On the most lengthy quote, I will say, "YES!" C.I. is one hundred percent correct.
Do NOT say that the US "needs to clean up their mess in Iraq." That is an open invitation to extend the US military stay. To extend it forever, you could argue.
Do not say that, do not promote that trap.
The US has destroyed Iraq. The destroyed can not kiss the boo boo and make it better. The destroyer needs to leave and the Iraqi people need to be given the space to rebuild their country without occupying forces on the ground.
"Libya's ragtag rebels are dubious allies" (Patrick Cockburn, Independent):
Not so the Libyan rebels. Members of their Transitional National Council (TNC) in Benghazi last month detained their military leader, General Abdel Fatah Younes, on suspicion of treachery, lured him away from his bodyguards and murdered him. This week the head of the TNC, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, sacked his whole government on the grounds that some were complicit in the killing. He was apparently forced to do so in order to quell the rage of the powerful Obeidi tribe to which Younes belonged.
A ludicrous aspect of the whole affair is that at the very moment the rebel leaders are at each other's throats, they are being recognised by country after country as the legitimate government of Libya. This week TNC diplomats took over the Libyan embassies in London and Washington and are about to do so in Ottawa. In a masterpiece of mistiming, Britain recognised the rebel government on the day when some of its members were shooting their own commander-in-chief and burning his body.The Libyan War receives more attention from the international press these days, have you noticed that? I am sure another wave is due any day now on how godly and saintly and wonderful the so-called 'rebels' are. This 'brief' mini-cakewalk that Barack promised is now what, five months old? When it's in year whatever, do you think people will give a damn?
Does anyone have any respect for the dirty whore Amy Goodman who has refused to take this war seriously? If you go back to the archives and look at the start of any of Bush's wars, you'll see Amy Goodman couldn't shut up for weeks. It was the entire focus of episodes for weeks and weeks. But Barack starts wars and Goody has nothing to say. She's off interviewing people about eighties TV shows and pretending that's hard hitting.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):