Iraq snapshot

Iraq snapshot

Monday, April 25, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the Kurds and the Shi’ites are at odds, the United Nations is wondering where the plan for ‘day after’ is, and much more.

Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:


— Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL staging area.

— Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system.

— Near Fallujah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL bulldozer, an ISIL front-end loader, an ISIL recoilless rifle and three ISIL bed-down locations.

— Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL anti-air artillery pieces and an ISIL vehicle.

— Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

— Near Waleed, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.


Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Like that’s worked.

Daily bombings since August of 2014 and Iraq’s no closer to the political solution US President Barack Obama insisted June 19, 2014 was the only answer.

Worse, AFP reports, “Clashes between Kurdish and Shiite Turkmen fighters in an Iraqi town late Monday cut the main road from Baghdad to the north for the second day in a row and threatened to undermine a cease-fire agreement reached by military leaders a day earlier.”

Yes, day two.

Sunday, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Tim Hume (CNN) reported, “Twenty-two fighters have been killed in ongoing clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militia members in northern Iraq, local security officials say, a development that complicates the fight against ISIS in the region.”

  1. Tuz Khurmatu: Kurd Youth who defended themselves from Shia Militias, replace Iraqi flag after capturing a checkpoint

DOW JONES explained it this way, “A firefight between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and a Shiite militia in northern Iraq has left at least 27 of the combatants dead and threatens to fray Iraq’s fragile anti-Islamic State alliance.”

But non-western outlets explained it a little differently.  Dalshad Abdullah, Manaf al-Obeidi and Hamza Mustapha (ASHARQ AL-AWSAT) offered:

Kurdish sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Iranian soldiers and militants belonging to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah had been a part of the recent battles, fighting alongside the Mobilization Forces.
During the first hours of battle, over 25 combatants belonging to the Turkmens’ side were reported dead.
On its behalf, the Turkmen party accused groups of militants coming from beyond borders of instigating dispute among the people of Tuz Khormato. In an announcement, Turkmens called out the voice of reason found in everyone to rule, so that civilians would not have to pay the price of an armed conflict.

If, two years ago, Barack had put 1/4 of the effort into diplomacy that he did into bombing Iraq, things might be different today.

Instead, he failed to lead.

And Secretary of State John Kerry’s ridiculous assumption that he was Secretary of Defense did not make things better.

Diplomacy was shoved aside and the State Dept worked on corralling nations into being part of the so-called ‘coalition.’

They should have put that time and energy into leading on political solutions.

Tim Arango (NEW YORK TIMES) notes the so-called ‘wins’ on the battlefield mean very little:


For seasoned observers of the American military involvement in Iraq — going back more than 25 years to the start of the Persian Gulf war — it is all part of a depressingly familiar pattern: battlefield gains that do not bring stability in their wake.
“Unfortunately, as has been a trademark of American involvement with Iraq at least since 2003 (and arguably since 1991), military success is not being matched with the commensurate political-economic efforts that will ultimately determine whether battlefield successes are translated into lasting achievements,” Kenneth M. Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a longtime Iraq analyst, wrote recently in an online column.
A growing number of critics are warning that American-backed military victories need to be backed up with political reconciliation between Sunni and Shiite Arabs, something Iran is working against, and with determined efforts to rebuild cities so that civilians can return.

Even Fred Kaplan has caught on, writing this week at SLATE:

But he [Barack]’s also cited another reason for restraint: There’s no point in throwing American troops into this conflict without a decent prospect for a political solution. Specifically, as long as Iraq’s Shiite-led government doesn’t share power with the Sunnis, ISIS (or jihadist organizations like ISIS) can’t be crushed. The Baghdad government’s oppressive policies and corrupt practices might not have caused the rise of ISIS, but they’ve helped sustain it and legitimized the grievances that ISIS has exploited, encouraging even many moderate Sunnis to tolerate—or at least not rebel against—the presence of ISIS as the lesser of two evils.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has more inclusive inclinations than his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki. And the American commanders in Iraq have done much to reinforce these tendencies, for instance paying the Kurdish peshmerga and the anti-ISIS Sunni tribal fighters through the Baghdad treasury—and thus building a sense of loyalty to and from the government—rather than giving them cash directly, as was done during the tribal co-optations of 2007 (as had to be done, since Maliki wasn’t willing to be the conduit). Another hopeful sign: The U.S. commander leading this tribal coordination is Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who, as a colonel back in 2006, organized the Anbar Awakening, the first (and, for a while, pivotal) campaign in which Sunni militias cooperated with U.S. troops to beat back al-Qaida. When it comes to melding tribal politics and military entities in western Iraq, MacFarland has no equal.

