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Aug 24 07:08

New US Commander in Iraq Vows to Retake Key Cities 'On My Watch'

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend took command Sunday in Iraq and Syria with a pledge to speed up the campaign against ISIS and take back Mosul and Raqqa "on my watch."

"I don't want to make promises, but I intend to have Mosul and Raqqa done on my watch," Townsend told Stars and Stripes on the sidelines of the change of command ceremony in Baghdad in which he succeeded Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland.

Aug 22 08:24

New Iraqi oil minister signals rapprochement with Kurdish region

The newly-appointed Iraqi Oil Minister has talked about the possibility of a rapprochement between Baghdad and Erbil over oil revenues. Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said the government in Baghdad can negotiate with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and resolve the oil dispute. As our correspondent Ali Musawi reports, the KRG has welcomed the announcement and expressed readiness to attend talks with Baghdad.

Aug 19 06:55

George Galloway explains the truth behind ISIS and the conspiracy

Aug 18 09:51

Manipulated Intel Lets US Presidents Escape Blame for Starting Wars

Allegations that US Central Command (CENTCOM) analysts manipulated Daesh intelligence assessments could indicate attempts to provide a false justification for future wars, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik.

Aug 18 08:59

Obama and Hillary 'created the conditions for ISIS’ – Former Pentagon official

Aug 18 08:20

Iraq: ISIL's Security Chief Killed in Nineveh's Mosul City

The Iraqi army backed by the country's air force continued its military advances in Nineveh province, killing scores of terrorists, including ISIL's security commander in the city of Mosul.

Aug 17 15:24

“What Would She Do In Iraq?”: As Clinton Slams Trump For ISIS Speech, We Look At Her Own Positions

On Monday, while Trump was speaking in Youngstown, Ohio, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden held a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton is Biden’s hometown.

Aug 17 13:48

The United States’ favoured autocrats

Lawrence Davidson says the US does not care if its allies are murderers, corrupt thieves or racists as long as they help it spread capitalism, achieve resource reliability, and ensure security for its allies and strategic advantage over old enemies.

Aug 16 22:38

Iraq allows Russia access to their airspace

Iraq has given the Russian Air Force full access to their airspace in order to combat the terrorist forces like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) that are occupying eastern Syria.

This move by the Iraqi government came just hours after the Russian Air Force landed their first fighter jets at the Hamedan Airbase in Iran.

Aug 16 13:41

Fresh Executions In Hawija; 74 Killed In Iraq

Peshmerga forces captured the strategic Gwer Bridge as they made further advances near Mosul. The bridge, which crosses the Grand Zab River, was damaged during it time under Islamic State control. When repaired, the bridge should be a valuable asset to forces approaching Mosul.

Aug 16 08:34

Iraq to hang 36 ISIS fighters for massacre of 1,700 captives who were told they were going home

Iraq president Fuad Masum has given the go-ahead for the hanging of 36 jihadis who shot hundreds of men at close range in a mass grave in 2014

Thirty-six Islamic State fighters are set to be executed in Iraq this week for the notorious massacre of 1,700 soldiers.

Aug 16 07:56

Obama and Hillary DID Found ISIS - This 2012 US Government Memo Proves It

The latest “OMG, Trump said that!” moment is The Donald’s claim that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, correspondingly, the “founder” and “cofounder” of ISIS. True to form, the media reaction has been to shriek in outrage that he would cast aspersions on such august personages.

As of this writing, not one American media source of which this writer is aware has brought up in relation to Trump’s claims the August 2012 report (declassified and released in 2015 under a FOIA request from Judicial Watch) from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) stating that “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.” The “supporting powers” are identified as “western countries” (no doubt including and led by the United States), “the Gulf States” (presumably including and led by Saudi Arabia), and “Turkey” (just Turkey).

Aug 13 07:34

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

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When Putin made this comment in October 2015, the US corporate media were quick to denounce him and scream, "How dare you? How DARE you?? How DARE you DARE ... to DARE?!?" But declassified State Department documents and the recent DNC email leaks confirm that Putin was telling the truth, and the corporate media, as usual, was full of bovine excrement.

Aug 12 07:06

WITH LIBYA, US NOW HAS GROUND FORCES IN FOUR WARS

While it is impossible to know all the dirty deeds of America’s sprawling global empire, news that US ground forces are now fighting in Libya means that US troops are involved in at least four active wars:

Afghanistan: A planned draw-down of troops in 2015 was curtailed by President Obama to leave more troops for combat and advisory missions. This week, US forces were forced to abandon military equipment that then fell into the hands of ISIS.

Iraq: After a removal of major combat forces in 2011, Iraq has become a battleground once again. President Obama has sent roughly 4,600 troops in for combat and advisory roles and built a new base in northern Iraq called “Firebase Bell.”

Syria: Though the US had been supporting Syrian rebel groups, including jihadists, since 2013, US troops have entered the fighting in the country. In January of this year, US special forces took control of a military base in northern Syria.

Aug 11 12:03

Democrats blame Iraq War for Islamic State, making Hillary Clinton collateral damage

House Democrats flatly rejected Donald Trump’s claim that President Obama is responsible for the Islamic State, but hit their own presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with collateral damage Thursday.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Mr. Trump’s claim “verbal poo-poo” and said the real event that spawned the Islamic State, or ISIS, was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by then-President George W. Bush, and with Congress’s backing.

“The fact is the invasion of Iraq — the invasion in Iraq under misrepresentations to the American people — has done more to inflame the terrorists than any action you can name,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi was one of those who voted against the Iraq invasion, saying that she and other top Democrats knew the Bush administration’s justification “not to be true at the time.”

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Clinton DID vote for the war, because she swallowed the Israeli codswallop that Iraq was an "existential threat" to Israel.

And please believe me; should Clinton win/steal this election, she will immediately find ways to go to wars against anyone Israel tells her to go after.

She has already promised that she will go to war against Iran, a country which hasn't started a war in almost 200 years. As reported at globalresearch.ca:

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she addressed AIPAC’s annual convention saying: The United States stands with Israel now and forever. We have shared interests….shared ideals….common values. I have a bedrock commitment to Israel’s security. (O)ur two nations are fighting a shared threat” against Islamic extremism. I strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense (and) believe America should aid in that defense. I am committed to making sure that Israel maintains a military edge to meet increasing threats. I am deeply concerned about the growing threat in Gaza (and) Hamas’ campaign of terror. No such campaign exists. The only threats Israel faces are ones it invents. Clinton repeated tired old lies saying Hamas’ charter “calls for the destruction of Israel. Iran threatens to destroy Israel.” “I support calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard what it is: a terrorist organization. It is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late.” She backs “massive retaliation” if Iran attacks Israel, saying at the time: “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.” She endorses using cluster bombs, toxic agents and nuclear weapons in US war theaters. She calls them deterrents that “keep the peace.” She was one of only six Democrat senators opposed to blocking deployment of untested missile defense systems – first-strike weapons entirely for offense.

Of course, attacking Iran most probably means getting attacked by Russia. And at the moment, the US government doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Has anyone in her camp actually mentioned what the most likely scenario would be to such an attack against Iran?!?

I think, not.

Aug 09 16:37

An Updated Version of the “Peak Oil” Story

It is becoming apparent that if oil prices can be raised to a high enough level, a lot more oil is available. Figure 5 shows how I see this as happening. We start at the top of the triangle, where there is a relatively small quantity of inexpensive oil, and we gradually work toward the expensive oil at the bottom.

The amount of oil (or for that matter, any other resource) isn’t a fixed amount. If the price can be made to rise to a very high level, the quantity that can be extracted will also tend to rise–in fact, by a rather large amount. The “catch” is that wages for the vast majority of workers don’t rise at the same time. As a result, goods made with high-priced oil soon become too expensive for workers to afford, and the economy falls into recession. The result is prices that fall below the cost of production. Thus, the limit on oil supply is not the amount of oil in the ground; instead, it is how high oil prices can rise, without causing serious recession. (my emphasis /SR)

While wages don’t rise with spiking oil prices, increasing debt can be used to hide the problem, at least temporarily. For example, cars and homes become less affordable with higher oil prices, since oil is used in making them. If governments can lower interest rates, monthly payments for new homes and cars can be lowered sufficiently that new car and home sales don’t fall too far. Eventually, this cover-up reaches limits. This happens when interest rates start turning negative, as they now are in some parts of the world.

