IN EARLY 2012, FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O ASKED FOR THE DEPARTMENTS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF RECORD KEEPING WITH E-MAILS.
GUESS WHICH DEPARTMENT BLEW HIM OFF IN A MEMO?
CRANKY CLINTON CELEBRATED BY NUDE ECLIPSE BATHING.
"YEAH," CRANKY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "I SHOWED THE TWINS. THEY'RE NOT VERY PERKY PREFERRING TO LAY PEACEFULLY ON MY BELLY THESE DAYS. I'LL DO ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE DARKNESS. SUNSHINE WEEK? WHEN DO WE GET TO CELEBRATE OPAQUE DAY? I'LL TELL YOU WHEN! OCTOBER 26TH! MY BIRTHDAY! THAT'S WHEN WE GET TO EMBRACE OUR TRUE AND HIDDEN NATURES!"
The Islamic State came to prominence because of Barack.
He refused to honor the election results which saw Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya beat Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law.
When Nouri refused to step down and honor the election results, he created an eight month political stalemate where nothing happened.
And the White House backed him.
They even had US officials negotiate a legal contract, The Erbil Agreement,
Having voided the votes of the Iraqi people with this contract, the White House then refused to honor their promise to Iraqi politicians.
To get the blocks to agree to a second term for loser Nouri, the US officials insisted that the other political blocs could list their priorities in the contract (i.e. the Kurds had the implementation of Article 150 of the Iraqi Constitution as one of their items put into the contract) and that this was a legally binding contract with the full backing of the White House.
The day after it was signed, Parliament finally had their first really meeting, eight months after the elections.
And Nouri refused to honor the agreement, said he needed time, and Iraqiya walked out.
And Barack did what?
Called Ayad Allawi and asked him (begged) to send Iraqiya back into Parliament, insisting (yet again) that The Erbil Agreement had the full support and backing of the White House.
But when Nouri never implemented his part of The Erbil Agreement, when he just used it to get a second term and then ignored the promises he made?
The White House did nothing.
Acted like they knew nothing about the contract.
The 2010 elections let the Iraqi people see their votes overturned.
Now their leaders were protesting Nouri's refusal to implement The Erbil Agreement. By the summer of 2011, the Kurds, Iraqiya and cleric and movement leader (Shi'ite) Moqtada al-Sadr were calling for Nouri to implement The Erbil Agreement.
When he continued to refuse, they attempted to work within the Constitution and go for a recall vote. But the US government wouldn't let that happen either. They pressured the always willing to fold Jalal Talabani to invent an excuse to stop the Constitutional process and he did.
So now you have the voters stripped of their vote, their leaders stripped of their rights of Constitutional redress.
This is when Iraqis take to the street and begin what is over a year of protests.
Let's bring another idiot in real quick.
Today, Patrick Cockburn offered more of his one-sided reporting:
The fact that so many Sunnis are alienated from or terrified by Isis should present an opportunity for Baghdad, since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government is meant to be more inclusive than that of his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki. Increasingly aggressive sectarian policies pursued by Mr Maliki during his eight years in power are now blamed for turning peaceful protests by Sunnis into armed resistance and pushing the Sunni community into the arms of Isis. This is an over-simplified version of recent history, but with the new government lauded internationally for its non-sectarian stance, the Sunni hoped they would face less day-to-day repression. “Isis has shocked many Sunni by its actions,” says Mahmoud. “But instead of the government treating us better to win us over, they are treating us even worse.”
Noam Chomsky likes to praise Cockburn.
Probably because they both share that paternalistic nature when it comes to Arabs, that attitude of they know better than Arabs, that condescending nature that allows them to act like they're smarter than the Palestinians, etc.
Cockburn 'reports' on Iraq for the Independent.
He ignored the protests.
They lasted over a year.
And he ignored them.
He was far from alone in ignoring the protests.
To give you an idea of the protests, lets's drop back to the October 25, 2013 snapshot:
Iraqi Spring MC notes protests took place in Baquba, Samarra, Falluja, Mosul, Rawa, and Ramadi. National Iraqi News Agency reports thousands turned out in Falluja and Ramadi for the Anbar sit-ins and quote Shiekh Mohammed Fayyad declaring, "The citizens participated in the prayers that held in the courtyard northern Ramadi and eastern Fallujah cities , stressing that the goal of this trickle is to send one again a message to the governing in Baghdad that our demonstrations are peaceful and backed by citizens deep conviction." Al Mada reportsorganizers distributed forms in Ramadi and Falluja for families of the detained to fill out in the hopes that they can locate their loved one and determine the status. Many are held without charges. Many have been thrown in detention centers, jails and prisons for no reason -- they are accused of no crimes but are related to a suspect the police could not find so family members were knowing rounded up even though they were not suspects. In Samaeea Sheikh Ziad Madhi noted that the protests are not about political parties but our about justice -- first and foremost, a call to release the innocent detainees. In Baquba Shebab al-Badri echoed the emphasis on detainees and stated they would continue to demand the release of the detainees and continue to call for an end to the raids (mass arrests) that continue to target Sunni communities. Kitabat reports on Sheikh Ziad Mahdi in Samarra who noted the detainees remain imprisoned and remain a priority of protesters. The Sheikh noted the demands for the release of the innocent detainees continue because they have not been released so the sit-ins continue. He noted that Nouri al-Maliki is responsible for the continued deterioration of security in Iraq. Iraqi Spring MC notes there were calls for the United Nations and others to witness what it really taking place in Iraq, calls for an end to Iranian interference in Iraq, Falluja speakers called for an end to injustice and the flowing of blood in the streets, and Nouri al-Maliki was denounced for using militias to stay in power. Kitabat also reports on Sheikh Humam Kubaisi in Ramadi and how he noted ten months have passed and still the demands are not met.
These protests were ignored.
Nouri's attacks on the protesters were ignored.
January 7, 2013, Nouri's forces assaulted four protesters in Mosul, January 24, 2013, Nouri's forces sent two protesters (and one reporter) to the hospital, and March 8, 2013, Nouri's force fired on protesters in Mosul killing three.
And then came the April 23rd massacre of a peaceful sit-in in Hawija which resulted from Nouri's federal forces storming in. Alsumaria noted Kirkuk's Department of Health (Hawija is in Kirkuk) announced 50 activists have died and 110 were injured in the assault. AFP reported the death toll rose to 53 dead. UNICEF noted that the dead included 8 children (twelve more were injured).
Finally, Patrick Cockburn was interested.
Not interested enough to note what UNICEF did.
To this day, Cockburn has never reported that 8 children were killed by Nouri's forces or that twelve more were wounded.
To this day.
Recommended: "Iraq snapshot"