The top US commander in the war against ISIS aligned himself Sunday with the US intelligence community assessment that there are "tens of thousands" of ISIS fighters spread across Syria and Iraq.
"They are dispersed and disaggregated, but there is leadership, there are fighters there, there are facilitators there," Gen. Joseph Votel told reporters traveling with him to the Middle East for his farewell tour.
Votel's comments underscore the testimony from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats before Congress, an assessment President Donald Trump has publicly disagreed with.
Stupid idiot. If she's going to lie, she should lie better. She's obviously aged out of a role as successful military whore. She's too old and too tired to do it anymore. Time for DoD to find a new spokesperson who can pose as a reporter. Tuesday mattered last week, where the hell was she?
I'm tired and I'm party hopping. I don't have time for her nonsense. Nothing he says is in contradiction to Donald Trump's statements. We'll cover it in tomorrow's snapshot. Probably in several snapshots. Saturday night's post just alluded to something we'll be covering more in depth. For now, just note that Barbara's grossly uninformed because her 'reporting' is never anything but what someone told her to say. Heaven forbid she ever actually work a story.
Let's note a topic that actually matters.
My friend and colleague Walter Jones has passed away. Walter was a kind and good man. He was friend and ally. RIP Walter, and prayers for your family. Walter Jones: Longtime North Carolina congressman has died | Raleigh News & Observer
Jones was a political maverick unafraid to buck his own party. He was one of the first Republicans to reverse direction on the war in Iraq, even as his North Carolina district included the sprawling Marine installation Camp Lejeune.
His ultimate opposition to the Iraq war came with the irony that he instigated a symbolic slap against the French when their country early on opposed U.S. military action. Jones was among the House members who led a campaign that resulted in the chamber’s cafeteria offering “freedom fries” and “freedom toast” — instead of French fries and French toast.
Jones said he introduced legislation that would have required President George W. Bush’s administration to begin withdrawing troops in 2006 because the reason given for invading Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, had proved false.
“If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have supported the resolution” to go to war, Jones said in 2005. Jones took heat for his reversal from GOP colleagues. He ultimately signed well over 11,000 letters to the families of dead troops, describing that as a penance of sorts.
Eric Garris (ANTIWAR.COM) notes:
Jones also became a regular donor to Antiwar.com and contributed to the Antiwar.com blog. Jones often made surprise phone calls to me and to news editor Jason Ditz to praise our work and to thank us for helping him to “see the light” on issues of national security.
We at Antiwar.com mourn his passing and extend our condolences to his family and friends.
The death of Walter Jones is a true loss for America. He was one of Congress's worst propagandists ahead of the Iraq war, but went on to demonstrate that human beings can profoundly change. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/walter-jones-freedom-fries-congressman-who-became-iraq-war-critic-dies-at-76/2019/02/10/39aa38b6-232e-11e9-ad53-824486280311_story.html …
In a 2015 radio interview, @RepWalterJones said of his Iraq War vote: "Because I did not do my job then, I helped kill 4,000 Americans, and I will go to my grave regretting that.” Jones, a man of great faith and a hater of deficit spending, died today. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article225147640.html …
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