Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Who are these crazies?

They lie.

Trina called me and said turn on MSNBC and tell her if she's insane?

No, Trina's sane.

The guests are insane.

One White man whining about Donald Trump not agreeing with the intelligence had the nerve to say, "What if, in 1962, JFK had been approached by the CIA with a report about Cuba and he had said 'I don't believe you?'"

What if?

Life would have been better, you idiot.

From Wikipedia:

The Cuban Project, also known as Operation Mongoose, was a covert operation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that was commissioned in March 1960 during the final year of President Dwight Eisenhower's administration. On November 30, 1961, covert operations against Fidel Castro's government in Cuba were officially authorized by President Kennedy and after being given the name Operation Mongoose at a prior White House meeting on November 4, 1961. The operation was led by United States Air Force General Edward Lansdale and went into effect after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Operation Mongoose was a secret program against Cuba aimed at removing the Communists from power, which was a prime focus of the Kennedy administration according to Harvard historian Jorge Domínguez.[1] A document from the United States Department of State confirms that the project aimed to "help Cuba overthrow the Communist regime", including its leader Fidel Castro, and it aimed "for a revolt which can take place in Cuba by October 1962". US policymakers also wanted to see "a new government with which the United States can live in peace".[2]
[. . .]
Professor of History Stephen Rabe writes that "scholars have understandably focused on…the Bay of Pigs invasion, the US campaign of terrorism and sabotage known as Operation Mongoose, the assassination plots against Fidel Castro, and, of course, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Less attention has been given to the state of US-Cuban relations in the aftermath of the missile crisis." Rabe writes that reports from the Church Committee reveal that from June 1963 onward, the Kennedy administration intensified its war against Cuba while the CIA integrated propaganda, "economic denial", and sabotage to attack the Cuban state as well as specific targets within.[11] One example cited is an incident where CIA agents, seeking to assassinate Castro, provided a Cuban official, Rolando Cubela Secades, with a ballpoint pen rigged with a poisonous hypodermic needle.[11] At this time, the CIA received authorization for 13 major operations in Cuba, including attacks on an electric power plant, an oil refinery, and a sugar mill.[11] Rabe has argued that the "Kennedy administration... showed no interest in Castro's repeated request that the United States cease its campaign of sabotage and terrorism against Cuba. Kennedy did not pursue a dual-track policy toward Cuba.... The United States would entertain only proposals of surrender." Rabe further documents how "Exile groups, such as Alpha 66 and the Second Front of Escambray, staged hit-and-run raids on the island... on ships transporting goods…purchased arms in the United States and launched...attacks from the Bahamas."[11]
Harvard Historian Jorge Domínguez states that Mongoose's scope included sabotage actions against a railway bridge, petroleum storage facilities, a molasses storage container, a petroleum refinery, a power plant, a sawmill, and a floating crane. Domínguez states that "only once in [the] thousand pages of documentation did a US official raise something that resembled a faint moral objection to US government sponsored terrorism."[1] Actions were subsequently carried out against a petroleum refinery, a power plant, a sawmill, and a floating crane in a Cuban harbour.
The Cuban Project was originally designed to culminate in October 1962 with an "open revolt and overthrow of the Communist regime." This was at the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the U.S. and the USSR came alarmingly close to nuclear war over the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba, verified by low flying aircraft on photographic missions and ground surveillance photography.[citation needed] The operation was suspended on October 30, 1962, but 3 of 10 six-man sabotage teams had already been deployed to Cuba.
Dominguez writes that Kennedy put a hold on Mongoose actions as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated, but "returned to its policy of sponsoring terrorism against Cuba as the confrontation with the Soviet Union lessened."[1] However, Noam Chomsky has argued that "terrorist operations continued through the tensest moments of the missile crisis", remarking that "they were formally canceled on October 30, several days after the Kennedy and Khrushchev agreement, but went on nonetheless". Accordingly, "the Executive Committee of the National Security Council recommended various courses of action, "including ‘using selected Cuban exiles to sabotage key Cuban installations in such a manner that the action could plausibly be attributed to Cubans in Cuba’ as well as ‘sabotaging Cuban cargo and shipping, and [Soviet] Bloc cargo and shipping to Cuba."[12]

Some African-American woman (I think from MoveOn) was insisting Trump's Twitter feed was a national security issue.

Who are these crazies?

They are alarmists trying to spread fear.

They should be under a doctor's care, not on television.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Wednesday, January 4, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, journalist Afrah Shawki is released by her kidnappers, the Mosul slog continues, Barack Obama couldn't throw a parade for the troops who served overseas despite promising he would but today Barack stages a military parade for himself, and much more.

