SOME ARE SEEING FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O'S WORDS OF "I HAVE NO MORE CAMPAIGNS TO RUN . . . I KNOW BECAUSE I WON BOTH OF THEM" SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF.
THOSE IDIOTS PROBABLY APPLAUDED WHEN BARRY O CLAIMED TO HAVE VISITED "ALL 57" STATES IN THE U.S.
FOR THE RECORD, THERE ARE 50 STATES IN THE U.S.
AS DISTRESSING AS IT IS THAT SOMEONE OVER THE U.S. ECONOMY CANNOT COUNT CORRECTLY TO 50, IT'S EVEN SADDER THAT HE CAN'T COUNT TO SIX.
LOOK, BARRY O, HOW MANY IS THIS?
NO, NOT TWO!
BARRY O HAS RUN 6 CAMPAIGNS IN GENERAL ELECTIONS AND WON SIX.
HE RAN FOR THE ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE 3 TIMES WINNING EACH TIME. HE RAN FOR THE U.S. SENATE ONCE AND WON.
WE ARE NOW UP TO FOUR.
F--O-U-R -- IF WE SAY IT SLOWLY, IT WON'T BE SO SCARY, BARRY.
HE RAN FOR U.S. PRESIDENT TWICE AND WON TWICE.
THAT IS SIX GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS AND SIX RUNS.
(HE HAS HAD 7 PRIMARY RUNS WITH 6 WINS. IN 2000, HE RAN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY FOR A U.S. HOUSE SEAT. BUT BOBBY RUSH SLAPPED HIS ASS, PULLED HIS PANTS DOWN, TOOK HIM OVER THE KNEE, SPANKED HIM IN PUBLIC EMBARRASSING TYPE OF LOSS.)
AFP reports that Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Thursday that Iraq was lacking in sufficient weapons -- that's right, that Iraq did not have enough weapons -- and stated, "We don't want to see a military defeat because of budget and fiscal problems."
Again, Haider believes Iraq is starved for weapons. All the bullets and all the bombs have not been enough for Haider.
These were not off the cuff remarks but something's he's been harping on for some time.
Vivian Salama and Qassim Abdul-Zahra (AP) quote him declaring in an on Wednesday interview that "we are in this almost on our own." These are similar to the remarks he made last week.
Last week, AFP reported that Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi was slamming the coalition the US government has put together and saying it was taking to long to provide "military support" to the Iraq military, "The international coalition is very slow in its support and training of the army."
At the Pentagon on Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was asked about the statements.
Q: Mr. Secretary, yesterday Prime Minister Abadi said that he was upset by what he considered the slow, stalled pace of U.S. weapons and training, both by the U.S. and the coalition in Iraq. Do you agree with his assessment? Has that been slow or delayed? And the 6,000 -- the reports of 6,000 insurgents killed, is that a measure of what the U.S. is doing, and is that number accurate?
SEC. HAGEL: Well, regarding Prime Minister Abadi's comments, first, I don't agree with those comments. I met with Prime Minister Abadi, as many of you know who accompanied me on that trip about a month ago. The fact is that we have put a particular emphasis on getting the kind of equipment and materiel, ammunition, the needs, the requirements for the Iraqi Security Forces and the -- and the Kurds.
To give you some examples, last year we were able to move more than 1,500 Hellfire missiles, expedited in every one of these cases, all of the requests that the Iraqi government has made.
We'll have provided over 250 MRAPs, some of those went to the Kurds. Tens of thousands of small arms and ammunition. The flow of ammunition and materiel and the requests continue at an accelerated rate.
So, I do -- I do disagree with the prime minister's comments. I would say even further, I don't think they're helpful. We have a coalition of over 60 countries that have come together to help Iraq. And I think the prime minister might want to be a little more mindful of that.
We are continuing to deploy more American troops for training. And we have three of four training sites now operational in Iraq. We have about a dozen coalition partners who have trainers there, along with our trainers. We'll have a fourth training camp up soon.
So, we are doing everything we can possibly do to help the Iraqis.
As to the second part of your question, first, I have not seen any verification of that number of 6,000 that you referred to. We do know that thousands of ISIL fighters have been killed, and we do know that some of ISIL's leadership have been killed.
But also, as you ask, is that the measurement or a significant measurement of progress? It is a measurement. But I don't think it is the measurement. I mean, I -- I was in a war where there was a lot of body counts every day. And we lost that war.
What you look at is you look at things like do you have ISIL on the defensive? And I think by most every measurement, not imperfect, not perfect, they have been on the defensive.
Are they having difficulty recruiting? Yes they are.
The Peshmerga and the Iraqi Security Forces cut into their supply lines? Yes, they have.
Has there been a distortion in command and control networks of ISIL? Yes, there has been. Significant, tangible, measurable.
These are also the metrics you look at as to how much progress you're making in a war.
Poor Haider al-Abadi. Is he nuts?
If he's not insane, he's just the biggest idiot in the world.
Any time he has a chance before the world media, he makes a fool of himself.
That is his pattern.
As September drew to a close, he visited the United States and quickly made a fool of himself in the media. As Ray Sanchez and Evan Perez (CNN) explained then:
From Washington to New York, a flurry of denials followed media reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters at the United Nations that his country's intelligence agency had uncovered an imminent ISIS plot against United States and Paris subways.
"We don't have anything to back it up at this point," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told CNN. "We'll keep looking at it."
What had been a mini-triumph -- Haider proved he could both stand erect and speak, traits puppets don't always possess -- was destroyed when Haider decided to 'reveal' plots against the NYC subway that Iraqi 'intelligence' had learned of.
He hurried back to Iraq a laughing stock.
Thursday, Hagel took on Haider's remarks which Hagel clearly sees as carping.
On the issue of the 6,000 number raised to Hagel, that number comes via Al Arabiya reporting:
The U.S.-led airstrikes have “taken more than half” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group’s leadership, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones told Al Arabiya News Channel in an interview aired Thursday.
Jones described the airstrikes as having a “devastating” effect on ISIS after Baghdad criticized Washington for not doing “enough” to eliminate the Islamist group.
“We estimate that the airstrikes have now killed more than 6,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq,” Jones said.
The U.S. ambassador added that the airstrikes have “destroyed more than a thousand of ISIS vehicle inside Iraq.”
Back to Haider who had a chance to shine today that he spoiled with his own mouth yet again.
It's not a surprise that Haider wants more weapons. He's done nothing since August -- in fairness to him, the US government hasn't encouraged or pressed him to -- when he became prime minister to heal the serious rifts in Iraq -- the rifts at the heart of the ongoing crises in the country.
So, like any puppet installed as opposed to a leader elected, he fears being toppled.
What keeps a puppet from being toppled, arms and more arms.
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