forces loyal to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki are now heavily dependent on Shiite militias — many of which were trained in Iran — as well as on advisers from Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force.

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The US government was hell-bent on creating a failed state in Iraq, courtesy of its invasion and occupation of that country. The only thing that was important for the US was that Iraqi oil would only be sold in American currency.

Unfortunately for the US government, the failed state of Iraq didn't fail in precisely the way they wanted, and now the blowback is... deafening.

You have a Shiite president, who has been suppressing the country's Sunni population; infrastructure blown to smithereens, and if it has been at all replaced, it was replaced with chicken wire and spit, by American contractors who specialized in "shoddy", at US taxpayer expense.

And now, the lightning-fast rebellion on the part of ISIS/ISIL Sunni rebels has taken this country's leadership by surprise, and they couldn't see this coming?!?!?

An American reinvasion of Iraq will only make things worse. It is time for the Iraqis to determine their own destiny, without outside interference, period, end of discussion.

And unfortunately, when the "Saigon moment" happens in Baghdad, the US government will have succeeded in losing this country twice militarily; and once completely economically, because it can no longer control who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

Jul 14 09:08

Kurdish leader in Turkey to push for independence from Iraq

The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region will meet Turkish leaders on Monday as Ankara keeps a close eye on moves for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan amid the chaos in its conflict-torn neighbour.

Massud Barzani is due to meet President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara in separate meetings from 1100 GMT.

The visit comes as lightening gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) — formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — in Iraq have alarmed countries in the region and sparked calls for Kurdish autonomy to counter the radical Islamist threat.

In an interview this month, Barzani said Iraq’s Kurds would hold an independence referendum within months, adding that the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided by IS’s actions in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barzani's timing here is a shrewd move.

An independent Kurdistan would solidify it's hold over its oil revenue,and remove the shakles of a compltely, pathologically disfunctional government in Baghdad.

It's Peshmerga fighters have the capabilities and discipline to hold off the ISIS/ISIL militants, and the Kurd's cultural cohesion - and history - make this an opportunity worth seizing for the Kurdish people.

The rest of Iraq may already be lost; its military cannot hold against the invaders, and the US government doesn't want to go back in militarily in an election year. Unfortunately for the US government, when Baghdad falls (and this appears to be only a matter of time), the US will have lost Iraq twice militarily, and once, completely economically, because it will have no say in to whom Iraq's oil will be sold, or in what national currency.

Jul 13 07:24

In Baghdad, middle-class Sunnis say they prefer militants to Maliki

The Sunni worshipers who visit the main mosque in this relatively affluent neighborhood of west Baghdad are a far cry from Islamist extremists.

“We are intellectuals,” the mosque’s imam, Aday Moussa, said of a group that includes doctors, professors — and, especially, former members of Saddam Hussein’s army and security services.

The worshipers and other Sunnis interviewed in Baghdad said they have little affinity for the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State that routed Iraqi forces last month and declared a “caliphate” across a vast swath of the country.

But as the militants take aim at Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, these educated, professional Sunnis leave no doubt that their sympathies lie with the insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Baghdad falls (or perhaps, more accurately, when Baghdad falls), the US government will have lost Iraq twice militarily, and once economically, because who the oil gets sold to, or using what currency to buy it, will no longer be under the US government's control.

Jul 12 06:13

While Europe was burning witches, Iraq was booming. It's about to be again.

The Kurdish government has been exceptionally motivated to negotiate favorable concessions with foreigners. Plus tax rates are as low as 0% to 5% (for people who actually pay them).

There's little doubt this place is becoming a veritable boom town. And that makes all the non-oil investments even more interesting.

Real estate. Retail. Finance. Capital equipment. These sectors all do well in periods of massive economic growth.

A decade from now, Kurdistan will look completely different than it does today-- both politically and economically. And that's seriously exciting.

Jul 11 11:48

Blackwater awarded over $1bn from State Dept. since threat on investigator's life

The US State Department has allocated more than a billion dollars in contracts to the security firm Blackwater and its later manifestations since a top official for the company threatened a government investigator’s life in 2007.

Jul 10 09:46

Iraq’s Kurds say Maliki ‘has become hysterical and must quit

A spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani said Thursday national premier Nuri al-Maliki had “become hysterical” and should step down after he accused the autonomous region of harbouring militants.

Maliki “has become hysterical and has lost his balance,” said the statement, published on the Kurdish regional presidency website in English.

