Monday, July 02, 2018

The US Air Force hides and protects a pedophile

This is disgusting.

U.S. Air Force declines to charge Col. Eric Holt, accused of sexual & physical abuse of 2 elementary-school-age boys, despite pleas from USAF lawyers A photo of his bruised penis & other evidence were left out of USAF report ⁦

That is disgusting.  That is outrageous.  This is exactly why military 'justice' has such a bad name.

He needs to be arrested immediately by civilian police and put on trial.

This is outrageous.

"Media: The Panic Players" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):
We're where we are today because too many have sold us out.  Sadly, until we stop whining, that will always be the case.  You either start owning your power or you are left to be Kate Michelman crying in the halls of Congress.

No matter where you went last week on independent media, you were told (often by John Nichols) what a life destroying event Kennedy's retirement was.  As they waxed on and on, we had to wonder if they were confusing Anthony Kennedy with John F. Kennedy?

The Court's tilt to the right, which Kennedy is part of, didn't happen because of voters.  It happened because of the Congress and whomever occupied the Oval Office.  Senators refused to stand up.  Joe Biden?  He didn't stand up against Clarence Thomas.  He betrayed Anita Hill and other women.  Time and again, cowards on the Senate have seen their role in the confirmation process as to make nice, not to defend the beliefs of the voters who put them in office.

That's the information we should be receiving.  Instead, we're encouraged to freak out and run in circles screaming.  If the supposed experts and analysts can't grasp the basics of 'first do no harm,' maybe they can hum Jewel's "Hands" as a reminder before they're interviewed:

I love Ava and C.I.'s piece this week.  We are talking about Anthony Kennedy, people need to calm down.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Monday, July 2, 2018.  Chaos and violence continue as yet another location holding ballots is attacked, ANTIWAR.COM reports May saw triple digit deaths in Iraq, Emma Sky appears not to have read her own book, and much more.

Tuesday, July 2nd, Iraq is to begin partial recounts of the ballots from the May 12th election.

"From now and until a new Parliament is in place, Iraq will be in a constitutional vacuum," ALJAZEERA notes.

Again.  And violence continues to plague Iraq including a bombing which took place yesterday.  AFP explains, "A suicide bombing yesterday targetting a warehouse in Kirkuk where ballot boxes from Iraq’s May elections were stored wounded 19 people, days before a vote recount, a security source said."

An explosion near a ballot storage site in Iraq's Kirkuk two days before a court-mandated manual recount kills at least one and injures 20 but leaves the election material undamaged, officials say
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Suicide Attack to Center of Keeping Votes of Recent Election in ; Photo

Hamza Mustafa (ASHARQ AL-AWSAT) adds, "This is the second incident of its kind, where the warehouses of ballot boxes in Rusafa, Baghdad, were set on fire on June 10, in an attempt to influence the electoral process, including challenging the results announced by the Electoral Commission, before the parliament decided to freeze its work and appoint judges from the Supreme Judicial Council.:

The May 12th elections found Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr in first place, followed by the head of the Shi'ite militias Hadi al-Ameri, followed by current prime minister Hayder al-Abadi.  Slowly, the three have come together to form a post-election alliance.

Last week, Priyanka Boghani (PBS' FRONTLINE) filed a report which included reactions from various US and British voices:

Ryan Crocker, a career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, noted that Sadr campaigned on some of the issues that are most pressing to Iraqi voters. If Sadr’s alliance is the one to deliver on those issues, Crocker said, “We can certainly put up with a little anti-U.S. rhetoric if it brings the country generally to a much better place in terms of long-term stability.”
Some experts, however, say pragmatism may win over posturing when it comes to Iraq’s future relationship with the U.S.
Emma Sky, who served as a governorate coordinator in the transitional government of Iraq set up by the coalition in 2003-2004, and as a U.S. military adviser in Iraq in 2007-2010, said she expected there would be more calls for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as the country formed a new government. “But given what happened after all U.S. troops pulled out at the end of 2011,” she said, referring to the swift rise of ISIS, “there may be some pragmatic Iraqi voices that propose a contingent remain to advise and assist.”

