FAILED JOURNALIST AND PROFESSIONAL ODDITY ROBERT PARRY HAS DECIDED TO EMBARRASS THE FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF.
"IF BARRY O WON'T ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRODUCT OF OUR LOVE," PARRY SAID POINTING TO HIS BULGING BELLY, "I'LL JUST HAVE TO START EXPOSING SOME OF HIS SIGNATURE MOVES."
PARRY INSISTED THIS ISN'T ABOUT "VINDICATION OR GETTING EVEN. I JUST WANT MY BABY DADDY BACK. YOU HEAR ME, BARACK, I JUST WANT MY BABY DADDY BACK!"
PARRY BEGAN STOMPING HIS FEET LOUDLY UNTIL HE LET A PARTICULARLY NOXIOUS FART RIP.
A SHEEPISH PARRY DECLARED, "THE PREGNANCY'S CHANGING MY BODY."
Erik Prince is back in the news but all those who had "glory hole scandal" haven't won -- yet. No, Prince has a book and is busy promoting it. Justine Drennan (Foriegn Policy) reports:
In his book Civilian Warriors, as well as in a relatively rare interview ahead of its paperback release Tuesday, Prince vehemently rejected such claims and argued that Blackwater was scapegoated by vindictive Democrats and a State Department and Pentagon that couldn't come to terms with the government's growing dependence on private contractors. "I'm no hero. The world knows all too well about my mistakes. But I was never meant to play the villain," he wrote in his book. "Seeing the company I'd built torn down for no reason was almost too much to bear."
Democrats kicked his Blackwater out of Iraq?
The State Dept and the Pentagon sued his mercenary company Blackwater?
He doesn't own Blackwater anymore.
He sold it to escape legal culpability.
Now he attempts to escape reality.
Ali Abbas Mahmoud can't escape the reality of what Blackwater did back in September of 2007. Last week, Ali Abbas Mahmoud spoke about it to Jonathan S. Landay (McClatchy Newspapers) following the convictions of four men who had worked for Blackwater and took part in the attack:
One of the dead boys was Mahmoud’s 11-year-old nephew, Qasim Muhammad Abbas. Qasim’s father, Muhammad Abbas Mahmoud – Ali Abbas Mahmoud’s elder brother – also died. The boy’s mother was wounded.
The family was sitting inside a pickup when the shooting broke out. Members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, they were hauling furniture to a new home in a Shiite neighborhood after tensions with minority Sunni Muslims forced them to leave their old house.
Ali Abbas Mahmoud, a 52-year-old Ministry of Housing employee who agreed to speak by telephone but refused a face-to-face interview, said he’d never forget how his sister-in-law, frantic with grief and terror, called him as she sat bleeding inside the pickup.
“She made me hysterical when she called me and told me that my brother had just been killed,” he recounted. “She was in the vehicle. She screamed, ‘They slaughtered your brother and they slaughtered your nephew and I’m injured.’ She made me as hysterical as she was.”
Is Ali Abbas Mahmoud a Democrat?
A Pentagon official?
A State Dept official?
No, he's an Iraqi citizen.
Erik Prince is very good about rewriting history. Some day, the pool may pay off and he may get busted on his knees in a truck stop men's room -- at which point, he'll try to rewrite that as well.
But all the revisions don't change the fact that his company killed innocent Iraqis.
His company was out of control.
It was out of control because that's the way he wanted it.
There was no training on the need to avoid wounding or killing civilians.
Iraqis, the same people who do not matter to him today, did not matter to him when he ran Blackwater and the actions of his employees reflected that.
At the Pentagon today, spokesperson Rear Adm John Kirby declared, "While we recognize that a major Iraqi offensive against ISIL may still be a ways off, these are encouraging reports that highlight Iraq's determination to take the fight to ISIL."
They continue to spin the inability of the Iraqi military to do its job as 'good news.'
But every day that the Iraqi army fails to do its job, more US taxpayer dollars are thrown away in Iraq, "millions a day," Kirbay declared today.
And the tab for the latest wave of the never-ending Iraq War just keeps growing.
Q: On ISIS. Does the department anticipate forwarding a request for additional money to Congress for 2015 for the ISIS fight?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: I think you've heard [Defense] Secretary [Chuck] Hagel and the chairman [of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsy] talk about this. I think certainly there's going to have to be some considerations going forward, but I wouldn't get ahead of specific budget moves that haven't been made yet.
I think, you know, we've gone to the Hill, we've testified to the operations, and again, Secretary Hagel has been very clear that certainly considerations for added funding are going to have to be part of the calculus going forward. But we're just not in a position right now where we can detail what that would look like, what form it would be, how much it would be, that kind of thing.
Going to nail down the cost someday soon, huh? Like they nailed down what was happening in Iraq?
The administration failed to heed warning, failed to listen to intelligence, failed to use common sense and was completely surprised this summer to discover the Islamic State in Iraq.
Tonight PBS' Frontline examined the Islamic State and how they came to be major players in Iraq. Michael Iskikoff (Yahoo News) recaps:
The film, reported by correspondent Martin Smith, offers a richly detailed account of how the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki alienated the country’s disenfranchised Sunni population, making reckless accusations of terrorism against Sunni leaders — including the country’s Vice Prime Minister Tariq al-Hashimi. Those allegations — flatly denied by al-Hashimi on camera — were based on the testimony of bodyguards who, it is strongly suggested, were tortured.
With little pressure or engagement from Washington, al-Maliki’s anti-Sunni agenda — driven by his “paranoia,” as one of Smith’s interlocutors says — paved the way for ISIS radicals to march through huge swaths of Iraqi territory this spring, seizing arsenals of U.S.-made weapons from a collapsing Iraqi army. This, of course, was the same army that the U.S. spent billions arming and training. In fact, terrorism expert Ken Katzman suggests in the film, they were a phantom led by do-nothing officers.
Nouri was only in office, in his first term as prime minister, for a few months when we noted in 2006 his paranoia which the US government thought (at that time) would make him more "manageable" (as the CIA analysis termed it). By the time WikiLeaks was publishing the State Dept cables in 2010, the US government's knowledge of Nouri's paranoia was on full display for anyone who wanted to see.
Yet the White House, Barack's White House, continued to support Nouri.
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