Addressing the premier, it continued: “You must apologise to the Iraqi people and step down. You have destroyed the country and someone who has destroyed the country cannot save the country from crises.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al-Malaki will not step down, and has made that crystal clear.

We are not hearing much about the situation on the ground in Iraq from the presstitutes. However, the cold hard truth is that if Baghdad falls to ISIS/ISIL, the US government will have lost Iraq both militarily (for a second time) and economically.

the US govenment will then have no say as to who gets to buy Iraqi oil, and for what currency, and that second one will be a sucker punch to the US government's economic gut.

Jul 10 07:11

BEX ALERT - ISIS Has Seized 88 Pounds Of Uranium In Northern Iraq

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me!

Jul 10 06:39

Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jul 09 09:22

ISIS Head Killed or Injured

Unverified reports say that the head of ISIS has been killed or severely injured in an air strike by the Iraq Air Force in western Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the US failed to deliver the warplanes Iraq purchased (and is now refusing to return the money paid for same) so in all probability this head of ISIS was killed using Russian-supplied warplanes and munitions, which means if Maliki hangs onto Iraq, Iraq's oil will be on the world market for Rubles and not dollars!

Jul 09 09:08

1,000-Strong Syrian Rebel Brigade Defects to ISIS

The Syrian Dawud Brigade, a 1,000-strong group of fighters formerly allied to the Islamic Front umbrella, has left its position in the Idlib Province and gone to Raqqa to join ISIS.

The brigade brought with it 100 vehicles, including 10 tanks seized from the Syrian Army during various battles, and is the largest defection so far to ISIS from any rival rebel faction.

The Islamic Front’s “Sham Army” wing downplayed the reports of defection, and insisted they had expelled Dawud, believing them to be a “fifth column” for ISIS.

That seems unlikely with the faction bringing such a large amount of vehicles and weapons with them, but does reflect growing acrimony between ISIS and the Islamic Front, which has claimed to have executed ISIS fighters in recent days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And while all this plays out, Al-Assad is still in power in Damascus.

Not QUITE the scenario the US government had envisioned, with all of its overt and covert interventions here, I would be willing to bet.

Jul 09 08:20

Green Zone - Trailer - Matt Damon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am posting this trailer for "Green Zone" because some programming executive at AMC with gonads of titanium is running this film on their cable channel right now. It hammers home the point that the fiction about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction was no mistake but a deliberately crafted deception to take the United States into war, something we all need to keep in mind as the rhetoric against Russia, China, Iran, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. reaches the flood stage.

Jul 09 06:44

Jeffrey Goldberg Is an Idiot (No, ISIS Hasn’t Captured Saddam’s Hidden WMD)

It was unclear from Goldberg’s tweet alone whether this was simply a stupid joke — or whether Goldberg genuinely believed this shows we’ve discovered Saddam’s hidden stockpile of chemical weapons, thus proving George W. Bush (and Jeffrey Goldberg) right at long last.

However, Goldberg then retweeted three other people (this, this and this) who seem to believe it was the latter; i.e., that we’ve now learned Iraq did have WMD. So apparently Goldberg believes this as well.

Here’s what’s actually going on:

Jul 07 13:46

Iraq seeks to recover over $40 billion from US

Iraq is trying to recover nearly $41 billion after the US has refused to deliver the F16 aircrafts the Iraqi government had paid for, Anadolu news agency quoted an Iraqi official as saying.

A member of the Security and Defence Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Hakim Al-Zamli, said: "The US has not complied with the agreement concluded with the Iraqi government to prepare and deliver the F16 aircrafts and Apache helicopters, as well as other weapons and materiel to combat terrorism, despite receiving more than $41 billion from the Iraqi government."

He added, "The US is not serious and is deliberately delaying the arming of the Iraqi army to combat terrorism in the country."

Al-Zamli denied US intelligence reports claiming that ISIS militants in the Islamic State impose a significant threat to Baghdad and described the claims as "exaggerated". "The US security chiefs know that ISIS elements have tried to enter Baghdad, but their attempts have been foiled," he said.

Jul 06 08:56

Arab Spring, Jihad Summer

Al-Baghdadi, born Ibrahim al-Badri in Samarra, is an average Sunni Iraqi cleric with a degree in pedagogy from the University of Baghdad. His alter ago was born after Shock and Awe in 2003, and soon metamorphosed into a de facto serial killer - blowing up Shi'ite kids at ice-cream shops or scores of women at Shi'ite weddings.

