Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THIS JUST IN! HE'S MAKING THREATS!

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FAILED JOURNALIST AND PROFESSIONAL ODDITY ROBERT PARRY HAS DECIDED TO EMBARRASS THE FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF.

"IF BARRY O WON'T ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRODUCT OF OUR LOVE,"  PARRY SAID POINTING TO HIS BULGING BELLY, "I'LL JUST HAVE TO START EXPOSING SOME OF HIS SIGNATURE MOVES."

PARRY INSISTED THIS ISN'T ABOUT "VINDICATION OR GETTING EVEN.  I JUST WANT MY BABY DADDY BACK.  YOU HEAR ME, BARACK, I JUST WANT MY BABY DADDY BACK!"

PARRY BEGAN STOMPING HIS FEET LOUDLY UNTIL HE LET A PARTICULARLY NOXIOUS FART RIP.

A SHEEPISH PARRY DECLARED, "THE PREGNANCY'S CHANGING MY BODY."







Erik Prince is back in the news but all those who had "glory hole scandal" haven't won -- yet.  No, Prince has a book and is busy promoting it.  Justine Drennan (Foriegn Policy) reports:


In his book Civilian Warriors, as well as in a relatively rare interview ahead of its paperback release Tuesday, Prince vehemently rejected such claims and argued that Blackwater was scapegoated by vindictive Democrats and a State Department and Pentagon that couldn't come to terms with the government's growing dependence on private contractors. "I'm no hero. The world knows all too well about my mistakes. But I was never meant to play the villain," he wrote in his book. "Seeing the company I'd built torn down for no reason was almost too much to bear." 



Really?


Democrats kicked his Blackwater out of Iraq?


The State Dept and the Pentagon sued his mercenary company Blackwater?


He doesn't own Blackwater anymore.


He sold it to escape legal culpability.


Now he attempts to escape reality.


Ali Abbas Mahmoud can't escape the reality of what Blackwater did back in September of 2007.  Last week, Ali Abbas Mahmoud spoke about it to Jonathan S. Landay (McClatchy Newspapers) following the convictions of four men who had worked for Blackwater and took part in the attack:

One of the dead boys was Mahmoud’s 11-year-old nephew, Qasim Muhammad Abbas. Qasim’s father, Muhammad Abbas Mahmoud – Ali Abbas Mahmoud’s elder brother – also died. The boy’s mother was wounded.

The family was sitting inside a pickup when the shooting broke out. Members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, they were hauling furniture to a new home in a Shiite neighborhood after tensions with minority Sunni Muslims forced them to leave their old house.
Ali Abbas Mahmoud, a 52-year-old Ministry of Housing employee who agreed to speak by telephone but refused a face-to-face interview, said he’d never forget how his sister-in-law, frantic with grief and terror, called him as she sat bleeding inside the pickup.
“She made me hysterical when she called me and told me that my brother had just been killed,” he recounted. “She was in the vehicle. She screamed, ‘They slaughtered your brother and they slaughtered your nephew and I’m injured.’ She made me as hysterical as she was.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/10/23/244476/in-iraq-blackwater-verdict-provides.html?sp=/99/117/416/103/#storylink=cpy







Is Ali Abbas Mahmoud a Democrat?


A Pentagon official?

A State Dept official?

No, he's an Iraqi citizen.



Erik Prince is very good about rewriting history.  Some day, the pool may pay off and he may get busted on his knees in a truck stop men's room -- at which point, he'll try to rewrite that as well.


But all the revisions don't change the fact that his company killed innocent Iraqis.


His company was out of control.


It was out of control because that's the way he wanted it.


There was no training on the need to avoid wounding or killing civilians.


Iraqis, the same people who do not matter to him today, did not matter to him when he ran Blackwater and the actions of his employees reflected that.




At the Pentagon today, spokesperson Rear Adm John Kirby declared, "While we recognize that a major Iraqi offensive against ISIL may still be a ways off, these are encouraging reports that highlight Iraq's determination to take the fight to ISIL."


They continue to spin the inability of the Iraqi military to do its job as 'good news.'


But every day that the Iraqi army fails to do its job, more US taxpayer dollars are thrown away in Iraq, "millions a day," Kirbay declared today.


And the tab for the latest wave of the never-ending Iraq War just keeps growing.



Q: On ISIS. Does the department anticipate forwarding a request for additional money to Congress for 2015 for the ISIS fight?