Aug 09 08:11

False Flags, Hoaxes & Puppet Terrorists - The David Icke VideoCast/PodCast Trailer

Icke sticks to an upfront analysis of how under the neocon/PNAC/Zionist influence the US creates and uses terror and uses lies and subterfuge to instigate proxy wars on Muslim countries. He explains why invariably these murderous actions also seem to create the outcomes desired by Israel as described in the document "A Clean Break." He compares the film "Wag the Dog" to the news stories presented in our mainstream media and says we are watching a "Wag the Dog" movie every night on the news.

Aug 08 10:41

Displaced Persons Immolated; 92 Killed In Iraq

Although an operation to liberate Mosul could be months away, people from surrounding areas have already begun flowing into camps for the displaced. At Dibaga, overpopulation has led to minor protesting.

Aug 08 07:19

“Liar in Chief” Obama Supports the Terrorists, Wants War with Russia and China, Still Intends to Overthrow Syrian Government

I just listened to Obama give Washington’s account of the situation with ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

In Obama’s account, Washington is defeating ISIL in Iraq, but Russia and Assad are defeating the Syrian people in Syria. Obama denounced Russia and the Syrian government—but not ISIL—as barbaric. The message was clear: Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya and another Iraq, formerly stable and prosperous countries where war now rages continually.

Aug 08 06:47

BEX ALERT - Iran Is Ready To Attack Israel

The tension between Israel and Iran appears to be heightening. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), recently said: “Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles that are ready to hit Israel to liberate the occupied Palestinian territories if the Zionist regime repeats its past mistakes.”

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Nonsense! One only needs to look at the history of the region to see who the constant aggressor against their neighbors is, and it is not Iran! In fact, Iran has not initiated a war of aggression against another nation in over 200 years! Iran is also aware that Israel has nuclear weapons. So the only time Iran will actually use their military is if they are attacked first.

Aug 06 14:27

51 Killed In Iraq; Thousands Used As Human Shields

The United States is sending 400 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Qayara to set up a logistics base at the recently capture airfield. The airfield is expected to play an important role in the operation to recover Mosul.

Aug 06 10:16

More US Troops Headed to Iraq, Will Deploy Near Mosul

Adding to the ever-growing number of US ground troops in the “no boots on the ground” war in Iraq, Army officials announced yet another significant deployment from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, from which some 400 troops will be sent to Qayara, just south of Mosul.

The idea is that the troops will be part of the logistics effort to prop up the Iraqi military in Nineveh Province, with an eye toward them eventually attacking Mosul, though there is no timeline for when such an offensive will begin, and Pentagon officials have gone on record doubting Iraq’s military is anywhere near ready for such an attack.

Officials at Fort Campbell say the troops were part of a “Strike Ready Force” which had been pre-trained and prepared to go to Iraq “at a moment’s notice,” suggesting that the continued escalation of the US ground force in Iraq is being planned well ahead of actually announced deployments.

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It looks, however,as though the most current deployments of US troops may well be headed for trouble, and not just from ISIS.

As reported at Almonitor.com last month, and complicating the matter of new US troops in Iraq:

Alaa Abboud, the spokesman for the Peace Brigades, the armed faction of the Sadrist movement, said in a TV interview with a local Iraqi channel July 20, “We will target the US forces anywhere they are in Iraq. We are not only keen on targeting them, but thirsty for their blood.” This followed threats by the head of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, July 17 to target US military troops that are allegedly to be sent to Iraq soon to take part in the battle to liberate Mosul. Sadr, who fought a fierce battle against US forces in 2003 in the city of Najaf in southern Iraq, continues to believe that US military personnel should be targeted by his armed groups. The Shiite cleric's threats came following the visit of US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Iraq on July 11. Carter said, “We are pleased to tell you today that [the Pentagon] has agreed to send 560 more troops to Iraq to provide critical support to Iraqi forces, in terms of infrastructure and logistic capabilities in the Qayyarah military airport.” Before Carter’s announcement on sending more US troops to Iraq, Sadr had hinted in a TV interview July 6 about his intention to target the US Embassy in Iraq by saying, “The [US] embassy has harassed us before and now it is our time to harass it.” Today, Sadr has a force within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) known by the name of the Peace Brigades, which he said were ready to target US forces anywhere in the country. This places the Iraqi government in an awkward position with its US ally, which has been supporting the war against terrorism and signed the Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq.

Were I Ash Carter and/or Al-Abadi right now, I would be seriously thinking about sitting down with Al Sadr, talking with him, seeing what the agenda really is here on his part, and determine if some kind of agreement can be reached, at least temporarily, to prevent his Peace Brigades from attacking American military personnel.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Aug 05 22:38

Washington Post Glorifying Khizr Khan Back In 2005

Professional hatchet bitch McCrummen misleads that Khans came to U.S. from Pakistan for liberty. No mention of their life in UAE where son (who resembles neither) was born.

Aug 05 15:40

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing

The widespread disdain for Donald Trump and the fear of what his presidency might mean have led to an abandonment of any sense of objectivity by many Trump opponents and, most notably, the mainstream U.S. news media. If Trump is for something, it must be bad and must be transformed into one more club to use for hobbling his candidacy.

Amid his incoherence and insults, Trump has raised valid points on several important questions, such as the risks involved in the voracious expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and the wisdom of demonizing Russia and its internally popular President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 05 14:08

THE KILLING$ OF TONY BLAIR - PANEL DISCUSSION

This is a panel discussion that took place after the recent premiere of George Galloway's documentary - THE KILLING$ OF TONY BLAIR . NB this appears to be a home made video probably shot on a cell phone, but the audio is quite good.

Warning: Quite a bit of swearing and rough language from the audience when the sole member of the panel who was there to defend Tony Blair's record had the mic.

Aug 05 14:01

The Reluctant Enemy

The Enemy according to Trump is unemployment, outsourcing, immigration, wars abroad, neocons and free-wheeling allies, the Clintonites chose, Russia as the enemy.

In words of Jeffrey Sachs, “Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex supporting every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.” And now she and her party set their sights on Russia.

Aug 05 08:04

Hillary’s Shariah Law Expert Khizir Khan Folds His Tent

Khizir Khan, the father of the celebrated dead Muslim soldier, has much to hide from the American electorate, judging from the fact that the website of KM Khan, immigration attorney and Shariah law scholar, has been pulled from the Internet. He’s packed his tent to ride off into the sunset on a camel.

Hook, line and sinker, the mainstream news is dangling like a sucker fish chummed by that Shariah-espousing shyster for the Saudi lobby, namely Khizir Khan, Esq. The shameless press corps simply repeated his partisan diatribe at the Democratic party convention at face value without fact-checking or even the slightest pretense of balance. Nor was the circumstances of his soldier son's death put in the context of an illegal war in Iraq and subsequent jihadist upsurge. The televised subversion of American democracy was accomplished flawlessly by a planted agent of the Sunni Salafist regime, who sat next to Hillary Clinton on the night of her nomination.

Aug 05 07:48

Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death — Paul Craig Roberts

I just listened to Obama give Washington’s account of the situation with ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

In Obama’s account, Washington is defeating ISIL in Iraq, but Russia and Assad are defeating the Syrian people in Syria. Obama denounced Russia and the Syrian government—but not ISIL—as barbaric. The message was clear: Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya and another Iraq, formerly stable and prosperous countries where war now rages continually.

It sickens me to hear the President of the United States lie and construct a false reality, so I turned off the broadcast. I believe it was a press conference, and I am confident that no meaningful questions were asked.

Aug 05 06:57

Iran Captures Daesh Terrorists Sent from Mosul, Raqqa: Senior MP

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said that Iran has arrested several terrorists that Daesh had sent from Iraq and Syria.

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... so the White House would have an excuse to start bombing Iran, no doubt!

Aug 04 16:24

Eric Trump weighs in on father’s feud with Khan family

“My father’s simple message – it’s not an anti-Muslim message, it’s [an] anti-terror message,” he said. “You know, we have ISIS and they’re running rampant around the world and we have to do something about it and quite frankly, if you look at Hillary.”

Khizr Khan gave a blistering denunciation of Donald Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Aug 04 16:21

Eric Trump predicts dad will ‘win this crazy thing’

'I think we're going to win this crazy thing,' he said.

As his father’s seemingly quixotic campaign caught fire, Eric Trump, 32, an admitted political neophyte, found himself thrust into the heart of it all. He barnstormed across small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire, gamely doing interviews on local radio stations and Fox News, all while balancing growing responsibilities to the company.

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Aug 04 16:18

Julian Assange: “1,700 emails” proves Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

“A vote today for Hillary Clinton is a vote for endless, stupid war,” - Julian Assange

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Aug 04 16:14

9NEWS’ Brandon Rittiman interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump: You look at how horribly are veterans are being taken care of.

