Friday, May 16, 2014

The still unreported meet-up

Oh, look from Sunday.

The meet-up in Iraq.

What can they be talking about?

General Lloyd Austin promises to share some of his and his wife Charlene's noted dance floor moves after US Ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft finishes detailing his recipe for Superbowl Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies but Nouri al-Maliki says first he wants to dish on his last prostate exam which was both rectally responsible and strangely sexual.  

As the week draws to a close, no one in the US media wants to note the Sunday meet-up so surely it involved nothing of importance, right?

Last week, Gordon Lubold (Foreign Policy) reported:

But the nature of the fight the Maliki government confronts in western Iraq is such that officials say Baghdad is looking not only for better reconnaissance and surveillance capability, but also for more robust, lethal platforms. Iraq has been unwilling to accept American military personnel in the country in any operational form, but the willingness to revisit that policy appears now to be shifting. A spokesman for the Iraqi Embassy declined to comment on the issue of allowing American military personnel into the country to conduct drone operations, but acknowledged that the U.S. and Iraq share a "common enemy" in al Qaeda.
"Iraq's view is that all available tools must be utilized to defeat this threat, and we welcome America's help in enhancing the capabilities we are able to bring to bear," the spokesman said.  

And Friday, April 25th, Mark Hosenball, Warren Strobel, Phil Stewart, Ned Parker, Jason Szep and Ross Colvin (Reuters) reported, "The United States is quietly expanding the number of intelligence officers in Iraq and holding urgent meetings in Washington and Baghdad to find ways to counter growing violence by Islamic militants, U.S. government sources said."  

But let's all ignore the fact that the head of CENTCOM went to Iraq on Sunday for a sit-down with Nouri. 

Maybe we can all ignore the ongoing violence as well?

National Iraqi News Agency reports a Mosul suicide bomber took his own life and left two bystanders and one Iraqi soldier injured, the Iraqi military killed 9 suspects outside of Ramadi, a Hit roadside bombing left 1 police officer dead, security forces killed 3 suspects in Alsigar, a husband and wife were shot dead in Alsadah and their child was left injured, an al-Hermat battle left 1 police member killed and another injured, and a Diwaniyah roadside bombing left one person injured.

The following community sites -- plus Cindy Sheehan, PBS' The NewsHour,  the Center for Constitutional Rights, Ms. magazine's blog, the Guardian, the House Veterans Affairs Committee,  Jody Watley, Jake Tapper, Janis Ian and -- updated:

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