FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O WAS INTERVIEWED BY TELETUBBY CANDY CROWLEY AND INSISTED HE WOULD DO "EVERYTHING I CAN" TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO.
OF COURSE, HE PROMISED, RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE IN 2008, THAT HE'D CLOSE IT.
AND HE DIDN'T.
AND HE HAD THE POWER TO DO IT THEN AND HAS IT NOW -- A POINT WE'RE SURE TELETUBBY CANDY WOULD HAVE RAISED WERE SHE NOT SO BUSY SHOVING FOOD INTO HER GULLET.
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Approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq http://www.stripes.com/news/us/1-000-soldiers-from-the-82nd-airborne-headed-to-iraq-1.320194 …
And who will they find there?
To read this week's press, they'll find R.E.M.'s "Shiny, Happy People" come to life.
That's what the press has insisted all week long and what we've disputed all week long.
"Why would they fight for a government that refuses to respect them? [New Prime Minister Haider] Abadi is just another face on the same Shiite agenda – and the Sunni anger will continue until there is meaningful change in Baghdad."
That's Sunni Sheikh Mohammad Ramadi (al-Bajan tribe) and we'll get back to him and the article that's the most important one on Iraq this week in a moment.
But first . . .
Let's take a moment to reflect on this week, this week of propaganda.
Where the US State Dept worked overtime in Iraq.
Sadly, the work wasn't on the Iraqi government or diplomacy.
It was selling propaganda to the press.
Again, I hope the press got something out of it because all news consumers got was b.s.
If you've forgotten, the propaganda effort was Haider al-Abadi and his healing touch.
The rollout started early this week with any outlet the State Dept could corral, blackmail, bully or buy pimping the lie that Haider had brought unity to Iraq.
The effort was supposed to culminate with the column written for -- not by -- Haider which appeared on the op-ed pages of the Wall St. Journal exclaiming that a national identity had been forged for Iraq via the Iraqi military. For those a little slow on the uptake that would mean, ultimately, by Haider himself since he is commander-in-chief of the military.
The war is being won! Soon the US will be able to come home!
There are some who will believe that nonsense.
There are idiots all over the world.
Equally true, to some, this spin is new.
They were too young to have caught it from 2003 through 2007 when it was constantly repeated. (And when it constantly proved to be false.)
But most adults should have caught on.
And they should have called it out.
Instead, it was just us.
And there's gonna come a time when we're not here. I'm sick of the internet. I'm sick of writing every day for over ten years now without a day off.
What was this week's big faux scandal? The thing that had the Center for American Progress, The Nation, The Progressive, et al up in arms?
Because it sure as hell wasn't Iraq and it sure as hell wasn't the same corporate media yet again selling lies to the American people about Iraq.
I hope whatever crap the faux independent media of CAP, The Nation, et al passed off as important at least provided giggles because it provided no substance and had no real point at all.
(What was it? Largely it was a propaganda effort to convince you that Senator Elizabeth Warren -- anti-Palestinian rights, Republican until she ran for the Senate, falsely passed herself off as a Native American to benefit in hiring, anti-Iran, etc -- was the one to take down Hillary Clinton. Reality, Elizabeth doesn't photograph normal and her voice will be irritating to most American ears. The best she could hope for is the same results as another politician who struck Americans as a "freak," Paul Simon. She's not electable on a national scale for 2016.)
Some place the cost of the Iraq War at a trillion dollars for US taxpayers.
If for no other reason, this week's lies of success should matter for financial reasons.
As the work week came to a close, the Pentagon sotto voice admitted the cost of Barack's latest wave of war, which began August 8, 2014, have already reached $1.02 billion.
That's four months.
And US President Barack Obama has said this will last years.
If for no other reason than cost, this should outrage Americans.
3 US service members have died in the operation during the four months. But no one wants to talk about that either.
RECOMMENDED: "Iraq snapshot"