FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS DETERMINED TO KEEP GOLFING AND DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN WHAT MESSAGE IT SENDS.
By Knoller’s count, Obama played 186 rounds of golf during his presidency through Aug. 12, according to Yahoo! News. That number that has gone up a bit since then due to additional rounds on Martha’s Vineyard.
Bush played many fewer rounds as president -- 24, mainly because he stopped in 2003, since it sent the wrong message when troops were fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
IN RESPONSE, BARACK SCREECHED TO THESE REPORTERS, "WELL MIKE IS DEAD! AND I'M ALIVE! WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO? SLEEP ALONE!"
"HE THINKS HE'S LIZ TAYLOR TODAY," WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST EXPLAINED TO THESE REPORTERS AS HE SHOWED US THE DOOR.
Pretend you were beat up every day by some other kid. And the other kid got sympathy while you got scorn.
That's how a lot of Sunnis feel in Iraq and while feelings are neither right or wrong, the Sunnis feelings are more than understandable.
In the anti-Sunni world so many of us live in, Iraq's problems started a few weeks ago. The last four years didn't matter, the targeting of Sunnis didn't matter.
Friday, a horrifying event took place and if it were known to be carried out by the Islamic State, the White House would be condemning it in strong terms -- as they have so many times before.
AP reports an attack on Imam Wais Village's Mosque has left 65 dead and sixty injured. RT says it was an attack carried out by a Shi'ite militia and reminds, "In July, Shia armed groups executed 15 Sunni Muslims and hung them from electricity poles in a public square in Baquba. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces killed more than 255 Sunni prisoners in retaliation for the killing of Shias by the Islamic State." Jomana Karadsheh, Jason Hanna and Chelsea J. Carter (CNN) report it this way, "Suspected Shiite militiamen opened fire Friday inside a Sunni mosque in northeast Iraq, killing dozens in an attack that appeared to derail the formation of a new government -- something world leaders have said is a must if the country hopes to defeat Islamic militants." Abigail Hauslohner (Washington Post) notes, "It was the single deadliest assault in months on Sunni civilians in Iraq."
The US State Dept issued a statement:
August 22, 2014
The United States strongly condemns the vicious attack today on innocent men, women, and children inside a mosque in the village of Imam Wais in Diyala province. The United States stands with the people of Iraq against this violence, and will continue to support all Iraqi citizens, from all parts of the country, as they work to root out violent extremists from any sector of society, and promote a religiously tolerant, diverse, and unified country, as envisioned in the Iraqi Constitution.
This senseless attack underscores the urgent need for Iraqi leaders from across the political spectrum to take the necessary steps that will help unify the country against all violent extremist groups. In that light, we note Prime Minister-Designate Al-Abadi’s condemnation and call for unity in defiance of this attack. We further call on all Iraqi leaders to complete the process of forming a new government on the constitutional timeline, and to stand united against violent extremist groups regardless of their cause or persuasion.
We express our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of today’s senseless attacks, and call on the Government of Iraq to immediately investigate and bring to justice anyone shown to be behind these heinous crimes.
Not good enough.
Marie started off strong.
But going with "senseless"?
Some reports have reduced the statement to Marie Harf only using "senseless to describe
"Senseless" isn't good enough.
You don't think the Sunnis have been persecuted in the last years, fine. But at least acknowledge that they feel they have been persecuted. (I agree with them.)
The worst attack they've seen in months and the term being run with is "senseless"?
After Thursday's briefing involving US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey used terms like "savagely" and "ruthless" and "barbaric." And terms like these used over the murder of one person.
And many people will read and hear of Harf's describing the attack on the Sunnis as "senseless."
People are paying attention.
Maybe not the State Dept or the White House.
In fairness to Marie Harf, she and and the State Dept are supposed to be int he business of diplomacy.
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