BRANDON RITTIMAN: So, I want to start by asking. Hillary Clinton did make history. I know she’s not your favorite person, but she made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major party in American history.

Do you acknowledge that? Is that a positive step for the country?

TRUMP: She’s got bad judgment. Everything she’s touched has turned bad. Whether it’s Syria, or Libya, or the migration, or the beginning of the Iran deal. She’s got horrible judgment. She voted for the war in Iraq. Another mistake. She was in favor of NAFTA. Another mistake. She’s got bad judgment.

We’re going to have a woman president, but it shouldn’t be her. She would be catastrophic for our country.

Aug 03 17:13

Pregnant Woman Executed; 57 Killed Across Iraq

Parliament announced on Tuesday the start of a corruption investigation. In response to it, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi banned six lawmakers, including Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, from traveling while the corruption allegations are investigated. However, Parliament rejected it, saying the premier could not impose the ban.

Aug 03 11:21

Hillary Emails Reveal that New York Times’ Military Correspondent met Secretly with State Department in 2010 to Bury Iraq War Logs

A 2010 correspondence found in the WikiLeaks Hillary Clinton Email Archive reveals that Michael R. Gordon of the New York Times met secretly with US State Department officials prior to the newspaper’s coverage of WikiLeaks’ Iraq War Logs. The correspondence was made public by WikiLeaks’ release of emails from a private, unsecured server used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration.

In view of the Times’ long record of parroting the official line of the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies, the revelation that the US government has become the paper’s unofficial editor comes hardly as a surprise.

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THIS is why hundreds of thousands of Americans are turning to the independent media these days; they understand that the purpose of the presstitutes' and waresspondents' job is to promulgate - and defend - the government's agenda and narrative.

Aug 03 11:17

Iraq: Think Nothing can Shock you Anymore? “576,000 Iraqi Children may have Died..”

Today, including sanctions and the Bush/Blair attack of Iraq landmark researchproves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed much higher numbers than previously reported. Counting in Afghanistan and the sanctions prior to the so-called War-on-Terror the horrifying number of fatalities is concluded at somewhere over six million.

In this environment, drone attacks and state sponsored murder such as is extrajudicial executions carried out by the USA and more recently the UK have followed on from truly appalling evidence of coalition abuse of torture and abuse of prisoners, much of it so bad the public were excluded from viewing an orgy of depravity via heavily redacted documents. Read The Torture Report or the first pages of the Senate Intelligence Committee REPORT for some truly shocking facts or indeed “US Stalling Release Of Thousands Of Torture Photos Worse Than Abu Ghraib” by MintPress.

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Remember in a previous post where I spoke of US state-sponsored torture of children?!?

Video games are a way of "normalizing torture", and getting kids perfectly comfortable with it.

Aug 03 11:02

Children Detained as National Security Threats

During US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, US forces apprehended and detained thousands of boys suspected of participating in armed activities. In Iraq alone, the US confirmed that between 2003 and 2008, it detained at least 2,400 children. According to the US, these children were captured engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs), operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively fighting against US or coalition forces.[80]

After the 9/11 attacks, the US military took into custody at least 15 children and brought them to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility where they were detained for periods ranging from a few months to 10 years.[81] Several of the child detainees alleged torture, including threats of rape, sleep deprivation, and shackling in painful positions, before and after being sent to Guantanamo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The torture of anyone is, in my book, an unforgivable sin; but the torture of children is morally reprehensible in ways I cannot even begin to articulate.

But I think it is very important, as we look at the US-generated wars grinding on in so many places on this planet, seemingly without end, to look very clearly at what has - and potentially will - be done with our tax dollars, and in our name.

If torture - and specifically, the torture of children- becomes "normalized" by the US government, what does that say about us as a culture, and a country?!?

The first, very frank thoughts which come to mind are that we have become a sick, violent, throwaway, and sadistic culture, where the alleged ends always justify the means.

And what happens when the soldiers who have been ordered to torture kids go home to their own families and their own children?!?

I cannot believe that the outcome could possibly be good here.

Aug 03 10:16

Get Ready for Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ in Iraq

The American public could be treated to a major U.S.-led military victory in Iraq this fall, just as voters are deciding who will be the nation’s next president—but U.S. military officials insist the timing of the operation has nothing to do with politics.

Iraqi and Kurdish military and paramilitary units are preparing for a push on Mosul, the Islamic State-held city that is now in the cross hairs of the U.S.-led coalition battling the terrorist group across the Middle East. “The idea is to isolate Mosul, cut it off, kill it,” a senior U.S. Central Command officer told me.

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Such an event may - or may not - happen in October.

But even if it does, it will not blunt Iraqis' anger at the Al-Abadi government's corruption, and pathological inability to govern in such a way as to make life better for the average Iraqi citizen.

Does anyone besides me happen to remember the Iranian cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr, who previously threatened US troops that if they didn't leave Iraq precisely at the time stated in the SOFA agreement, that they would be targets for his Shiite Madhi Army?!?

As posted by Mustafa Saadoun at www.al-monitor.com on 26 July 2016:

Alaa Abboud, the spokesman for the Peace Brigades, the armed faction of the Sadrist movement, said in a TV interview with a local Iraqi channel July 20, “We will target the US forces anywhere they are in Iraq. We are not only keen on targeting them, but thirsty for their blood.” This followed threats by the head of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, July 17 to target US military troops that are allegedly to be sent to Iraq soon to take part in the battle to liberate Mosul. Sadr, who fought a fierce battle against US forces in 2003 in the city of Najaf in southern Iraq, continues to believe that US military personnel should be targeted by his armed groups. The Shiite cleric's threats came following the visit of US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Iraq on July 11. Carter said, “We are pleased to tell you today that [the Pentagon] has agreed to send 560 more troops to Iraq to provide critical support to Iraqi forces, in terms of infrastructure and logistic capabilities in the Qayyarah military airport.” Before Carter’s announcement on sending more US troops to Iraq, Sadr had hinted in a TV interview July 6 about his intention to target the US Embassy in Iraq by saying, “The [US] embassy has harassed us before and now it is our time to harass it.” Today, Sadr has a force within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) known by the name of the Peace Brigades, which he said were ready to target US forces anywhere in the country. This places the Iraqi government in an awkward position with its US ally, which has been supporting the war against terrorism and signed the Strategic Framework Agreement with Iraq. What is strange is that Sadr has a political bloc in the Iraqi government and parliament. Iraq has positive bilateral relations with the United States and is working under the Strategic Framework Agreement signed between the two countries in 2011 and voted on by the Iraqi parliament. As per the agreement, the United States is committed to provide support and assistance to Iraq on all levels.

The scenario we could well see getting played out far before October is a popular Iraqi uprising, dumping the Al-Abadi government under the proverbial bus; the Al Sadr movement taking over the government, and the rebels being beaten to a pulp by the Mahdi army.

In which case, the 560 US troops committed by Ash Carter to the fray will become both irrelevant, and have been put into grave, personal danger by this government.

Aug 03 09:09

Why the DC-Wall Street Axis Hates Trump

We have been at war since 2001. And as one looks on the ruins of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and adds up the thousands dead and wounded and trillions sunk and lost, can anyone say our War Party has served us well?

Aug 03 08:18

Flashback: Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn - Former CIA officer John Stockwell

John R. Stockwell is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving in the Agency for thirteen years serving seven tours of duty. After managing U.S. involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies, a book which remains the only detailed, insider's account of a major CIA "covert action."

Aug 02 11:35

California Civil Law Suit against George W. Bush Et Al: DOJ Blocks Submission of Chilcot Report

In papers filed Monday, August 1, 2016, the Department of Justice opposed the submission of the Chilcot Report to the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in an ongoing litigation related to the legality of the Iraq War.

The case, Saleh v. Bush, involves claims by an Iraqi single mother and refugee that six high ranking members of the Bush Administration — George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Paul Wolfowitz — waged a war of aggression against Iraq in 2003, and that they should be personally responsible for the consequences of the unlawful invasion.

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I do not think that the 9th Circuit will overturn the finding of immunity against the accused, but Ms. Saleh is very brave in requesting this suit be heard, and so is her attorney, Inder Comar.

They both are fully cognizant of the risks of going against the American establishment war machine.

I hope both of them will be wearing their Kevlar undies for a while!!

