Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Second Term" went
I love that. Isaiah did a great job with that comic. You've got four presidents in the drawing and Bush. He's also correct about second terms.
"Let the fun begin (Ava and C.I.)" (Ava and C.I.):
'Why can't you say something nice?'
Because Iraqis continue to die.
Because too many Americans are living under the lie that the Iraq War ended. Because too many Americans wrongly believe the US troops came home. Not only are a number still in Iraq, you've got over 15,000 stationed in Kuwait. And the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued a report in June -- [PDF format warning] "The Gulf Security Architecture: Partnership With The Gulf Co-Operation Council."-- recommending the 15,000 that were transitioned to Kuwait from Iraq remain in Kuwait for several years to come.
Iraqis continue to die.
That's not just the fault of Bully Boy Bush.
January 2009, Barack was sworn in. March 2010, Iraqis went to the polls to cast their votes for their future. Iraqiya won that election. Ayad Allawi should be prime minister as a result. But the White House backed Nouri al-Maliki for a second term.
From John Barry's "'The Engame' Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq" (Daily Beast):
Washington has little political and no military influence over these developments [in Iraq]. As Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor charge in their ambitious new history of the Iraq war, The Endgame, Obama's administration sacrificed political influence by failing in 2010 to insist that the results of Iraq’s first proper election be honored: "When the Obama administration acquiesced in the questionable judicial opinion that prevented Ayad Allawi's bloc, after it had won the most seats in 2010, from the first attempt at forming a new government, it undermined the prospects, however slim, for a compromise that might have led to a genuinely inclusive and cross-sectarian government."
Barack's responsible. He subverted democracy. What a message to send a struggling Iraq: Go to the polls, risk your lives voting and then the US government will overturn your results.
Sadly, it's a lesson that the US government has been teaching for longer than we've been alive.
And a real left would call that out and should call that out.
That's amazing. I really love what they wrote. I will be writing a fun post Friday night, by the way. (That's related in a way to what Ava and C.I. wrote.)
Am I surprised Barack won?
I am never surprised when evil triumphs. I'm never surprised by how often evil triumphs.
I think we need alternative candidates and I think we saw some really bad candidates. I would include Jill Stein on that list. She offered so much promise and we rooted for her and she sold us out. I think it's hilarious that she did so badly. I'm glad she did.
You don't reward that behavior.
I was going to vote for her. I was ready to. Then she just became the biggest loser and the biggest embarrassment.
Death to the duopoly parties and death to the faux candidates as well.
If ever America needed a re-birth, it's right now.
I think there's a good chance it could happen.
If we can get honest. That's the key. Delusions keep us sick.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):