Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I'm sure someone will be along to explain what a demonstration of expertise

in foreign affairs this actually is.
It's not my job to rate the Obama Administration's actions in Iraq. But i will tell you that after 2011 the administration basically ignored the country. they did not want to see what was really happening because it conflicted with the narrative that they left Iraq in reasonably good shape. In 2012 as violence was escalating I wrote a story, citing UN statistics, that showed how civilian deaths from attacks were rising.

Tony Blinken, who was then Biden's national security guy and a top Iraq official, pushed back, and even wrote a letter to the editor, saying that violence was near record lows. But that was not true. even after Fallujah fell to ISIS at the end of last year, the administration would push back on stories about Maliki's sectarian tendencies, saying they didn't see it that way.

So there was a concerted effort by the Administration to not acknowledge the obvious until it became so apparent -- with the fall of Mosul -- that Iraq was collapsing.
"It is NOT collapsing; we say so! Are you going to listen to us or look at all those dead bodies, you traitor!"

Which leads me to this from the 'most transparent and ethical admin EVER!'
Whenever we can, we follow the law,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health on Wednesday.
Just how many lawyerly holes can you see in that?  Including "Whenever it's convenient for us-"?

1 comment:

Keith said...

How to turn Iraq, Libya and now Syria into something worse than Kabul or Mogadishu

what are the odds of a false flag today (it's already 9/11 here) that can be conveniently blamed on IS to jsutify bombing more Iraqis, and so distract from the ongoing collapse of the welfare and warfare state paradigm?