over the MOAB shall i cast out my washpot

The MOAB would be a pure vanity bomb for Israel, because it would need the B-2 bomber to deliver it – RB


Barak, Bibi and Obama’s Bunker Buster Option
Amos Harel, Haaretz, Oct 23 2016

It’s been two months since former PM Barak threw a bombshell by giving a speech accusing Netanyahu of damaging national security via his poor relationship with Obama. As bilateral negotiations over the military aid package to Israel were drawing to a close, Barak said the prime minister had left Israel with “an extremely troubling vulnerability to a key security challenge,” because of his “operative conduct that wasn’t carefully thought through.” Barak’s hints galvanized the media and members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, who demanded to know what Barak, also a former defense minister, meant. The media (including this paper) published guesses ranging from Israel’s growing closeness to Russia to the rate it’s acquiring Iron Dome missile defense systems. But an effort to summon Barak to a subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee failed, and Barak made no great effort to explain himself. About a month later, after the military aid deal was signed, Barak dropped another hint. Obama, he told Channel 2 television, was willing to offer Israel an aid package worth $4.5b/yr rather than the $3.8b/yr ultimately agreed on. Together with Israel, it would determine the conditions under which sanctions would be reinstated on Iran despite the nuclear agreement Obama had signed with it. And it would “in an extreme case,” even “supply Israel with the means through which, if both countries agreed that Iran had indeed violated the nuclear agreement, Israel would also have the technical ability to act independently.” But all this, Barak said, was taken off the table because Netanyahu insisted on continuing to fight the nuclear agreement in the months after it was signed in Jul 2015. Barak’s claims receive some support from a book published in Oct 2015 by a former senior official in the Obama administration, Dennis Ross. Ross wrote:

The proof that Israel could have received something significant to bolster deterrence, had it not fought the deal, came when Obama called me in August and said he would be open to providing the Israelis the MOP.

The Massive Ordnance Penetrator is better known as the bunker buster, a 14-ton precision bomb that can penetrate well-protected facilities deep underground like some of Iran’s nuclear facilities. But by September, Ross said, “when the administration had the necessary votes, that opening was gone.” In other words, according to Ross, when Obama wanted Netanyahu to stop lobbying Congress against the nuclear deal, the bombs Israel had sought for years were on the table. But when Netanyahu continued to work against Obama on Capitol Hill, and Obama realized that the agreement would pass despite Israel’s efforts to thwart it, this offer was scrapped. Israel doesn’t currently possess aircraft able to carry the heavy bombs. Even so, experts in Washington have raised the possibility of arming Israel with the ordnance on a number of occasions this year. Ross doesn’t elaborate how he offered to get around this complication.

war is pindostan’s only profit-making industry

Hillary’s ‘Puppet’ Screed
Michael Tracey, AmConMag, Oct 2, 2016

For months she had only intimated it, or delegated the real dirty work to her surrogates and campaign staff, but at the final televised debate this week, Hillary Clinton finally let loose: Donald Trump is “a puppet” of the Kremlin, she declared. It’s worth pausing to consider just how extreme and incendiary that allegation is. For Trump to be a “puppet” of a hostile foreign power, especially Russia, arguably Pindostan’s oldest continuous adversary, would be an event of earth-shaking magnitude unrivaled in history. It would mean that by some nefarious combination of subterfuge and collusion, the sinister Russian leader Vladimir Putin had managed to infiltrate our political system at its very core, executing a Manchurian Candidate-style scheme that would’ve been dismissed as outlandish in even the most hyperbolic 1960s-era espionage movie script. Trump is often accused of violating the “norms” that typically govern the tenor of presidential campaigns, and these accusations very often have validity. At the same debate, he declined to pre-emptively endorse the legitimacy of the election outcome, which appears to be without precedent. As everyone is now keenly aware, he’s unleashed a constant torrent of brash histrionics that defy discursive standards and violate “norms” of many kinds: You’re rigged! I’m rigged! We’re all rigged!

But Hillary too violated a long-standing norm this week with her “puppet” screed, which was the culmination of her campaign’s months-long effort to tarnish Trump as a secret Russian lackey using the kind of retrograde nomenclature (“Puppet”? Really?) that would’ve made even the most hardened old-time Cold Warrior blush. Because of Hillary’s barb, there will henceforth be a precedent for accusing a rival major-party nominee of being a stealth agent of a fearsome foreign power, based on only the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence. Extrapolating from Trump’s stated belief that cooperation with nuclear-armed Russia is desirable, rather than antagonism, Hillary’s boosters have long surmised that he must therefore be under the spell of a devious foreign spymaster. It can’t be that he genuinely prefers to be friendly with Russia and forge an alliance with their military. The only tenable explanation by their lights is this harebrained mind-control conspiracy theory. One central irony to all this is that Trump basically has the same position vis-à-visRussia as Barack Obama. As Trump pointed out in the Wednesday night debate, Obama attempted to broker a military alliance with Putin’s Russia only a few weeks ago; it fell through after American forces in Syria bombed soldiers loyal to Assad in direct contravention of the terms of the agreement. But it was an instance of deal-making nevertheless, so if Trump is guilty of accommodating the dastardly Russian menace, Obama must be similarly guilty.