Barack’s had no real plan.  Which is why the US government has pushed the US military into the arms of groups that previously killed US troops in Iraq.  And it’s not just getting cozy with the League of Righteous, it’s also setting these terrorists — that’s what they are — up to be in charge of Iraq.

Stratfor offers an analysis which opens:

In some ways, the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq has masked the country’s deep fragmentation. During their campaign against the jihadist group, Iraq’s many ethnic and religious groups have often cooperated with one another. United by a desire to reclaim territory from the jihadist group, the Kurdish peshmerga, Shiite militias and Sunni tribal militias, along with the Iraqi government forces, have launched numerous joint operations. But competing goals among the groups, all of which desire more economic resources, territory and political influence, will bring them into conflict. Over the course of the operations themselves, longstanding tensions between the factions have already manifested. The struggle for influence and control among the groups will emerge even more fully as they overcome their common enemy.
Although Iraq’s ethnic and religious communities exert their influence in the country in different ways, they share one important means in common: their militias. In Iraq, a claim to territory often translates to a claim to power. To a great extent, this is a symptom of the weakness of the Iraqi security forces. Numbering under 150,000 in front-line forces, Iraq’s military suffers from poor leadership and logistics, dismal salaries and weak morale. As a result, militias in Iraq have risen to prominence, throwing much-needed support behind the Iraqi security forces. At the same time, the militias come with their own agendas. 

No real thought is given.  No long term plan exists.

The United Nations is noting this lack of a long term plan:



Iraq must immediately take concrete steps to plan for “the day after” the defeat of ISIL, grounded in equality, the rule of law and a vision that has earned the confidence of all the country’s diverse communities, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore urged today, at the end of a week-long visit to Iraq.

“Iraq, it seems, has a long memory but is short on vision,” Gilmore said. “It is like a vehicle travelling over rocky terrain, with a large rearview mirror but only a keyhole for a windscreen, despite a vicious contest for the wheel. The dominant narrative among many of Iraq’s leaders is of ‘my community’s grievance’, failing to acknowledge the widespread nature of Iraqis’ suffering and failing to chart a course for an inclusive future.”
“Iraqis are crying out for fairness, recognition, justice, appreciation and meaningful participation in shaping their future – a process that goes forward and not backwards.”
“All the leaders of Iraq, at every level, in both word and action, need to demonstrate a far greater commitment to peace, equality and to the rule of law than to grievances or to vengeance hardwired by sectarianism. There is a worrying absence of a political narrative that brings together all the diverse communities in Iraq, a narrative that includes all the minority communities. This must be urgently addressed,” she added.
Gilmore stressed that Iraq’s challenges are not military alone and its future is not solely a matter of defeating ISIL and liberating its territories.
“The existence of armed conflict in certain regions does not excuse or justify the absence of the rule of law in the broader Iraq. Judicial independence, an end to arbitrary detentions, respect for due process, the prohibition of torture – these are neither ideals nor luxuries, but are indispensable foundations of stability,” she said.
“Firm steps must be taken – now – to plan for the day after ISIL, steps that broaden inclusion and deepen fairness, including through structured local, regional and national dialogue on inclusion, peaceful co-existence and mutual respect. Unchecked corruption, lack of accountability for past and present crimes, the problem of tribal militias, the growing number of internally displaced people, the partial or total destruction of entire villages and towns, violence against women, and the need for constitutional and legislative reforms are some of the many pressing human rights concerns in Iraq that need priority attention.”
During her mission to Iraq, Gilmore visited Baghdad, Najaf, Erbil and the Shariya camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Dohuk. She met the Minister of Foreign Affairs and other senior Government officials, as well as the President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, leaders of civil society, including religious and ethnic communities, human rights defenders, and survivors of human rights violations.
“The blight of ISIL was made tragically clear by the stories of survivors of violations that we met in IDP camps in Dohuk. The Yezidi man who was forcibly convicted, subjected to mock executions and who witnessed a pregnant woman stoned to death; the woman who was subjected to sexual slavery for more than a year; the man whose entire family – wife, daughters, son – were abducted by ISIL and who couldn’t afford the USD 30,000 ransom demanded for their release,” Gilmore said. “The human rights abuses being perpetrated by ISIL must neither be forgotten, nor silenced. The right to truth is crucial, as is the possibility of accountability for those who have committed what may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity or even genocide. Evidence must be preserved and testimony must continue to be gathered.”
Gilmore also urged the international community to provide more support to humanitarian needs, the rebuilding of essential infrastructure and towards justice and reconciliation in Iraq.
“We all have responsibilities towards the people of Iraq. While there is an international military coalition in place, a comparably resourced international coalition of practical compassion is also needed to help with the building blocks towards a sustained peace in Iraq,” she said.