Aug 02 10:37

Finland Showdown With Brussels After Finns Rule 77% Of Iraqi Migrants Could Be Sent Home

The Scandinavian state has taken a tough stance on new arrivals from Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia after officially declaring the three ‘safe countries’.

The rule change has allowed Finnish ministers to deny 77 per cent of asylum applications from Iraqis last month, with those migrants now set to be deported back to the Middle East.

Aug 02 06:51

A Video Game To Torture Iraqi Prisoners That Can’t Be Won

A video game is being developed in the United States, in which the player can torture prisoners in a jail in Iraq by assuming the role of an American soldier.

Aug 01 11:39

UK Approaching 1,000 Strikes Milestone In Iraq, Syria

The UK-based activist organization, Stop the War Coalition, says British airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased by a whopping 85 percent during the first half of the year, compared to the previous six months.

The organization made the announcement Sunday, based on data released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Aug 01 11:05

ISIL Commanders Fleeing Mosul Amid Iraqi Army's Liberation Campaign

Iraq’s defense minister said on Monday that Senior ISIL leaders began leaving Iraq's Mosul amid a large campaign by the Iraqi military to obliterate the terrorists in the Nineveh province. ISIL commanders are fleeing with their families to the Syrian territory amid an army campaign to liberate the Nineveh province from the terrorists. Some ISIL commanders attempted to enter the region of Iraqi Kurdistan," the minister said. Obeidi added that he had received such information from his own sources and from intelligence agencies.
"At least 11 ISIL terrorists and their commander were killed in the Iraqi airstrikes on their convoy in the town of Rawah in Western Anbar province," Colonel Nazem al-Jugheifi said on Monday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950511001293

Aug 01 08:18

Iraq minister says IS leaders, families flee Mosul

Iraq's Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi has said that Islamic State group leaders and their families have sold their belongings and fled Mosul as Iraqi forces close in on the northern city.

Aug 01 07:59

Death toll in Baghdad bombing rises to 324: ministry

The death toll from a suicide bombing in central Baghdad on July 3 has reached 324 and might climb further, Iraq's health minister said on Sunday.

The attack, claimed by the militant group Islamic State whose fighters government forces are trying to eject from large parts of the north and west, was the deadliest bombing in Iraq since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.

The toll could climb further as forensic teams are still working to identify bodies, the minister, Adela Hmoud, said.

Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq since last year to U.S.-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi'ite

But the deadly July 3 bombing in a commercial street of the mainly Shi'ite Karrada district of central Baghdad showed it can still strike in the capital.

On July 7, the ministry put the toll at 292. But it has risen as more people, initially registered as missing, were identified as among the dead, Hmoud said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our re-invasion of Iraq is working BRILLIANTLY!!" - official White House Souse.

Aug 01 06:56

America’s Recent Achievements In The Middle East

Jul 31 08:47

TOXIC LEGACY OF US ASSAULT ON FALLUJAH 'WORSE THAN HIROSHIMA'

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Depleted uranium; the toxic gift that keeps on giving death and grievous illnesses.

In a just world, that unholy trio of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld would be cooling their heels in cells at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, for crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan; for lying this country into a war to control Iraq's oil, and insuring that Iraqi oil was only sold in US dollars.

However, the lack of true justice in this world is truly, staggeringly astonishing.

These men are still celebrated and feted by some of the most wealthy people in the world.

Remember that when Cheney needed a heart transplant, he was able to (mysteriously, at 71) jump his way to the head of the line to receive it. It is very difficult to explain that "his number just came up", and a perfect donor was identified.

And perhaps the most amazing part about that bit, was discovering he actually had one after all.

Jul 30 09:28

Iraqis' Massive Airstrikes in Mosul Destroys ISIL's Secret Tunnel, Vehicles. DM: Iran Supporting Iraq in Liberation of Mosul

Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi lauded Iran for its "continuous support” for his country in anti-terrorism efforts, and said Tehran is helping Baghdad to take back the strategic city of Mosul from the ISIL. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000546
Iraqi Commander Declares Full Liberation of Fallujah-Ramadi Highway http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000497
Iraqi Popular Forces Advance 3km inside Al-Khalediya Island http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000368
Al-Baghdadi's Deputy, 12 Other Notorious ISIL Commanders Killed at Iraqi-Syrian Border http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950509000315

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 29 15:44

Child Among Execution Victims; 68 Killed In Iraq

Islamic State militants are reportedly converting
Mosul homes belonging to Christian Iraqis into secret prisons.

Jul 29 10:03

Bush and Blair will forever elude the punishment they deserve for Iraq war crimes

In the hierarchy of the world's international crimes, the top three are genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It's hardly in question that the Americans and British committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq. So what penalties are their leaders paying?

Why, the same penalty all Western leaders pay for their villainy. As Henry Kissinger did for his many crimes against humanity, from Chile to Indonesia to Bangladesh. He's now a mentor on world affairs to Hillary Clinton – the non-reckless presidential candidate. Or Ronald Reagan, who backed sadistic terrorist groups across Central America and worked closely with the apartheid regime in South Africa. He's now totally mythologized, the revered hero of the Republican Party.

Jul 28 14:41

Mass Grave Found In Fallujah; 125 Killed In Iraq

Colonel Chris Garver, the U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, reported on the deployment of a floating bridge on the Tigris River near Qayara. Ten U.S. soldiers helped Iraqi security forces set up the bridge, which will be an essential tool in the upcoming operation to free Mosul.

Jul 27 15:28

74 Killed In Iraq, Including Family Fleeing ISIS

In Shirqat, a roadside bomb killed a woman and her four daughters who were all trying to fleeing Daesh territory.

Jul 27 13:33

The Killings of Tony Blair (George Galloway's new film released)

From Craig Murray, former British ambassador to the Uzbekistan dictatorship:

Tonight I am appearing at a panel discussion following the screening of the long-awaited film by George Galloway, The Killings of Tony Blair. I shall have the dubious pleasure of debating with John McTernan, who has never lacked brass neck but does deserve some credit for appearing to represent the forces of darkness before what I imagine will be a very hostile audience. The other panel members are Michael Mansfield and Lauren Booth.

The film has been predictably lambasted by the mainstream media. But it does include some very essential first hand evidence – myself apart, two other British Ambassadors tell what they themselves witnessed, as do Cabinet members. Noam Chomsky adds some important perceptions. This cannot just be dismissed by cries of “Oh look! George Galloway’s in a hat!! Remember when he was on Big Brother!!” The mainstream media’s response to this film has been unanimously puerile.

The Blair-loving Guardian gave the film two stars and called it “sanctimonious”. If one cannot express moral condemnation of a man who forced through an aggressive war, directly killing hundreds of thousands and destabilising both the Middle East and communities in Europe, and who then went on to make multiple millions of pounds promoting vicious dictatorships, then are we to suspend the very idea of ethics itself?

Jul 26 15:58

The Secret US-UK Airwar Against Iraq

The Chilcot Inquiry, set up to look into the British role in the war in Iraq, reported on July 6, and although it was overshadowed by the political fallout from the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, received a largely favorable reception from the media and commentators.

Jul 26 11:48

Bomber Strike East Of Baghdad; 138 Killed In Iraq

Although the Islamic State caliphate appears to be losing its power, many of the militants are blending back into the Sunni populations they came from, possibly waiting for a new opportunity to attack.

Jul 25 12:37

164 Killed In Iraq; Bombers Strike Near Shi’ite Shrine

164 Killed in Iraq; Bombers Strike near Shi’ite Shrine

Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened to kill British
soldiers if they participate in the upcoming Mosul operations.

Jul 25 09:45

Troops fear Obama rushing Mosul offensive to influence election

Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Iraqi Security Forces, which has made strides since the U.S.-led coalition began retraining its troops, may not be sufficiently prepared for a rushed operation. The troops face the monumental task of capturing a city of almost 2 million citizens and up to 10,000 Islamic State fighters and their booby traps.

Jul 25 08:00

Iraq Finally Bans Fake Bomb Detectors after July 3 Blast

The wands were completely bogus. It had been proven years ago, even before 2013 when two British men were convicted in separate trials on fraud charges for selling the detectors. The devices, sold under various names for thousands of dollars each, apparently were based on a product that sold for about $20 and claimed to find golf balls.

Yet the Iraqi government continued to use the devices, spending nearly $60 million on them despite warnings by U.S. military commanders and the wands' proven failure to stop near-daily bombings in Baghdad.

It took a massive suicide bombing that killed almost 300 people in Baghdad on July 3 — the deadliest single attack in the capital in 13 years of war — for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to finally ban their use.