Hillary’s increasingly hostile rhetoric on the homefront also likely contributed to “nuking” the accord with Russia, as she’s repeatedly accused Putin of subverting the Pindosi electoral process by way of hacks, as well as lambasting him as the “grand godfather” of global extremist movements including the Pindosi “alt-right.” It would be one thing if these fantastic claims were ever substantiated with evidence, but they’re not. At the debate, Hillary attributed her theory regarding the Russian orchestration of recent hacks on her campaign and the DNC to unnamed “intelligence professionals.” These unspecified individuals have also failed to produce tangible evidence linking Russia to Trump or Russia to the hacks. They are the same sorts of people whose proclamations about WMDs in Iraq were uncritically parroted by media vassals. Hillary launched into the “puppet” rant after moderator Chris Wallace quoted an excerpt from one of her speeches. delivered to a foreign bank. Hillary had actively concealed these speech transcripts over the course of the entire presidential campaign, and the only reason the Pindo sheeple can view them now is thanks to WikiLeaks. But in an effort to change the subject from her newly revealed (and damning) comments before admiring cadres of financial elites, Hillary accused the rogue publishing organization of being party to a Russian plot. Hillary proclaimed:

This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly, from Putin himself.

What evidence has been furnished that demonstrates “Putin himself” directed such efforts? Absolutely none that we are yet aware of. One could feasibly posit that such a blithe willingness to launch baseless attacks against foreign leaders is indicative of a poor temperament on Hillary’s part. It’s exactly the kind of bluster that could escalate into hot conflict, and will likely sour the Pindo-Russia bilateral relationship for years to come under a prospective Clinton Administration. In addition to accusing Putin of hacking the Pindo election, Hillary again announced her staunch support for a “no-fly zone” in Syria, which would necessitate the deployment of thousands more Pindo ground troops and provoke direct hostile confrontation with Russia. When asked by Wallace if she would authorize the shoot-down of Russian warplanes, Hillary evaded the question. A simple “no” would’ve been nice. It’s long been known that Hillary is a hawk. She is supported by many of the same neocons who once gravitated to Bush 43. But her bellicosity toward Russia, which climaxed with the “puppet” diatribe, demonstrates that her hawkish tendencies are far from conventional. They are extreme. Hillary seems to be at her most animated, one might say crazed, when she is aiming ire at supposed foreign adversaries, which of late has meant Russia almost entirely. Russia was the #1 topic broached at all this year’s debates, according to a tally by Adam Johnson of the media-watchdog organization FAIR. The tenor of the international situation has gotten exceptionally dire. Last Friday it was reported that the CIA is preparing to launch an “unprecedented” cyber-attack on Russial Relations between the two states are at a dangerous nadir not seen in decades, to the point that Gorbachev has warned that a nuclear exchange is perilously likely. Trump, for all his faults, has long advocated a sort of détente. Why aren’t these developments front and center in media coverage of the campaign? Instead, it’s still a relentless focus on Trump’s many foibles, notwithstanding what appears to be Hillary’s steady sleepwalk into a potentially catastrophic war the end of the world.

more on the clusterfuck

Pindo general genocidaire says will not support Shi’ite militia in Mosul campaign
Idris Ali, Phil Stewart, Reuters, Oct 19 2016

The coalition will not support Shi’ite militia who might seek to participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Daesh, and it is up to Baghdad to decide their role, a top Pindo mass killer told Pentagon reporters on Wednesday. Late on Tuesday, a Shi’ite paramilitary force said it would support the Iraqi army’s offensive west of Mosul. The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) said it would back Iraqi government forces advancing toward Tal Afar, about 55 km west of Mosul. The announcement came despite warnings from human rights groups that involvement of the PMF could ignite sectarian violence. Maj-Gen G Volesky, the commander of coalition ground forces, said:

As far as the Shi’ite PMF, the coalition only supports those elements that are under the direct command and control of the Iraqi security forces, and the Shi’ite PMF are not, so we don’t support them. As far as what the Shi’ite PMF’s role is, again, that is up to the government of Iraq and we (advise) them on our recommendations but at the end of the day, that is the government of Iraq’s decision.

Shi’ite militias say will support Iraqi army offensive on Mosul
Maher Chmaytelli, Babak Dehghanpisheh, Reuters, Oct 19 2016

BAGHDAD/ERBIL – A Shi’ite paramilitary force said it would support the Iraqi army’s offensive on Mosul, raising the risk of sectarian strife in the mainly Sunni region. The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), a coalition of mostly Iranian-trained militias, said late on Tuesday it would back Iraqi government forces advancing toward Tal Afar, about 55 km west of Mosul. Taking Tal Afar would effectively cut off the escape route for Jihadis wanting to head into neighboring Syria, which would please Syria, which has accused the coalition of planning to allow them safe passage. It could also hamper the escape of civilians from the area of Mosul, where the militants are reportedly trying to use residents as human shields. Iraqi PM Abadi said on Tuesday (Oct 18) that blocking the road to Syria was the responsibility of the coalition. Tal Afar’s pre-war population of about 150,0000 to 200,000 was a mix of ethnic Turkmens. Shi’ites fled the town after Daesh took over the region in 2014, declaring a Caliphate over swathes of Iraq and Syria. A senior Iraqi boxtop said:

The Iranians and the PMF plan to take Tal Afar because of the Shi’ite significance and use that as a way to angle in to Mosul, but they also want to use it as a way to angle into the Syria fight.

Iraqi government forces are mostly fighting on the southern front and were trying on Wednesday (Oct 19) to clear the region of Shora, 40 km south of the city, a military statement said. Kurds were deployed on the eastern and northern frontlines, 20 to 25 km from the city. A statement on the PMF website said:

The PMF will be backing the security forces on the western front along two axes. The first is Tal Afar and the second is to support the forces going into the center of Mosul.