ISIL's track record in Syria includes banning every flag apart from its own; the destruction of any "polytheist" temple or sanctuary (except if it is Sunni); and strict imposition of Islamically correct women wear. Most of all, it is a track record of terror. This is not an army, rather a well-trained militia of professional mujahid, European passport holders included, with battlefield experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and, to a lesser degree, Chechnya. Heavy weaponizing is petrodollar-financed - the usual, wealthy "Gulf donors", which does not exclude official connections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What frustrates me so intensely here is that it is US governmental policies which have created this mess in the first place, by waging an immoral and illegal war against Iraq for no damned good reason whatsoever, with the Bush administration lying through their teeth about their allegation that Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction."

And because of that, Americans now fully expect every member of the US government to lie to the American people, and the world, with impunity; the difference now, is that no Americans believe anything that the government tells them whatsoever.

Credibility on the part of the US government, 2014: epic fail.

Jul 06 08:09

ISIL now fully in control of all main Syria oil fields, claims NGO

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is reportedly now in full control all of main oil and gas fields in Syria, which are located in the Deir Ezzor province next to Iraq.

Jul 06 07:40

The Superpower and the Caliphate

The jihadist die is cast, a point of no return for the U.S. strategy of projecting imperial power in the region through armed Islamic fundamentalist surrogates. The international jihadist network, which did not exist before the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan created it to undermine the leftist secular government of Afghanistan in mid-1979, has become a movement that can no longer be controlled. The physical contours of the ISIS caliphate, the movement’s dynamic new focal point, may prove indefensible, especially if the Americans decide they cannot avoid an all-out assault on their former asset. But, whatever the U.S. military response, the game plan that was hatched in 2011 for Libya, Syria, Iraq – for the whole region – is kaput, based as it is on the reliable deployment of jihadists as surrogates for NATO and Arab royals. Worse, the Arab oil potentates understand full well that their own regimes are now in grave danger from the indigenous monstrosity they have created.

Jul 06 07:34

As Shia Shrines Are Targeted and Tikrit Is Strangled, the Fiercest of Wars Lies Ahead

The meltdown of American and British policy in Iraq and Syria attracts surprisingly little criticism at home. Their aim for the past three years has been get rid of Bashar al-Assad as ruler of Syria and stabilise Iraq under the leadership of Nouri al-Maliki. The exact reverse has happened, with Mr Assad in power and likely to remain so, while Iraq is in turmoil with the government’s authority extending only a few miles north and west of Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That absolutely nobody saw this coming demonstrates, very painfully clearly, that the pathological inability to think an idea through to its logical conclusion has been a requirement for hiring by the US government in the past administration, as well as the present one.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with the training of militants to attack Syria, have absolutely not made Americans, or American interests, globally, more safe; these actions have done precisely the polar opposite.

Jul 04 14:04

US Sends Green Berets to Northern Iraq

Special Forces advisors have set up an operations center in northern Iraq as part of the expanding U.S. political and military effort to keep Iraq from splintering against attacks by Islamic extremists, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

In recent days, a small team of advisors opened up a Joint Operations Center (JOC) in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government, Hagel said at a Pentagon briefing with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jul 03 11:02

Real ‘Battle of Iraq’ is only beginning

The Islamic State's assault did not fortuitously start in Mosul, just beyond the so-called Sunni Triangle (areas north and west if Baghdad which are not very rich in oil resources). But, according to Stony Brook Professor Michael Schwartz, the Sunni Triangle "has almost the entire length of the only substantial pipeline that exits the country (to Turkey), a significant refinery in Haditha, and the Baiji petroleum complex, which contains an electrical power plant serving the northern provinces and a 310,000 barrel per day oil refinery producing a third of the country’s refined petroleum", in addition to a "number of small oil fields".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever you want to say about these people, their leadership has thought through their tactics very, very carefully.

Ultimately, this should be an internal settlement between all the people of Iraq, with a fair power and revenue sharing between the Sunnis and Shiites; unfortunately, it does not appear that the US Government is going to let that happen.

But the assets on the ground in Iraq have been too few, and too late, to really stem the drive of ISIS. And when Baghdad falls, so will the US government's ability to dictate who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

This will mean that, for all the blood and money spent, the US government will have lost Iraq twice, militarily, and once economically.

