Day 141 of The Mosul Slog.
Iraqi, Kurdish, and ISIL forces in battle for control of Mosul. The map below shows who controls what for now: http://aje.io/lpsq
Note the results above.
It took US forces how long to get to Baghdad in 2003?
And they were foreign forces.
140 days later and Mosul's still not liberated.
But propaganda requires that Hayder al-Abadi parade around.
Short, squat, rolly-polly Hayder dresses up and plays soldier.
What does the prime minister have to be proud of?
The Islamic State still controls portions of the area (see map above) and all Hayder's done is make clear he didn't prepare for refugees.
He told the civilians to stay in Mosul, remember?
Here's what they saw.
Many Mosul residents like this grandma have been displaced by the fighting between ISIS and the Iraqi military.
Not since Bully Boy Bush played dress up under a banner reading MISSION ACCOMPLISHED has a leader
Moving over to US President Donald Trump and immigration. He's released a new executive order putting immigration on hold for a variety of countries.
Unlike the previous list, Iraq isn't on this one.
So you'd think a number of Americans would be happy.
We've had to endure laughable stories about how this was a slap in the face to the Iraqi forces (who have no need to come to the United States -- but let's not point out the obvious apparently), we've had to endure chest beating about how this translator or that translator walked on water (without ever noting that all of those cases were supposed to be decided years ago), we've had whining about optics.
And now that the new list doesn't include Iraq?
Oh look, it's bed wetter Domenico Montanaro from NPR:
But... Iraq... isn't... one... of... the six... countries... http://www.npr.org/2017/03/06/518785814/full-text-trumps-new-executive-order-on-travel-annotated …
He apparently missed all of NPR's stories previously where they insisted Iraq shouldn't be on the ban.
Before the next Tweet is shared below, WARNING: KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THIS PERV. NEWSWEEK's Kurt Eichenwald is known for giving kiddie porn performers thousands of dollars and then calling them liars when they reveal that face.
Travel ban is stupid & counterproductive. But ISIS is mostly in Syria & Iraq. And the new one Trump just issued excludes Iraq. Super-genius.
All of that whining -- yes, whining -- about Iraq being on the original order and now this?
Certainly suggests that the issue was not Iraq but, in fact, their daily outrage against Donald Trump.
And then there's the increasingly unhinged Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch.
Wrong! 113 were released by Bush, only 9 by Obama, according to US Director of Naitonal Intelligence. http://thehill.com/policy/defense/322541-former-guantanamo-detainee-killed-in-yemen-airstrike …
That Barack only released X?
That's really not what we've been fighting with our opposition to the gulag.
But then you've always been fighting for Barack Obama and not human rights.
You've just made that more obvious over the last few months.
Long before The Debra Messings began humiliating themselves daily, I was on record noting that a number of people should not have Twitter.
I only stand by that remark even more so today.
There are many things to protest under Donald Trump's leadership.
This getting your panties in a twist multiple times a day about everything?
It's not helping anyone.
Not only do you look dangerously unhinged, you make the real issues we should be protesting seem unimportant and trivial.
You also reveal yourself to not be about human rights but instead just a partisan activist who will protest anything Donald Trump says.
That's what the new executive order reveals.
Partisans had a fit about Iraq being on the first one.
Did they mean it?
Some apparently did not because now they're whining about Iraq not being on this one.
A message is being absorbed by most Americans right now: A nutty group will protest anything Donald Trump does.
That makes it that much harder for real activists to sway opinion when it's needed.
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