Where’s the plan, Barack?

Bombing won’t bring peace.

Political reconciliation?

The Iraqi government agreed to that in 2007 as part of the White House benchmarks . . . they just never implemented it like they promised to.

So until the US government is willing to hold back on weapons and aids until Iraq makes political progress, there is no progress.

XINHUA reports a Baghdad car bombing has claimed 7 lives and left thirty more injured.

In the US, War Hawk Hillary Clinton continues hoping she can escape her vote for the Iraq War and her years of support for it.

HRC has a TON of experience GETTING IT WRONG! Sending kids 2 DIE in wars 4 NO REASON Except 4 offering As “a business opportunity.”
voted yes voted no; dont confuse a vote 2 sup troops once there w/a yes4war!

 

Hillary devotee and Clinton cult member Debra Messing refuses to demand accountability from her pin up Hillary Clinton.  She does, however, insult everyone else.  A point made in Isaiah‘s THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS “Deborah Messy.”



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Isaiah’s THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS “The Messys Of Debra”

Isaiah’s THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS “The Messys Of Debra”

Isaiah‘s latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS “The Messys of Debra.”  Wearing a t-shirt which reads “VOTE HILLARY OR DIE,” Debra Messing declares, “Last week, I insulted non-voters.  I insulted G.O.P. voters.  I insulted Green voters.  I even insulted Bernie Sanders voters.  But I don’t understand why no one watches my low rated show The Mysteries of Laura.”   Isaiah archives his comics at The World Today Just Nuts.



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The Kurds are fighting who?

The Kurds are fighting who?

The big news out of Iraq remains the battle between the Peshmerga and other forces.

  1. Tuz Khurmatu: Kurd Youth who defended themselves from Shia Militias, replace Iraqi flag after capturing a checkpoint

 

 

 

DOW JONES explains it this way, “A firefight between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and a Shiite militia in northern Iraq has left at least 27 of the combatants dead and threatens to fray Iraq’s fragile anti-Islamic State alliance.”

But non-western outlets explain it a little differently.  Dalshad Abdullah, Manaf al-Obeidi and Hamza Mustapha (ASHARQ AL-AWSAT) report:

Kurdish sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Iranian soldiers and militants belonging to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah had been a part of the recent battles, fighting alongside the Mobilization Forces.
During the first hours of battle, over 25 combatants belonging to the Turkmens’ side were reported dead.
On its behalf, the Turkmen party accused groups of militants coming from beyond borders of instigating dispute among the people of Tuz Khormato. In an announcement, Turkmens called out the voice of reason found in everyone to rule, so that civilians would not have to pay the price of an armed conflict.

And you know it’s big news because habitual Tweeter Brett McGurk’s taken to Twitter to Tweet repeatedly this morning about everything . . . except this conflict.  (He’s now headed to Kuwait.)

Stratfor offers an analysis which opens:

In some ways, the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq has masked the country’s deep fragmentation. During their campaign against the jihadist group, Iraq’s many ethnic and religious groups have often cooperated with one another. United by a desire to reclaim territory from the jihadist group, the Kurdish peshmerga, Shiite militias and Sunni tribal militias, along with the Iraqi government forces, have launched numerous joint operations. But competing goals among the groups, all of which desire more economic resources, territory and political influence, will bring them into conflict. Over the course of the operations themselves, longstanding tensions between the factions have already manifested. The struggle for influence and control among the groups will emerge even more fully as they overcome their common enemy.
Although Iraq’s ethnic and religious communities exert their influence in the country in different ways, they share one important means in common: their militias. In Iraq, a claim to territory often translates to a claim to power. To a great extent, this is a symptom of the weakness of the Iraqi security forces. Numbering under 150,000 in front-line forces, Iraq’s military suffers from poor leadership and logistics, dismal salaries and weak morale. As a result, militias in Iraq have risen to prominence, throwing much-needed support behind the Iraqi security forces. At the same time, the militias come with their own agendas. 

Who is the US backing again?

The ‘government of Iraq’?

Isn’t that the lie the White House keeps offering.

Seems like they’re backing Iranian militias.

Meanwhile people continue to talk about the supposed impending liberation of Mosul.  Keep talking, as they have been since the start of the year.  Doesn’t really seem any closer than it was in 2015 but they do love to talk.  (Yes, you can include Fred Kaplan in that.)  They’re just convinced it’s happening or about to happen or ‘turned corner’ all over again in the never ending waves of Operation Happy Talk.