Obama's central 2008 campaign promise was to extricate the US from Iraq. In that, he unequivocally failed.

At MEDIUM, Michael Tracey expands on that:

Oddly omitted from the ongoing evaluations of Barack Obama’s “legacy” is the fact that the U.S. is currently waging a ground war in Iraq, the country Obama was elected with a specific mandate to withdraw U.S. troops from. He launched his campaign in 2007 firmly on the premise that the Iraq War was a mistake, not just that it had been managed incorrectly (as his opponent Hillary would claim, much to her detriment) — but that the fundamental philosophy which undergirded George W. Bush’s misadventure was inherently wrongheaded.

Fake news is "What did Donald Trump say on Twitter!!!! I'm so outraged!!!!"

Real news is an ongoing war.

Real news is that Barack broke his promise to end the Iraq War -- the promise that got him elected in the first place.

Eight years later, the Iraq War continues.

We highlighted one of his speeches -- where he took shots at Hillary -- yesterday.

Barack's never kept any of his promises.

It's amazing how the media can ignore his broken promise on Iraq -- until you remember how he promised to end veterans homelessness and then the date for that passed and it wasn't ended and the media swept that under the rug as well.

Eight years ago, Barack was sworn in as president and he won the primary and the election on his promise to end the Iraq War.

He leaves office having failed to do so and fake news is what the press serves up to avoid reporting that basic fact.

Fake news is all around.

But it's coming from 'trusted' names and outlets in news.

Doubt it?

Yesterday, we posted this good news:

A rare bit of good news out of Iraq

Journalist Afrah Shawqi was kidnapped last week (Monday night) from her home.

She has been released alive.

  1. Afrah Shawqi, Iraqi journalist kidnapped last month after writing critically of armed groups, was just released

Libération de la irakienne Afrah Shawqi, enlevée il y a une semaine à Bagdad (famille)

QT "RT MustafaNajafi: Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi that was abducted by terrorists has now been released. Some "e…

She's free -- Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi freed Tuesday, a week after her in

Release of Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi


Iraqi journalist freed week after kidnapping: sister

Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi was released Tuesday, a week after being abducted from …

Around the same time, 'reporter' Jane Arraf also posted this:

journalist Shawqi freed after being taken in apparent militia kidnapping in Baghdad.

That Tweet led to Mike's "Jane Arraf remains The Whore of Baghdad."


Because it's typical Jane Arraf and a typical whore move from her.

Last week, at this site, Afrah was noted in the following entries:

  • Iraq snapshot

  • Iraq snapshot

  • Iraq – Freedom of the press – Kidnapping of journa...

  • Iraq snapshot

  • Iraq snapshot

  • Elaine covered Afrah with "A kidnapped journalist matters -- if you can leave your celeb death parade" and Ruth covered Afrah with "Help Afrah!!!!."  We all covered it Monday in THIRD's "Editorial: Afrah Shawqi is the name everyone should be repeating" and Afrah was also noted in "2016: The Year of WTF."

    All of that's before Afrah is released.

    Jane first noted her when?

    After she was released.

    That's why Jane Arraf remains The Whore of Baghdad.

    Working for CNN beginning in the 90s, Jane worked out a deal where she wouldn't offer any 'reporting' too objectionable so as to be allowed to remain in Iraq.

    Eason Jordan would publicly confirm the whispers in his now infamous NYT column.

    Jane would continue this under thug and prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

    The Hawija massacre was an especially problematic 'report' for Jane.  Long before the slaughter took place, Nouri was shaping what was about to come.  For example, the Friday before.  And Jane had Tweeted that day a Tweet that, after the massacre was carried out, would reveal that Nouri was a liar.

    At the time she Tweeted it, she didn't realize its importance.

    Once it became obvious, it was time for her to disappear the Tweet.

    And she'd never mention, in any of her 'reporting,' that man shot dead on Friday.

    Because now she knew it might embarrass Nouri.

    And good whores don't ever piss of their johns.

    To be clear, for a few dollars more, Jane will probably piss on a prime minister but she'll never risk pissing him off.

    So it was with Afrah.

    While she was kidnapped and needed the attention, Jane Arraf was silent.

    While her life hung in the balance, Jane was more interested in bad NEW YORKER cartoons.

    But once the woman was released and her kidnapping was no longer a global embarrassment to prime minister Hayder al-Abadi, The Whore of Baghdad could finally mention her.

    And Jane's left to sing her theme song:

    Sometimes it's hard to be a ho dog
    whoring out your name for just one man
    You'll have bad times
    And he'll have good times
    Doin' things that you don't understand
    But if you love him you'll whore for him
    even though he's hard to understand
    And if you love him, Oh, cover for him
    Cause after all he's just a thug
    Stand By Your Thug

    And she has, over and over, for each prime minister.