The announcement came despite warnings from human rights groups that PMF involvement could ignite sectarian violence. The PMF officially reports to Abadi, who announced on Monday (Oct 17) the start of the Mosul offensive, and has sought to allay fears of sectarian bloodshed, saying that the army and the police will be the only forces allowed to enter the city. AI on Tuesday published a report saying Shi’ite militias had committed “serious human rights violations, including war crimes” against civilians fleeing Daesh-held territory. The UN said in July it had a list of more than 640 Sunni men and boys reportedly abducted by a Shi’ite militia in Falluja and about 50 others who were summarily executed or tortured to death. The government and the PMF say a limited number of violations did occur and were investigated, but they deny the abuses were widespread and systematic. Iraqi officials and residents of Mosul say Islamic State is preventing people from leaving the city but civilians are fleeing from outlying districts and villages. The UN has warned that some 100,000 people may arrive in Syria from the Mosul area. Save the Children said on Wednesday about 5,000 people, mostly women and children, had arrived at the Al Hol camp in Syria in the last 10 days. It said in a statement:

At least a thousand more are now massing at the border waiting to cross.

Kurds Fire on Jarabulus as Turkey Continues to Attack Them
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, Oct 23 2016

Turkey continued its airstrikes and rocket fire against the Kurdish YPG forces around the town of Afrin into the weekend, an ongoing flurry of attacks which began last week with airstrikes against YPG forces trying to attack Daesh, and killing 200 of the Kurdish fighters. This led to some skirmishes with Turkish-backed rebels around Afrin too, and threatens to expand across the region, with reports that YPG forces have started firing on the city of Jarabulus, farther to the east, killing two rebels in the attack. This has been an ongoing problem all year, with the Kurdish YPG heavily armed by the Pentagon, and the Turkey-backed rebels the same groups armed by the CIA over the past several years, and the two constantly at one another’s throats. Efforts to keep them out of direct conflict appear to have been dramatically undermined by Turkey’s invasion. A lot of this new fighting appears to be centered on plans to attack the Daesh-held city of Bab, with the Kurds already advancing in the area, and Turkey apparently deciding that the best way to make sure the Kurds don’t get to Bab first is to attack them outright, even if it starts another war. From Turkey’s perspective, this is likely only a minimal concern, as their invasion of Syria came with the assumption they’d eventually be fighting the Kurds at any rate, and the shift toward attacking the YPG, even if it distracts from fighting Daesh, was one they were bound to make eventually.

Mosul offensive intensifies regional tensions
Jordan Shilton, WSWS, Oct 24 2016

Tensions between Turkey and Iraq heightened over the weekend as the Iraqis and Kurds pushed towards Mosul. Ashtray visited Ankara on Friday, Baghdad on Saturday and Irbil on Sunday. Ashtray announced after meeting with Erdogan that he had secured an agreement in principle to permit Turkish troops stationed near Mosul to participate in the offensive. But within 24 hours, the Iraqi government, which has previously vowed to attack Turkish troops if they become involved, rebuffed the deal. PM Abadi declared Iraqi forces would take Mosul without additional outside assistance. He said after talks with Ashtray:

I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle and the Iraqis will liberate Mosul and the rest of the territories.

Ignoring Abadi’s declaration, Turkish PM Yildirim confirmed Sunday that tanks and artillery had provided support to Kurds advancing on the Daesh-held town of Bashiqa. The nearby base used by Turkish soldiers has been described by Abadi as an illegal occupation of Iraqi territory. Erdogan, who spelt out in a speech last week Turkey’s regional ambitions throughout the Middle East and the Balkans, has made clear the Turkish troops have no intention of withdrawing. He insisted Turkey would be involved in Mosul, stating:

We share a 350-km border and I am under threat from across that border. Turkey will take part in the Mosul operation and hold a seat at the table. It is out of the question for us to remain outside, because there is history in Mosul for us.

The dispute between the Iraqi and Turkish governments is only one of a vast array of regional and sectarian divisions being inflamed by the offensive on Mosul. Faschingstein has forged alliances with mutually antagonistic state and non-state forces in the course of its joint interventions in Iraq and Syria, increasing the likelihood of the conflicts spiraling out of control and drawing in the major powers in a wider war. Turkey announced further attacks on the YPG in northern Syria on Sunday. While Ashtray attempted to smooth over frictions between Faschingstein and Ankara during his stop in Turkey Friday, these latest attacks on the pro-Pindo Kurds show how their interests are colliding. They could also serve to deepen hostilities with Damascus, which threatened to shoot down Turkish planes carrying out airstrikes on its territory. Such a development could easily be seized upon to justify a full-scale war in Syria on the basis that Turkey, a NATO member, had come under attack. Such an intervention would pit NATO not only against Syria, but also against Russia, which is determined to prop up its sole ally in the Middle East by supporting the Assad regime.