As a Christian pacifist, the older I get, the more viscerally anti-war I become, because I see it not as something which "protects our freedoms" ( it doesn't), but protects private corporate profit.

And hey, I have a great idea; if heads of corporations like wars so much, they, and their kids, should be compelled to fight those wars, and get maimed for life, or die, protecting their profits.

But unfortunately, for these captains of industry, it is always other people's children who are the expendable victims of war, whether they live, or die; that is none of their concern.

Jul 03 09:04

ISIS Captures Syrian Towns, Key Oil Field

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, activists said.

The extremist group -- which controls large parts of northern Syria and captured vast swaths of northern and western Iraq last month -- is now in almost full control of a corridor stretching from the Syrian border town of Boukamal to the government-controlled provincial capital of Deir el-Zour to the northwest.

Led by an ambitious Iraqi militant known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant this week unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the lands it has seized in Syria and Iraq. It proclaimed al-Baghdadi the head of its new self-styled state and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight: with all the surveillance the NSA does, around the world, they bloody couldn't see this coming?!?

IF they did not see this coming, then every bit of surveillance done by the NSA is NOT about allegedly "keeping Americans safe"; it is about keeping Americans cowed and terrified.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Jul 03 08:52

The Acute Danger of Iraqi Dams

It’s been apparent at least since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, could spell devastation for Iraq due to a combination of faulty construction, governmental indifference, and an ongoing civil insurrection. Were it to collapse, it would lead to the largest human-induced loss of life in history. (For more on this problem, see my coverage here and here.)

The conquests in 2014 by what used to be known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now known just as the Islamic State, have dramatically shown that other dams in Iraq can also pose problems, if not on so catastrophic a scale.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This unfolding catastrophe is largely to be laid at the feet of absolute lack of planning on the part of US civilian and military leadership.

ISIS did not come out of nowhere; it took a long time to build up, but apparently, no one in the US government saw it coming until it may well be too late to contain the movement in the region.

Jul 03 08:37

Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 troops at border after alleged Iraqi withdrawal

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its 800km border with Iraq following an alleged withdrawal of Iraqi border guards amid the ongoing battles against Sunni Islamist militants. Baghdad denied pulling off the guards.

Saudi state-owned news channel Al Arabiya released a video apparently showing Iraqi soldiers saying the government ordered them to retreat from their positions along borders with Syria in the west and Saudi Arabia in the south despite no evident danger.

“We didn’t know why,” an officer says in the video, which was obtained by Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath. The report didn’t clarify whether the alleged withdrawal includes Iraq’s borders with Jordan and Kuwait, both in the southern part of the country, or Turkey in the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia would not be deploying these troops if they did not think that there was a huge issue with Iraqi border security.

I am getting a nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach that we may be looking at some truly horrendous events coming, particularly in Iraq, because what the US military has deployed has been far too little and far too late.

And if ISIS takes Baghdad, it is all over.

Jul 02 10:34

Iraqi Parliament Ends as Sunnis, Kurds Walk Out

Iraq’s parliament met for the first time since the election today, with 255 of 328 MPs showing up, with others boycotting it outright. The session lasted less than a half hour before a walk out of Sunni and Kurd MPs meant they no longer had the quorum needed to vote on a parliamentary speaker.

Even the brief meeting reflected Iraq’s divided state, with a shouting match breaking out over a complaint by a Kurdish MP that the central government has stopped paying all officials in Kurdistan, leading Shi’ites to blame the Kurds for the ISIS takeover of the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, THAT went brilliantly!!

Jul 02 10:31

US Troops Will Fly Attack Helicopters in Iraq

While continuing to insist they are trying to keep their involvement limited to “advisory” operations, the Pentagon continues to pour military equipment into Iraq, with US combat troops on the ground to carry out this new Iraq War.

Today, the Pentagon is rushing Apache attack helicopters to Baghdad, along with more Shadow drones, couching it as a move to prepare for a possible evacuation of the US Embassy.

Yet far from being focused on the embassy itself, officials say the US ground troops will be operating the helicopter gunships to “protect US interests” in and around Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can be assured, with this Administration, and this President, that when the President promises the American people something (no combat troops on the ground, in this instance) we can absolutely expect the polar opposite.

IF ISIS takes Baghdad, the US government will not only have lost, militarily, TWICE, but will have absolutely no control of to whom Iraq's oil is shipped, and in what currency that oil will be sold.