In anticipation that it might happen, Human Rights Watch has issued an alert which opens:

Iraqi government forces gearing up to drive Islamic State fighters from Mosul should prioritize protection of civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took control of in June 2014.
ISIS and pro-government forces both have records of harming civilians during and after military operations. The United States, Iran, Germany, and other states providing military support to Iraq should condition their support on scrupulous respect for the laws of war, which prohibit attacks that disproportionately harm civilians or fail to distinguish civilians and civilian objects from military objectives.
“Protecting civilians from needless harm needs to be paramount in any battle for control of Mosul,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director. “It’s essential for the Iraq government to exercise effective command and control over all its forces, and for allies like the US and Iran to make sure they do so.”
 Human Rights Watch has, since 2014, documented laws of war violations by the Iraqi military and the largely Shia militias that make up the Iraqi government’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), and by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fighting ISIS, including summary executions, disappearances, torture, use of child soldiers, widespread building demolition, indiscriminate attacks, and unlawful restrictions on the movement of people fleeing the fighting.
Human Rights Watch also called on ISIS forces to respect the laws of war, and in particular to allow civilians to leave areas under their control, not to use civilians to shield its military objectives from attack, and not to use child soldiers.

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Hejira

Hejira

The Iraq War continues.  Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 24 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

— Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL bomb factory, and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

— Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and an ISIL generator.

— Near Beiji, a strike destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.

— Near Fallujah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bunker, and three ISIL trench systems.

— Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL trench system.

— Near Hit, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL recoilless rifle.

— Near Kisik, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, four ISIL improvised explosive devices, an ISIL observation camera and suppressed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL mortar position.

— Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL modular refinery and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and two ISIL vehicles and damaged an ISIL vehicle.

— Near Ramadi, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

— Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

— Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL bomb and weapons facility and destroyed six ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL mortar system, and an ISIL supply cache.


Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

The same thing, day after day since August of 2014.

And slowly people are beginning to catch on.

Even Fred Kaplan, it appears.

From his latest piece for SLATE:

So, at least in theory, that meets one of Obama’s conditions for dropping his resistance to getting U.S. troops more involved in an offensive military action.
But he’s also cited another reason for restraint: There’s no point in throwing American troops into this conflict without a decent prospect for a political solution. Specifically, as long as Iraq’s Shiite-led government doesn’t share power with the Sunnis, ISIS (or jihadist organizations like ISIS) can’t be crushed. The Baghdad government’s oppressive policies and corrupt practices might not have caused the rise of ISIS, but they’ve helped sustain it and legitimized the grievances that ISIS has exploited, encouraging even many moderate Sunnis to tolerate—or at least not rebel against—the presence of ISIS as the lesser of two evils.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has more inclusive inclinations than his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki. And the American commanders in Iraq have done much to reinforce these tendencies, for instance paying the Kurdish peshmerga and the anti-ISIS Sunni tribal fighters through the Baghdad treasury—and thus building a sense of loyalty to and from the government—rather than giving them cash directly, as was done during the tribal co-optations of 2007 (as had to be done, since Maliki wasn’t willing to be the conduit). Another hopeful sign: The U.S. commander leading this tribal coordination is Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who, as a colonel back in 2006, organized the Anbar Awakening, the first (and, for a while, pivotal) campaign in which Sunni militias cooperated with U.S. troops to beat back al-Qaida. When it comes to melding tribal politics and military entities in western Iraq, MacFarland has no equal.

Nearly two years of bombings but also nearly two years of refusing to work on a political solution.  The US could have led on that.

They have not.

As for the claim that things are better under Haider al-Abadi?

There’s no proof of that.

He’s continued most of Nouri al-Maliki’s policies that persecuted the Sunnis — this includes the policy of bombing residential homes in the Sunni city of Falluja.

His proposed new Cabinet ushers in no great new Iraq — not in his nominations.

Imagine if Barack had put the same focus he did on bombing into diplomacy?

Things might be better in Iraq.

Instead?

Mohammed Tawfeeq and Tim Hume (CNN) report, “Twenty-two fighters have been killed in ongoing clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militia members in northern Iraq, local security officials say, a development that complicates the fight against ISIS in the region.”

It’s a real shame that time wasn’t better used, that diplomacy was not utilized, that Secretary of State John Kerry was more interested in guns and bombs and in playing Secretary of Defense than in doing his job.

It’s a real shame that time that could have been better utilized was instead used to drop bombs — as if that would ever solve a damn thing.

I’m traveling in some vehicle
I’m sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
— “Hejira,” written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name

The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4498 (plus 10 in Operation Inherent Resolve which includes at least 1 Iraq War fatality).

