Sunday, October 09, 2016


How long has the never-ending Iraq War been dragging on?

The children of US troops who fought in Iraq are now fighting in Iraq.

Susannah George (AP) reports:

Thirteen years ago, Chase Snow’s father was among the American troops who moved into the Iraqi city of Mosul during the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Now Snow, a U.S. Army specialist, is deployed in Iraq to help in the fight to retake the city from the Islamic State group.

Meanwhile ALJAZEERA reports, "Iraqi officials say three bomb attacks have killed 10 people and wounded at least 37 across the Iraqi capital."  And REUTERS notes, "At least ten people, including four policemen, were killed by a suicide bomber in a car that targeted a checkpoint in northern Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said."

No, the Iraq War has not ended.

But it was barely mentioned in the debate tonight (Afghanistan wasn't mentioned at all).

At tonight's debate, Hillary Clinton claimed, "Right now, a lot of those nations are hearing what Donald says and wondering, why should we cooperate with the Americans? And this is a gift to ISIS and the terrorists, violent jihadist terrorists."

She called Donald Trump a gift to the Islamic State.

Is that how Iraqis see him?

There's a Twitter account to a Shi'ite Iraqi that we've noted only twice.  I don't care for the feed.

But the person is probably the most anti-Islamic State Iraqi on Twitter.

So what did he Tweet tonight?

  1. Clinton talks about Sunnis in as if they're a unified entity ready to work with her. Today, Iraqi Sunnis are more fractured than ever.
  2. Clinton's plan is horrific for Iraqis. Arming the Kurds will instigate further conflict with Baghdad. Diplomacy is finally working.

Again, this is the most anti-Islamic State Shi'ite in Iraq with a Twitter account.

He wasn't impressed with Hillary at all.

(Ava and I have a brief piece on the debate that will be going up at THIRD shortly.  My understanding is everything but the editorial is done -- and it's in progress right now.)

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] 4497 (plus 25 in Operation Inherent Resolve which includes at least 3 Iraq War fatalities).

Kat's "Kat's Korner: The Lesbian Who Preferred Men" went up earlier today as did Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Stand Up Hillary."

In addition, the following sites updated:

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