FAILED NEW YORK TIMES EXECUTIVE EDITOR JILL ABRAMSON WANTS THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT SHE HAS A GREAT BOOK WITH HER NAME ON IT.
THOUGH SHE'S BEEN DOGGED WITH RUMORS OF PLAGIARISM OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, JILL ASSURES THESE REPORTERS THAT ''MERCHANTS OF TRUTH" IS, IN HER WORDS, "A REALLY GREAT BOOK, NO MATTER WHO WROTE IT."
ASKED WHAT LESSON SHE HAD LEARNED FROM HER PUBLIC EMBARRASSMENT, JILL RESPONDED, "NONE. I NEVER LEARN ANY LESSON. I JUST GO ON BEING THE SAME USELESS ME THAT I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
US President Donald Trump's remarks earlier this week about using al-Asad base in Iraq to spy on Iran continues to make the news. ALJAZEERA reports:
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires to have "good and balanced relations" with all of its neighbours "based on mutual interests and without intervention in internal affairs".
Iraq "rejects being a launching pad for harming any other country", he said during a meeting with UN Iraq envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert at the Muslim leader's base in Najaf.
AP also notes al-Sistani's remarks. It's interesting, isn't it, how the supposed mainstream press is noting Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on this issue when the ignored his repeated remarks about the Iraqi government accepting foreign loans, ignored his opposition to Iraq accepting IMF loans and his warnings about how this would limit Iraq's independence.
But on this, they rush to quote him. Some times, apparently, al-Sistani is a newsmaker worth listening to and, some times, he is not.
ALJAZEERA also notes the supposed leader of Iraq:
Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, at his weekly news conference late Tuesday, reminded Trump there are no US bases in Iraq and said he does not accept the idea of his country becoming an arena for fighting a neighbouring country. He called on Trump to retract his statements.
Despite traveling with press on Sunday and Monday, Mahdi refused to make any statement on the matter until "late Tuesday."
This allowed the press to rally around the president of Iraq and present the world with the misinterpretation that the presidency was the highest office in Iraq. (It's not.)
Donald's Sunday remarks have resulted in days of Iraq coverage -- the kind of coverage not even seen when the Iraq War hit the fifteen year mark. (It hits the sixteen year mark this March.)
If anyone's wondering what's going on, Carlo Munoz (WASHINGTON TIMES) explains:
The U.S. and Iraq opened talks Wednesday on a new agreement to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country, just days after Mr. Trump angered top officials in Baghdad by outlining plans to keep a military footprint in Iraq indefinitely to “watch” neighboring Iran and prevent a resurgence of terror groups such as Islamic State.
The negotiations come amid the meeting this week of the U.S.-organized “Global Coalition to Defeat Islamic State,” the 79-nation consortium spearheading the fight against the Islamic State.
Mahdi has still been unable to find a Minister of Defense or Minister of Interior. Four months (so far) those posts have been empty.
Why are US forces staying in Iraq? If their own government can't fill the post of Minister of Defense at a time when they are 'at war,' why do US forces need to waste their time on the ground in Iraq?
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