REAR ADM. KIRBY: I think you've heard [Defense] Secretary [Chuck] Hagel and the chairman [of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsy] talk about this. I think certainly there's going to have to be some considerations going forward, but I wouldn't get ahead of specific budget moves that haven't been made yet.

I think, you know, we've gone to the Hill, we've testified to the operations, and again, Secretary Hagel has been very clear that certainly considerations for added funding are going to have to be part of the calculus going forward. But we're just not in a position right now where we can detail what that would look like, what form it would be, how much it would be, that kind of thing.


Going to nail down the cost someday soon, huh?  Like they nailed down what was happening in Iraq?

The administration failed to heed warning, failed to listen to intelligence, failed to use common sense and was completely surprised this summer to discover the Islamic State in Iraq.


Tonight PBS' Frontline examined the Islamic State and how they came to be major players in Iraq.  Michael Iskikoff (Yahoo News) recaps:


The film, reported by correspondent Martin Smith, offers a richly detailed account of how the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki alienated the country’s disenfranchised Sunni population, making reckless accusations of terrorism against Sunni leaders — including the country’s Vice Prime Minister Tariq al-Hashimi. Those allegations  flatly denied by al-Hashimi on camera — were based on the testimony of bodyguards who, it is strongly suggested, were tortured.

With little pressure or engagement from Washington, al-Maliki’s anti-Sunni agenda  driven by his  “paranoia,” as one of Smith’s interlocutors says — paved the way for ISIS radicals to march through huge swaths of Iraqi territory this spring, seizing arsenals of U.S.-made weapons from a collapsing Iraqi army. This, of course, was the same army that the U.S. spent billions arming and training. In fact, terrorism expert Ken Katzman suggests in the film, they were a phantom led by do-nothing officers.


Nouri was only in office, in his first term as prime minister, for a few months when we noted in 2006 his paranoia which the US government thought (at that time) would make him more "manageable" (as the CIA analysis termed it).  By the time WikiLeaks was publishing the State Dept cables in 2010, the US government's knowledge of Nouri's paranoia was on full display for anyone who wanted to see.

Yet the White House, Barack's White House, continued to support Nouri.





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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THIS JUST IN! OCCUPY BRAUMS!

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ONE TIME JOURNALIST AND SELF-IDENTIFIED PRESIDENTIAL MISTRESS ROBERT PARRY INSISTS THAT HE IS STILL BEING SHUNNED BY THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE HE IS CARRYING THE CHILD OF FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O.


HE MADE THIS DECLARATION AS HE OCCUPIED A FAST FOOD LOCALE.


"I KNOW THIS IS DIFFERENT," EXPLAINED A SWEATY PARRY,  FROM A STALL IN THE BATHROOMS OF BRAUM'S ICE CREAM AND BURGERS.  "BUT TIMES HAVE CHANGED.  THESE DAYS, A WOMAN CAN BE A CABINET SECRETARY AND, YES, A MAN CAN HAVE A BABY.  I AM NOT GOING AWAY."

AS IF TO PROVE IT, PARRY OCCUPIED THE WOMEN'S ROOM IN BRAUM'S FOR 6 HOURS TODAY, INSISTING HE THOUGHT HIS WATER MIGHT BE BREAKING.

ASKED WHY THE WOMEN'S ROOM AND NOT THE MEN, PARRY HISSED, "MEN ARE NASTY!  IF I HAVE THE BABY TODAY, NO WAY I'M HAVING IT IN A ROOM WITH URINALS!"

THE BRAUM'S STAFF WAS ABLE TO LURE HIM OUT WITH THE PROMISE OF SEVERAL FREE CARTONS OF ICE CREAM.






And Barack should be asked about them.  Why is there no televised prime time press conference focusing on Iraq?

Oh, that's right. 

Because the US press can't focus on Iraq.


If Helen Thomas were still around, you can be sure she'd be asking about one topic  everyone should be asking about?





That's Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal (photo from Facebook).   We noted his death in Saturday's snapshot.

Missy Ryan (Washington Post) notes, "The Pentagon said Neal’s death was the first U.S. casualty in Iraq since the Obama administration began its 'Inherent Resolve' mission, which now includes airstrikes against the extremist group in Iraq and Syria and a growing number of U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq in August."

