FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O USED HIS MIDDLE NAME TO CLOBBER RIVALS IN 2008. TODAY, AS HE PLANS FOR HIS VANITY LIBRARY, HE INFORMS HE IS DROPPING "HUSSEIN."
REACHED FOR COMMENT TODAY BY THESE REPORTERS, BARRY O STATED, "IT'S LIKE CHER, YOU KNOW? I'M DROPPING THE 'O' AS SOON AS I LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE AND DIVORCE MICHELLE. LET HER KEEP HER OWN NAME. I'LL BE JUST 'BARRY'."
REMINDED BY THESE REPORTERS THAT THE "O" WAS FROM HIS LAST NAME, BARRY O ASKED, "IT IS?"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The Associated Press notes, "Ten years ago: Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide rallied against the U.S.-led war in Iraq on the first anniversary of the start of the conflict." 964 Eagle adds, "179 British servicemen and women died during operations there." The number of US service members and military personnel the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning]: 4489. Iraq Coalition Casualty Count lists 139 for "Other" countries who sent troops into Iraq. The number of Iraqis killed in the illegal war?
That's a tough one. For one thing, efforts were made to discredit the accepted social science model when it was used for a study The Lancet carried which reported a million deaths. Information Clearing House notes, "Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq '1,455,590'."
But the main problem with a body count? The war hasn't stopped in Iraq.
For example, these events today:
AFP notes, "Late night bombings at a Baghdad cafe left 13 people dead, officials said Thursday." National Iraqi News Agency reports a roadside bombing left two police members injured in Mosul, and an Alshallalat car bombing left 1 Peshmerga dead. All Iraq News reports a Ramadi sticky bombing left 1 police officer dead.
National Iraqi News Agency reports an assassination attempt on Colonel Khaled Kinnear in Eshaqi left two of his bodyguards injured, 1 member of the police shot dead in Baquba, assailants in Iraqi military uniforms kidnapped Mayor Salah Sabhan and his son from their homes and killed them outside Hawija, a roadside bombing left two police members injured in Mosul, an armed clash in Jurf al-Sakar left 5 rebels dead and one police member injured, Joint Operations Command announced 8 suspects were killed on the "outskirts of Fallujah," Diyala Police announced they killed 6 suspects "in villages south of Buhriz" and an Alshallalat car bombing left 1 Peshmerga dead, and 2 corpses were discovered in Mosul ("signs of torture").
National Iraqi News Agency reports 2 corpses were discovered in Mosul ("signs of torture"). Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) reports that "five bodies that were found shot dead in the heads and chests in al-Shirqat, a community about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad."
Today, the US Embassy in Baghdad issued the following:
U.S. Embassy Baghdad
Office of the SpokespersonFor Immediate Release
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad strongly denounces the most recent series of reprehensible acts of terrorism victimizing innocent Iraqi citizens throughout country, including particularly brutal attacks in Hilla, Karbala, Wasit, Mosul, Tuz Khormato, Baghdad, and Anbar. In recent weeks hundreds of Iraqis, including women and children, have been killed or injured by terrorists who pursue their goals through the senseless slaughter of the innocent.
We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and hope for a rapid recovery for those who were injured. The United States stands with the Iraqi people and will continue its robust support of the Government of Iraq in its fight against terrorism.
They condemned terrorism. But not Nouri's terrorism. Still they addressed Iraq which is far more than the US State Dept and the lazy ass journalists attending today's State Dept press briefing bothered to do.
Apparently, they couldn't think of a question. NINA reports the military shelling of residential neighborhoods in Falluja left ten civilians ("including three children") injured. Maybe the reporters present could have asked just how many civilians are going to be killed or wounded by Nouri with weapons the US provides?
Maybe they could have asked spokesperson Jen Psaki exactly how long the administration intends to pretend that Nouri's actions aren't War Crimes?
RECOMMENDED: "Iraq snapshot"
"Abu Ghraib, Collective Punishment, War Crimes"
"Fake Ass Liz Wahl, oh, the smell of it!"
"Can We Really Blame Sociopaths? (David Swanson)"
"RIP:Judge Lawrence Walsh-- An American Hero"
"community's all time awful episode"
"The US media forgets Iraq to sell war on Ukraine and Syria"
"Iraq, Tracey Ullman, Maggie Q"
"Iraq War veteran Rob Smith's book"
"Arrow and the CW don't like Black couples"
"The sad Nafeez Ahmed"
"Barack On The Court"
"The Jewish Archives"
"Thug Nouri kills Iraqis"
"That awful bill Nouri sent to the Parliament"
"She wants to live the glamorous life"
"THIS JUST IN! SO MUCH TO DO BUT SO LITTLE TIME!"