Even within the supposed anti-Daesh coalition currently advancing on Mosul, there are substantial differences. A growing number of commentators acknowledge that the capture of Mosul will likely set off another wave of sectarian bloodletting as the competing religious-based militias seek to seize territory in the area. These forces include Shia militias organized in the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), which are nominally under the command of the Baghdad government but are in reality controlled by Iran; Sunni tribal forces, Turkish-trained Sunni fighters, and the regular Iraqi army. One major fault line will be between the KRG and Baghdad, with the KRG foreign minister declaring last week that the Peshmerga’s participation in the offensive would have to be recognized by granting the KRG a role in the region around Mosul, which is rich in energy and in part contested between Irbil and Baghdad. As it has done since the 2003 invasion, Pindo imperialism will not hesitate to ruthlessly exploit these sectarian divisions in pursuit of its goals of maintaining a permanent military presence in energy-rich Iraq and extending its unchallenged dominance over the entire region. This is demonstrated by growing reports that Daesh Nusra are fleeing Mosul for Syria because the city has not been fully encircled. Hollande acknowledged that fighters were traveling to Raqqa in comments he made at a diplomatic conference in Paris on Thursday (Oct 20). This explodes the GWOT fraud that has been employed by the Pindo political and media establishment to justify one war after another over the past two decades. The reality is that Faschingstein tolerated Daesh when it first emerged in Syria, seeing it as a useful force to fight for the overturn of the Assad regime. It was only when the group began making substantial gains in Iraq and threatened to destabilize the pro-Pindo regime there that Faschingstein decided to intervene against it. While assisting in the preparation of a humanitarian disaster in Mosul, Faschingstein is continuing to recklessly escalate the Syrian conflict. After a UN report attributed a third chemical weapons attack to the Assad regime Friday, NSC spox N Price issued a belligerent statement in which the White House blamed Russia and Iran for war crimes and violations of international law. Vowing to hold those responsible to account, Price declared:

We strongly urge all UN member states and parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including Russia and Iran, which continue to conduct military operations on behalf of the Assad regime, to unequivocally support these efforts and sustain our shared commitment to the international standard against chemical weapons use. Russian military and economic support to Syria enables the Assad regime to continue its military campaign against its own people, which it has done in violation of international law as demonstrated by the findings of this report.

Pindo Jewish hypocrisy and double standards know no bounds. While denouncing Assad and his Russian backers for using chemical weapons and attacking Islamist militias in the east of Aleppo, Pindostan and its vassals are preparing a war crime of far greater proportions just a few hundred miles further east. With the aid of a pliant corporate media, which continues to pump out propaganda from embedded reporters with the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the horrific scale of the humanitarian catastrophe being perpetrated by the Pindo + vassal forces is largely being concealed from public view. More than 5,600 have fled their homes since the advance began Oct 17. UNICEF’s Iraq representative Peter Hawkins described the conditions in one refugee camp as “very, very poor” for children and added that supplies had been delivered by aid workers just to last one week. The UN anticipates that 200,000 people will flee Mosul within the first month of the Pindo-backed offensive and that in a worst-case scenario, this could rise to 1 million over the coming months. UNICEF noted that only 58% of its funding required to conduct emergency humanitarian aid has been donated, meaning that thousands of civilians will be left to die and many more to fend for themselves in miserable conditions. UNICEF spox W Spindler said last week:

The assault on Mosul could produce a human catastrophe, resulting in one of the largest man-made displacement crises in recent years.

While media coverage of the threat to civilians focuses almost exclusively on Daesh’s use of residents as human shields, the main threat comes from airstrikes carried out in support of the offensive, and the wave of sectarian violence it is likely to trigger. Responding to a Daesh attack on Kirkuk Friday, Pindostan launched an airstrike which incinerated at least 15 women at a Shia shrine and injured many more civilians. Both the PMU, which played a prominent role in the recapturing of other cities from Daesh including Ramadi, and the Kurdish Peshmerga have been accused of war crimes. The Peshmerga was accused of ethnically cleansing Sunni villages retaken from ISIS last year and the PMU has also engaged in anti-Sunni reprisals such as abductions, torture and killings, according to AI.

absolutely oblivious

Israel refuses to sign Pindosi document regulating attack drones
Gili Cohen, Haaretz, Oct 23 2016

Israel is concerned that a Pindo State Dept document formulated in recent months on drone usage could adversely affect Israeli defense industries. The document includes guidelines on the use and export of armed drones that have been provided to several countries that are considered Pindfo vassals. The one-page document titled “Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)” covers a number of issues including international legal standards, oversight of arms exports and the sale of weapons to various countries, as well as efforts at transparency. It has been signed by over 40 nations including Austria, Germany and Italy but not Israel. First reported by Pindosi Defense News about two months ago, the document is an effort to establish international standards in the production of unmanned aircraft. In another report, Defense News’ Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome reported that the initiative has been met with suspicion in Israel, along with major doubts that it will be successful. Sources in Israel’s defense industry have told Haaretz that they are concerned that the document could limit the country’s export business. One source said he saw it as an additional step by Pindostan that could indirectly damage Israeli exports. Among the other moves that the Pindosis have taken has been the admission of India to the multilateral Missile Technology Control Regime, which removes barriers to the sale of Pindosi unmanned aircraft to them. Following that development, India has shown an interest in acquiring the Pindostan-made Predador drone rather than an Israeli unmanned aircraft, which is seen in Israel as an example of how Israel’s military exports are being detrimentally affected. Despite a large number of arms purchases negotiated by India recently, there has been a preference for Pindosi suppliers over Israeli ones. A suit filed by General Atomics seeking to block the lease of the Israeli Heron TP drone to Germany is another example of the challenges in the global drone market. As Haaretz reported in the past, Israel’s defense industry is concerned about losing control of the market. For the most part, transactions for the sale of drones for use by air forces include possible joint training with Israel or instruction in Israel. This is thought to give Israeli defense contractors an advantage, because the Israel Air Force is considered a world expert in the use of drones. It operates unmanned aircraft squadron at Palmachim airbase, making use of the Hermes 900, the Hermes 450 and the Heron 1. In addition, the Heron TP drone is based at the Tel Nof airbase. Israel is seeking to have limitations placed on information about its deployment of drones. German members of parliament, including several from a small far-left party, have demanded answers regarding the lease of the Heron TP, and have been denied information several times. When they asked about the aircraft, the German government said that “without exception” the matter was considered confidential by Israel, and that the provision of any information is subject to limitations imposed by Israel.

