It is amazing to me how hard the White House has sold this 'payroll tax cut' that really doesn't provide $40 for most families. It surprises me until I realize that this is part of the continued effort to break Social Security and destroy the program. That's long been sought by Republicans and some Democrats. Only under faux Democrat Barack could it happen.
"Obama Failed Iraq" (Hiwa Osman, Rudaw):
The Republicans could easily win the next election: All they would need to do is focus on Iraq, specifically President Obama's decision to withdraw and hand the country to Iran, its militias and anti-American forces.
It seems that given the anti-American nature of Iraq’s Arab population, nothing was built during America's presence in Iraq. This is simply because they either did not believe in America, did not take them seriously or hated the United States and just wanted to fool them into believing that they were listening.
Just a few days after President Obama declared that Iraq was stable and secure, a real crisis is prevailing both politically and in terms of security. The main reason for this is the very first issue that everyone in the new Iraq seems to be working on – the trust between the Shia and the Sunnis, which today amounts to zero.
Yes, Iraq has gone to hell. It would have whenever the US finally pulled out; however, the White House could have made Iraq's chances at success stronger if they hadn't backed the thug Nouri al-Maliki. He's the one who has terrorized the country. He's the one doing it now. Sending people into a panic.
The White House sent a message that the Constitution doesn't matter and that voting doesn't matter when they backed Nouri. (His political slate came in second in the elections, not first. Iraqiya came in first.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):