A DNC member from Florida on Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We wish she would go away" http://politi.co/2utqpu1
UH, POLITICO, IT'S NOT JUST 1 PERSON.
AND IT'S NOT JUST FLORIDA.
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STATED, "SO I'M HATED. SO HOW IS THIS NEWS? IT'S NOTHING NEW. I'VE BEEN HATED MY WHOLE LIFE. MY OWN TEDDY BEAR RAN AWAY FROM ME AT FIVE. YOU KNOW WHAT? I THRIVE ON IT! IT MAKES ME STRONGER! PRINT THAT YOU %#$%#-ERS, PRINT THAT!"
Repeatedly over the years, various think tanks -- including RAND -- have warned that this issue has the potential to be an explosive one.
Which is why you don't leave it on the backburner.
If this had been addressed in 2007, for example, any fallout could have been addressed by now.
Grasp that the US military remains in Iraq.
Grasp that some will always insist that the US military remains.
The longer this issue of independence is postponed, the longer some will insist the US must remain in Iraq.
KURDISTAN 24 reports:
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has scheduled and insists on holding a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region on Sep. 25, 2017, to decide whether or not to secede from the rest of Iraq.
Barzani stated that the move toward independence is part of a peaceful process aimed at deterring violence. “The main purpose [of the referendum] is to prevent further tragedies and wars from taking place[in the future].”
Regarding the timing of the vote, the President noted that if the Kurdistan Region waited for others to accept its decision, the right time would never come.
“Independence is a legitimate claim for our people, and the referendum can rightfully be held, at the earliest opportunity, so the world can be made aware of the will of the people of Kurdistan… We do not want to spend another 100-years repeating the same tragedies tied to the Iraqi state.”
What a change that is from the Jalal Talabani -- the ridiculous Jalal.
Dropping back to the March 16, 2009 snapshot:
"I tell my Turkish brothers not to fear that Kurds will declare independence. It is an advantage for Kurds to stay within the borders of Iraq in terms of their economic, cultural, social and political interests," he told in the interview.
Sabah got the interview and they quote Talabani stating, "Iraq will not be separated and the civil war is over" and "The ideal of a united Kurdistan is just a dream written in poetry. I do not deny that there are poems devoted to the notion of a united Kurdistan. But we can not continue to dream." If accurate, Talabani's remarks will spark anger among some Kurds. And it may be a great deal of anger and it may be among many Iraqi Kurds.
Jalal Talabani, the sell out. The only time he ever fought was to be first in line at the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Regardless of how the vote turns out, no one can claim Barzani didn't try.
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