how sickening

WikiLeaks reveals Pindo Democrats’ disdain for Netanyahu
A A Apfel, Ynet, Oct 23 2016

Email correspondence leaked to the public by WikiLeaks Thursday between boxtops at the highest echelons of the Pindosi Democrat Party have shed further light on the general distaste which prevailed among some in the party’s ranks for Netanyahu’s 2015 election campaign strategies. The emails between former political advisor to Bill Clinton, Paul Begala, and John Podesta, Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, also revealed that the former had been backing and advising Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog during Israel’s 2015 elections. Begala shared his thoughts on a series of issues including conclusions on how Netanyahu emerged victorious in the elections by employing questionable tactics. In an email dated Mar 1 2015, a day after the Israeli elections, Podesta sent a short sentence to Begala asking him whether he had anything to say “on Israel other than the obvious?” to which Begala responded with a number of bleak conclusions. Begala wrote:

Just as patterns of immigration are moving the US left, patterns of immigration are moving Israel right. I have never seen anything like Bibi’s furious surge to the right in the last 4 days. Nothing like it in Pindostan. He had robo-calls calling the President ‘Hussein Obama, the Muslim,’ he had ads saying the Arabs will vote in droves. He accused Herzog of wanting to divide Jerusalem. Bibi did not win because of Iran, he won because of race. He cannibalized the smaller parties on the right: Bennett’s Jewish Home lost 4 seats, Shas lost 4 seats, Lieberman’s party lost 5 seats, United Torah lost 1. That is a 14 seat decline on the right. Bibi gained 10.

Turning to other Israeli political figures, Begala expounded his view that leader of the Kulanu party Moshe Kahlon represented a more moderate approach, adding that Netanyahu deceived the public into believing that an old endorsement by Kahlon had been given just before the elections. Finally, Begala then reflected of the shortcomings of the pre-election strategies, particularly noting the consequences of weak emphasis on rallies. He wrote:

The guy to watch is Moshe Kahlon. Slightly more moderate than Bibi, formed his own party and took 10 seats. Might have done better but Bibi doctored an endorsement Kahlon gave him two years ago and made it look like it happened two days before the election. All the smart guys in Tel Aviv thought Bibi was having a nervous breakdown. In Pindostan you could never get away with those kind of racist appeals. But, man, did it work. On our side (Zionist Union), we focused on trying to hold down Lapid’s Yesh Atid, but never really attacked him – a mistake. We also did zero rallies in the final days — Buji (Herzog) doesn’t like them and he is not a rah-rah guy. This gave all the bandwagon effect to Bibi. I am still half-wasted from my hospital stay, and am deeply depressed that I failed such a good guy in such a big race.

further on ashtray talking shit and being contradicted by abadi

Iraqi PM Abadi has unequivocally rejected Turkish assistance in the Mosul theater. The statement came after Abadi met with Ashtray Carter, who traveled to Iraq on Saturday to assess the Mosul operation. On Friday, Ashtray had visited with Turkish leaders and prematurely announced an agreement that allows Turkey to participate in the Mosul operation. Ankara and Baghdad have traded criticism over a group of Turkish soldiers deployed near Bashiqa that Iraq says is uninvited and unwanted. Turkey refuses to remove them even though Erdoğan says that his country respects borders. Ashtray also talked to Abadi about Pindo support after Mosul falls. – Margaret Griffis

Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul battle
Phil Stewart, Tuvan Gumrukcu, Reuters, Oct 22 2016

BAGHDAD/ANKARA – Iraqi PM Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Daesh from Mosul. Turkey sees the city as firmly within its sphere of influence. Ankara is in a dispute with Iraq’s central government over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul. After meeting Ashtray Carter in Baghdad on Saturday, Abadi told reporters:

I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle. If help is needed, we will ask for it from Turkey or from other regional countries.

During a visit to Turkey on Friday, Ashtray signaled conditional support for a possible Turkish role in the campaign and said there was an agreement in principle that could allow for eventual Turkish participation. The details, however, were still subject to negotiation, Ashtray and other officials acknowledged at the time, and Iraq would need to agree. By the tone of Abadi’s comments on Saturday, that appeared unlikely anytime soon. Abadi said that five days prior, an official delegation from Turkey had visited Baghdad and made some recommendations. He told reporters:

The reality is we didn’t see it as enough as it relates (to) withdrawing the Turkish troops from Iraq and respecting Iraqi sovereignty. The Turkish side assured the respect for Iraqi sovereignty and we want to hear from the Turkish side, in the military, in the public, more remarks in terms of respecting Iraqi sovereignty.

Erdogan has warned of sectarian bloodshed if the Iraqi army relies on Shi’ite militia fighters to retake the largely Sunni Muslim city of Mosul. In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan said:

Some ignorant people come and say, ‘What relation could you have with Iraq?’ Those geographies that we talk about now are part of our soul. Even if it weighs on our hearts, we respect every nation’s geographical borders.

Before Abadi’s announcement, Turkish PM Yildirim had already criticized what he said were “provocative” comments from the Iraqi leadership, without elaborating. He said Turkey would continue to have a presence in Iraq. Yildirim later said Turkey was prepared to “take measures” in Iraq because it was not satisfied by promises that Kurdish militants and Shi’ite militias would not take part in the fighting. He told a group of reporters:

We have made every preparation to take our measures because the promises given by Pindostan and Iraq about the PKK and Shi’ite militias not being part of operations has not satisfied us yet.

