Over the years from the first Gulf War I have been entertained by the continuing saga of the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq….it has been the source of many reports few of which were ever accurate…..but it has made for some amusing hours of reading…….
It was essential that the US invade Iraq to stop his possible use of WMDs……and his complacency with AQ in Iraq. We invade and dammit there were no WMDs found…..and all the public got for that lie was….”my bad”.
A decade later another story comes out that the WMDs were there and just expertly hidden……and the press chased that story for about a month and in the end all we got was…….”oops my bad”.
But what compels the medias to go chasing WMDs every time it is mentioned? Does news need to be concocted to sell papers?
Twelve Years Later, US Media Still Can’t Get Iraqi WMD Story Right – The Intercept.
A great headline…….shame I just made it up…….
What should be the big story of the day………a story that should have all the haters running around high fiving themselves……..but I guess someone had to pee on the parade…….
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is in rough shape after a March 18 airstrike near the Syrian border in western Iraq, sources tell the Guardian, but there are conflicting reports on the matter. The leader of ISIS initially faced life-threatening injuries as a result of the strike by the US-led coalition but is now recovering, one source says, but he adds that the leader isn’t yet in a state that he can control the terrorist group as he once did. A western diplomat and an Iraqi adviser tell the Guardian that an airstrike took place that day in the al-Baaj district of Nineveh, targeting local ISIS leaders in a three-vehicle convoy. Three men were reportedly killed. The Iraqi official says al-Baghdadi was injured in that strike; however, the Pentagon says it can’t confirm the report.
A Pentagon rep says an airstrike did occur on the date in question, but it didn’t target the leader or any other high-ranking officials. “We have no reason to believe it was Baghdadi,” the rep tells the Daily Beast. Sources have inaccurately claimed that al-Baghdadi was wounded in airstrikes at least twice before, but Iraqi spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan tells the BBC that al-Baghdadi was indeed injured this time. A Guardian source adds that the leader was known to hide out in al-Baaj because the US military “barely had a presence there” during the Iraq War. “It was the one part of Iraq that they hadn’t mapped out.” The Sunni tribal area has become a focus of US surveillance this year.
There will be lingering doubts until it can be confirmed…….after all this will be the second report of him being wounded badly………..and for once the MSM may be doing the right thing by NOT reporting this without independent confirmation……..maybe they should try this on ALL there reports…..it would help them appear more “fair and balanced”.
HEY! America please tear yourself away from the Tube and the wondering what gender the Royal will squirt out! If this is your concern then I weep for my country.
The ink is barely dry on the Iranian compromise and there are some on the Right that are in a panic…..some aka Sen. Cotton are already calling for a limited airstrike at Iran’s nuke facility……I am sure if I kept up with Neocon think tanks they would be all over the use of this type of force…..like Heritage.
I bring all this up because of the “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (AUMF)……remember? That is that request the president has sent to Congress for them to do their duty and either approve the use of force or not….the process is that simple.
When Pres. Obama decided to go after ISIS with airstrikes the GOP went batcrap crazy…….demanding that he stop because he did not have the authorization to use force……all that made for great TV and great e-mails to supporters……Obama then decided that he would play their game and he sent an AUMF to Congress for approval…….and that is where it went to die.
To this day it is still waiting for some sort of action from the Congress…..and while we are waiting the Speaker of the House has brought up a good point…….
Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that American troops in Iraq should move beyond training Iraqi forces to take a more direct role in fighting against the Islamic State.
After returning from a spring trip to the Middle East, Mr. Boehner told a group of reporters that the Obama administration has placed “artificial constraints” on military commanders responsible for 4,500 members of the American military there rather than allowing conditions on the ground to dictate strategy.
Let see……want to expand the use of military force but do not want to go on record authorizing it…is that about it? The politicians are running scared….it is an election and they do not want something on record that could be used against them in an election.
This brings me back full circle……..without the AUMF how could dickhead Cotton use military force? All this person is doing is throwing red meat at the base. A typical American response to a problem….run from it and let someone else do the hard stuff.
Does everyone see why I feel I must keep pounding these people…..at best they are HYPOCRITICAL…….and at worse…….DANGEROUS!
American lives are at stake…….and NO one seems to care!
My loyal readers know that I have a passion for the study of war and its consequences……most Americans do not seem to care for it does not effect them but that could change any day now. I like to know what my defenders may step in on their way to war.
Iraqi troops and Shi’a militias have something to celebrate…..it appears that they have attacked and beaten ISIS in the Northern Iraq city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam. Airstrikes should be slapped on the back also for it was those that made the ground forces possible for their win in the city.
