NPR'S PUT ON THEIR BEST -- AND HEAVIEST SHOULDER-PADDED -- PANTS SUIT TO INSIST THAT CRANKY CLINTON'S E-MAIL SCANDAL WAS NOT EFFECTING HER DOGGED PURSUIT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.
WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY TAX DOLLARS NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO SPENDS ON THEIR STASH BUT WE CAN REPORT IT'S GOT A LOT OF RESIN AND GETS THEM REALLY BAKED.
WHICH IS WHY THEY MISSED THE STORY.
CRANKY CLINTON'S E-MAIL SCANDAL IS EFFECTING HER POLLS AND STRONG LEADS HAVE SHRUNK.
REACHED FOR COMMENT THIS AFTERNOON BY THESE REPORTERS, CRANKY DISMISSED THE POLLS, "WHAT DO I CARE ABOUT POLLS? I WANT VOTES! AND I KNOW WHERE TO BUY THEM. REMEMBER, I'M FROM CHICAGO -- BORN AND BRED -- AND IF THERE'S ONE THING WE LEARN THERE IT'S HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION."
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He can always point to Barack Obama who looks even more foolish.
"Without preconditions," then-US Senator Barack insisted of his planned talks with Iran should he be elected US president.
Apparently, he also meant to say "without time limitations."
He has wasted years on negotiations with Iran.
And, yes "wasted" is the term.
The deadline for his hoped for deal -- details to come, as always, after a deal had been negotiated -- came and went.
And still the US is engaged in negotiations.
This is stupidity beyond belief and why so many are so bothered by Barack.
As we noted March 22nd:
Democratic leadership in the Senate has made clear to Barack that, if there's a deal to make with Iran, he needs to make it already.
Not only has his dilly-dallying on a treaty harmed Iraq, it's also harming the image of the United States which is beginning to appear as indecisive as Barack himself. (That was the point Harry Reid was conveying to the White House last week.)
The United States looks very weak now.
Today was the deadline and the deadline passed but negotiations continued.
The power of no.
You have to be willing to walk away.
If you're not willing to walk away, they own you.
In the entertainment industry, we know our "no" is as powerful as our "yes."
And we know we need to be prepared to say "no."
Debra Winger's made a career out of saying "no" better than anyone. Bill Murray has a film career -- something none of his SNL peers can't claim -- because he has always understood the power of "no."
You have to be willing to walk away.
And that may mean you lose out on something but it also means, in the next negotiation, people know you're not going to cave.
There was never any reason to waste so much time on one deal (with anyone, leave Iran out of it for now).
There was no reason when issues still remained unresolved to bring Barack into publicly.
You keep the president out of the negotiations publicly until the deal is set and that's when he or she swoops in to look like the gifted and talented.
Instead it looks like yet another failure by Team Barack -- like the failed bid to get the Olympics in Chicago, remember that?
When the time ran out, the US should have walked away from the table.
That wouldn't mean an end to talks.
24 hours later, the talks could be restarted for whatever reason.
But you make the point that you will walk away.
And if you fail to make that point, no one takes you seriously.
Nor should they.
In addition, by staying in negotiations after the deadline passed, the US showed their hand. There's no more bluffing. Clearly the deal is more important to the US than it is to Ian. All future negotiations will be the US government speaking from a position of weakness.
Now in terms of Iran . . .
As Betty noted, the most likely outcome of a deal with Iran was a contract that would be used for war. That is what tends to happen in the last two decades when leaders of foreign countries make concessions to the US government -- see Saddam Hussein (letting the inspectors back in) and Muammar Gaddafi (agreeing to demands of Bully Boy Bush only to be targeted shortly after by Barack).
In terms of Iran and Iraq, the White House has failed.
It has failed to speak up for the Sunni population, to condemn attacks on them, etc.
It's done so to avoid angering the government in Iran.
Iran's led Barack around on all fours by a ring in his nose for the last year.
And the result is that the US remained silent on the abuses of Iraqi forces, the War Crimes.
We noted the horror of a Sunni man being set on fire by Iraqi forces. More recently there was the 11-year-old boy shot dead by Iraqi forces. Those were caught on video.
Iraqi Spring MC posted a video today.
Watch how the Iraqi forces treat a citizen they've detained.
Grasp that they do this knowing they are recording one another.
They stroke and play with the man's beard in a manner that is the behavior of a predator.
They slap him and hit him repeatedly.
This is a civilian. A Sunni civilian, so he doesn't matter to the forces, but the man is a civilian.
And for their amusement, they hit him. Repeatedly.
The same State Dept that condemns this and that action in other countries -- or when carried out by the Islamic State -- has been silent.
The consensus among members of Congress has been that the White House didn't (a) want to risk pushing Iraq closer to Iran and (b) didn't want to risk angering Iran (which supplies, trains and supports many of the thugs in Iraq) in the midst of (never-ending) negotiations.
Now maybe members of Congress are wrong.
Maybe even without the pursuit of an Iran deal, Barack would have remained silent about the abuses in Iraq?
He certainly stayed silent from 2010 through 2014 (Nouri's second term) until June. This was after the exposure of torture chambers and the Iraqi forces murdering peaceful protesters and so much more. Barack stayed silent throughout all of that.
That silence prompted this.
March 15, 2013, Iraqis in Samarra with a message for the world (photo via Iraqi Spring MC) asked "Obama, If you Cannot Hear Us Can you Not See Us?"
Iraqis were well aware that, while they were targeted, the US government was silent.
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