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Jill Stein (seeking Green Party presidential nomination)

Jill Stein (seeking Green Party presidential nomination)

Jill Stein was the 2012 Green Party presidential candidate.  She’d like to be the 2016 candidate.  (That race is ongoing.)  A friend supporting Jill reminded that she did Tweet about Iraq last week (finally) and asked if Id note her Tweets from the past 24 hours.  (We will only note Jill if she makes any effort to note Iraq.)

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    The Seven Kingdoms need a to mobilize the economy immediately against the coming climate catastrophe.
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    Dr. Jill Stein Retweeted CODEPINK
    Our campaign supports every one of these positions. ✌️ We can’t say the same for many others.
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    Winter is coming to Westeros? Green Party has been saying we need to get serious about for decades.
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    Charles Koch likes the Clintons because they have served him well. Another sign the corporate parties have realigned into one.
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    Dr. Jill Stein Retweeted Hillary Clinton
    But it happened. We have to ask ourselves why? Charles has quite a vested interest in this election ($1bn) Hillary.
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    Why does our country force young people who want an education to become indentured servants to Wall Street? Let’s
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    I agree with Charles Koch about Trump & fascism. But didn’t find Koch’s father provided fuel for Hitler?
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    No surprise Charles Koch likes . The oligarchy parties are merging! Time for a party truly of the people.
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724276479224205312″ data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724276479224205312″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724276479224205312″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    “Upload: a 2-party system. The lesser of two dangers, illusion of choice. Red and blue, nothing to do, no voice.” – 💜
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724270352076034048″ data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724270352076034048″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724270352076034048″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    Bankers get bailouts for ruining lives. Students get debt for trying to further theirs. Corporate politics must end this year.
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724254303855251459″ data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724254303855251459″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724254303855251459″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    In 2016, corporate campaign donations apparently even pay for “digital media specialists” that troll everyone online. For real, Hillary?
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724251706574409728″ data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724251706574409728″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724251706574409728″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    Democracy needs a moral compass. Do not be intimidated to vote against your values.
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724239380454465536″ data-mentions=”verified jack” data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724239380454465536″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724239380454465536″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    it stopped acting like corporate media that ignores alternative parties… and ✔️ my account, .
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724126552984805376″ data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724126552984805376″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724126552984805376″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    There’s a generation rising that sees beyond just individual issues towards broad systemic change. Welcome to the fight for the greater good
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724088005053550593″ data-mentions=”debates LWV” data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724088005053550593″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724088005053550593″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    Presidential used to be run by League of Women Voters. Now theyre run by the DNC/RNC.
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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”724073518086905856″ data-name=”Dr. Jill Stein” data-permalink-path=”/DrJillStein/status/724073518086905856″ data-screen-name=”DrJillStein” data-tweet-id=”724073518086905856″ data-user-id=”111216929″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    Stop immediately. 🌏 Our sustainable future is in energy sources like solar ☀️& wind 💨.
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    We are facing a climate catastrophe–nothing less. Those in denial & those slowed by corporate money must not win. This is our only planet.
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Mimi Kennedy Tweeted the Dem Debate

Mimi Kennedy Tweeted the Dem Debate

Mimi Kennedy’s been entertaining Americans for some time (both in comedies — such as currently on CBS’ MOM — and in dramas).  She live Tweeted the most recent Democratic Party presidential debate:

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    says NATO “We will continue to look for missions” Defen$e budget in of new wars

 

 

 

 

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  • When you come home after a date and your friends are like…

 

 

 

 

 

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    Bernie understands must achieve peaceful coexistence in equality to survive. He is Israel’s true friend

 

 

 

 

 

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    she says “I’m the person who” as if anything good has happened in Israel/Palestine. It’s been failed

 

 

 

 

 

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    Hillary’s righteousness on Israel’s violence is not the president I want to see for the next 8 years.

 

 

 

 

 

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    what a beautiful answer on Israel/Palestine. Hillary going into the usual demonization of Hamas&Iran. Gaza suffers.

 

 

 

 

 

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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”720790361426112514″ data-mentions=”HillaryClinton Bernie2016″ data-name=”Mimi Kennedy” data-permalink-path=”/MimiKennedyLA/status/720790361426112514″ data-screen-name=”MimiKennedyLA” data-tweet-id=”720790361426112514″ data-user-id=”23557652″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    War deaths are gun deaths. War is violence against women and children.