Sadr and Amiri “both view the U.S. as a negative actor in Iraq, in so far as the U.S. is looking to pursue its interests at the expense of what they would see as Iraq’s interests,” Renad Mansour, a fellow at Chatham House, an independent policy institute in London, told FRONTLINE. “But nonetheless, they both also realize that to become statesmen, and to play politics, you can’t have an explicitly inflammatory or antagonistic policy against the U.S.”

Emma Sky's basically saying "Angel, please don't go."

I'm out of my mind
And it's only over you
People think I'm crazy
But they don't know
Thought love had failed me
But now, they're watching it grow
Angel, please don't go
I miss you when you're gone
They say I'm a silly girl
But I'm not a fool
People say they know me
But they don't see
My heart's your future
Your future is me
Angel, please don't go
I miss you when you're gone
They say I'm a silly girl
-- "Only Over You," written by Christine McVie, first appears on Fleetwood Mac's MIRAGE

Yes, Emma, you are being a silly girl.

What exactly do you think US forces could have done to stop the rise of ISIS?

As documented here in real time and as observed by you in your book THE  UNRAVELING, ISIS rose in Iraq due to then-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's persecution of Sunnis.

I'm not sure how you think US forces stop that.

The day after the drawdown (not a full withdrawal), Nouri immediately orders tanks to begin circling the homes of Sunni politicians in Baghdad.  Days later, he will declare Iraq's vice president Tareq al-Hashemi (a Sunni) to be a "terrorist."  His storming of the homes of Sunni politicians will resort in the murder of the brother of a Sunni politicians.

Exactly what do you think 

Do they storm Nouri's home?

Do they take him off in chains?

When Nouri begins attacking Sunni protesters, what do US forces do?  When he attacks (and kidnaps) reporters who dared to cover the Sunni protests, what are US forces to do?

These and so many other actions are being carried out not by recognized terrorists but by the head of the Iraqi government.

What are US forces, were a huge number still in Iraq, to do?

I believe we're both aware that Iraq's descent into further madness was ensured when Barack Obama refused  to back the results of the 2010 election, when he overturned the votes of the Iraqi people and used The Erbil Agreement to give a second term to Nouri al-Maliki.  

And while we can wonder what might have been for Iraq had their votes actually counted, the reality remains that if Barack had pulled all US troops out of Iraq in 2011 (he didn't) or left 20,000 to 30,000 behind (as Nouri al-Maliki wanted) or maintained a force of 125,000, there's little that US forces could have done in 2012 besides try to topple Nouri al-Maliki.

Is that what was wanted?

That falls on Barack again.  Not only did he install Nouri in 2010 (via The Erbil Agreement) to a second term, he pressured Jalal Talabani to short circuit the 2011 attempt to vote Nouri out of office.

I don't really grasp what US forces on the ground in mass numbers during any of this could have achieved.  

US policy under Barack, up until June 2014, was to support Nouri al-Maliki non-stop and look the other way.  Long before 2010 arrived, it was known that Nouri was torturing in secret prisons and jails, known and reported.  That didn't matter.

The goal was never democracy.  It was: Who can get this oil & gas law passed?

Remember those 'benchmarks'?  

Remember how the Democrats in Congress demanded them?

Remember how, with few exceptions, they then ignored them except for progress on the oil & gas one?

(US House Rep Lloyd Doggett did not ignore them but he was soon the only member fighting for them to be utilized.)

So the issue is not -- and never was -- US troops drawing down in Iraq.

I think it's highly dishonest for Emma Sky to now walk away from her book in an effort to argue that US troops should stay in Iraq.

In other news, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) counts up the deaths for last month:

During the month of June, at least 772 people were killed, executed, or found in mass graves. Another 294 were wounded. The number of fatalities is less than half the number of fatalities reported last month. At least 1,906 people were killed or found dead, and 265 more were wounded during violent attacks in May.

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