Sunday, November 16, 2014


Brian Eason (Indianapolis Star) reports Peter Kassig has been executed by the Islamic State.

The 26-year-old was a humanitarian worker who was also a former US Army Ranger.

Like the two other Americans killed by the Islamic State (James Foley and Steve Sotloff), he was killed in Syria.

So you have to wonder how these deaths have been used by the White House to argue for the bombing of Iraq?

In a column for the Washington Examiner, Bruce Fein observes:

President Barack Obama or his minions have made or soon will be making representations about the Islamic State, Iraq, Syria and other state and non-state actors in the Middle East to persuade Congress to enact an Authorization for Use of Military Force.
A substantial number will be lies. All should be received by Congress and the American people with a high degree of skepticism.

Fein goes on to provide examples of past lies.  He's kind and doesn't note how readily and willingly the US press picked up those lies and amplified them.

On the topic of Iraq, Thursday, Gen Martin Dempsey told Congress that he may suggest US troops be sent into on the ground combat in Iraq -- as "participants" and not "advisors."  Barbara Starr (CNN) reports Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is now floating increased numbers of US troops in Iraq as well.

Hagel's not the only one singing that tired song.

Sunday in Australia, Barack joined the chorus.  Tom Allerd (Sydney Morning Herald) quotes Barack stating, "Yes, there are always circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy US ground troop."  Though Barack stated he would not go into hypotheticals,Allard notes that Barack went on to note a hypothetical.  National Iraqi News Agency reports it this way:

Obama said in his speech in the top twenty conference in Australia: "The United States is working to train Iraqis and may send combat troops if the terrorist organization getting strategic weapons[.]"

As for Dempsey, NINA reports:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said that "military force will not eliminate / IS / without an Iraqi national unity and the Iraqi government did not succeed in ending the division between / Sunni and Shiaa / in the country.

He said in a press statement that "the US military helped the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga in pulling Iraq away from the abyss and the battle with / IS/ begun to bear fruit against a group of dwarves adopting extremist ideology."

Dempsey said, " building confidence requires time as well as the US mission that may continue years."

A US mission that may continue [for] years.


I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name

 The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning]at least 4493.  At least?  "We're sorry, the web page you are looking for cannot be found on the server. The page may have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. "

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