Murtaza Hussain (Intercept) offers:

Cpl. Neal was only 19 years old. He would have only been eight at the outset of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and merely six on 9/11 – a child at the time of both these events.  The fact that he ended up losing his life in Iraq is on one hand tragic, and on the other completely absurd.
The tragedy here is that a young man with a long future ahead of him ended up dying in a distant country before even reaching the age of twenty. The absurdity is that men such as him are still losing their lives as a result of still-inexplicable decisions made over a decade ago. The Iraq War never ended, but now it’s being fought by men who were just children when it started. Walter Lippman once said, “I don’t think old men ought to promote wars for young men to fight.” In our time, old men have been promoting wars that kids would ultimately end up fighting.

You know what?

Those statements are offensive.

And it's why the Intercept is such a lame venture.

It's a bunch of   sexist jerks like Murtaza Hussain, Glenn Greenwald (if his sexism is news to you, where have you been the last decade), Jeremy Scahill and so many others.

And when you hire sexists, you get garbage like what Hussain's offering, garbage that renders the US female service members who've fought in the ongoing Iraq War -- and who've died in it -- invisible.

It is a complete, 100% tragedy that Sean Neal is dead.  It is a huge loss.  But Hussain makes an ass out of himself by reducing it to "men." 

If the Intercept wants to have any future at all -- most likely it doesn't, Libertarians online have long been sexist -- it's going to have to accept the fact that half the world is female.

Shame on all the useless jerks (Dan Froomkin, that means you) who have treated Hussain's sexist rambles as manna from heaven.  Shame on you.

Last May, The Daily Beast offered Kate Hoit's "The Names You Don't Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan."  Froomkin, who has made time to attack female artists, didn't really have time to give props to Hoit for that piece.

Too bad.  The sexism needs to end and it needs to end now.

It is insulting to the women who have served -- and to the memory of the women who died -- to write such sexist nonsense as Hussain did.  Hussain, The Intercept and every man who Tweeted that article without pointing its fatal and sexist flaw should issue an apology -- but they won't.  The day will come when sexists are shunned in the same way that racists are.  That day is in the future.  When it does come, history will not be kind to the many men -- including those at Intercept -- who regularly engaged in sexism -- history will not be kind, nor should it be.


Spencer Ackerman (Guardian)  points out, "Technically, Neal may not have been the first US fatality of the Iraq-Syria war against the Islamic State. Naval forces assigned to US Central Command, which has operational control of the war, acknowledged on October 3 that a Marine, Corporal Jordan L. Spears, went missing at sea in the North Arabian Gulf after bailing out of his MV-22 Osprey. Spears took off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, which carried Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, assigned to support the war in Iraq and Syria."  UPI notes Spears was (or is) 21-years-old.  RT notes that the commander of Spears unit wrote online, "Cpl. Spears was a cherished member of our MEU family, and he fulfilled a key role in our aviation combat element."  Stars and Stripes notes:



Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, Ind., was one of two aircrew members who went into the water when the Osprey’s pilot lost control of the aircraft, which the Navy said was participating in flight operations in support of the missions over Iraq and Syria. The pilot regained control of the Osprey, and the other aircrew member was recovered.


I have no idea about Sean Neal's unit, but the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Jordan Spears' unit, there are women in that unit -- I know that would shock Murtaza Hussain -- there are several women who are part of the current deployment of that unit.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

THIS JUST IN! FRIGHTENED MOMMY-TO-BE ROBERT PARRY

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FIRST MISTRESS AND SOMETIMES JOURNALIST ROBERT PARRY REVEALED TODAY TO THESE REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT  BULLY BOY PRESS &    CEDRIC'S BIG MIX  -- HIS REASON FOR GOING PUBLIC WITH HIS PREGNANCY:  HE WANTS FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O TO BE AT THE BIRTH.


"I WANT A NATURAL CHILD BIRTH, YOU KNOW," HE STATES.  "I'D LIKE BARRY TO BE MY BIRTHING PARTNER, AFTER ALL, HE IS THE DADDY.  AND I'M GOING TO NEED A LOT OF HELP, YOU KNOW.  I ONCE WENT ON AN ALL DAY CHEESE BINGE AND THE NEXT DAY NEARLY BLEW OUT MY RING HOLE TAKING A MASSIVE DUMP.  I'M NOT SURE I'M UP TO PUSHING OUT A BABY ALL ON MY OWN."






