NO ONE WANTS TO RUN WITH CRANKY CLINTON.
REACHED FOR COMMENT FIRST MAN IN WAITING BILL CLINTON INSISTED "IT'S NOT THAT BAD RUNNING WITH HER. YEAH, SHE GETS GASSY AND STARTS TO FART WITH EVERY STEP AND YOU'LL WANT TO RUN A LITTLE FASTER SO YOU WON'T BE DOWNWIND OF HER BUT THAT'S REALLY ALL."
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, RUN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S NOMINATION, JUST RUAN A LITTLE AHEAD OF HILLARY AND YOU'LL BE FINE.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Was Barzani being kind when he spoke of strong support today from US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden?
Let's hope he was being kind, being a nice guest when using terms like "success" to describe it.
Because the reality is, Massoud was treated like crap.
He was treated like something you stepped in and then tried to scrape off your shoe.
The Kurdistan Regional Government and the Kurds should be offended on his behalf.
Barack was his usual bitchy self.
By now, don't we all expect that?
How unimportant was the visit?
I called a White House friend thinking stuff must have gone into a spam folder and I didn't have time to dig around for it. Could he send me whatever press releases again?
Really, there are none.
There's this which is circulated to the press but so unimportant (or maybe they're taking a page from Haider al-Abadi's book) that it's not even up at the White House website:
President Obama participated in a meeting at the White House with Vice President Biden and Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. They discussed a range of issues, including the campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL and the status of ongoing political initiatives to address the needs of the Iraqi people and foster cooperation across all communities. President Obama and Vice President Biden reaffirmed the United States' strong and continued support to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish people. They also reaffirmed the United States' enduring commitment under the Strategic Framework Agreement to a united, federal, and democratic Iraq, as defined in the Iraqi constitution.
President Obama and Vice President Biden each commended the bravery of the Kurdish Peshmerga and expressed condolences to the victims of ISIL throughout Iraq. President Barzani thanked President Obama and Vice President Biden for the significant military support that the United States has provided to Kurdish Peshmerga in coordination with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Security Forces, including the military action taken to protect Erbil and other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan following the fall of Mosul. Both sides agreed on the importance of strengthening relations between Baghdad and Erbil and underscored their continued shared commitment to provide support to the millions of civilians displaced by the violence in the region.
That's really it.
"Hell," he told me, "POTUS didn't even put Barzani on the daily schedule."
This is all Barzani has to show for the visit.
This lousy little photo that's not even a good one of him, that doesn't even zoom in to frame him in the shot.
You'll note Barack's mouth is running.
As usual, he's pontificating about something.
You'll note in this, the only photo released, the only real document of the meet-up, Barack's not even looking at Massoud Barzani.
The Kurds were treated with more respect by War Criminal Henry Kissinger when he was selling them down the river years ago.
This humiliation was done to appease Haider al-Abadi, the man Barack installed as Iraq's new prime minister, as well as various Shi'ite thugs in elected office.
And Haider can be happy and proud . . . for about three seconds.
That's all Barack can pull off today.
It's not just that he's lame duck, it's that he's lame.
Fools whine, "Why can't he work Congress like LBJ did?"
LBJ was a member of Congress.
Barack barely served two years before he started his endless campaign.
He doesn't know a damn thing about Congress.
His Senate career is as laughable as his legal career.
He had no cases to point to with pride as an attorney.
As a Senator he never even chaired a hearing -- not even of the Subcommittee he was over.
He doesn't know anything beyond show up and smile for the camera.
And his little stunt today?
I called a few friends in Congress.
They didn't find it amusing.
The KRG has friends in Congress on both sides of the aisle.
And the humiliating manner in which Barack treated Barzani?
It's unleashing a lot of ill will.
Members of Congress were already pissed that the White House refused to call out the threat made against them by Iraq's thuggish Minister of Transportation.
And now Barack thinks he can insult the leader of the KRG?
Well he can.
But Barack doesn't get the last word.
And all his bitchery did was enrage Congressional support for the KRG.
That shouldn't be surprising.
The last seven years demonstrate that Barack fails at everything he tries.
No surprise that his effort to snub Barzani would, in the end, backfire as well.
No joint press appearance for Barzani, no one-on-one photo op, and, again, it didn't even make Barack's official daily schedule.
It gets even worse.
The photo we posted above?
It made Joe Biden's Twitter feed.
It made Brett McGurk's Twitter feed.
It did not make The White House Twitter feed.
It did not make the BarackObama Twitter feed.
This is a huge insult.
It's a gob of spit hurled onto Massoud Barzani's face.
It makes as little sense as that ridiculous lime green sherbet like dress Susan Rice wore for a photo op on the White House lawn today.
Again, the KRG and the Kurds should grasp just how rudely Barzani was treated by the White House today.
They should remember, yet again, the White House is not their friend and Barack has never been their friend.
More than anyone else, he used Massoud to sell The Erbil Agreement and that legal contract promised that Article 140 of the Constitution would finally be implemented.
Barack gave his word.
The fact that nearly five years later it still hasn't been implemented should have let the Kurds know they can never, ever trust Barack Obama.
Someone should probably repeat that to Haider al-Abadi as well.
I haven't seen any press coverage of the statement.
But, especially in the US, I'm sure stupidity will run free.
I'm sure it will be, "The White House backs Baghdad!"
Barack talks out of both sides of his mouth as well as his ass.
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