 

 

 

 

 

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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”720789583408009217″ data-name=”Rosario Dawson” data-permalink-path=”/rosariodawson/status/720789583408009217″ data-retweet-id=”720789870923218944″ data-retweeter=”MimiKennedyLA” data-screen-name=”rosariodawson” data-tweet-id=”720789583408009217″ data-user-id=”82939583″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

 

 

 

 

 

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    ” data-follows-you=”false” data-item-id=”720789734893727744″ data-mentions=”HillaryClinton” data-name=”Medea Benjamin” data-permalink-path=”/medeabenjamin/status/720789734893727744″ data-retweet-id=”720789810298748928″ data-retweeter=”MimiKennedyLA” data-screen-name=”medeabenjamin” data-tweet-id=”720789734893727744″ data-user-id=”14930580″ data-you-block=”false” data-you-follow=”false”>

    If is so anti-gun, then why is she so pro-war???

 

 

 

 

 

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    Nuclear also has a pass on liability. Hillary says guns are unique: NO. Nuclear is not liable; taxpayer pay damages

 

 

 

 

 

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    Hillary HELPS “advertise” guns to young people – by voting for WAR and recruiting for WAR as heroism.

 

 

 

 

 

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    Why is the “goal” US export biz? Carbon footprint; why can’t we & other countries make more for our own&trade only what we must?

 

 

 

 

 

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    Hillary nods to Bernie’s financial talk like “of course you’re poor” like she kinda holds it in contempt & pity!

 

 

 

 

 

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    Hillary “loves being in Brooklyn.” What was that? “Her” people again?

 

 

 

 

 

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    Bernie brilliant answer on banks. Inappropriate for govt to tell them other than “you can’t be this big or you close.” They solve

 

 

 

 

 

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    “The people of NY” as if they’re subjects of a queen. I’m sorry, it’s weird.

 

 

 

 

 

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    Hillary looks weirdly smug it makes me uncomfortable

 

 

 

 

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Iraq snapshot

Iraq snapshot

Saturday, April 23, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the US government admits killing Iraqi civilians in the bombs dropped from war planes each day, Haider al-Abadi continues pushing for reforms or ‘reforms,’ Moqtada issues a call to his followers, and much more.

Today, the US Defense Dept announced:


Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 22 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

— Near Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL bunker complex and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

— Near Beiji, a strike destroyed three ISIL bunkers.

— Near Fallujah, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL vehicles, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

— Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL assembly areas, and an ISIL bomb storage facility.

— Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance.

— Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL assembly area, and three ISIL supply caches and suppressed two separate ISIL fighting positions.

— Near Qayyarah, a strike produced inconclusive results.
— Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bomb and two ISIL asphalt steamrollers.


Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

The daily bombings have also been carried out in Syria.  And CBS NEWS and AP report:

In announcing the results of several investigations stemming from allegations of civilian casualties, U.S. Central Command said it concluded “the preponderance of evidence” indicates 20 civilians were killed and 11 others wounded in nine attacks between Sept. 10, 2015, and Feb. 2, 2016. All were judged to have been the unintended result of attacks on legitimate targets.

Of CENTCOM, BBC NEWS adds, “It said it deeply regretted the unintentional loss of life.
It said a total of 41 civilians had been killed since the air strikes began in 2014. Some human rights groups say the figure is much higher.”  Lizzie Dearden (INDEPDENT) notes, “Monitors from the independent NGO said the civilian death toll from air strikes by the US-led coalition was due to pass 1,000 last month. The figure was described in Parliament as ‘credible’, sparking calls for Britain and other member states to release reports.”

At least a thousand, according to an independent estimate.

At least a thousand civilians killed by these ‘precision’ bombings.

Where is the outrage in America?

Where are the protests?

But then, where are the protests over the continuing Iraq War?

The editorial board of THE TOLEDO BLADE points out:


The United States still has 4,000 troops in Iraq, nearly five years after President George W. Bush agreed with the then-Iraqi government that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011. President Obama pledged to end the war in Iraq as part of his 2008 election campaign, a promise he has not fulfilled, bending to pressure from the Pentagon and Washington’s other advocates of a continued U.S. military presence.
In principle, U.S. troops are in Iraq in the context of advising and supplying Iraqi armed forces, not in a combat role. However, it emerged last month that Marines maintain an independent fire base in northern Iraq and are expected to play a critical role in carrying out the plan of Iraqi forces to free Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria control. ISIS has held Mosul since June, 2014.

The Iraq War never ends.

Nor do Hillary Clinton’s excuses for voting it and supporting it through 2007.

By contrast, Senator Bernie Sanders voted against it.