Jul 02 09:33

FLASHBACK 2006 - Sen. Biden Offers Plan to Split Iraq into Regions

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, (D-DE), calls the Bush policy in Iraq a failure and calls on Iraq to be divided into three separate regions: Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab. Alex Chadwick talks with the ranking democrat on the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee about his proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then comes 2014 and the US screams about the integrity of national borders when Crime has a referendum to leave Ukraine and merge with Russia!

Jul 02 09:32

FLASHBACK 2009 - Back to the old-new “three-regions” argument

This headline "Six years of the US dwelling in Iraq" published on Russian Novosti Arabic-edition, it says the following:

The U.S. still considers the possibility of dividing Iraq into three regions, the Kurds in northern Iraq, the Sunnis in the center and the Shiite in the South.

Which means that the U.S. authorities unaware of the consequences, because such a division could cause political problems with neighboring countries.

Jul 02 09:12

U.S. troops in Baghdad to fly Apache helicopters and drones

The nearly 500 American troops sent to Baghdad to bolster security for the US embassy are equipped with Apache attack helicopters and small unarmed surveillance drones, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered 200 additional troops to the Iraqi capital to ensure the safety of American diplomats and other personnel working in the city, as Baghdad government forces face a challenge from advancing Sunni extremists.

The reinforcements will include troops to fly and maintain Apache attack helicopters and unarmed surveillance drones, Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question of precisely how many US forces have been deployed to Iraq has been unclear since the beginning of the deployment.

And in light of the reality that this administration is pathologically incapable of giving a straight answer to the American people, I would well suspect that we have at least double the number of troops we are told we have on the ground in Iraq.

And the long and short of it is, the Iraqi people are sick and tired of having a US government-imposed Shiite government, which has been marginalizing and discriminating against its Sunni population, and Sunni Iraqis may well welcome the Sunni militants if Baghdad falls.

And that is the very real possibility over which the US government is sweating bullets right now, because not only will the US have lost Iraq militarily; it will have also lost it economically, in terms of to whom Iraq's oil gets sold, and in what currency it gets sold in.

Jul 02 08:50

Idea of splitting Iraq into 3 autonomous enclaves gains traction

As Islamic extremists have advanced farther into Iraq’s heartland, the Obama administration has tried to avert all-out civil war by urging the Shiite Muslim-led government to share more power with alienated Sunni and Kurdish minorities.

But if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to resist a political settlement, the United States and its allies could turn to an idea that was first floated — and roundly condemned — during the height of Iraq’s sectarian fighting eight years ago.

Many analysts and officials, including some in the Obama administration, believe that a possible fallback plan for reducing strife is to split Iraq into three largely autonomous enclaves — corresponding roughly to the dispersion of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds around the country — linked by a weak central government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such partition will not be left to the US government, but conditions on the ground will dictate what happens next.

Given its incredible surge in both Iran and Syria, ISIS may well continue its surge all the way to Baghdad; the US government has not sent nearly enough troops to defend it against a a country torn by ethnic and religious strife, and rankled by a Shiite government which has consistently marginalized its Sunni population. Drone strikes are risky at best, and - as Iran proved - drones can be shot down, if one knows what one is doing.

It is clear that in the short term, one way or another, Al-Maliki will go. Kurdistan's leadership has said that it will secede from Iraq "within months", but how the rest of the country will sort out will depend on how Iraq can (or wants to) defend itself from the ongoing onslaught of ISIS.

Jul 01 09:31

Kurds to vote on independence from Iraq in months, leader says

Iraq’s Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months, their leader Massud Barzani said on Tuesday, as the region reels under a brutal offensive by Sunni jihadists who have declared an Islamic caliphate.

Barzani said the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively partitioned following the lightning gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We will hold a referendum in Kurdistan and we will respect and be bound by the decision of our people and hope that others will do likewise,” he told the BBC.

Jul 01 09:24

Iraq says death toll in June highest since May 2007

Nearly 2,000 people were killed in Iraq this month, the highest figure since May 2007, according to government figures released on Monday.

Figures compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defence showed that a total of 1,922 people died in June — 1,393 civilians, 380 soldiers and 149 policemen.

A further 2,610 people were wounded, the figures showed, including 1,745 civilians, 644 soldiers and 221 policemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing this "re-surge" of American troops in Iraq is absolutely going to guarantee; more civilian casualties.

