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Posted: Jun 30, 2014 - 11:30am

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater - NYTimes.com
Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.

American Embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater rather than the State Department investigators as a dispute over the probe escalated in August 2007, the previously undisclosed documents show. The officials told the investigators that they had disrupted the embassy’s relationship with the security contractor and ordered them to leave the country, according to the reports.

After returning to Washington, the chief investigator wrote a scathing report to State Department officials documenting misconduct by Blackwater employees and warning that lax oversight of the company, which had a contract worth more than $1 billion to protect American diplomats, had created “an environment full of liability and negligence.”

“The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves,” the investigator, Jean C. Richter, wrote in an Aug. 31, 2007, memo to State Department officials. “Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,” he said, adding that the “hands off” management resulted in a situation in which “the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control.”

His memo and other newly disclosed State Department documents make clear that the department was alerted to serious problems involving Blackwater and its government overseers before the Nisour Square shooting, which outraged Iraqis and deepened resentment over the United States’ presence in the country. (...)


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Posted: Jun 21, 2014 - 2:02pm

As US Pressures Maliki to Resign, will Iraqi Gov't Collapse? | Informed Comment

A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about demanding accountability.

While this analysis is correct, and I have said myself that Iraq would be better off with a different leader, it is not clear that right now is the best time to force al-Maliki out. Washington also has to be careful about trying and failing to get rid of al-Maliki. President Obama and Hillary Clinton wanted to get rid of Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in 2009; they failed, and therefore had bad relations with Karzai ever after.

A potential departure of al-Maliki raises the question of who would take his place. Al-Maliki is the head of the Islamic Mission Party (al-Da’wa al-Islamiyah). This Shiite fundamentalist party won 92 of 328 seats in the parliamentary elections just held. The Da’wa Party was for years covert and still is secretive. We don’t know who is on its politburo. It will likely form the next government with or without al-Maliki.

You could look to another Da’wa member on the cabinet. But al-Maliki has kept most important portfolios for himself. Ali al-Adeeb, Minister of Higher Education, is the other known Da’wa member on The cabinet. al-Maliki is said to have rebuked al-Adeeb for giving free rein in universities to extremist Sadrist militias and for discriminating against Sunnis. You begin to wonder if the problem is with the Da’wa Party.

The new Da’wa PM will have to attract the support of radical or just committed Shi’ites. Such as the Sadrist movement, the Supreme Council, and the Virtue Party. The Sadrists hate al-Maliki and may find it difficult to cooperate with Da’wa.

In 2010 the Kurds put al-Maliki over the top because he was not a hawk on Kirkuk. Now the Kurds have de facto annexed Kirkuk. They have no reason to back anyone. But the Shiite parties only have 155 but need 164 for a majority.

There are likely to be months of wrangling before a new PM can be chosen. And maybe it will have to be a minority PM because the parliament is permanently hung. In the meantime, if al-Maliki is deposed, who will command the armed forces?

So if you depose al-Maliki, you can’t be sure who will take his place. His successor may be even worse.

As in Libya, the government could also collapse.

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Posted: Jun 21, 2014 - 9:56am

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ISIS captures chemical-weapons plant in Iraq

I know, I know.  There weren't supposed to be any WMD in Iraq, right?  So this must be more disinformation from the eeevil neo-cons!

Carry on. 


 
And the rest of the story

"In the aftermath of the U.S. invasion a decade ago, the U.S.-impaneled Iraq Study Group determined that the facility was sufficiently dismantled and that the remaining chemicals were useless."


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Posted: Jun 21, 2014 - 9:46am


While armchair warriors in Washington cry “back to Iraq,” military historian Andrew Bacevich says no way.
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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 10:10am

William Rivers Pitt | They Belong in Prison, Not on TV

I wrote my first article on the folly of an Iraq invasion in August of 2002. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, I argued. There are no 9/11 connections in Iraq. There is no al Qaeda presence in Iraq, because Saddam Hussein was notorious for hanging Wahabbists from the nearest available light pole. An invasion would tear the country apart, explode sectarian tensions, and plunge the region into chaos.

Neither I nor the world knew at that time that George W. Bush and Tony Blair had decided four months earlier that the deal was going down no matter what. Neither I nor the world knew at that time that a decision had been made one month earlier to ensure that "intelligence and facts" would be "fixed around the policy" of invasion. I stayed on the no-invasion beat for the next seven months, writing dozens of articles and a book, as the world watched millions of people take to the streets in an attempt to stop something that was, as it turns out, inevitable.

Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Doug Feith, Condolleeza Rice, and of course, George W. Bush, piled the sandbags high and deep around a decision that had already been made. We know they have these weapons, we know where they are, we don't want the evidence to be a mushroom cloud, plastic sheeting and duct tape, 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11. Save for 23 bold souls, a craven Senate caved to the pressure and delivered the Iraq War Resolution to the Bush administration, and in late March of 2003, the skies over Baghdad glowed orange as the city was turned into a bowl of molten fire.

As the WMD argument fell to ashes, I kept writing. As the 9/11-connection argument collapsed, I kept writing...and then, first in a trickle and then a flood, people started writing me. Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of American soldiers who had died in Iraq wrote me letter after letter, email after email, demanding answers. Why? Why did this happen? Why did my loved one die over there?

Well, you see, I didn't have the heart to tell them, this is about election-year politics, as Karl Rove demonstrated in 2002 when he told Republicans facing midterm elections to "Run on the war." This is about an enormous payday for the oil industry, the arms industry, and Dick Cheney's friends. This is about the fever dream of a pack of neo-conservatives from think tanks like the Project for a New American Century, who believed that just because they want something really bad, and have the lives of soldiers to play with like pawns, meant it would happen just as they planned it.

Eleven years later, the worst tidings from those of us who saw this coming have arrived. I am sure you've been watching the news, and others have taken the time to detail exactly what is unfolding in Iraq. Syria has become a major factor in the situation, also because of the Iraq invasion of 2003: as that war grew larger and more ferocious, millions of refugees poured over the border into Syria and destabilized the country. The current civil war in Syria, which has become umbilically connected to the events in Iraq, owes its roots to no small degree to the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq eleven years ago.

The Iraqi regime is begging the Obama administration to deliver airstrikes in order to slow the advance of ISIS troops as they draw nearer and nearer to Baghdad. Several large cities have fallen into ISIS hands. Iran has sent Quds soldiers to help defend Baghdad, 275 American soldiers have been deployed to defend our massive Iraq embassy, and the USS George H. W. Bush has steamed into the Gulf.

And I have never, ever been angrier in my life.

Never mind the fact that I and so very many others spent so much time and energy for so many years trying to stop all this from happening. Never mind the fact that the perpetrators of this enormous fraud, this smash-and-grab robbery, this looting of the Treasury, this act of first-degree murder on a massive scale, all walked away scot-free to pursue new careers and live lives of comfort. Amazingly enough, that's not the worst part.

The worst part is that they're all on my television again, trying to blame President Obama for the circumstances created by their own feckless, murderous decisions. (...)


Even this bottom-feeder gets it...
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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 8:25am

ISIS captures chemical-weapons plant in Iraq

I know, I know.  There weren't supposed to be any WMD in Iraq, right?  So this must be more disinformation from the eeevil neo-cons!

Carry on. 

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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 8:25am

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We needed to create a new enemy, the old one wasn't effective enough. Gotta have an enemy for the masses to focus on and feel threatened by while you're furthering their empoverishment/enslavement. 1984 wasn't fiction.

 
just think if you were a politician and how you would have to sell that

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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 8:05am

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We needed to create a new enemy, the old one wasn't effective enough. Gotta have an enemy for the masses to focus on and feel threatened by while you're furthering their empoverishment/enslavement. 1984 wasn't fiction.

 
Shut up, you. Have a bite of bread and watch the circus.
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Posted: Jun 20, 2014 - 7:59am

In Rare Consensus, Sunnis and Shiites Tell Cheney to Shut Up : The New Yorker
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Posted: Jun 19, 2014 - 10:35am

Gold is up $40 a z today !

 

Thanks Obama  !!!


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Posted: Jun 19, 2014 - 9:05am

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On Iraq, Non-Interventionists Told You So

Contrary to popular belief, there is no satisfaction in being able to say, "I told you so." This is especially so with Iraq, where recent events are enough to sicken one's stomach. Yet it still must be said: those who opposed the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq in March 2003 — not to mention his father's war on Iraq in 1991 and the sanctions enforced through the administration of Bill Clinton — were right.

The noninterventionists predicted a violent unraveling of the country, and that's what we're witnessing. They agreed with Amr Moussa, chairman of the Arab League, who warned in September 2002 that the invasion would "open the gates of hell." There was no Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Qaeda in Saddam Hussein's Iraq before the U.S. invasion.

Once again, the establishment news media have ill-served the American public. In the buildup to the 2003 bipartisan war on Iraq — which was justified through lies about weapons of mass destruction and complicity in the 9/11 attacks — little time and ink were devoted to the principled opponents of intervention.

Maybe war builds circulation, ratings, and advertising revenues. Or maybe corporate news outlets fear losing access to high-ranking government officials. Whatever the explanation, far more media resources went toward hyping the illegal aggressive war than toward the case against it.