At a Baltimore rally today, Harper Neidig (THE HILL) reports, Senator Bernie Sanders declared, “The most important foreign policy debate in the modern history of this country took place in 2002 over the war in Iraq. I listened very carefully to what President Bush and Dick Cheney and the others had to say. I did not believe them, I helped lead the opposition.  Secretary Clinton heard the same evidence that I did; she voted for that war.  As secretary of State, she initiated and helped lead the effort to help overthrow the government of Libya, which brought mass instability to that region.”

Thursday, War Hawk Hillary Diane appeared on ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA to sputter:

Well, I guess my-my greatest regret, uhm, was, uh, voting to give President Bush authority in Iraq.  Uhm, it did not turn out the way I thought it would based on what he had said, uh, and I regret that.  I’ve said it was a mistake and, uh, obviously, uh, it’s something I-I wish hadn’t turned out the way it did.

Even she couldn’t get it out in a believable manner.

Stumbling and sputtering, she tried to rewrite history yet again.

In the face of Hillary’s latest revision, it’s worth again noting Stephen Zunes providing reality about Hillary’s Iraq history:

1. “Hillary Clinton’s vote wasn’t for war, but simply to pressure Saddam Hussein to allow UN weapons inspectors back into Iraq.”

At the time of vote, Saddam Hussein had already agreed in principle to a return of the weapons inspectors. His government was negotiating with the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Commission on the details, which were formally institutionalized a few weeks later. (Indeed, it would have been resolved earlier had the United States not repeatedly postponed a UN Security Council resolution in the hopes of inserting language that would have allowed Washington to unilaterally interpret the level of compliance.)
Furthermore, if then-Senator Clinton’s desire was simply to push Saddam into complying with the inspection process, she wouldn’t have voted against the substitute Levin amendment, which would have also granted President Bush authority to use force, but only if Iraq defied subsequent UN demands regarding the inspections process. Instead, Clinton voted for a Republican-sponsored resolution to give Bush the authority to invade Iraq at the time and circumstances of his own choosing.
In fact, unfettered large-scale weapons inspections had been going on in Iraq for nearly four months at the time the Bush administration launched the March 2003 invasion. Despite the UN weapons inspectors having not found any evidence of WMDs or active WMD programs after months of searching, Clinton made clear that the United States should invade Iraq anyway. Indeed, she asserted that even though Saddam was in full compliance with the UN Security Council, he nevertheless needed to resign as president, leave the country, and allow U.S. troops to occupy the country. “The president gave Saddam Hussein one last chance to avoid war,” Clinton said in a statement, “and the world hopes that Saddam Hussein will finally hear this ultimatum, understand the severity of those words, and act accordingly.”

When Saddam refused to resign and the Bush administration launched the invasion, Clinton went on record calling for “unequivocal support” for Bush’s “firm leadership and decisive action” as “part of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.” She insisted that Iraq was somehow still “in material breach of the relevant United Nations resolutions” and, despite the fact that weapons inspectors had produced evidence to the contrary, claimed the invasion was necessary to “neutralize Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.”

Julia Sharpe-Levine (HUFFINGTON POST) adds:

 Her assertion that her vote for the Iraq War was “the best decision I [could’ve made] with the information I had” is deceitful considering that prior to voting, she neglected to read the 92-page classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction circulated to the Senate for review by the Bush administration. The NIE went into great detail about the objections raised by the State Department and Department of Energy to claims of nuclear-weapons in Iraq, and led multiple senators, including Bob Graham of Florida, to vote against the war resolution.

Bully Boy Bush tricked her, she whined this week.

But how stupid do you have to be to be in order to be tricked by Bully Boy Bush?

More to the point, how can you be ‘tricked’ when you don’t even do the basic work required?

Hillary voted without doing the National Intelligence Estimate?

Well, no one’s ever accused her of possessing an overabundance of intelligence.

Retired Lt Col William Astore (HUFFINGTON POST) observes:

No more nonsense about being a touchy-feely progressive like Bernie Sanders.  It’s time for Hillary the Hawk to take charge and soar, preempting any criticism by Republicans that she’ll be “weak” on defense.
But, tell me again, how did America’s wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and elsewhere go for the United States?  At least three trillion dollars lost, tens of thousands of U.S. troops killed and wounded, hundreds of thousands of “foreigners” killed and wounded, millions made refugees, and for what, exactly?
Hillary the Hawk wants to double-down on a losing hand.  That’s neither “aggressive” nor “tough”: It’s reckless and dumb.  Worst of all, she’s playing with our chips as well as the lives of our troops, not to mention the lives of all those “foreigners” seeking shelter from American bombs and bullets and drones.  (But we have a word for them: collateral damage.)

