This morning MEHR NEWS AGENCY reports, "Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Sunday said that it has summoned the charge d'affaires of the US embassy in Baghdad over comments on social media considered offensive to the diplomatic norms." What are they talking about? As noted in Saturday's "Moqtada floats closing the US Embassy, the Iraqi government demands the US delete a FACEBOOK post."
So that's one problem for the US government. Here's another -- this is from the US Embassy in Baghdad's FACEBOOK page:
يستشري الفساد في جميع مفاصل #النظام_الإيراني، بدءا من القمة. فممتلكات مرشد النظام علي #خامنئيوحده تقدر بـ 200 مليار دولار، بينما يرزح كثير من ابناء الشعب تحت وطأة الفقر بسبب الوضع الإقتصادي المزري الذي وصلت اليه #ايران بعد أربعين عاما من حكم الملالي.
Corruption is rife in all parts of the #IranianRegime, starting at the top. The possessions of the current supreme leader Ali #Khamenei alone are estimated at $200 billion, while many people languish in poverty because of the dire economic situation in #Iran after 40 years of rule by the mullahs.
As ALSUMARIA notes, the Iraqi government sees that post as interfering in Iraqi affairs and they says it goes too far. They are calling for the US Embassy to remove the post.
Better question, why is it that the US media is ignoring this? Normally, when the US and another government clash, it's news. Does no one in the US media pay attention to Iraq anymore? Or are they all desperate to save the US government any embarrassment by ignoring this story?
As we noted in Sunday's "US embassy calls Iran corrupt, Iraq responds with a call for censorship, where's the US media?," even though IANS and KURDISTAN 24 had found the story, the US media continued to ignore it. Repeating, don't understand why the US media doesn't believe it's a story that the Iraqi government is demanding the US Embassy in Baghdad remove a FACEBOOK post. It should be a story for the content of the post. It should be a story for the censorship issue (the call to remove it). And it should be a story because of the tensions between the governments of the US and Iraq.
By the way, why are they summoning the US charge d'affaires? Because the US has no Ambassador to Iraq currently. B-b-but, Douglas Silliman! Douglas Silliman left Baghdad months ago.
My thoughts as I depart Baghdad.
Joey Hood is the US charge dd'affaires. Who is Joey Hood? From the US State Dept:
Why hasn't President Donald Trump nominated a new ambassador? In November, Donald nominated Matthew Tueller. The Senate then proceeded to drag its collective feet. At the start of this month, they finally held confirmation hearings. And then? Nothing. No up or down vote. Again, Douglas Silliman left Iraq on January 31st.
Is he qualified? If he's not, vote no and be done with him. If he is qualified, vote yes so that there's an ambassador to Iraq. Democrats liked him enough when then-Secretary of State John Kerry championed him to be Ambassador to Yemen (the post he still holds currently) back in 2014. Equally true, a sitting ambassador is generally a sure-thing vote wise when proposed to be an ambassador to another country. Why the hold up?
When in the US Senate, Joe Biden never had a problem voting. He voted for every war you could think of -- including the Iraq War. Thursday, he announced his intent to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination via a lackluster video. Four days later, he finally makes his first campaign stop. He'll be in Pittsburg today. Four days later? Remember that the former vice president turns 77 in November.
That's a lot of years and he has a long history that goes with them.
Last Friday, Joe appeared on ABC's THE VIEW where he was given a chance to apologize to Anita Hill -- something he still has not done.
Despite gentle prompting from a supportive Joy Behar, Joe refused to issue an apology.
Art Markman has a column entitled "Why Men Like Joe Biden Find It So Difficult To Apologize." One rival for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination says Joe owes Anita an apology. AP reports:
Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton says the former vice president should apologize for the way Hill was treated during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Moulton said Hill “was treated terribly” when she testified to Biden’s committee in 1991 that Thomas had sexually harassed her. Moulton added: “I think he should apologize.”
Biden said on NBC he was sorry “for the way she got treated” but added that, “I don’t think I treated her badly.”
Equally true, former Senator Arlen Specter said Joe said Anita lied to Congress -- as the late senator wrote in his 2000 book PASSION FOR THE TRUTH. Specter died in 2012. Joe's never corrected Arlen's account. Apparently, he owes Anita Hill several apologies.
Seth's putting his foot in his mouth a lot lately. Is he trying to be the new Joe Biden? Seth felt the need to declare that Donald Trump was not a patriot. It's the sort of garbage you expect to hear from blowhards in front of a radio microphone, not from members of Congress. The statement is beneath him and if anyone doubts where that kind of garbage leads . . .
What an ugly statement from such an ugly person.
On her Twitter feed, the ugly woman claims she believes in decency and civility. After she's declared someone else not to be a patriot? And after she's slammed someone for not going to Vietnam.
Does the bitch know that Bruce Springsteen didn't go to Vietnam?
I don't think less of Bruce for that. I'm grateful for everyone who didn't go over. Kim Carvente is just an ugly woman with a butt ugly face and even uglier way of thinking.
When Seth makes his stupid comment, that's where it ends up -- with aged hags like Kim Carvente slamming people for whether or not they went to Vietnam. That's not the test of patriotism, sorry. Participating in illegal wars does not make you a patriot. Hags like Kim, of course, never fought in combat. But for hags like Kim, that's the way to judge patriotism.
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