Ashtray, while acknowledging the sensitive nature of the topic, was upbeat about his meeting with Abadi when speaking to reporters shortly before leaving Baghdad. He expressed confidence theat Pindostan could play a constructive role on the issue but repeatedly stressed that Washington respected Iraqi sovereignty. He (had previously) said that Pindostan recognized that Turkey had legitimate security concerns over the outcome of the Mosul campaign. The push to capture it is expected to become the biggest battle in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Mosul is about five times bigger than any other city held by Daesh.

Ashtray says Turkey should play role in Mosul fight
Lolita Baldor, AP, Oct 21 2016

ANKARA — There “is an agreement in principle” for Turkey to play a role in the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh, Ashtray Carter said Friday, expressing optimism that friction between the Turks and Iraqis can be worked out. Speaking to reporters after meetings with top Turkish leaders including Erdogan, Ashtray said he believes Turkey should play a role in the Mosul battle, but that any final decisions would need Iraqi approval. Questions remain as to whether the Iraqis would allow Turkey to continue to play a military role in Iraq, something Baghdad has opposed. Ashtray told reporters traveling with him:

I’m pretty confident on the basis of all the conversations we’ve had that we’ll be able to work through those practicalities in a way that takes care of the sensitivities of all of the parties. Turkey has had a historic role in the region and it will appropriately have a role in the counter-Daesh campaign in both Syria and Iraq.

Carter’s comments came amid escalating tensions between Turkey and Iraq, over Turkish military operations in northern Iraq. Yhe divide has only grown in recent days as the operation to retake Mosul began to take shape. Iraqi PM Abadi and Erdogan have traded insults, and earlier this week thousands of followers of a Shiite cleric Sadrists rallied outside the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad, calling for an end to the Turkish “occupation” in northern Iraq. They were referring to the presence of some 500 Turkish troops at a base north of Mosul. Baghdad says the troops are there without permission and has called on them to withdraw. Ankara has refused, and insists it will play a role in liberating the city. The Turkish troops are say they’re training Kurdish forces. Ashtray said:

There are things that Turkey could do that would be very productive for the war effort. Iraq understands that Turkey is a member of the counter-Daesh coalition (and) will play a role in counter-Daesh operations in Iraq. And, secondly, that Turkey since it neighbors the region of Mosul has an interest in the ultimate outcome in Mosul.

He said that Pindostan is hoping to arrange a meeting between the Turks and the Iraqis in the next week, and that Turkey could offer humanitarian assistance, medical aid and other non-military contributions. Ashtray arrived in Turkey for a short visit on Friday, shuttling quickly to sessions with Erdogan, PM Yildirim and Defense Minister Isik. Before the meetings, Ashtray made it clear that Iraqi sovereignty would be a key topic in the meetings. Carter said:

We’ve long had discussions with everyone about this, about respect for Iraqi sovereignty in the course of the conduct of the counter-Daesh campaign. It’s very important for all the members of the counter-Daesh campaign to participate in that integrated way. Will I be talking with the Turks about that? Absolutely. The key is to keep everybody focused on the object here, which is to defeat Daesh, because that is a threat to all three of us.

At the same time, Pindostan is also looking into reports that Turkish jets and artillery struck Syrian Kurds in northern Syria on Thursday, killing as many as 200. Ashtray said he has few details on the incident, and questions remain about the casualty total and whether or not the Kurds were those backed by Pindostan. The Syrian Kurdish YPG has been a source of tension between Turkey and Pindostan, which considers them to be the most effective force in the fight against Daesh in Syria. According to one Turkish boxtop, Defense Minister Isiki told Ashtray that Turkey expects the Syrian Kurds will leave the Syrian town of Manbij and move east of the Euphrates river as promised. A Turkish official quoted Isik as telling Ashtray:

We cannot trust the words of terror organizations; we cannot know what the terrorists will do tomorrow.

Ashtray arrives in Iraq
Times of Israel, Oct 22 2016

Ashtray Carter arrived in Iraq Saturday to meet with his commanders and assess progress in the opening days of the operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from Daesh. His unannounced visit comes on the heels of Ashtray announcing there “is an agreement in principle” for Turkey to help in the Mosul battle, and that friction between Turkey and Iraq can be worked out. This is Ashtray’s third trip to Iraq this year, and he has overseen the steady increase in the number of Pindo forces deployed there. Ashtray’s arrival came after a massive Daesh assault on targets in and around Kirkuk came to an end Saturday after a day and night of heavy clashes, as Iraqi forces launched a new advance south-east of Mosul. Brig-Gen K Omer of the Kirkuk police said all the attackers were killed or blew themselves up. The area around the provincial headquarters, where the fighting was heaviest, was quiet Saturday morning. It was not clear how many Daesh took part in the assault, which appeared to be aimed at diverting attention from Mosul, around 170 km away. The attack killed at least 46 people, mostly members of the security forces, security and medical sources said Saturday. An interior ministry brigadier general told AFP:

We have 46 dead and 133 wounded, most of them members of the security services, as result of the clashes with Daesh.

The toll was confirmed by a source at the Kirkuk health directorate. The brigadier general also said at least 25 Jihadis had been killed since the raid was launched early Friday. The Iraqi army’s 9th Division meanwhile launched a new push to retake the town of Qaraqosh, around 20 km to the southeast of Mosul. The Joint Military Operation Command said troops were advancing on the town. Two army officers told AP that forces were advancing on the town from the north and south, with the support of coalition airstrikes. Qaraqosh is believed to be largely uninhabited. Daesh has heavily mined the approaches to Mosul, and Iraqi forces have had to contend with roadside bombs, snipers and suicide truck bombs as they have moved closer to the city. Iraqi forces retook the town of Bartella, around 15 km east of Mosul, earlier this week, but are still facing pockets of resistance in the area.