The numbers on Barack Obama's kill list just keep growing.  Add another American to the list.

Yesterday, the Defense Dept released the following:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-539-14
October 24, 2014

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty


  The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California.
For more information, media may contact the I Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Office at (760) 763-7039 or after hours at (760) 207-5865.



Well, of course, he didn't die in combat.  Hasn't US President Obama insisted US troops would not see combat in Iraq?  And hasn't the press gone along with that lie?


However he died in Baghdad, Lance Cpl Sean P. Neal died in Baghdad.

And Barack's the one who sent him there.

Hey, hey, BHO, how many people did you bury below?

Barack sent Neal and many others into Iraq.

Any deaths are on Barack's hands.

Hey, hey, BHO, how many people did you bury below?

And the deaths of Iraqis are on his hands as well.

Especially the ones killed by Iraqi forces.

Barack hopped in bed with previous prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and is in bed with current prime minister Haider al-Hadi.  Under both, civilians have been terrorized by Iraqi forces throughout Iraq.

This includes, but is not limited to, the ongoing bombing of Falluja's residential neighborhoods -- a legally defined War Crime.  One that has been taking place since January of this year.

Hey, hey, BHO, how many people did you bury below?


Will this awaken the so-called peace 'leaders' in the United States?

Or will they continue to direct their outrage at Bully Boy Bush -- a man who left the White House in January 2009?

Maybe they'll continue to obsess over Hillary Clinton?

Anything to avoid growing the hell up and calling out the person running the wars today.


Lance Cpl Sean P. Neal's death is on Barack's hands but never forget CodePink, Win Without War and so many other fake ass organizations are culpable in Neal's death and the deaths of so many Iraqis.


Hey, hey, BHO, how many people did you bury below?





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Friday, October 24, 2014

THIS JUST IN! HE WANTS TO BE WELCOME AT THE WHITE HOUSE!

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FIRST FAMILY AVOIDS PREGNANT CONSPIRACY NUT AND IT IS LEAVING ROBERT PARRY DISTRESSED AND THREATENING THE PREGNANCY.

"I WAS AT THE DOCTOR'S TODAY," A SHAKEN ROBERT PARRY EXPLAINED TO THESE REPORTERS --  BULLY BOY PRESS &    CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   EXCLUSIVE  MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS &    CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   --  "AND MY HEALTH HAS TAKEN A TOLL -- FROM THE PREGNANCY AND FROM THE STRESS OF BEING SHUNNED.  MICHELLE NEEDS TO GRASP THAT BARACK IS MY BABY DADDY TOO.  AND I NEED TO BE WITH MY BABY DADDY -- FOR MY BABY AND FOR ME!"

AT THIS POINT, PARRY PULLED OUT A SCARF AND BLEW HIS NOSE ON IT REPEATEDLY.

COMING UP FOR AIR, HE SAID, "WHEN I TOLD THE DOCTOR I WAS PREGNANT HE SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE.  AND I GET IT.  I'M NOT A TEENAGER ANYMORE.  A MAN MY AGE, PREGNANT?  AT MY AGE?  IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN.  BUT I AM KEEPING THIS BABY.  AND MICHELLE NEEDS TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM.  SOON THERE WILL BE ANOTHER OBAMA AND SHE JUST NEEDS TO DEAL.  AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS AIN'T ABOUT HER AND IT AIN'T ABOUT ME.  IT'S ABOUT THE BABIES.  THE BABIES!"






As Barack Obama's nonplan continues in Iraq, there are whispers of another plan (a post-mid-term election one).   Karen DeYoung (Washington Post) reported yesterday that the White House thinks it has another 'plan' for addressing the Islamic State in Iraq.  This one would be termed a "battle plan" and a sure sign of its weakness can be found in the belief that it will take place "gradually."  DeYoung explains:


The plan, described as methodical and time-consuming, will not begin in earnest for several months and is designed to ensure that Iraqi forces­ do not overextend themselves before they are capable of taking and holding territory controlled by the militants.

It may also include U.S. advisers in the field with the Iraqis, should that be recommended by American military commanders, said the official, who updated reporters on administration strategy on the condition of anonymity under rules imposed by the White House. The advisers, the official said, would not participate in combat. President Obama has said repeatedly that no U.S. ground forces would be deployed to Iraq.