Jul 01 08:54

Obama Orders More Troops, Gunships, and Drones to Iraq

Despite repeated warnings that there is no military solution to the crisis in Iraq and anti-war voices cautioning the current administration not to repeat the mistakes of the Bush administration by inflaming the crisis with a larger U.S. military presence, Obama continues to expand the footprint as the war inside Iraq escalates.

According to Al-Jazeera:

The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of US forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect Washington's interests.

President Obama has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq. But he says the additional troops will be equipped for combat.

Obama says the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

I am very concerned that, over the 3 day weekend coming up, we are either looking at a massive false flag coming up, to "inflame" the American psyche toward starting yet another war, or a huge influx of more troops into Iraq (while we are not paying attention), or both.

And as to Obama having made that statement "the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed"; I would like to politely remind him that, from the 2003 invasion of Iraq to present, the security situation has been massively unstable, and even with the handful of American troops he has deployed, he cannot militarily overcome what is a vast political problem in the way the Sunnis have been utterly marginalized by Al-Maliki's Shiite government.

Jul 01 06:53

Iraqi Hydrocarbon Prize of U.S. Invasion in Danger?

Excluding “boots on the ground” and leaving combat missions to local and regional “partners,” President Barak Obama and his administration say the United States keeps “all options on the table” to respond militarily to the terrorists’ threat to “American interests” in Iraq, which are now in “danger.”

Similarly, former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on TV screens and in print has recently urged western governments to “put aside the differences of the past and act now” and to intervene militarily in Iraq “to save the future” because “we do have interests in this.”

Both men refrained from indicating what are exactly the “American” and “western” interests in Iraq that need military intervention to defend, but the major prize of their invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the country’s hydrocarbon assets. There lies their “interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the US, the prize is for Iraq's oil to continue to trade for the US Petrodollar, from which the US financial system gets a "piece of the action".

If the Sunnis take Baghdad, Iraq's oil will be sold for whatever currency they want. Russia has stepped in with real assistance to Maliki so if Maliki hangs onto power, at least in the southern oil regions of Iraq, Iraq's oil will start trading for the Ruble, and again the US loses.

In desperation, the US is trying to force Maliki out and replace him with another US puppet regime and hope this will calm things down, but that is not likely to work.

Jul 01 06:36

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater

Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.

Jun 30 10:21

ISIS: Netanyahu’s New Excuse for Keeping West Bank Border Zone

ISIS forces are on the Jordanian-Iraqi border, and even if this is a long, long way away from Israel, that’s no reason Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t use it as the newest excuse against Palestinian statehood.

Jun 30 10:01

Turkey Ready To Accept Kurdish State in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s ruling party has indicated that it is ready to accept an independent Kurdish state in what is currently northern Iraq following the charge of Islamist militants through the country’s northern regions.

“In the past an independent Kurdish state was a reason for war [for Turkey] but no one has the right to say this now,” Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for the ruling AK party, told the Financial Times.

“In Turkey, even the word ‘Kurdistan’ makes people nervous, but their name is Kurdistan,” he added.

“If Iraq is divided and it is inevitable, they are our brothers .?.?. Unfortunately, the situation in Iraq is not good and it looks like it is going to be divided.”

A Kurdish state is viewed in Ankara as a possible buffer against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) which has shown the threat the group poses to regional security following the capture of Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kurdistan has come very close to declaring its independence from Iraq.

On Monday, 23 June, as reported at http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com:

"Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani gave his strongest-ever indication on Monday that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.

“Iraq is obviously falling apart,” he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And it’s obvious that the federal or central government has lost control over everything. Everything is collapsing – the army, the troops, the police.”

“We did not cause the collapse of Iraq. It is others who did. And we cannot remain hostages for the unknown,” he said through an interpreter.

“The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”

IF Turkey and Israel have already factored this strong probability into their calculus on the region, you can bet that this is going to happen sooner rather than later, and there is absolutely nothing the US can do to stop it.

Jun 30 09:52

Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists

Israeli diplomats have told their American counterparts that Israel would be prepared to take military action to save the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan if it came under attack by jihadist militants, the Daily Beast reported on Saturday.

The threat posed to Jordan by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has already taken over wide swathes of Iraq and Syria, is of deep concern to the Obama administration and was the subject of a confidential briefing by administration officials to senators last week, according to the online news site.

The chief concern is that an attack on Jordan would inevitably drag Israel and possibly the United States into the fighting.

