CRANKY CLINTON WAS SO COOPERATIVE IN HANDING OVER HER E-MAILS THAT . . . THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT MIGHT TAKE 75 YEARS TO FIND THEM.
WHICH MEANS THAT WHILE IT'S SUPPOSED TO TAKE 54 YEARS FOR ALL JFK RECORDS TO BE RELEASED (2017), IT WILL TAKE 21 MORE YEARS THAN THAT FOR CRANKY CLINTON'S E-MAILS TO BE RELEASED.
Beyond that, these actions are empty -- these military 'victories.'
That's before you take into account what 'liberation' has looked like in Ramadi and elsewhere.
But the military actions are meaningless in terms of wiping out the Islamic State.
It's a terrorist organization that took root in Iraq because of the government persecuting the citizens.
Ammar al-Shamary and Jim Michaels (USA TODAY) explain:
Analysts say the battlefield gains will need to be followed by political reconciliation, since the Islamic State was able to take advantage of Sunni anger at the Shiite-dominated central government.
The Islamic State is not popular among Sunnis, but resistance in some areas of the country was weak, since many Sunnis did not want to fight on the side of the Iraqi government — allowing the militants to take over large swaths of territory two years ago.
"Political concessions with Sunnis will be needed for the Fallujah operation to sustain any gains," said Sterling Jensen, an assistant professor at the United Arab Emirates' National Defense College in Abu Dhabi.
There has been movement on the political front.
Haider al-Abadi has replaced Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister but the persecution has not changed.
That's not surprising.
The two are friendly (at one point, they were friends) and they both hail from the same political party (Dawa).
Haider's blusters about ending corruption but then appoints a member of Dawa to head the so-called investigations thereby ensuring that Nouri and he himself are protected.
The corruption starts at the top.
As does the disregard for the Constitution of Iraq.
Haider's tossed out vice presidents -- a power he does not have in the Constitution. He's tried to put together a new Cabinet -- while the old ministers remain in their role -- never having been stripped of the roles by the Parliament (the only body that has the power to do so).
He long ago lost the support of the leading Shi'ite cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
In the face of his continued failures, the 'liberation' means very little.
It certainly does not wipe away or justify War Crimes that have taken place this week -- such as:
And then there's the new refugees.
With no time spent on a political solution and no time spent on a plan for what happens after the Islamic State is driven out of Falluja, it's really a hollow victory -- if it's even that.
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