MILLIONAIRE SCIENTIST ELON MUSK INSULTED U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AFTER THE PRESIDENT FAILED TO CONGRATULATE MUSK ON HIS RECENT ALL CIVILIAN CREW ON A SPACE MISSION. ASKED WHAT HE THOUGHT OF BIDEN'S NOT CONGRATULATING HIM, MUSK DECLARED "HE'S STILL SLEEPING."
INFORMED OF THE COMMENT, THE WHITE HOUSE REQUESTED THAT THESE TWO REPORTERS -- MUST CREDIT -- ARRIVE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND TAKE DOWN "THE PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE WORD FOR WORD. NO SHENNANIGANS FORM YOU TWO AND NO MALARKEY."
WE WERE LET INTO THE OVAL OFFICE JUST AS THEY WERE GIVING THE PRESIDENT HIS '"VITAMIN" SHOT. INSTALNTLY, HIS CHEEKS TURNED ROSEY AND HE DID A CARTWHEEL DOWN ONE SIDE OF THE ROOM. SITTING DOWN IN HIS CHAIR, BIDEN LOOKED AT US AND SAID, "SHOOT!"
SO WE QUOTED MUSK'S COMMENT TO HIM AND THE PRESIDENT GREW ANGRY AND ENRAGED DECLARING, "HOW DARE HE@! WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS! I'LL TEACH HIM -- ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!"
LOOKING UP FROM OUR NOTEPADS, WE SAW THAT BIDEN HAD FALLEN ASLEEP. A CIRCUMSPECT JEN PSAKI SHOOK HER HEAD SADLY AND SAID, "THOSE BOOSTER SHOTS GET HIM HYPED FOR LESS AND LESS TIME LATELY."
Starting with false promises. The Iraq War has been filled with them. These included the 'progress' claims -- we dubbed them Operation Happy Talk as far back as 2004 and noted that every claimed "turned corner" just led back to the same spot. Recently, it became acceptable to note that the American people have been lied to over and over with claims of 'progress' in Afghanistan but they still can't note that reality about Iraq in the corporate press.
Instead, every insipid claim is treated as reality -- even though the lies are now recycled and should be prompting a sense of deja vu if not outrage.
A few people have e-mailed the public e-mail account (firstname.lastname@example.org) insisting that we are not covering the big story about US troops leaving Iraq. Big story? You mean empty garbage?
Because that's what it is.
US troops will leave Iraq, the claim goes, after the elections. (US President Joe Biden insisted in July that it would by the end of the year.)
That would be?
After. The. Elections.
Now if you read coverage of the upcoming Iraqi elections where the reporter has spoken with some Iraqis, you will find some talking about their apathy and talking about how promises are made every election cycle and nothing ever changes, some will note that their streets haven't been paved in years, some will note the continued electricity shortages . . .
The US government was selling the claim to the press and it didn't get the traction it needed so Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi has taken to letting the empty words fall out of his mouth.
He is the point of the claim or, rather, his getting a second term.
The US is backing Mustafa for prime minister in the October elections. The boast/claim (lie) is intended to increase his number of votes. "Look! He's getting US troops out of Iraq! Let's vote fo him!"
He's doing nothing of the sort. Which is why we haven't wasted a great deal of time on this garbage But we're not the only ones catching on.
Yesterday, we noted Dave Phillips's report for THE NEW YORK TIMES
A taut line of soldiers crossed the sprawling Army post’s parade ground in the afternoon, hoisting flags draped with a rainbow of streamers from past deployments: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, France, Civil War battles and even skirmishes with Plains tribes on horseback.
“Present colors!” a sergeant yelled. The soldiers turned and dipped the flags toward their commanding colonel, who stepped forward and carefully wrapped each one in camouflage sleeves.
At that very moment — 1:29 p.m. Mountain time on Aug. 30 — the last U.S. military plane took off from the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
American flags across the country had been lowered to half-staff to honor the 13 U.S. troops killed there by a suicide bomber. And at the front gate of Fort Carson, women set out 13 pairs of boots and 13 cold Bud Lights as a memorial.
But the ceremony on the parade ground was not marking the end of America’s war in Afghanistan. The 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade was wrapping its flags to mark the beginning of its latest deployment. It was going back to Iraq.
Although the mission may have dropped from public attention, the United States still has boots on the ground in the other nation it invaded in the wake of 9/11. About 2,500 U.S. troops are in Iraq now, the embers of what was once a scorching and divisive war, now carefully scattered to protect a few strategic bases. For the next nine months, roughly 2,000 soldiers from 1st Brigade will take over much of that duty.
US troops are not leaving.
The qualifier? "Combat troops." It's a weasel word and one that various generals rejected with regards to the withdrawal of 'combat troops' under then-President Barack Obama.
Barack Obama ran for the presidency in 2008 claiming that, if elected, he'd have US troops out of Iraq in ten months. Check the archives, I'm not in the mood to spoon feed. Among other things we noted in 2008 about this claim? Samantha Power getting fired from the campaign because the BBC was about to air her interview where she revealed this wasn't a promise and that Barack would decide what to do after he got elected.
This was when Barack was hammering Hillary over the Iraq War. That interview could have been very damaging. Fortunately, Whore John Nichols was present to lie yet again. When Barack's campaign was reassuring the Canadian government that NAFTA was staying, that talks on trade were just empty words to get votes, along comes Whore John Nichols. Where does a whore take his wares? Amy Goodman's DEMOCRACY NOW! of course. This is where, after all, the conspiracy kooks proclaimed that Wes Clark wasn't really running for the nomination, that it was part of a Clinton conspiracy and that, at the convention, Hillary would be declared the nominee -- even though she wasn't campaigning that year. They told a lot of lies on that program.
So Whore John Nichols knew to go there for his lie. He was working on a new story, he explained, it would blow the AP scoop (about Barack and Canada) out of the water. It wasn't Barack, no, he was as pure as as a teen with a chastity pledge. It was Hillary! AP got it wrong, it was Hillary! And he had sources and his expose would be published shortly!
It was never published because it never existed. I saw recently that someone -- Katie Halper? -- had John Nichols on. We didn't highlight that clip. We don't highlight lying whores. John also wrote a book about impeaching Bully Boy Bush. It had just come out when Nancy Pelosi declared impeachment "off the table" should Dems take control of the House in the 2006 elections. John stopped promoting it. He's a whore and if you think I'm angry about it, you should talk to the people at the publishing house of that book. There's no term I could apply to John that they haven't already.
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