“Jordan could not repel a full assault from ISIS on its own at this point,” one senator was quoted as saying. Jordan “will ask Israel and the United States for as much help as they can get.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting more than a slight chill along my spine, upon reading this.

My question has to be, what is the quid pro quo the Israeli government is expecting from such an agreement?!?

The ability to to militarily occupy Jordan indefinitely, "for its own good"?!?

Were I King Abdullah II of Jordan, I would be more than a little bit wary of this Israeli offer.

Jun 30 07:03

Israel's prime minister backs Kurdish independence

Binyamin Netanyahu claims creation of Kurdish state would aid in formation of alliance of moderate powers in Middle East

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Moderate" meaning subservient to Israel.

Jun 30 06:45

Fear and loathing at Hotel Babylon

It’s payback time: The Obama administration’s “strategy” (remember “Don’t Do Stupid Shit”, the Ukraine strategy?) is to impose regime change on al-Maliki; after all, he had the bad taste of refusing to let US troops keep occupying Iraq past the 2012 deadline, and on top of it his government is close to Tehran.

Jun 30 06:43

CrossTalk: Iraqi Freedom 2.0

What has changed in Iraq in the last ten years? Are there any benefits of the 2003 US invasion? What is Obama's new Iraq strategy? CrossTalking with Michael O'Brien, Michael Hughes and Joseph

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the admission that the coming US strikes are targeting more than just ISIS!

Jun 29 09:59

Middle EastIraq reports major effort to recapture Tikrit

Ground forces backed by helicopter gunships launched a three-pronged pre-dawn attack on the militant stronghold of Tikrit on Saturday, marking a major test for the Iraqi military as it attempts to gain the upper hand against insurgents.

But the offensive appeared to be faltering as night fell. Residents and a local tribal leader said militants from an al-Qaeda breakaway group had repelled the troops’ advance, rigging roads into the city with explosives. In contrast to those claims, state television said security forces had cleared the town center of militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What ever the US does in Iraq now will most likely be utterly too little, and too late, to reverse the tide here.

Apparently, US intelligence has been asleep here for the last 3 years.

But my question here has to be, how could the US government NOT expect that a Shiite administration, which had painfully and clearly marginalized Sunnis, would ultimately have to crumble, in the wake of Sunni dissatisfaction with the regime?!?

AGAIN, with Iraq (And NSAgate, APgate, IRSgate, Obamacaregate, VAgate, illegal immigrants, flooding our borders, and the volatile situation in Eastern Ukraine), we have an administration which is pathologically incapable of thinking any issue through to its logical conclusion.

Jun 29 09:10

John Kerry: US troop deployment to Iraq is not intervention

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Kurdish leaders to stand with Baghdad and insisted that the imminent deployment of American military forces is "not intervention" in Iraq's affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is your government on drugs.

Any questions?

Jun 29 08:36

Iraqi PM Maliki Expected to Resign Under Pressure As West’s Destablization Campaign Rolls on

If you live in in North America or Europe, you are currently getting blasted with wall-to-wall media coverage of the destabilization of Iraq, softening up the public for a few big announcements coming soon…

The function of our media in this case, is to paint Iraq as a failed state in desperate need of Western military intervention, either by the US or a NATO confab. “ISIS has taken over and threatens to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the region”, and “The Sunni – Shi’ite divide has never been so severe”, or so the narrative goes.

Yesterday, we were told by the US State Department, ‘We to ‘work with the Maliki government’, while tomorrow we’ll be told that the PM Makili needs to step down.

Jun 29 08:36

"The Battle For Baghdad" - A Backgrounder On ISIS' Grand Plan

It is no secret that the extremist al-Qaeda Jihadist group known as ISIS for short, which in the span of weeks has overrun the northern part of Iraq, has grand ambitions to not only preserve its power in the north and central regions, as well as the border with Syria, but to ultimately proceed south where not only Baghdad is located but also the great energy infrastructure of the country: "the grand prize" for ISIS as it would make the extremist group viable and financially self-sustaining.

But how and when will this "Battle for Baghdad" take place?

Jun 29 07:59

Reaping the Seeds of Iraqi Hatred

The uproar in the mainstream U.S. news media over the barbarity of Islamic militants in Iraq downplays or ignores the brutality of the U.S. invasion and occupation that unleashed the ethnic and sectarian hatreds in the first place, as Danny Schechter notes.