You can be sure that the "may"s will disappear after the start of the next month when Barack will no longer have to worry about the immediate voter fallout.

Bill Van Auken (WSWS) offers:

And, as for Obama’s promise about no “ground forces,” this term is used in a manner that does not apply to special operations troops, advisers and other smaller units, but rather to the deployment of full combat brigades.
The announcement that the topic was discussed by US and Iraqi officials almost certainly indicates that preparations are being made to substantially increase the number of US military personnel deployed in Iraq, which, according to official figures, now stands at over 1,400.



Leaving what's around the corner to take a look at what's on the road now, Lolita C. Baldor (AP) notes, "The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country."

They'll go on the offensive, will they?


Anytime soon?

Sunday, World Bulletin noted the Iraqi military's efforts to retake Baiji ended when a bomb blew up "an armored vehicle" killing 4 Iraqi soldiers and leaving seven more injured.  The military insists the vehicle blown up was driven by a member of the Islamic State and that the military mistook it for one of their own vehicles and, most importantly, they'll try again to retake Baiji.  Real soon.  But still not yet, not as of today.

And today Saif Sameer and Ned Parker (Reuters) report that the Islamic State seized Zauiyat albu Nimr Village in Anbar Province and that, during the battle, the Iraqi military began escaping via a helicopter.

They're going on the offensive when?

Do they understand what "offensive" means?


They just might be as confused as Valerie Jarrett who, two Sundays ago on NBC's Meet The Press, declared Mount Sinjar to be an important "success." Today,  Saif Sameer and Ned Parker (Reuters) also report, "U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes on IS in Iraq in August, citing the duty to prevent an impending genocide of minority Yazidis at the hands of the jihadist insurgents who attacked them around Sinjar Mountain."


Air strikes on Mount Sinjar.  Just like the latest wave started August 8th.

What's really changed since then?

Nothing.

And I keep waiting for US Senator John McCain to haul out his whack-a-mole talk from the previous administration and point out that any minor victory in X leads to a loss in Y.


Mount Sinjar came up in today's US State Dept press briefing moderated by Jen Psaki:



QUESTION: Can you confirm reports or do you have any comment on the fact that Yezidis are once again trapped on Mount Sinjar and requesting help, expecting an assault again by ISIS fighters?

MS. PSAKI: Well, obviously, as you know, we had taken recent action, relatively recently I should say, over the course of the summer. I don’t have anything new to predict for you. We remain committed to addressing humanitarian crises as we see them and to continuing to assist those who are impacted by the threat of ISIL. But operationally, I would point you to DOD to see if there’s anything they would want to preview about anything they’re planning.

QUESTION: Just to follow up on that, the Administration has said repeatedly that, for example, Kobani in a city of itself doesn’t have a lot of strategic import in the overall fight. I’m wondering if you have any idea what ISIS’s – what their aim is in trying to get Sinjar. Why? Do you have any idea why Sinjar is such a prize? They keep going back to it, so --

MS. PSAKI: Well, I don’t think – I know this is not what you asked, but even on Kobani I can’t tell you why – we can’t tell you why, aside from their desire to have a propaganda victory, that they are focusing there either. The reason --

QUESTION: Well, the border. They could control the border there.

MS. PSAKI: But in terms of their focus on Sinjar, I don’t know that I have analysis on why strategically ISIL is going after it more.

QUESTION: But the reason that you undertook the action in the first place is because you thought that ISIS was trying to launch a genocide against the Yezidis.

MS. PSAKI: Right. That’s right.

QUESTION: So aren’t you still concerned about that?


MS. PSAKI: Well, we certainly remain concerned about any group that’s threatened by ISIL, and we’ve taken action in the past. I have nothing to preview for you in terms of future operations, as would be typically the case.





Saif Sameer and Ned Parker (Reuters) report, "U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes on IS in Iraq in August, citing the duty to prevent an impending genocide of minority Yazidis at the hands of the jihadist insurgents who attacked them around Sinjar Mountain."  But AFP reports, "Islamic State group jihadists besieging Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq have killed a commander of forces from the Yazidi religious minority defending the area, a fighter said yesterday. The commander, Al Sheikh Khayri, had returned from Germany, which has large Yazidi community, to fight, and was killed on Wednesday night, Khalaf Mamu said by telephone."





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Thursday, October 23, 2014

THIS JUST IN! PARRY TALKS BIRTH NAMES!