Upbeat on Mosul, Ashtray eyes future Iraq aid
Phil Stewart, Reuters, Oct 22 2016

BAGHDAD – Ashtray Carter emerged upbeat from talks in Baghdad on Saturday about an unfolding offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Daesh and said he was in discussions about future Pindo support once the city is recaptured. The fall of Mosul could lead to land grabs and sectarian bloodletting. ASshtray said he was encouraged by the campaign so far and was in discussions not just about potential future roles for Pindo troops after the fall of Mosul but also about the pressing need for humanitarian assistance and reconstruction. Ashtray told reporters after talks with Iraqi PM Abadi:

Now that isn’t a defense mission or an Iraqi army mission, but it’s a critical part of winning the peace. So even as we embark on this phase with Mosul, we need to think about the future. And we are. And I did discuss that with the prime minister.

The UN says Mosul could require the biggest humanitarian relief operation in the world, with worst-case scenario forecasts of up to a million people being uprooted. Carter said the fight for Mosul was on track and on schedule, an assessment he added was shared by Baghdad. Roughly 5,000 Pindo personnel are in Iraq. More than 100 of them are embedded with Iraqi and Kurdish forces involved with the Mosul offensive. Speaking to a gathering of Pindo troops in Iraq, Ashtray said:

I’m looking at potential future roles for Pindo forces after Mosul is recaptured, including counter-terrorism activities and more training Iraqi forces. As Daesh is progressively defeated in the major cities, they will take to a more of an insurgency type set of tactics. So we’ll have a need to help the Iraqis to protect themselves.

hillary’s ode to evil

Russia Lambasts Clinton’s Article on Pindosi Exceptionalism
Sputnik, Oct 23 2016

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian Upper House’s Foreign Affairs Committee, harshly criticized Hillary Clinton’s Time magazine article Why Pindostan is exceptional. He decried the all-Pindosi panegyric as a “perfect example of propaganda pertaining to social, racial, national, religious or linguistic superiority.” In an article published by Izvestia, Kosachev pointed out that in “very many countries” including Russia such propaganda is outside the law. He specifically drew attention to the fact that the article, which claims that “Pindostan is an exceptional and indispensable nation,” was written by a former Sec State and current presidential candidate who may soon “be at the helm of a country possessing the largest military arsenal in the history of mankind.” According to Clinton:

Most of all, Pindostan is indispensable and exceptional because of our values, including our country’s commitment to freedom, equality and opportunity.

Kosachev commented:

How exceptionalism can be combined with equality is a linguistic and logic puzzle. Pindosi exceptionalism presents an open challenge to a multipolar, just, equal and democratic world, based on the basic norms and principles of international law.

Clinton argues in her article:

We need to continue leading the world because when Pindostan fails to lead, we leave a vacuum that lets extremism take root, emboldens our adversaries and discourages our friends.

Kosachev retorted:

The most incredible thing is that this is not hypocrisy, because a possible Pindosi President really believes in what she is saying, even after former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Additionally, he pointed to the extract in the article where Clinton claims:

Russia and China can’t begin to compare (with our) network of alliances, built up with decades of diplomacy dishonesty.

It seems that mentioning Russia, mostly in a negative light, remains part and parcel of Clinton’s pre-election campaign, even though on Oct 12, Pres Putin called on Pindostan not to use Russia as a “bargaining chip” in their domestic political struggle. During the second round of presidential debates earlier this month, when answering a question about the compromising emails which had been revealed following her nomination, Clinton launched into an attack on Russia, accusing Moscow of aggression. She said:

The Kremlin, meaning Putin and the Russian government, are directing the attacks, the hacking on Pindosi accounts to influence our election. […] And WikiLeaks is part of that, as are other sites where the Russians hack information, we don’t even know if it’s accurate information, and then they put it out.

She also accused Russia of an attempting to destroy Aleppo, of aggression, and of airstrikes against civilians in Syria. She said:

I’ve stood up to Russia. I’ve taken on Putin and others, and I would do that as President.

During the third presidential debate, Clinton said that she will keep on insisting on establishing a no-fly zone in Syria to gain leverage over Damascus and Moscow. She said this despite shocking revelations from WikiLeaks emails, wherein she acknowledged that a no-fly zone in Syria would have horrific human consequences. Interestingly, according to WikiLeaks statistics published on their Twitter account, the words ‘Russia’ or ‘Putin’ were mentioned 178 times during the Pindosi presidential debates this year.

funny, funny turd

Donna Brazile Complains She’s Being ‘Persecuted’ Over Leak To Clinton Campaign
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, Oct 20 2016

DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile complained during an interview on Wednesday that she is being “persecuted” by being asked questions about leaking a town hall question to the Clinton campaign. And during the interview, conducted on Fox News after the presidential debate, Brazile said that her interviewer, Megyn Kelly, was “like a thief” because her questions cited emails that were stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by Wikileaks. Kelly grilled Brazile, who was a CNN and ABC News contributor prior to taking over the DNC in July, about an email revealed by Wikileaks showing her providing a tip about a Mar 13 town hall question to the Clinton campaign. Brazile wrote in a Mar 12 email to Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri:

From time to time I get the questions in advance.