Jun 28 13:46

Divide and Rule: US State Dept Plan to Split Iraq Along Sectarian Lines

The general rule of thumb is that Washington can never be friendly with a Middle East democracy or non-Monarchy for very long. Today, Washington says it “wants to work with the gov’t in Baghdad”, but fast forward down the road a month or two and the narrative will change to: “The Maliki gov’t is puppet gov’t of Tehran and must go”. They want to divide Iraq into Shia and Sunni camps engaged in constant sectarian warfare.

Jun 28 10:07

Unprecedented: Kurds deploy famed Peshmerga security forces in Iraq

The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants in northern Iraq has prompted the country’s Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defence of their autonomous region.

The move affects both young and old, with regional President Massud Barzani even calling on retired fighters to volunteer to take up arms again.

At a peshmerga base outside Arbil, the capital of the three-province Kurdistan region, training has a new urgency.

Young men dressed in green fatigues are put through their paces on an assault course, swinging from monkey bars, shimmying down ropes and scrambling over walls daubed in camouflage colours.

They will graduate as the region faces what the secretary general of the ministry responsible for the peshmerga says is a major military challenge — tackling the insurgents, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have seized a large chunk of neighbouring territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears as though we are looking Kurdestan's ultimate independence, which will balkanize the rest of Iraq.

Should Baghdad fall, and frankly the US government has reacted quite too late, and with far too few troops to make a dent on the situation on the ground, the US may well have lost Iraq, both militarily and financially.

Jun 28 09:20

Pentagon Admits Armed Drones Flying Over Baghdad; Top Shiite Cleric Joins US Calling For Maliki Ouster

With Iraq closing a last minute deal with Russia to reinforce its depleted airforce by purchasing second-hand Su fighter jets, suddenly the US found itself scrambling: the last thing it wants is to hand over control of Iraq's skies to foreign-made warplanes. Which is perhaps why as CBS just reported, a Pentagon official has officially confirmed that the US is now flying armed drones over Baghdad. "The flights, which are not round the clock, are for the protection of the embassy and are not the precursor to air strikes" according to the same source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I refuse to believe for a moment that these drone surveillance flights are NOT prelude to drone extrajudicial assassination flights.

Jun 27 09:24

Iraq’s Shi’ite MPs Preparing to Replace Maliki

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remains stubborn about holding his premiership, but he may not have a choice in the matter as growing numbers of Shi’ite MPs, including members of his own State of Law Party, are drawing up plans for a post-Maliki distribution of power.

Parliament will be reconvening next week, likely on Tuesday, and will be choosing a new parliamentary speaker, setting in motion the election of a new president and eventually a new premier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, as is the current, frenzied US military intervention in Iraq, this will be far too little and far too late to prevent the fall of Baghdad.

Jun 27 09:13

TODAY’S ZIO-TOON OF THE DAY

The following appeared in today’s Jerusalem Post …..

Obviously the lives of American soldiers are worthless to the zionists …

Pathetic but funny

Jun 27 08:54

Pentagon: 500 Troops in Iraq, More Are Coming

It hasn’t been so long since President Obama announced his intention to send “up to 300? US troops to Iraq as “advisers,” and the Pentagon now says there are 500 on the ground, with more coming.

Only about 180 of the 500 are actually the “advisers,” with other troops part of anti-terrorism security team, and still others manning the new Joint Operations Center in Baghdad.

Major General Dana Pittard is leading the new mission, dubbed the Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq by the Pentagon. A second Joint Operations Center is being considered further north, but not confirmed yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how much military personnel Obama throws at this mess, it will be far too little, and far too late.

Kurdistan has all but declared its independence; Muqtada Al Sadr, who was literally able to raise an army to combat US forces previously, has warned the US government to stay out of the country; ISIS is literally at the gates of Baghdad; and it appears that the US government has managed to lose control of Iraq, both militarily and economically, for all the blood and money spent here.

Apparently, one of the prerequisites for serving the Federal Government right now is the pathological inability to think anything through to its logical conclusion.

Jun 27 08:13

Iraqi Kurds have no plans to give up control of Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said Friday there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters.

“Now, this (issue) … is achieved,” he said, referring to the Kurds’ decades-old ambition to incorporate the territory in their autonomous region in the north over the objections of successive governments in Baghdad.

Kurdish forces stepped in when federal government forces withdrew in the face of a jihadist-led offensive earlier this month.