The reason it took so long is likely the widespread corruption in the government.

Jul 24 15:31

CHARMING! Mike Pence – Paul Ryan intro – Republican National Convention

Mike Pence rallies crowd behind Trump, takes on Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of status quo, looking for another title ?

“HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – MIKE PENCE

Jul 23 14:27

Donald Trump and the Revolt of the Proles

The Trump phenom is about economic insecurity. This isn’t about ideology, or racism, it’s about reality;

Western elites were shocked by Brexit, shocked that all their fear mongering and finger-wagging amounted to nothing. The same is true in the US, where the media’s daily attacks on Trump have failed to erode his base of support at all, in fact, they may have added to it.

That’s the reality that made Trump possible, and that’s what this election is about, economic insecurity.

Jul 23 11:21

Sadr Militia To Fight In Mosul; 29 Killed In Iraq

Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia followers to make themselves available to Iraqi security forces for the fight in Mosul. The Saraya al-Salam militia is to deploy itself to Shirqat.

Jul 23 09:18

France to Send Heavy Artillery to Iraq to Fight ISIS

French President Francois Hollande has announced intentions to send heavy artillery, but no ground troops, to Iraq within the next month to fight against ISIS. The announcement was presented as retaliation for the Nice truck attack.

The “no ground troops” part seems flexible, as it so often is among the US-led coalition, with aides later saying that while Iraqi troops would be expected to use the artillery, France would be sending a cadre of “advisers” to the nation to show them how.

Hollande was keen to escalate French military action against ISIS after previous attacks as well, using the November Paris attacks as a justification for significant escalations of the air campaign. It is unclear, however, if the Iraqi Army is really in need of additional artillery at this point, or if the deployments are just for show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This looks like pure posturing, on Hollande's part.

Heading a government which is frightfully unpopular at home, because of a mandated change in labor laws, he apparently is attempting to do something "butch" to impress the French electorate abroad.

However, all of this is going to completely crumble if Al-Abadi's corrupt and weak government gets thrown under the proverbial bus by Al-Sadr elements in Iraq in a popular revolution, which just may well be coming here.

Hollande had just better pray that he is reading the geopolitical "tea leaves" correctly here.

Because at that point, those French "advisors" would become personas non grata, and hopefully be repatriated ASAP by the Al-Sadr government.

Jul 22 08:28

France to deploy aircraft carrier against ISIS, will supply Iraqi forces with heavy weapons

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier will assist airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, French President Francois Hollande has said.

Jul 22 06:40

Iraq War Families smash crowdfund target to put Tony Blair on trial

Matthew Bacon, a British Army major, was killed by a roadside bomb while traveling in a lightly-armored Snatch vehicle in Iraq in 2005.

His bereaved father described to RT his awe at the staggering success of the Iraq War Families Campaign’s crowdfunding drive to fund a full legal examination of the Chilcot Report for evidence challenging the legality of the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The evidence for deception on the part of George Bush and Phony Tony Blair has been obvious all along. See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY which also includes links to the Downing Street memo and Phony Tony's Dodgy Dossier.

Jul 22 05:58

France boosts Iraq military aid to fight Islamic State after Nice lorry attack

President Francois Hollande has announced France will send artillery equipment to Iraq as part of increased military aid to fight Islamic State extremists, after the deadly Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice.

Jul 21 12:02

Iraq Troop Abuse Investigation ‘Out Of Control’ – MP

The investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct by UK troops during the Iraq war has left hundreds of soldiers feeling betrayed and hounded, Tory MP and Afghanistan veteran Johnny Mercer has claimed.

Jul 21 11:01

Death By Exposure For Children Fleeing ISIS; 29 Killed In Iraq

The United States announced that $2.1 billion dollars was raised to aid Iraq at a donor conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the conference and said the real challenge is to stabilize newly liberated areas. The funds raised should go to those efforts.

Jul 20 15:06

Pentagon Contractor For Iraq Police Training Accused Of Inflating Costs For Years

A lawsuit filed against security giant DynCorp in a Washington DC federal court alleges that the company deliberately overcharged the US government and inflated costs while providing training for Iraqi police between 2004 and 2008.

Jul 20 08:27

Commons to debate Tony Blair contempt of parliament motion

The House of Commons is to debate a motion to find Tony Blair in contempt of parliament over the buildup to the Iraq war after a cross-party group of MPs agreed a date with the Speaker on Wednesday for the motion to be heard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yeah; THAT'LL teach Phony Tony not to lie the nation into wars of conquest!

Jul 20 07:44

133 Killed In Iraq; Town Of Doulab Liberated

Several Shi’ite leaders decried the deployment of additional United States troops to Iraq. Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr went as far as to declare the soldiers “targets” for Iraqis should troops participate in the Mosul operation. Others called the soldiers “occupiers” or merely “unnecessary”.

Jul 20 07:35

France says west plans strike on Islamic State in Iraq, confirms Libya presence

France and the United States are preparing a coordinated strike against Islamic State on the militant group's stronghold in Mosul, Iraq, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Getting ready to carve off a chunk of Iraq for the new Kurdistan?

Jul 20 07:21

Families of Iraq servicemen and women launch legal campaign in wake of Chilcot report

A Wearside mum whose son was one of the youngest servicemen to die in the Iraq war has joined other families as they launch a Crowdfunded legal battle against former prime minister Tony Blair.

Jul 19 12:29

Blair in the dock: Bereaved military families crowdfund nearly £50k to sue former PM over Iraq

Donations are pouring in to a crowdfunding page launched to help families of soldiers killed in Iraq take legal action against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The families’ aim to raise £50,000 (US$65,000) was close to being achieved on Tuesday afternoon, when the campaign already boasted more than £44,000.

Launched by Roger Bacon and Reg Keys, whose sons Matthew and Tom were killed in the war, the page has already reached 89 percent of its target with 30 days still to run before their deadline.

Bacon and Keys say although they accept those who enlist for the armed forces do so in the understanding they may be hurt or killed, “the long-awaited Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot) Report has confirmed that there were serious failings in the lead-up to, planning and conduct of the War, which led to so many unnecessary deaths.

“Our armed forces must never again be so callously sacrificed by political ambition and the irresponsibility and failings of Government and Whitehall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Possibly, some small modicum of justice may be achieved after all this time.

No elected official has the right to lie their country into war, EVER!!

Jul 19 11:26

US to Set Up Five Military Bases in Iraqi Kurdistan Region

The source disclosed certain paragraphs of the agreement signed between the US Department of Defense and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga ministry, including establishment of 5 US military bases in the region.

“One of the bases will be set up in Atroush region, two in Harir region and two large bases in Erbil and Duhok,” the source, who called for anonymity, told Iraq’s al-Ma’loumah news agency.

“Based on the MoU, the Americans should pay the salaries of Peshmerga forces and train and equip them for 10 years,” he added.

His remarks came after a military MOU was signed on Tuesday between the US Department of Defense and the Peshmerga Ministry at the government of Kurdistan to support the Kurdish forces in fighting the ISIL in Iraq.

KRG President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this is unsourced, it does have the ring of truth to it.

Apparently this was the quid pro quo for the US arming the Peshmerga, to fight the jihadists in Iraq; taking off a significant sliver of Iraq with which to found an independent Kurdistan.

But I have to wonder: has anyone sent the memo on this to either Al Abadi or Al Sadr in Baghdad?!?!? One has to wonder just how they will feel, understanding that the US government believes it has the moral right to balkanize their country.

I frankly would be willing to bet that neither gentleman will be amused.

Jul 19 09:14

REMEMBERING ELIE WIESEL, THE NOBEL WINNING HOLOCAUST ‘SURVIVOR’

Wiesel was notorious for erasing non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust – Roma and LGBTQ – and defending Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

In his later years, he also became an apologist for US imperial interventions, including the calamitous invasion of Iraq.

Jul 19 09:07

OVER 1 MILLION? WHY WE MAY NEVER KNOW HOW MANY CIVILIANS HAVE DIED IN IRAQ WAR

In some ways, the Chilcot Inquiry was a success for the anti-war crowd, as it confirmed everything we already knew about the war in Iraq. In other ways, it was a complete disappointment because it failed to dig into the fundamental problems underlying the U.S. and U.K.’s pursuit of this horrific, illegal war.

As the U.S. presence in Iraq continues to increase thirteen years after the initial U.S.-U.K. led invasion, it is time to ask at least one hard question the Chilcot Inquiry failed to ask.

How many civilians in Iraq have lost their lives because of the 2003 invasion?