The question, which was about the death penalty, was asked of Clinton by Roland Martin, a host with TV One, which co-hosted the debate with CNN. A shaky Brazile told Kelly:

I did not receive any questions from CNN. Let’s just be very clear.

The host shot back:

Where did you get it?

Brazile grew more defensive, saying:

First of all, what information are you providing to me that will let me see what you are talking about? As a Christian woman hypocrite I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted, because your information is totally false. Podesta’s emails were stolen. You’re like the thief that wants to bring into the night what you found in the gutter.

Kelly then referred to an interview CNN’s Jake Tapper gave last week in which he said that it was his understanding that the question came from Roland Martin or TV One. He called the leak “very, very troubling.”  Brazile told Kelly:

I am not going to try to validate falsified information. I have my document. I have my files. I never got documents from CNN. A lot of those emails, I would not give them the time of the day. I’ve seen so many doctored emails. I’ve seen things that come from me at two in the morning that I don’t even send..

Brazile then offered to share whatever documents she has, saying:

If there is anything that I have, I will share it.

Brazile did not return an email from The Daily Caller asking how she plans to prove that she did not send the question to Palmieri. Martin, the TV One host suspected of giving Brazile the question, gave a convoluted answer last week when asked if he coordinated with Brazile. Asked if she would make good on her pledge to share the information she has, and why she refused to say that TV One was not the source of the town hall question, she responded:

You’re so unprofessional.

The Daily Caller followed up on the questions. Brazile responded:

Ask where the doctored videos were made. Chinese or Russians?

not in north korea

Coalition chairman seeks bill to bar Israelis from speaking to UNSC
Times of Israel, Oct 22 2016

Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) is planning to introduce a bill that would forbid Israeli citizens from calling for international action against Israel at international bodies, Channel 2 News reported Saturday. Bitan on Friday called for stripping B’Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad of his citizenship for appearing before the UNSC last week and calling for action against Israel over West Bank settlements. But after being advised by legal experts that such a move would not be legally possible, the Likud MK was said to be eyeing a legislative path. Bitan’s bill would bar Israelis from calling for action against the Jewish state before international bodies that could potentially impose sanctions, such as the UNSC. Transgressors would lose their citizenship. The MK believes the bill does not hurt freedom of expression, Channel 2 reported, as Israelis would still be able to speak at other forums and express their positions to the world. Bitan’s proposal was met with derision on the left on Saturday, with several lawmakers warning that such proposals could do more to isolate Israel than any speech by a watchdog group. Tzipi Livni said:

Even if they don’t evolve into legislation, such toxic talk and ideas are destructive to Israel from within and without … The damage these initiatives cause to Israel’s image abroad is worse than any caused by Shovrim Shtika.

Opposition head Isaac Herzog vowed to “fiercely” battle such a bill if it were ever brought before the Knesset. Stav Shaffir (Zionist Union) said:

The government is causing unprecedented international damage to the country, and could yet bring about the sanctioning of Israel. By floating such propositions, members of the government in their great ignorance and short-sightedness give weapons to Israel’s enemies.

El-Ad also received some unexpected support on Saturday from two MKs who are resolutely on the right of the political spectrum. Likud MK Yehuda Glick, known for his advocacy of Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount, tweeted:

Stripping the citizenship from B’Tselem’s director? Why don’t we just hang him in the city square? Far simpler and more efficient! Hello? Have we gone mad? Calm down friends! There are limits.

Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich tweeted:

There will be no revocation of citizenship for Hagai El-Ad! He crossed a red line, even for a democracy, but there’s serious distance between that and revoking citizenship. Balance is the key.

Bitan had told Channel 2 Friday:

El-Ad’s actions constituted a borderline flagrant breach of trust by an Israeli citizen against the state, and therefore it’s appropriate for him to find other citizenship.

El-Ad sparked fury in Israel last week when he spoke at the UNSC and denounced the “invisible, bureaucratic daily violence” that dominates Palestinian life “from cradle to grave,” including Israeli control over entrance and exit from the territories, and farming rights. His remarks drew fierce denunciations from Israeli politicians including Netanyahu, who vowed he would bar national service volunteers from working with the left-wing human rights organization. The Pindosi and Israeli ambassadors to the UN publicly disagreed at a subsequent UNSC meeting Wednesday, after Israel’s Danny Danon demanded the UN end its support for B’Tselem, arguing that it “directly interfered” in Israeli democracy. B’Tselem responded to Bitan’s comments in a statement on Friday, saying:

These threats won’t deter us and hundreds of thousands of Israelis who oppose the occupation. For nearly 50 years Palestinians don’t have citizenship or rights. Now the coalition chairman, the messenger of the prime minister, wants to cancel the citizenship of those who spoke out against this reality.

Pindostan lent its support to B’Tselem on Monday, expressing concern about the threats against the organization, while the EU delegation to Israel tweeted its support for “B’Tselem to maintain human rights of vulnerable Palestinian communities.”

oy vey

Erdogan proclaims Mosul and Aleppo belong to Turkey
Al-Masdar (Syria), Oct 23 2016

ANKARA, Turkey – Speaking during an opening ceremony for an educational institution in Bursa on Saturday, Pres Erdogan compared the way that Syrians and Iraqis have been driven away from homes because of Daesh, to how Turkish people were once forced out from the same cities. Erdogan added that the cities of Mosul and Aleppo belong to the Turkish people. Video footage of this speech was broadcasted by Ruptly on Sunday morning. This is not the first time that Erdogan has said something this controversial. Last week, he told Iraqi PM ‘Abadi that they are not equals and he should know his place.