BAD NEWS FOR CRANKY CLINTON IN A NEW POLL.
42% FIND HER TRUSTWORTHY WHILE 47% OF AMERICANS DO NOT FIND HER TRUSTWORTHY.
37% OF AMERICANS VIEW HER UNFAVORABLY WHILE 26% VIEW HER FAVORABLY.
6 IN 10 AMERICANS SAY IT WAS WRONG FOR CRANKY TO USE HER OWN PERSONAL E-MAIL FOR SECRETARY OF STATE DUTIES.
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, CRANKY SNORTED AND SAID, "37% VIEW ME UNFAVORABLY? HONEY, I HAD HIGHER UNFAVORABLES WHEN I WAS BAPTIZED AND I OVERCAME THOSE AS WELL!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The battle has underscored how weak Tehran is militarily with the few hundred estimated Islamic State fighters being able to outstrategize Tehran and Baghdad.
Michael Hess (UK Blasting News) puts it this way:
The US military is providing aerial intelligence to Iranian forces working against Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit, Iraq in a bid to break the hold on the besieged city. Tikrit was overrun by IS which on June 14th, 2014 committed atrocities, including the massacre of at least 800, on Iraqi Air Force trainees at the former U.S. base Speicher, converted into an air force training college. Tikrit was the site of Saddam Hussein's tomb but it has since been destroyed in the fighting.
The Tehran alliance was supposed to provide Baghdad with a decisive victory which could be used to rally the military. That's why Tikrit was chosen in the first place. It was to be the red flag waved before the charging bull. But the 'bull' lumbered towards the city for days and, when it finally got outside the city, the bull took a long, long nap.
Nancy A. Youssef (Daily Beast) offers, "The Tikrit campaign was launched with a patchwork force of 20,000 Shiite militiamen, 3,000 Iraqi troops, and a bevy of Iranian troops, tanks, weapons and missile strikes. And in the early days of the campaign, Gen. Qassem Suleiman, leader of the Iranian Quds force, was on the ground in Tikrit."
Pete D'Amato (Daily Mail) offers:
Iran has provided artillery and other weaponry for the Tikrit battle, and senior Iranian advisers have helped Iraq coordinate the offensive.
Iraq pointedly did not request US air support when it launched the offensive in early March and recently, the offensive has lost momentum.
Col Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday the Iraqi forces have encircled Tikrit but not yet made significant inroads into the heavily defended city limits.
'They are stalled,' he said.
Since 2001, the US government has identified Suleimani as a terrorist.
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