as this kind of expands the "What the #)!*#& is WRONG with these people?!?" from this yesterday. Key bit:
“The official line is the release of Qazali is about reconciliation, but in reality this was a prisoner swap,” a military intelligence official said.
Moore and four members of his personal bodyguard were kidnapped at the Finance Ministry in Baghdad in May 2007 by a group that calls itself the Islamic Shia Resistance, which is in fact a front for the League of the Righteous. The group had always insisted that Qais, his brother Laith, and other members of the Asaib al Haq be released in exchange for Moore and the others. Three of Moore’s bodyguards were executed while in custody, and the fourth is thought to have been murdered as well.
“This was a deal signed and sealed in British and American blood,” a US military officer told The Long War Journal. “We freed all of their leaders and operatives; they [the League of the Righteous] executed their hostages and sent them back in body bags. And we’re supposed to be happy about it.”
This is how Obama sees with the enemy; through Jimmy Carteresque "We can deal with these people" idiocy. And, while Iran sent people and supplies to the insurgents in Iraq, and let them hide hostages in Iran, Obama is 'talking tough'(yeah, right) to the Iranian government while the PRC is sending equipment to help stomp on the protesters:
The armoured anti-riot vehicles have a capacity of 10,000 liters to shoot cold and hot water, and three 100 liter tanks to shoot burning chemical liquids. The water is mixed with paint or tear gas that cannot be washed away. Each vehicle has two guns for shooting liquid up to a distance of 70 meters- it is controlled from inside the cabin. The price tag for each unit is 650,000 dollars. Also, a lot of extra burning liquid, paint, and tear gas was purchased.
It took four months for the delivery of the armoured vehicles, and since the Iranian regime was in a hurry, they had them delivered from China’s army organization- this is rare! China’s government was in as much of a hurry to get these to Iran.
I think Putin is a murderer and Stalin-in-creation; I also think he's rolling Obama like a soccer ball in their 'talks' and deals. Looking at crap like the above and Obama's responses, he must be having a shot of vodka and dancing in glee that this is the US leader he gets to deal with.