Unfortunately, this is something the Chilcot Inquiry refused to investigate. Section 17 of the Chilcot Inquiry Report stated:

It is beyond the scope and abilities of this Inquiry to establish independently the number of fatalities caused by conflict in Iraq, or the broader human cost of the conflict to the Iraqi people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are four disgustingly foul sociopaths who should be cooling their collective heels at the ICC, for crimes against humanity, regarding this war to insure that Western companies dominated the flow of oil from Iraq, and the selling of Iraq's oil only in US dollars.

Their surnames are Blair, Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney.

But of course, money buys much in the Western world, and that includes protection and privilege, and - in essence - never having to say one is sorry for the horrific crimes one has committed.

But there may be an interesting, ironic turnabout coming in Iraq. As reported yesterday at Reuters:

Powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr instructed his followers on Sunday to target U.S. troops deploying to Iraq as part of the military campaign against Islamic State. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday the Pentagon would dispatch 560 additional troops to help Iraqi forces retake the northern city of Mosul in an offensive planned for later this year. Sadr, who rose to prominence when his Mahdi Army battled U.S. troops after the 2003 invasion, posted the comments on his official website after a follower asked for his response to the announcement. "They are a target for us," Sadr said, without offering details.

The US-installed pupped government of Al-Abadi has been an abject, corrupt, and utter epic fail, in terms of not at all meeting the urgent needs of the Iraqi people.

So what happens if Al-Sadr galvanizes the Iraqi people with a popular revolution which drives out the current government, the American troops, and the ISIL jihadists?!?

Should that happen, I would almost be willing to bet that Iraqi oil will no longer be controlled by Western interests, or only sold for the US dollar. It may well, at that point, be sold for the Russian Ruble, the Iranian Rial, the Euro, or the Yuan; in fact, anything BUT the dollar.

There is a Biblical injunction about reaping what one has sown; in Iraq, the US and UK have sown death and destruction for money, and that is very possibly about to come crashing down on their heads, financially, should there be a national revolution in Iraq.

Jul 19 08:13

The US is running on backup generators at Turkey's key air base

"During and after the attempted coup, the Turks closed the air space to Incirlik air base," says reporter Jeff Schogol of the Marine Corps Times. "That meant the US and the coalition could not launch any airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria."

Incirlik is in southeast Turkey, less than 200 miles from the Syrian city of Aleppo and even closer to other cities along the Syrian-Turkish border. It is home for the 10th Air Wing of the Turkish Air Force. But it is also a base for US forces leading the bombing campaign against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 18 09:45

Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Tells Followers to Target US Troops

Influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has had his plate full leading a protest movement calling for major reforms, but in comments to followers today instructed them that US ground troops inside Iraq are “a target for us,” the latest indication the US could quickly find itself facing a Shi’ite insurgency on top of the ISIS war in Iraq.

This isn’t a surprise, as Sadr has been loudly opposed to US deployments of ground troops into Iraq, warning that his followers would resist any attempt to return to the days of the American occupation, during which US troops repeatedly targeted Sadrists.

The timing of the comments, less than a week after the most recent Pentagon announcement of another large deployment to Iraq, suggests that Sadr’s patience for the growing US force is wearing thin, and that, having already gone far beyond the “cap” the Abadi government set on US troop numbers, he doesn’t care to see more troops arriving uncontested.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the US Pentagon and State Department: this is not posturing on the part of Al Sadr. This is deadly serious.

And his ability to "get the band back together", i.e., reconstitute the Mahdi Army?!? That could happen in a heartbeat.

Yes, we know that you are getting your marching orders on this issue from Israel, which wants to be assured that Iraq gets "balkanized", so that it never again enjoys the standard of living it enjoyed under Saddam Hussein; but the increasing dangers to our US military, in light of Al Sadr's statement here, have just increased exponentially, and must to be weighed very seriously.

With all the Iraqi disgust at the paralyzed and corrupt Iraqi government, you may well be looking at a coming Shiite revolution in Iraq, which, if successful, may have Al Sadr as the country's president.

And no one, apparently at the White House, State Department, or Pentagon saw this coming, with such a muscular injection of US troops?!?

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 15 09:40

Iraq Warns Public Against Joining ‘Illegal’ Protest

Iraqi security forces issued a statement today on the eve of planned protests in the capital city of Baghdad, warning that the protest is “unauthorized” and subsequently illegal, and threatening to deal with anyone armed as a “terrorist threat.”

This follows statements earlier in the week by Prime Minister Hayder Abadi’s office, insisting that the war on terror is an “historic responsibility,” and that protesters should leave them alone to focus on the war. His office has made similar statements in advance of other recent protests.

Baghdad has faced major Friday protests off and on for months, with demonstrators seeking major reforms including the replacement of the current cabinet with technocrats as a way to try to get a handle on the nation’s corruption woes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are looking at a near "failed state" condition in Iraq, courtesy of the US invasion and occupation.

The Shiite Cleric, Moqtada Al Sadr, is organizing the Iraqi people against the powerlessness and corruption of the Al-Abadi regime, and we may well see the current government topple, replaced by a government featuring Al Sadr as its President.

This is one of this Administration's worst nightmare scenario, but if it happens, given the way US troops are stretched to nearly beyond capacity, the US may well not be able to do anything to prevent its happening.

Jul 15 08:00

Blair Justified Iraq War With ‘Discredited’ Child Mortality Data

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair cited dubious child mortality figures as part of his justification for invading Iraq when he was grilled by MPs, the Chilcot report has revealed.

In the run up to the Iraq War, Blair claimed Iraq’s child mortality rate was 130 deaths per 1,000, a figure he obtained from a long-discredited source, the Iraq Child and Maternal Mortality Survey (ICMMS).

Jul 15 06:33

France to Escalate Strikes in Syria and Iraq After Nice Attack

French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said Friday morning local time that he would "strengthen our actions" in Syria and Iraq and extend the state of emergency another three months, hours after a truck ran into a crowd of revelers and killed at least 80 people in Nice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what happens, the first thing politicians think is how to use it for their agenda.

1. The driver of the truck was from TUNISIA, so how does that connect with bombing Iraq and Syria?

2. Setting aside attempts to link this incident to Al Qaeda through a 2010 article in INSPIRE magazine (which is actually a western propaganda front), this appears to be a road-rage incident committed by a known criminal whose wife just left him. He was reported to be dealing with severe depression, which means he may have been on prescription anti-depressants, which have a long history of triggering extremely violent behavior.

3. The current State of Emergency did not prevent this tragedy from happening, so why extend it?

Jul 14 12:47

Attacks On Baghdad Continue; 145 Killed In Iraq

Shi’ite militia leader Aws al-Khafaji has threatened to publicly execute several prisoners held in Dhi Qar province if the Iraqi government does not employ the death penalty against them soon. Khafaji heads the Abulfadhil
al-Abbas militia.

Jul 13 15:21

Iraq War, An Unaccountable Crime

Britain’s Chilcot report recalled the Iraq War lies that justified an aggressive war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, but this international crime has largely been sloughed off with almost no accountability, as Eric S. Margolis noted.

Jul 13 11:11

Chilcot: UK Refusing To Help Clean Up Iraq After Raining Down Radioactive Shells

Britain has no intention of cleaning up its deadly radioactive legacy in Iraq or even monitoring the terrifying impact depleted uranium (DU) shells will have on the population in the future, it has been claimed.

Jul 13 09:22

US SIGNS FIRST HISTORICAL MILITARY AGREEMENT WITH KURDS TO FIGHT ISIS

In an unprecedented step, the US has signed an agreement with the Kurdish government in northern Iraq to give military and financial support to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Before the arrival of ISIS in August 2014, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops were forced to rely on old military equipment, and were prevented from buying military equipment from outside Iraq.

Now, the Peshmerga forces are one of the main partners for the US-led coalition, and receive weapons and ammunition from several coalition members, including the United States.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Ms. Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

This meeting was followed by a telephone conversation between President Barzani and Mr. Ashton Carter, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All well and good for the "liberation" of Mosul; but ultimately, what is the unstated promise which must have been made by Ms. Slotkin to get Barzani to agree to this?!?

The goal of an independent Kurdistan has long been held by Kurds in the region, particularly by those languishing in Turkey; is this what Slotkin promised Barzani as the ultimate reward for doing the fighting to liberate Mosul?!? And will this be a section to be "carved" out of Syria, when Syria becomes balkanized, in some future post-Assad Syrian government?!?

Were I President Barzani, I would be very, very skeptical, if such an unspoken deal has been struck.

