Sunday, March 15, 2015


AFP needs to cut the crap.

In yet another idiotic 'report,' they insist that 'battles' destroyed the tomb of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Tikrit.

No, Shi'ite forces and militias destroyed it.

That's very clear by this from later in the article:

  Poster-sized pictures of Saddam, which once covered the mausoleum, are now nowhere to be seen amid the mountains of concrete rubble. Instead, Shiite militia flags and photos of militia leaders mark the predominantly Sunni village, including that of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian general advising Iraqi Shiite militias on the battlefield. 

This is exactly what anyone with common sense knew was going to happen.

You send Shi'ite thugs into a Sunni area and they want vengeance.

In part because they're stupid idiots.

When you're the one in charge?

Guess what, dummy, you won.

There's no need for vengeance.  You need to go get on with ruling and improving the country.

But the US put exiles in charge of Iraq -- arguing that native Iraqis who stayed the country were apparently to ignorant to run their own country.

And these exiles have encouraged stupid idiots -- like those in the Iraqi military -- to believe vengeance is an answer.

And that's what they're trying to inflict on Tikirt.

There's no attempt to liberate it.

Iran wanted in because it's Saddam Hussein's hometown.

This is about punishment and the past.

It's not about today.

It's not about building a future for Iraq.

It's sad.

Shi'ites could have taken this moment and run with it.

They could have shown a better nature, true leadership, etc.

Instead, it's been all about the past.

No one can move forward when they're that caught in the past.

In terms of the White House, it's lied repeatedly.

It's denied information to the American people.

That the Pentagon felt the need to deny funding and training to some Iraqi forces -- to deny funding in the last months?

That should have been immediately revealed to the American people.


The failure to do so goes to the lies from the White House, the never-ending lies.

They are the ones, Barack Obama, who refused to let the Iraqis have their say in 2010.  Barack didn't want Ayad Allawi to be prime minister, so he had the US broker a contract (The Erbil Agreement) to overturn the votes of the Iraqi people.

Nouri's second term led to today.

There have been so many lies from the administration about Iraq.

Niles Williamson (WSWS) points out:

 ABC News reported last week that Iraqi military units and Shiite militias trained and armed by the United States are being investigated by the Iraqi government for possible war crimes, including the torture and summary execution of Sunni prisoners, in many cases by decapitation, and the desecration of corpses. ABC has known of these crimes since September last year, when it came across an online video posted by a member of the Iraqi security forces showing a handcuffed prisoner being shot in the head.
An investigation was reportedly opened by the Iraqi government after an ABC News journalist presented evidence of “uniformed soldiers from some of Iraq’s most elite units and militia members massacring civilians, torturing and executing prisoners, and displaying severed heads.”
Multiple images posted by ABC last week depict soldiers wearing the uniforms of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces and the Emergency Response Brigade, which operates under the authority of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, posing with severed heads. Others depict Iraqi Special Forces dragging corpses behind their Humvees. Another image shows a corpse being hung from the guard tower of an Iraqi military base.
Responding to the revelations of war crimes carried out by its proxies in Iraq, the Obama administration issued a statement declaring, “If these allegations are confirmed, those found responsible must be held accountable.”
Such statements are worthless. While there has been detailed reporting on the crimes of ISIS, next to nothing has been said by the American government or media about the activities of the US-backed forces. The New York Times has yet to dedicate a single column inch to the latest revelations.

That's the reality of Iraq.

And the White House could have -- and legally should have -- stood up by immediately cutting off aid and training.

That might have forced Haider al-Abadi to truly address the issues.

It might have left the Prime Minister in a panic -- enough of a panic -- to do something.

Instead, the White House covered and concealed that they were supporting a government whose forces were engaged in War Crimes.

The assault on Tikrit was never about liberation.

It's not important enough -- geographically, economically or politically.




Those are important cities to immediately liberate.

But Tirkit was not about liberation.

It was about encouraging people to act like rabid dogs.

That's what it was about.

Terrorizing Sunnis and working out past grudges.

The White House seriously needs to answer for the way they have deceived the American people and for continuing to fund a government which oversees War Crimes.

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] 4494.

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