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WELL AT LEAST HE DIDN'T SAY, "IF YOU WANT YOUR FOOD STAMPS, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FOOD STAMPS."
STILL HIS ASSAULT ON THE PROGRAM GOES AGAINST CORE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND DEMONSTRATES THAT THE BASTARD CHILD OF AN UNDERAGE GIRL AND AN ALREADY MARRIED ASSHOLE IS A BASTARD IN SO MANY WAYS.
TODAY, HE TRIED TO SPIN HIS GUTTING OF FOOD STAMPS. THERE IS NO SPIN, THERE IS NO DEFENSE FOR $8.7 BILLION BEING GUTTED.
REMEMBER IN 2008 WHEN HE USED TO NOTE HIS MOTHER WAS ON FOOD STAMPS WHEN HE WAS A SMALL BRAT?
FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O IS NOT A FRIEND OF THE PEOPLE, HE HAS SOLD OUT TO THE CORPORATIONS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
US House Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: In addition to the biggest issue,
which is that we don't have al Qaeda on the run, there are two issues
which I continue to be very concerned about. The first is the safety of
the residents of Camp Liberty. They still have very little protection.
When last you testified, Mr. McGurk, 192 T-walls were up. Then the
big progress, supposedly, is that 43 T-walls are now up in addition.
This is out of 17,500 T-walls. T-walls save lives. Put them up. Number
two, the Iraqi Jewish archives. Ted Deutsch and many other members are
very concerned, don't want them to be shipped back. The Iraqi
government incorrectly states that these papers are theirs. That is not
true. And we hope that you continue to work on that. And the bigger
issue that brings us together is that obviously since the departure of
our troops, al Qaeda's re-emergence has caused Iraq to take a very
worrisome turn for the worse. We've sacrificed so much blood and
treasure there to watch it descend into full sectarian violence and an
al Qaeda safe haven. So we've got to rebuild our influence there.
That's Ros-Lehtinen speaking at yesterday's House Foreign Affairs
Committee hearing. The sole witness appearing before the Committee was
US State Dept's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran Brett
McGurk. Committee Chair Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel were
among those noted in yesterday's snapshot. We'll be covering the hearing for several snapshots.
Yesterday we noted the T-walls and we'll use Ros-Lehtinen to recap on
that and to note other topics as well. We jump to her questions for
McGurk and there aren't any ". . ." in the exchange we're noting below
but please note she asked three questions and we grab one here and two
more later and the three were asked at once and they were answered at
once by McGurk.
US House Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:: On the issue of T-walls at ,Camp
Liberty why have there been only 235 out of 17,500 T-walls put up? And
why have we only seen an addition of 43 since our November Subcommittee
hearing? Can you please commit that you will put extra effort in saving
Brett McGurk: On Camp Liberty, on specifically the issue of T-walls,
I have, again, made a number of trips to Iraq and every time I go, from
Maliki on down, I raise the issues of T-walls. We got T-walls moving
back into the camp, earlier this month. They stopped. I raised it
again last Thursday with the Iraqi National Security Advisor. I
understand this morning, T-walls are moving into the camp again. I
visited the survivors and residents of Camp Liberty earlier this month.
I told them I promised I would do everything I could. I also urged
them to do everything they could and that meant showing up at these camp
management meetings where plans are made to move the T-walls into the
camp. This is an issue I'm going to continue to stay on top of.
How lucky for him that the T-walls, he 'understands' started going up
again Wednesday morning when he was to appear before the Committee on
This is nonsense. We went over this yesterday. The Congress was told
by the State Dept in October that the remaining T-walls would be put
out. Brett McGurk himself repeated that to the Congress in November.
The State Dept issued a statement in December saying the T-walls were
going up. They still weren't. In January, it was the US Embassy in
Baghdad, noting McGurk's visit to Camp Liberty, that said the T-walls
were going up.
It's a shame no one asked Brett McGurk what his 'understanding' really meant.
Did someone pass on that Nouri says now they'll go up. What does his answer mean?