Jul 12 15:41

134 Killed In Iraq As Fighting Resumes After Holiday

During an unannounced visit to Iraq on Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the United States will deploy 560 additional troops to Iraq, where they will defend the recently captured airbase at Qayara. The airbase is tactically important for the upcoming attempt to retake Mosul. The number of U.S.

Jul 12 11:32

SAS CHIEF IN IRAQ ANGRY AT UK RUNNING ‘LATIN AMERICAN-STYLE DEATH SQUADS’

Details have emerged of how US and UK Special Forces clashed and drifted apart over the conduct of the Iraq occupation, with one British officer complaining about the use of tactics more akin to “Latin American-style” death squads than a modern military.

The details of the Balad special forces base and its operations, which came to shape the war, are not recounted in last week’s long-awaited report by Sir John Chilcot.

However, kill or capture operations in and around Baghdad, launched from the Balad base 50 miles (80km) north of the city, were a key if little known chapter in Britain’s shadow war, the Independent reports.

Despite killing or taking as prisoner up to 3,500 insurgents, the mission against the Sunni insurgency caused deep rifts to the point where a senior commander, himself ex-SAS, demanded to know why the UK Special Forces were “helping to run Latin American-style death squads?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But now that British military have been banned from discussing the Chilcot report, we will never know precisely what happened here; both the US and the UK military and government need to have a moral, public conversation about this, so the atrocities from this war will never, ever be repeated.

Jul 12 10:13

CLASHES BETWEEN SYRIAN ARMY, KURDS PUSHES BRZEZINSKI PLAN FORWARD IN SYRIA

Why the Clashes?

The clashes between the Syrian government and the YPG Kurdish forces (notably not the Kurdish people themselves) has been a virtual inevitability since the informal declaration of a “Rojava” administration by the YPG in 2013 when the “Kurdish areas” found some level of autonomy due to a lack of government presence as the SAA began losing territory to Western-backed terrorists. Certainly, the potential for violence increased with the official declaration of Rojava autonomy in 2016. This is simply because the goal of the YPG has always been nothing more than the establishment of a “Kurdistan,” a separate enclave run by Communist YPG forces who routinely terrorize, abuse, disenfranchise, and kill Assyrians, Christians, and other non-Kurdish peoples in areas they control (see here, here, here, and here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens if, and when, the Syrian military take total control of the areas currently being claimed by the Kurds as an independent Kurdistan?!?

Jul 11 18:20

U.S. To Deploy 560 More Troops To Iraq

By Brandon Turbeville

Years after Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, the United States is once again announcing the deployment of hundreds of U.S. military personnel to the embattled Middle Eastern country. This time, the U.S. is announcing the deployment of 560 troops to Northern Iraq for the purposes of “aiding” and “assisting” in the battle for Mosul.

After the hard-fought liberation of the Qayara airbase by the Iraqi military, which is located about 50 miles from Mosul, the Department of Defense is allegedly deploying the troops so that they can provide “logistical” and “other” support for the battle for the ISIS-controlled city. In other words, to replace ISIS proxy control over Mosul with U.S. occupation … again. That is, if the re-re-re-conquering of Mosul is actually the goal and not merely the cover by which more American troops are being inserted into Iraq strategically for a coming operation against Syria and/or Russia in Syria...

Jul 11 15:36

Old Landmines Take Toll; 15 Killed In Iraq

A group of lawmakers in the United Kingdom is considering charging
former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair with contempt of Parliament for his
decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Jul 11 14:09

Pentagon Chief Arrives In Iraq To Discuss ISIL

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has made an unannounced visit to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi about the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Jul 11 12:00

The Chilcot Report Fails To Speak Plain Truth: Bush Lied, So Did Blair

The newly released Chilcot Report on Iraq is British understatement, to a fault. In fact, it is understated so far as to miss the plain truth of the matter. Saying only that extremely questionable intelligence “was not challenged [by the Bush and Blair regimes] and it should have been” is failing to say plainly what the evidence so clearly shows: George W. Bush lied; so did Tony Blair.

Jul 11 11:28

President Vows Iran’s Support for Iraq against Terrorism

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stand with the Iraqi government and people in defending the shrines of Ahl al-Bayt (Shiite imams) and battling terrorism,” President Rouhani said at a meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim in Tehran on Monday.

The president further hailed Iraq’s recent victories against the terrorist groups as a remarkable achievement, stressing the need for strong unity among the Iraqi political, religious and ethnic groups.

He also praised the Iraqi religious authorities for their role in leading people and strengthening solidarity among different groups to serve the national interests.

(*Hey; Those aren't just terrorists , They're OUR Terrorists !
whitehorse souce http://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2016/07/11/1126510/us-to-deploy-560-... )

Jul 11 10:28

PENTAGON SENDING HUNDREDS MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ

The United States is stepping up its military campaign against Islamic State (IS) by sending hundreds more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on Mosul, the militants’ largest stronghold, later this year.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement on Monday during a visit to Baghdad where he met U.S. commanders as well as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The actual number of troops given is 560, in other reports; I have to wonder just how accurate those numbers are, and how permanently they will be stationed in Iraq.

But I would politely like to remind Sec Def Carter that the war against Iraq (carried out on the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction), began on 20 March, 2003; this means that we have been in Iraq, give or take, for over 13 years.

Theoretically, we "left Iraq" in December of 2011; however, President Obama ordered more troops back into Iraq on 10 June, 2015, and the numbers appear to have escalated intensely since that time. As reported at USA Today this morning:

The United States will send an additional 560 troops to Iraq to help support a key offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday in an unannounced visit to Baghdad. Carter's announcement follows Iraqi success this past weekend in capturing the Qayara air base, about 40 miles from Mosul. The additional troops will provide logistical and other support for the Mosul offensive. The new troops will bring the authorized level of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 4,600. "With the retaking of Qayara West airfield, the Iraqi security forces have once again demonstrated a serious will to fight," Carter said.

4,600 troops deployed here in over one year?!?

And why?!? To insure that only Western companies have control of the sale of Iraq's oil, and that Iraq's oil is sold only in US dollars.

My prediction is that, unless Moqtada Al Sadr's Mahdi Army throws the Americans out physically, US forces will be in Iraq permanently, as "insurance" that the sale of Iraqi's oil stays in Western hands, and is purchased only for American dollars.

Jul 11 08:37

To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is commonplace to insist that the ICC cannot handle the supreme crime of aggression, although it might at some point in the future. The United States is also believed to be immune from prosecution as a non-ICC member.

But this focus on the ICC is a sign of weakness in a global movement for justice that has other tools readily available. When the losers of World War II were prosecuted, there was no ICC. The ICC's existence does not impede anything that was done in Nuremberg or Tokyo, where the crime of making war was prosecuted by the victors of World War II under the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Nor does the existence of the UN Charter throw up any obstacles. The invasion of Iraq (and every other recent Western war) was just as illegal under the UN Charter as under Kellogg-Briand.

Jul 11 08:17

SEND OUR WAR CRIMINALS TO THE HAGUE COURT

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Such government reports and commissions, as was wittily noted in the delightful program ‘Yes, Prime Minister,’ are designed to obscure rather than reveal the truth and bury awkward facts in mountains of paper.

And beneath mountains of lies. The biggest lie on both sides of the Atlantic was that the invasion and destruction of Iraq was the result of ‘faulty intelligence.’ The Bush and Blair camps and the US and British media keep pushing this absurd line.

Jul 11 06:43

Military chiefs gagged over Chilcot

Downing Street gagged military chiefs from responding to the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry and prevented them from issuing their own views to soldiers, sailors and airmen, it has been disclosed.

Interviews with chiefs were forbidden, while Downing Street gave them “agreed top lines” to pass down to troops according to communications orders seen by the Telegraph.

Jul 10 21:35

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

UK’s investigation into Iraq invasion is ‘example of what we could do with political courage’, says codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War.

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

The UK’s Chilcot inquiry was released on Wednesday, and while it is no secret in the US that the invasion was a failure, nothing so damning as the 2.6m-word British inquiry has been released by an independent US government body.

Jul 10 14:03

Iraq War Was Illegal: John Prescott

Tony Blair’s deputy prime minister John Prescott says that the UK broke international law when it joined the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Prescott’s remarks came a few days after the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 10 12:51

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere – Justin Raimondo

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster.

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

A good decade after being announced, the Chilcot report has finally been released, and what it shows is that the phrase “Bush’s poodle” is blatantly unfair to poodles: after all, even a poodle is known to have gone off its leash every once in a while – but not Tony.