While the Iraqis were celebrating their success ISIS took it on the lamb and re-appeared in the capital of Anbar province, Ramadi…..this is not a good thing because Ramadi is not far from Baghdad and there are a wealth of American assets in the region of Anbar.
McClatchy is reporting……..
Iraq deployed elite troops to the besieged provincial capital of Ramadi on Thursday in hopes of stemming an Islamic State offensive but the city remained surrounded, with Islamic State forces in control of many, if not most, districts, according to witnesses and government officials.
The Islamic State also claimed that its fighters had entered the strategic oil refinery at Baiji, a huge reversal for the government, which until Thursday had prevented the radicals from gaining a foothold in Iraq’s largest oil-processing center.
The two battles 120 miles apart marked major setbacks for the government in Baghdad just two weeks after it triumphantly captured the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State, and they were a reminder that Iraqi forces still face an uphill climb in wresting much of their country from the group. The troops dispatched to Ramadi on Thursday were the same well-trained Interior Ministry commandos who’d spearheaded the final assault on Tikrit.
Ramadi has been a hub in the past but it seems that but for some reason an American general is not concerned…….
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey is dismissing the talk of Ramadi’s fall would be no big deal, and adding that the city is “not central to the future of Iraq.”
The reality, however, is that the US was making a big deal about the need to make inroads in the Anbar Province just last week, and now instead is facing the loss of the Anbar capital to ISIS, and another big setback for Iraqi troops.
The admin has gotten all think tanks to trot out to the cameras and push the positive that Ramadi is NO big deal……..Your propaganda machine in full operational capability…..I find it interesting that the capture of a smaller town of Tikrit is being sold as a win and a huge success and Ramadi is being dissed. The loss of Ramadi would be a devastating blow to the narrative of success that the US is trying to sell……..maybe Dempsey is conceding that Ramadi is already lost and is trying to do a little damage control.
The flippant attitude of Gen. Dempsey does not seem to be echoed by the PM of Iraq…….
Iraqi PM Hayder Abadi clearly sees it differently, and warns the latest ISIS push against Ramadi, a city which has been contested since January of 2014, proves the group is a growing threat.
Abadi warned ISIS is recruiting young people “not only in Iraq but across the world,” and is both a transnational nation and one that is capable of establishing a serious presence on the ground.
“If Daesh has developed this capability, no uniformed army can stop them,” warned Abadi. The comments come as he is trying to get more military aid from the US for the war against ISIS.
As in any war the word games are just amazing…..then who do you believe is delivering the truth? Is it Dempsey? Or is it the Iraqi PM?
Any time the possibilities of the troops being put in harms way…………then……….. IT IS A BIG DEAL!
What Say You?
This is a continuation of my previous post on NBC’s failure in Syria and the Middle East……..
As one who spends a lot of time reading, researching and writing on the Middle East……I have used NBC’s Richard Engel as a reliable source……a lot has happened and I am starting to question the reliability.
I still think that Engel is a very good and thorough journalist in the Middle East and more than qualified to report on the situation in the region……what I am questioning is NBC as a reliable purveyor of news for the Middle East.
So much is coming out about the situation in Syria and ISIS thatr leads me to believe that they are only a source for propaganda and not news…….
I use to like CNN as a reliable source of information for the Middle East and they have lost my respect and I No longer turn to them for accuracy………and now NBC is starting to generate doubts for me…….
How NBC Knowingly Let Syria Rebels’ False War Propaganda Stand For Years | The Nation.
As one who spends a lot of time with the Middle East and events that occur I like Richard Engel….he knows the region and he speaks Arabic so he can interview people without using a go between….
I heard some rumblings about his kidnapping last summer…..some of them were disturbing……….
I recall when I saw the news that he and his team had been kidnapped in Syria I was concerned….journalist have not been too fortunate in Syria and Iraq…..and then he was “rescued”……
Now a story has come out about that kidnapping and NBC…..it is a disturbing story at that……..while Engel still has my respect and confidence I cannot say the same for NBC……..they are starting to show the same lack of professional journalism as CNN has shown…….
NBC’s Conduct in Engel Kidnapping Story is More Troubling than the Brian Williams Scandal – The Intercept.
I remember a hippie-dippie movie with Goldie Hawn back in the “good old days”…..and this post has absolutely nothing to do with this post….
TECHNOLOGY…..My Friend…….as they say is the way of the future. And drones is the technology leading the way into future warfare……..
This is a piece I found while surfing Middle East news sites…….I do not doubt that there are butterfly drones spying on people…..but is Israel capable of such techno stuff?
Israel’s e-butterflies latest toy in hi-tech war.