SMALL BUS RIDER, WAR HAWK AND ERECTILE MALFUNCTIONER THOMAS FRIEDMAN GUSHED THAT CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS BARRY O KISSINGER.
AND NEVER GRASPED HOW RIGHT THAT WAS.
BOTH ARE WAR CRIMINALS.
BOTH WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL.
NO DOUBT THOMAS FRIEDMAN WILL BE DOWN THERE WITH THEM.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The Pakistan Observer notes Moqtada al-Sadr's comments that the US "is seekign to maintain its occupation of Iraq through keeping trainers and private contractors" in Iraq. The CIA isn't leaving Iraq either. Eli Lake (The Daily Beast) reports:
"There are of course parts of the counterterrorism mission that the intelligence community, including CIA, will be able to take on from other organizations—and there are parts of that mission that it won't," said one U.S. counterterrorism official who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of secret negotiations with the Iraqis.
Also addressing realities is Chris Floyd (Empire Burlesque via World Can't Wait):
So we have a baseline of 5,000 militarized forces remaining indefinitely in Iraq, with no immediate limit on an expansion in their numbers. And of course, all the stories make it abundantly clear that the Americans will quickly negotiate a new "security agreement" with Iraq, which will include -- or even be in addition to -- thousands of military "advisers" to help "train" the Iraqi forces, especially with the multitude of new weapons that Washington's war profiteers are lining up to sell to the "sovereign" government in Baghdad. How many troops will be involved in these "agreements"? Thousands? Tens of thousands? Again, we don't know.
And as Glenn Greenwald and others have pointed out, none of these numbers include the "Special Forces" and CIA paramilitaries that will inevitably be ranging across Iraq, no doubt in large numbers. Iraq is hardly going to receive less attention from the American black ops and death squads than Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and the dozens of other countries where Washington is waging secret war.
Thus it is almost a certainty that by the end of 2012, there will be, at the barest minimum, at least 8,000 to 10,000 heavily armed personnel under the direct control of the United States government stationed at strategic points throughout Iraq; the actual figure will doubtless be higher, perhaps much higher. But this is a bare minimum -- numbers which tally almost exactly with the final goals of the American war machine in the "failed" negotiations on extending the present form of the occupation.
"The continued Iraq War"
"Iraqi students win a concession, Turkey continues "
"4 men, 1 woman"
"The bill comes due"
"Danny Schechter's latest drama"
"The Good Wife"
"Drama Queen Danny"
"THIS JUST IN! FATTY'S DRAMA!"