Jul 10 09:22

Chilcot's Iraq Inquiry: Truth At Last Or Establishment Whitewash?

Massively delayed and hugely controversial, the Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War reports back on July 6. RT examines the background of the UK’s official probe into one of the nation’s most divisive modern crises.

Jul 10 08:37

John Prescott defies former boss Tony Blair and claims the Iraq war was ILLEGAL

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has sensationally claimed the Iraq war launched by Tony Blair was illegal.

The New Labour grandee also expressed his “fullest apology” to the families of nearly 200 Britons killed in the controversial war.

The 78-year-old claimed the Attorney General at the time, Lord Goldsmith, gave “no justification” that the war was legal.

And Lord Prescott now says he believes the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s claim that the invasion of Iraq was illegal was “right”.

Writing in the Mirror, the former Hull MP said: “The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, came to the Cabinet, verbally announced it was legal, but provided no documentation to justify it.

Jul 10 08:02

An Iraqi man, Naijh Al-Baldawi hugs ISIS suicide bomber absorbing the blast. Saving the targeted shrine and countless lives.

A man has been hailed a hero after he apparently took his own life to save the lives of countless other people.
It has been reported that Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi approached a suicide bomber and hugged him as he made his way to a shrine in Balad, Iraq, after seeing that he was wearing a suicide belt.

Jul 10 07:57

They were confidants and political bedfellows but fell out spectacularly over the Iraq War. Now PIERS MORGAN reveals the insanity inside BLAIR'S BUNKER in his explosive diary entries

In the week that the long-awaited and shamefully overdue Chilcot Report into the war was published, severely castigating Blair, I revisited my diaries from the time.

They paint a unique insider picture of the dramatic build-up to the war, the inner workings of Tony Blair’s mind as he made the momentous decision, and all the fallout from the shocking, disastrous aftermath.

It was the worst foreign policy mistake in modern British history, and for Blair a personal disaster from which his reputation may never recover. A war which cost the lives of 179 British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

This, in real time, is how I saw it all go down. You, the reader, can decide if this changes or reinforces your view of Blair’s War.

Jul 10 07:38

Cojones! How gung-ho George Bush goaded Tony Blair to war in Iraq with a humiliating phone call

Details of the humiliating phone call when George Bush finally crushed Tony Blair’s hopes of persuading the US President not to invade Iraq without United Nations backing have been revealed for the first time.

In the extraordinary conversation just two weeks before the 2003 conflict began, a gung-ho Bush says he is ready to ‘kick ass’ and praises Blair for having the ‘cojones’ (a Spanish word politely translated as courage) to back the US.

When a nervous Blair replies: ‘It might be my epitaph,’ Bush says: ‘Like, RIP here lies a man of courage, you mean?’ To which Blair’s prophetic response is: ‘Yeah, right.’

Jul 10 06:12

How the Iraq War Was Sold

To understand the Iraq war you don’t need to consult generals, but the spin doctors and PR flacks who stage-managed the countdown to war from the murky corridors of Washington where politics, corporate spin and psy-ops spooks cohabit.

Jul 10 06:07

Shamed Tony Blair faces CONTEMPT vote in parliament over Iraq War

TONY Blair could be held in contempt by the House of Commons this week over the “deceit” with which the former Prime Minister led Britain into the Iraq war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Phony Tony deserves worse than that!

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Jul 09 10:36

flashback 03/19/2003 Bush declares war

The following is a full [?] transcript of his address:

(*The part I want to emphasize , is where bush said something , to the effect 'if Iraq burns its oil fields/wells, it will be considered a "war crime". which I found HERE>>> http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=705035 , but not in the content of the Bush declaration of perpetual war . Am I 'losing it' , or has that part of the address been 'scrubbed' ? )

Jul 09 08:39

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY. There was no mistake. George Bush lied us into a war of conquest!

meanwhile read the comments in the above article!

Jul 09 07:43

The US too needs a report

As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?

Jul 09 07:42

Whitewash Won’t Cover Blair’s Guilt

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Jul 09 07:27

Iraq: Turkish Firms Supplying ISIL's Arms Workshops with Modern Parts

The secret reports of the Turkish police indicated in June that the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL terrorists use Turkey's both legal and illegal border crossings to transfer weapons and ammunition to Syria.

Jul 08 16:39

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don't roll

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

Jul 08 15:37

UK Govt Gambled With Troops’ Mental Health Over Iraq & Afghanistan – Chilcot

Multiple wars fought at the same time saw the British government risking troops’ mental health by ignoring their own guidelines on repeated, back-to-back deployments, the Chilcot Inquiry has found.

The report found that so-called ‘harmony guidelines’ were ignored or broken due to the heightened operational tempo of fighting two parallel wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jul 08 14:29

Petition Collects Signatures To ‘Expel Tony Blair From Labour Party’

A petition calling for former British prime minister Tony Blair to be expelled from the Labour Party is receiving a flurry of signatures following the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 08 12:22

Chilcot And The End Of The Anglosphere

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

Jul 08 11:52

‘They Took One Saddam, But Got Us Many More’: Young Iraqi Man Tells RT He Wants Justice For Blair

Blair’s apology for the Iraq invasion is not going to bring the “destroyed” country and dead people back, a disabled Iraqi man, who lost his whole family, told RT. He demands justice for those whose actions only created “many more Saddams”.

Jul 08 11:02

US Jets Diverted to Iraq, Abandoning Syrian Rebels

Routed last week by ISIS, the defeat of the US-backed New Syrian Army at al-Bukamal was an embarrassing setback for US attempts to prop up factions to fight ISIS along the Syrian border with Iraq. The Pentagon is already making excuses.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed that there is an ongoing internal investigation, after the US warplanes committed to the Bukamal offensive were diverted to Iraq, to attack a convoy trying to flee south Fallujah.

Officials were eager to brag about the Fallujah strikes last week, claiming hundreds of ISIS fighters killed, though that has been somewhat tempered by reports of civilian family members of ISIS being among the slain. It also came at the cost of bailing on the New Syrian Army, and getting them slaughtered by ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out to Sec Def Carter that continuing to do something in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity, which is pretty much how one would reasonably characterise the US policy on Syria.

There ARE no such people as "moderate rebels"; and every time the US government trains and funds these groups, they choke, let go of valuable equipment, and never produce the results the US government says it does, i.e., regime change in Syria.

It would be far more intelligent for the US government to be working in tandem with Russia, which is achieving success against the Syria rebels, and giving Al-Assad more time to transition out of power, than what it is doing, rather badly, right now in Syria.

Of course, such an approach...would be logical.

Jul 08 10:38

Baghdad Attack Leaves Many Dead, Wounded Near Mausoleum

Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi’ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources.

The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Sunnis.

The Shi’ite form a majority in Iraq but Sunnis are predominant in northern and western provinces, including Salahuddin where the mausoleum is located.

Prominent Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia, the Peace Brigade, to deploy around the mausoleum, near Balad, about 93 kilometers (58 miles) north of Baghdad.

Sadr’s militia is also deployed in Samarra, a nearby city that houses the shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi, the father of Sayid Mohammed whose mausoleum was attacked on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr is positioning himself very intelligently to be seen as a senior statesman, focused on keeping sectarian strife under control here.

If there were a national revolution to oust the absolutely impotent government of Al-Abadi, the US's puppet, Al-Sadr would be the person to bet on to sweep Iraqi elections, and gain power, if that was what he wanted; only time will tell.

Jul 08 07:20

"Utterly damning & no road back" - George Galloway on Chilcot

Jul 08 07:17

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster

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Jul 07 14:59

The Iraq War Was An Act Of Military Aggression Launched On A False Pretext

Before addressing the issues raised in the Iraq Inquiry report, I would like to remember and honour the 179 British servicemen and women killed and the thousands maimed and injured during the Iraq war, and their families as well as the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq launched by the US and British governments 13 years ago.

Jul 07 14:29

Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged For U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All Of Middle East

In the last week, more than 300 people have been killed in attacks by militants in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.

Jul 07 14:12

War Criminal Bush Defends Decision To Invade Iraq Following Chilcot Report

Following the release of the British Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war, former US president George W. Bush has defended the decision to invade Iraq together with the UK in 2003.

Jul 07 13:35

Chilcot, Israel and the Jewish lobby

Gilad Atzmon wonders whether Chilcot’s failure to mention Israel’s role in Tony Blair’s war on Iraq was related to the presence on his team of Martin Gilbert and Lawrence Freedman, both Jewish with Gilbert being an active supporter of Zionism.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

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