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ONE-TIME JOURNALIST AND FULL TIME CONSPIRACY THEORIST ROBERT PARRY ANNOUNCED HE IS "POSITIVELY GLOWING" FROM HIS PREGNANCY.

AND IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- MUST CREDIT  BULLY BOY PRESS &    CEDRIC'S BIG MIX  -- HE REVEALS THAT FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS AWARE HE IS ABOUT TO BE A FATHER AGAIN.

"BUT I TOLD HIM," PARRY DECLARED, "THAT WE'RE GOING WITH A RESPECTABLE NAME FOR THIS CHILD.  LIKE 'BLANKET' OR EVEN 'SODY POP.'  MAYBE 'TEVO' IF IT'S A GIRL."

ASKED WHEN HE WAS EXPECTED TO DELIVER THE LOVE CHILD, PARRY SAID, "I THOUGHT IT WAS THIS MORNING BUT THAT JUST TURNED OUT TO BE HARD GAS."





 

There was enough to convict without using questionable evidence.  Questionable evidence leads to rulings.  On appeal, any charge could be struck down.  Hopefully, the prosecution didn't cut corners or else the justice many feel was handed out today could be at risk of being pulled away.

It should also be noted that the four weren't rogue.

They were acting in a manner Blackwater encouraged, in a matter the US government encouraged.  

This is not to say the four are innocent or that they should have walked.

This is to note that the guilt didn't stop with the four convicted today.

Mark Ruffalo Tweeted:




  • It should also be pointed out that the government official being 'protected' in the attack remains a mystery.  

    His or her name or names should have been revealed long ago.


    And trend stories should have died long ago.  

    The media loves them -- loves them enough to create them.  

    Susan Faludi documents this very well in the journalistic classic Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.  

    One of the most famous examples in the book is Faludi taking on Newseek's 'trend story' about how women of a certain age were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to get married. The 'support' for that story? It was a comment a reporter made and that was enough to kick off a trend story -- a lie spread around the world.


    Faludi notes:


    The trend story, which may go down as late-20th-century journalism's prime contribution to the craft, professes to offer "news" of changing mores, yet prescribes more than it observes.  Claiming to mirror public sentiment, its reflections of the human landscapes are strangely depopulated.  Pretending to take the public's pulse, it monitors only its own heartbeat -- and its advertisers'. 
    Trend journalism attains authority not through actual reporting but through the power of repetition.  Said enough times, anything can be made to seem true.  A trend declared in one publication sets off a chain reaction, as the rest of the media scramble to get the story, too.  The lightning speed at which these messages spread has less to do with the accuracy of the trend than with journalists' propensity to repeat one another.  And repetition became especially hard to avoid in the '80s, as the "independent" press feel into a very few corporate hands.


    Husna Haq is the latest unable to resist the bait of 'ISIS recruits!'  To Haq's credit, there is no nonsense of trying to turn this into a 'young girls are joining IS!' nonsense we've already seen.

    But this paragraph in the Christian Science Monitor article gets at all that is wrong with these 'trend stories:'

    According to CIA estimates, about 2,000 Westerners have traveled to Iraq and Syria (many via Turkey) to join ISIS. Of these, more than 100 have come from the US, at least 500 from the UK, and more than 700 from France, according to estimates from authorities in those countries.


    Oh my goodness!

    100 Americans!

    That's like a tenth of the country!

    Because we only have 1,000 people in the whole country, right?


    No, there are 316.1 million people in the United States.  

    So that's 316,100,000 people and of that huge number 100 have joined the Islamic State.

    Are you getting how useless these stories have been?

    There is no trend story here.

    And with the numbers so small you really could profile everyone in a report.

    But it might not carry the alarm and create the frenzy trend stories live to do.


    Even worse, she and her dopey guests pretended that the Islamic State thickens its media as a result of a social media.

    No.

    They may get a message out via media but what has thickened their membership is attacks on the Sunni population -- in Iraq, where they are the minority, and in Syria, where they are the majority.

    Stop the persecution of the Sunnis and you end the need for anyone to get behind a group that argues it can protect the Sunni population.

    It's an obvious point so many miss.  Take the State Dept's Brett McGurk.





    That's not addressing anything.  Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth points out:


  • More US military advisers won't help  defeat ISIS until Baghdad reins in Shia militia still killing Sunnis.