Her latest lie did not go over well in Libya.  Mahmoud Darwesh (XINHUA) reports from Tripoli:

The recent statement of U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has met with great skepticism in Libya, especially her regret for the 2003 intervention in Iraq, according to Libyan officials.
[. . .]
“The recent statement of Clinton is nothing but political advocacy for her voters,” said Atef Badri, a former Libyan diplomat.
He believes this apology and regret for the military campaign that led to the destruction of Iraq will not change the “ugly face” on Washington’s foreign policy.
The former diplomat said when Clinton was a prominent senator in 2002, she strongly advocated for a military campaign that was apparently aimed to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime.
“However, the hidden side of her support to the campaign was to destroy Iraq’s scientific capabilities and infrastructure. The world saw how fancy the U.S. air force was in destroying the government offices, factories, and bridges,” Badri added. 

Meanwhile, AFP notes, “A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people at a mosque on the southwestern edge of Baghdad on Friday, security and medical officials said.”  Ayad Allawi, leader of Iraqiya, tells NATIONAL IRAQI NEWS AGENCY that the bombing is an attempt to destroy the social fabric of Iraq and to promote sectarianism.
ALSUMARIA notes a Husseiniya car bombing killed 1 Iraqi soldier and left four more injured.

As the violence continues, so does the political intrigue.

An alliance has apparently fallen.  DAR ADDUSTOUR reports that the Kurdish alliance has broken and that the PUK has announced they will not continue to align with the KDP — the split is said to be between former president of Iraq  Jalal Talabani and his supporters in the PUK and KRG President Massoud Barzani and his supporters in the KDP.

The split comes as the US-installed prime minister Haider al-Abadi is demanding that he get a new Cabinet.  That’s a confession of his own failures as prime minister.  He picked his Cabinet back in 2014 — picking the ministers and having Parliament approve them is how someone moves from prime minister-designate to prime minister per Iraq’s constitution.  Haider’s requesting a new Cabinet less than two years later is a confession of his own failure.  (IRAQ TIMES published a photo of Haider from when he was less than a year-old, FYI.)

He has some support for his proposals including from Shi’ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr.  ALSUMARIA notes Moqtada called on his followers to continue protesting in Baghdad in favor of Haider’s demands — and to continue protesting until at least Monday.  ALL IRAQ NEWS explains that Moqtada wants the Parliament to vote on Haider’s proposals Monday.  While they continue protesting in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, there are MPs protesting in the Parliament as well.

Salim al-Jubouri remains Speaker of Parliament despite an April 14th attempt to vote the most powerful Sunni politician out of office (they did not have a quorum so the vote did not count).  ALSUMARIA notes that he has stated Parliament will be resuming business and voting on Haider’s proposal in this coming week.

Mohammad Sabah (AL MADA) reports that Salim is attempting to get the protesting MPs to cease their protest.  However, the protesters include Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition and they’re not budging.  NINA quotes State of Law’s Mutasim Mansour Baaja declaring that the sit in will continue and that they believe the vote to oust Salim as Speaker was a valid and legal vote.

As Sheikh (DAR ADDUSTOUR) pens a column noting the intrigue and rumor surrounding the various efforts and concludes that merely shuffling politicians will not cure Iraq’s government because what is actually needed is a vision of a better Iraq.

Saleh al-Mutlaq is the leader of the National Dialogue Front, a Sunni bloc. ALSUMARIA reports that he has stated there is an effort afoot to change the three presidencies — Speaker of Parliament, President and Prime Minister — to those who would do the bidding of the government of Iran.  Suadad al-Salhy (MIDDLE EAST MONITOR) focuses on Nouri al-Maliki’s role in the upheaval:


To stop the train – or at least to reroute it – figures involved in talks told MEE that the heads of political blocs must negotiate with Maliki, who controls more than two-thirds of the rebellious MPs.
“Those who led the coup were Maliki’s MPs and were under his supervision,” said a senior Shia leader familiar with the current political bloc negotiations, who spoke to MEE on condition of anonymity. “I have all the text messages and instructions he sent to his people,” the leader said. “He is the one holding all the strings of the game. He can keep it up or end it.”
Maliki governed Iraq between 2006 and 2014. Despite winning the highest share of the vote in 2014, he was blocked from a third term by political rivals and Shia clergymen after many Iraqis blamed him for the spectacular loss of almost a third of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State (IS) group. Abadi, Maliki’s political party mate, in cooperation with Maliki’s Shia, Sunni and Kurd rivals, succeeded him to the top office.
Maliki was appointed vice president, but Abadi, in response to massive demonstrations, abolished Maliki’s post last August as part of his first package of reforms. Since then, the tension between Maliki and his rivals has been high. 



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