 

It may seem petty to harp on this, but if we are ever to get past our present course of imperialism and international obstruction, we need to realize that this is indeed a bipartisan issue.{#Yes}
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Posted: Jun 19, 2014 - 9:02am

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On Iraq, Non-Interventionists Told You So

Contrary to popular belief, there is no satisfaction in being able to say, "I told you so." This is especially so with Iraq, where recent events are enough to sicken one's stomach. Yet it still must be said: those who opposed the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq in March 2003 — not to mention his father's war on Iraq in 1991 and the sanctions enforced through the administration of Bill Clinton — were right.

The noninterventionists predicted a violent unraveling of the country, and that's what we're witnessing. They agreed with Amr Moussa, chairman of the Arab League, who warned in September 2002 that the invasion would "open the gates of hell." There was no Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Qaeda in Saddam Hussein's Iraq before the U.S. invasion.

Once again, the establishment news media have ill-served the American public. In the buildup to the 2003 bipartisan war on Iraq — which was justified through lies about weapons of mass destruction and complicity in the 9/11 attacks — little time and ink were devoted to the principled opponents of intervention.

Maybe war builds circulation, ratings, and advertising revenues. Or maybe corporate news outlets fear losing access to high-ranking government officials. Whatever the explanation, far more media resources went toward hyping the illegal aggressive war than toward the case against it.



 
We needed to create a new enemy, the old one wasn't effective enough. Gotta have an enemy for the masses to focus on and feel threatened by while you're furthering their empoverishment/enslavement. 1984 wasn't fiction.
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Posted: Jun 19, 2014 - 8:57am

On Iraq, Non-Interventionists Told You So

Contrary to popular belief, there is no satisfaction in being able to say, "I told you so." This is especially so with Iraq, where recent events are enough to sicken one's stomach. Yet it still must be said: those who opposed the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq in March 2003 — not to mention his father's war on Iraq in 1991 and the sanctions enforced through the administration of Bill Clinton — were right.

The noninterventionists predicted a violent unraveling of the country, and that's what we're witnessing. They agreed with Amr Moussa, chairman of the Arab League, who warned in September 2002 that the invasion would "open the gates of hell." There was no Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Qaeda in Saddam Hussein's Iraq before the U.S. invasion.

Once again, the establishment news media have ill-served the American public. In the buildup to the 2003 bipartisan war on Iraq — which was justified through lies about weapons of mass destruction and complicity in the 9/11 attacks — little time and ink were devoted to the principled opponents of intervention.

Maybe war builds circulation, ratings, and advertising revenues. Or maybe corporate news outlets fear losing access to high-ranking government officials. Whatever the explanation, far more media resources went toward hyping the illegal aggressive war than toward the case against it.


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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 2:01pm

Let em all rot in their bloody desert.

If Obama hadn't been so hell bent against drilling at home here, we could be energy independent in 4 more years, cuz he said it would take 10 years to bring what we recently found online during his campaign.

So here we are 6 years later, still 10 years away instead of 6 years closer of leaving those rat bastids in the Middle East behind, forever.

Thanks Obama ! 
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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 11:22am

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Aside from us civilized folks selling weapons to all sides of those conflicts, of course (jobs!)... {#Mrgreen}

 

That of course is included, when I said nothing I meant nothing.  However, I know the machine will not be stopped anytime soon until we elect people in power who are serious about non intervention i.e. someone not approved by the industrial complex.  We need more Justin Amash's, Ron Paul's, Bernie Sanders and so forth.
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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 11:10am

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That is pretty much how I see it along with Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and just about anywhere else for that matter.  I predict much mess in all of these countries and there is not a darn thing we can do about it.   The only way that we can truly help if we can at all is to do nothing.  Doing nothing is so often forgotten as a legitimate option.
 
Aside from us civilized folks selling weapons to all sides of those conflicts, of course (jobs!)... {#Mrgreen}
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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 11:06am

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screw it, let them fight it out.  A civil war had been predicted for years (assuming Hussein was toppled)...politicians said it back in the 90s, most academics predicted it right after the invasion and now its happening.  Keeping troops there another 10, 20 years would have only resulted in more soldiers dying for what seems inevitable. 

 

That is pretty much how I see it along with Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and just about anywhere else for that matter.  I predict much mess in all of these countries and there is not a darn thing we can do about it.   The only way that we can truly help if we can at all is to do nothing.  Doing nothing is so often forgotten as a legitimate option.
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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 11:03am

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Here's an idea: let them have their caliphate and leave them the hell alone. These people hate us because we fuck with them.
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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 11:00am

screw it, let them fight it out.  A civil war had been predicted for years (assuming Hussein was toppled)...politicians said it back in the 90s, most academics predicted it right after the invasion and now its happening.  Keeping troops there another 10, 20 years would have only resulted in more soldiers dying for what seems inevitable. 
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