    As we noted last week in the December 29th snapshot:

    Every now and then, a media friend will object to my dubbing Jane Arraf The Whore of Baghdad.  They'll agree that she's sucked up to every prime minister in Iraq and lied on their behalf but they'll try to make a plea for her.  "She [tries]."  They like that one a lot.

    Well this morning, I thought, let's see.  Let's see if Jane tries.

    She hasn't reported on Afrah's kidnapping but maybe she found time to Tweet?

    If so we'll just include her in the snapshot and make no comment about her.

    But true to form, The Whore of Baghdad avoids any topic that might embarrass a sitting p.m.

    And we're going to pause on Iraq for just a minute because a DoD friend just called to say, "You'll want to take a look at our website."


    You won't believe what the little fancy boy has done now.

    A farewell parade.

    For himself.

    He couldn't be bothered with doing one parade for any returning service members.

    Remember that?

    But fancy boy can do a parade for himself?

    He lied to veterans and told them in 2011 that there would be a parade in 2012.

    He lied.

    There was never a parade.

    But the celebrity in chief can stage a parade for himself?

    While US service members are stationed in multiple war zones, fancy boy can do a parade to himself.

    His vanity knows no bounds.

    If you missed it, check out THIRD's "Barack Gone Nuts" and pay attention to the photo -- official White House photo -- accompanying it of Barack (as he talks to Kevin Costner) standing in front of a photo of himself . . . pointing at himself in the mirror.

    Today you can live stream the parade Barack's staged for himself -- with taxpayer dollars.

    You can't live stream a parade he staged for service members because . . . well . . . in eight years of the presidency . . . despite promises . . . he never got around to staging a parade for the troops.

    What a sweet little fancy boy Barack's been.

    Okay, before that phone call, we were working up to noting that CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq had Tweeted at least twice on Afrah while she was missing and that, with two other CNN reporters, he covers her release here.

    On the topic of CNN, remember back in that October State Dept press briefing when a journalist termed it a "slog" and CNN's Elise Labott (still thinking she'll soon be Mrs. John Kerry) screeched "NO!"?  She's gone on to offer purple prose on her Johnny.  (Elise, will you still be interested in him without the money?  You do realize the bulk is Teresa's money and there is a pre-nup in effect?)

    But she's yet to apologize for that October moment.

    And yet it's day 79 of the Mosul slog.

    It is a slog.

    Back in October, Elise just knew her "full f**king throttle" (her term, she put it in the mouth of a non-existent person, she's the Gina Chon to John's Brett McGurk) man was going to be a hero -- why?  Because she's demented.

    But it's day 79 and the operation continues.

    Poor, stupid Elise Labott.

    That poor, dumb idiot.

    : 13,000 people flee over five days as anti-terrorist operations intensify -

    That's where things stand on day 79.

    More refugees created.

    Mosul still not liberated.

    It's a slog.

    Elise disagrees but then she also thinks it's appropriate to pursue another woman's husband and do so while covering that man for CNN.

    Maybe, when they told her to cover him, she heard "covet"?

    Poor dumb Elise.

    What some hard up women won't do for a little dick -- and I do mean "little."

    Elise may be forgotten as John leaves office.

    She can take comfort in the fact that those of us who are personal friends of Teresa will never, ever forget.  That's a promise, Elise.

    The following community sites updated:

  • And let's close with some Tweets on the good news that Afrah Shawqi is safe:

    1. : po tygodniu przetrzymywania uwolniono dziennikarkę

    "Thank God, I'm fine," Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi the /i kidnapped in Baghdad who has been released

    Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi was kidnapped for more than a week by a terrorist Shiite militia in

    Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi released week after kidnapping

    Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi released week after kidnapping

    Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi has been released over a week after gunmen posing as security forces stormed her home,Baghdad.

    Female Iraqi journalist freed after week in captivity: Outspoken Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi, who was…

    Irak - Libération de la journaliste Afrah Shawqi (03.01.17)

    Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi released week after kidnapping via

    journalist is free.

    Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi released week after kidnapping via

    Kidnapped Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi Al Qaisi is released via

    is free. Iraqi journalist kidnapped a week ago is back home thanks to campaigners #

    Kidnapped Iraqi Journalist Afrah Shawqi has been released earlier this day

    Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi freed week after apparent kidnapping

    Afrah Shawqi: Iraqi journalist kidnapped from Baghdad home

    Journalist : Kidnappers treated me well 

    I am happy to hear that has safely returned to her family and friends.

    Such a great news!

    Shawqi released upon orders from -Sadr: Baghdad Post sources 

    Trying to picture how happy her kids are now that she's been freed!


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