Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thank you, Barack, for ending the Iraq War

Oh, wait, you didn't.

You campaigned on ending the war, promising you would, in 2008.

But you became president and left office with the Iraq War continuing.

Doubt me?

REUTERS reports:

The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Interest could raise the expense even higher.

When does this war end?

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, June 15, 2017.  And look at all that 'progess' in The Mosul Slog.

More than 100 Islamic State militants launch counterattack in Mosul after months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces

Day 239 of The Mosul Slog and still it continues.

239 days ago, the Iraqi government finally launched an operation to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul.  The city was seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.

239 days later and still the slog continues.

Situation in on 14 June 2017 - claims counterattack against forces south of the old city failed to capture ground

The Mosul Slog has increased the number of refugees.

The US criticizes Assad & Russia for bombing hospitals but does exactly the same in

And the destruction -- of hospitals, homes . . .

And it has increased the amount of  War Crimes.

Civilians have been harmed by Iraqi forces, disappeared by them, killed by them.

And there's the use of White Phosphorus.

US-led coalition acknowledges use of white in amid mounting criticism

It's a city still filled with people, still filled with children.

And White Phosphorus is being used.

Meanwhile in Iraq. 100,000 children threatened as conflict escalates in west . via

Time to invade the US for some regime change? US using chemical weapons in Mosul & Raqqa:

In the US, many Iraqi immigrants are being threatened with deportation.

Trump pledged to protect Iraqi Christians from ISIS, now he's deporting them

Is that accurate?  Because it's being repeated.

Perspective | promised he would protect persecuted . Instead, he's sending them back to .

Niraj Waikoo (DETROIT FREE PRESS) reports:

Immigration officials today strongly defended their arrests of Iraqi immigrants over the weekend, saying the U.S. detained 114 people in metro Detroit with criminal pasts who posed security threats.
Today's statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was the first time officials said how many were detained in sweeping raids of Iraqi nationals targeted for deportation. Many of the detained immigrants are Christians who say they fear that deportation to Iraq would jeopardize their lives since they are a minority there and under siege.
But ICE said today the detainees have criminal pasts and already faced final removal orders from a judge.
"The operation in this region was specifically conducted to address the very real public safety threat represented by the criminal aliens arrested," Rebecca Adducci, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Detroit, said in a statement. "The vast majority of those arrested in the Detroit metropolitan area have very serious felony convictions, multiple felony convictions in many cases. I applaud the efforts of the law enforcement personnel who, day in and day out, put their lives on the line to protect this community."

See the problem?

Donald Trump also promised to enforce immigration laws.

If you're building your coverage on one promise only and not noting the other, you're discrediting yourself at a time when journalism is already discredited.

That's not advocating for the immigrants to be removed from the country, that's saying you need to tell the truth.  And you also need to investigate ICE's claims because they're saying something doesn't make it so.

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, PACIFICA EVENING NEWS, GORILLA RADIO and DISSIDENT VOICE -- updated:

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