WHEN CRANKY CLINTON WAS SECRETARY OF STATE AND CHERYL MILLS CALLED HER BUT COULDN'T REACH HER ON A SECURE LINE, THE ELDERLY WOMAN GREW FRUSTRATED WITH TECHNOLOGY AND TOLD CHERYL MILLS, "I GIVE UP. CALL ME ON MY HOME PHONE #."
REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY INSISTED, "IT WAS A SENIOR MOMENT. WHEN YOU HAVE A SENIOR MOMENT, YOU'RE FORGIVEN FOR BREAKING NATIONAL SECURITY. IT SAYS THAT SOMEWHERE -- PROBABLY THE CONSTITUTION. OR IF IT DOESN'T, IT WILL SAY IT WHEN I AM PRESIDENT. MY FIRST THING WILL BE TO REWRITE THE CONSTITUTION."
Bombings slammed Iraq today. Jane Onyanga-Omara (USA TODAY) reports, "Three different car bombings in Baghdad Wednesday killed at least 93 people and wounded upwards of 165 in one of the deadliest days in Iraq this year, according to media reports." Jomana Karadsheh, Joshua Berlinger and Ashley Fantz (CNN) explain, "The Sunni terror group ISIS says it's behind a series of attacks in Iraq's capital Wednesday [. . .]" AL MADA notes they're the deadliest bombings in Iraq so far this year. GULF DIGITAL NEWS includes the reactions of some Iraqis:
"The state is in a conflict over (government positions) and the people are the victims," said a man named Abu Ali. "The politicians are behind the explosion."
Abu Muntadhar echoed his anger. "The state is responsible for the bombings that hit civilians," the local resident said. The politicians "should all get out".
Ban Ki-Moon is the Secretary-General of the United Nations. His Special Representative for Iraq, Jan Kubis, stated:
These are cowardly terrorist attacks on civilians who have done nothing but going about their normal daily lives. Such acts of terrorist violence are certainly against all the principles of decency and humanity, and as such must be strongly condemned. I call on the authorities to do their utmost to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice, and express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wish the injured a speedy recovery.
Human Rights Watch's Joe Stork declared, "Once again ISIS has carried out a devastating attack designed to inflict maximum death and suffering on ordinary Iraqis. The presence of some militia – even if true – cannot possibly justify this latest ISIS atrocity." NATIONAL IRAQI NEWS AGENCY adds that Iraqiya leader Ayad Allawi condemned the bombings-- including the one in Baquba -- as terrorist actions.
First, BBC News notes, "A car bomb at a crowded Baghdad market has killed at least 64 people, officials say, in one of the worst recent attacks in the Iraqi capital." Sinan Salaheddin (AP) describes the scene, "The street was stained red with blood in many places and the facades of several buildings were heavily damaged. Smoke billowed from ground-level stores which had been gutted out by the explosion."
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