And since the world -- including the European Union -- think he's a liar
for his November testimony on the kidnapped Ashraf residents and who
has them? Since the UN didn't call him a liar but did put out a
statment (again) contradicting his claims on that, why should we believe
And if he's before Congress again in a few months and the T-walls are
still not up, does anyone tell him that he's doing a lousy job and
suggest that it's past time the State Dept stopped wasting time and
money repeating actions and statements that do not effect any change?
Or are we all supposed to stand there rooting for Brett and the State Dept to win the longest marathon ever?
In her opening remarks, Ros-Lehtinen noted the Jewish archives. These
were discovered by the US military shortly after the start of the Iraq
War, they were discovered submerged in watery basement. These artifacts
are Jewish artifacts. Many were stolen from them by Saddam Hussein's
government. Many they were prevented from leaving with. The artifacts
came to the US to be restored so that they could be preserved for the
Nouri al-Maliki has insisted that his government has the right to these
documents which include the Torah which, last time anyone checked, was
not an official document of the Iraqi government. Also, last time
anyone checked, the number of Jews in Iraq could be counted on one hand
-- a direct result of the post-invasion Iraqi government's refusal to
protect the Jews of Baghdad.
After the documents were restored, they went on exhibit last year. The
US National Archives and Records Administration not only displayed them,
they digitized them. The National Archives notes:
Startling evidence of the once vibrant Jewish life in Iraq came to
light in May 2003 — over 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents
were discovered in the flooded basement of the Iraqi intelligence
headquarters by a US Army team.
The remarkable survival of this written record of Iraqi Jewish life
provides an unexpected opportunity to better understand this
2,500-year-old Jewish community. For centuries, it had flourished in
what had generally been a tolerant, multicultural society. But
circumstances changed dramatically for Jews in the mid-twentieth
century, when most Iraqi Jews fled and were stripped of their
citizenship and assets.
As Jewish people from around the world came to view them, one Iraqi
woman whose family fled to Israel found her report cards from when she
was a little girl. Others found records and belongings of their
This is not the property of the government Iraq. This was personal
property which was systematically stolen by a government of a country
that has historically persecuted the Jews.
Those decades of persecution are why it so offensive to so many Jewish
people around the world that this cultural heritage is going to be
handed over to the Iraqi government.
The White House and the State Dept lamely and wrongly assert that they have to return it.
Their argument is that an agreement was made that the US would restore
the documents and then hand then hand them to the government of Iraq.
But you can't enter into a property contract with anyone other than the
owner of the property or a legally designated representative of the
owners of the property.
The Iraqi government has no claim of ownership. They also were not
contracted by the world's Jewish community to represent the property on
This is stolen property.
As we already noted, Ro-Lehtinen stated, "The Iraqi government
incorrectly states that these documents are theirs." That's what she
was referring to when she said it. Here she is asking about it (again,
she asked three questions all at once during the questioning, we're
splitting it up and splitting Brett McGurk's responses up).
US House Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:: The Iraqi Jewish Archives, you
have been engaged in discussions with the Iraqis on this issue and your
staff has spoken with representatives, the Iraqi Jewish Diaspora and the
Jewish community as a whole. But could you give us an update on
progress of these discussions? Have there been alternative plans
Brett McGurk: On the -- on the Jewish archives, uhm, as you know,
this a very sensitive topic. Uhm, I've been working directly with the
Iraqis on this. I was just in Iraq and raised it with those officials
in charge of the file. We are engaged in sensitive negotiations with
the Iraqis. Uhm, in the coming weeks the Director of Iraq's Archives
and Library will be coming to the United States and, again, I hope to
report progress on this But we're engaged and it's a sensitive
investigation but I will keep you fully informed of those talks.
How about you explain what you're talking about?
Brett McGurk is not talking about the archives being turned over to the
Jewish people -- though he did mislead Congress on just that in 2013.
What he's talking about is handing them over to Iraq and then maybe
something will be done like it can tour every few years in the US.
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