Thursday, September 29, 2022. The US government and the western media
is concerned about attacks on Iraq . . . when carried out by Iran and
Joe Biden sports his dementia publicly.
Iraq gets attention from the press. We're never supposed to notice that
some topics really get glommed on by the press and we're never ever
supposed to notice that these topics that the press just loves seemed
geared to increase the likelihood of war. David Gritten (BBC NEWS) reports
people have been killed in Iraq's Kurdistan Region, officials say, as
Iran launched missiles and armed drones at what it said were bases of
Iranian Kurdish opposition groups.
A pregnant woman was reportedly among those who died in the strikes.
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps said it hit "separatist terrorists" who had supported recent "riots".
The strikes were reported after Iranian authorities accused armed
Iranian Kurdish dissidents of attacking and infiltrating Iran from the
northwest of the country to sow insecurity and riots and spread unrest,
especially in the northwest where most of the country’s population of
over 10 million Kurds live.
Nine people were killed and 32 wounded in the attacks near Erbil and
Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan, its health minister, Saman Barazanchi,
said in a statement.
There are many other outlets reporting but let's move on to condemnations. KUNA notes
Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit condemned on Thursday
Iran's missile-drone strikes that took place over the past days
targeting many areas in Kurdistan region norther Iraq, resulting in a a
number of deaths and injuries.
He expressed in a statement his total
rejection of such Iranian violations of the Iraqi sovereignty, calling
on Iran to respect the international law and good neighbliness
principles, and to stop undermining regional stability and security.
UNICEF delivered the following statement:
“UNICEF abhors and condemns the attack which impacted a school today
in a refugee settlement in Koya, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
“At least two children were injured and one pregnant woman was
killed, according to initial reports. UNICEF extends its sincere
condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes the
injured children a fast and complete recovery.
“Attacks on children and their school facility are unacceptable and
can be a grave violation of children’s rights. School facilities should
always be a safe place for every child, where children can learn, play
and grow to reach their full potential.
“UNICEF reiterates its call on all parties to protect children from
all forms of violence at all times and under all circumstances, and to
respect the Safe Schools Declaration.”
The US State Dept issued this pronouncement from spokesperson Ned Price:
We strongly condemn Iran’s use of ballistic missiles and drone attacks
against the Iraqi Kurdistan Region as an unjustified violation of Iraqi
sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are also aware of reports of
civilian casualties and deplore any loss of life caused by today’s
attack. Moreover, we further condemn comments from the government of
Iran threatening additional attacks against Iraq. We stand with the
people and government of Iraq in the face of these brazen attacks on
Not only did the State Dept offer that, the issue also came up at yesterday's press briefing.
QUESTION: You put out a statement condemning the
missile and drone attack by the Islamic Republic of Iran against the
Iraqi Kurdistan. What is the U.S. Government doing to protect – to help
protect the region, especially given that there are U.S. forces
stationed there as well?
MR PRICE: So you’re right. We did put out a
statement. We put out a statement in my name. The National Security
Advisor also condemned these drone and missile attacks against Iraq’s
Kurdistan region earlier today. We’ve made the point that we stand with
Iraq’s leaders, its leaders in its Kurdistan region as well as in
Baghdad, in condemning what was a brazen assault on Iraq’s own
sovereignty and Iraq’s own territorial integrity. This is unfortunately
just another instance of Iran’s flagrant disregard for not only the
lives of their own people but also for their neighbors and for what are
core principles at the crux of the UN Charter: sovereignty, territorial
This is not the first time that we have seen Iran use these tactics –
ballistic missiles and drones – but we are going to continue working
with our partners in the region to help them defend against these types
of threats. And we can do that in a number of different ways. We have
levied sanctions when it comes to networks of UAV – when it comes to UAV
networks in Iran. We have taken a number of steps with partners in the
region to provide them with supplies and assistance that they would need
to defend themselves against the types of Iranian-provided weapons
systems that are such a destabilizing force. So we’ll continue to do
that. Ultimately this was an attack – a brazen assault on the
sovereignty of Iraq. And the most important thing we can do in many ways
is to stand with Iraq’s leaders, Iraq’s leaders in Baghdad, Iraq’s
leader in the region – leaders of Kurdistan and Erbil going forward.
QUESTION: Have they reached out for any assistance?
MR PRICE: I’m not aware of any requests for assistance?
QUESTION: Same topic.
QUESTION: Can I follow up on that? So a duel citizen
or an American citizen was actually confirmed to be among the killed.
We just confirmed that. But also the CENTCOM put out a statement saying
that they shot down a drone that they believe was going towards American
forces. So is there any safety concerns for Americans in Kurdistan
MR PRICE: In the aftermath of these attacks, we did
an accountability check. In the aftermath of that, we determined that
there were no casualties on the part of American officials in the
region. Of course, we take threats – potential threats like this very
seriously but in this case there’s nothing to suggest that American
officials were injured.
QUESTION: So I know that you guys have two
statements out, but I am just curious what’s the understanding here. Why
is Kurdistan region a target of Iranian attack?
MR PRICE: That would be a question for Tehran, not for Washington.
QUESTION: And last question. During the Obama
administration and then early Trump administration, the Iranian
opposition were able to engage with U.S. officials, but then former
Secretary Mike Pompeo put out an order to kind of refrain from engaging
with the Iranian opposition. What is the position of your
administration? Do you guys engage with them? If not, why not?
MR PRICE: The Iranian opposition inside of Iran?
QUESTION: Or here, like —
MR PRICE: Of course, we’re always open to listening
to those who have a perspective when it comes to Iran and its people. I
think the most important thing we can do is to listen to those brave
Iranians who were peacefully taking to the streets to exercise and to
make clear their aspirations for greater levels of democracy, of
freedom, of human rights. It’s important that the world not only listen
but important that the world be able to hear them in the first place.
And so that’s why we’ve taken some of the steps we have not only in
recent years, including the general license that was issued in 2014 but
the so-called General License D-2 that we issued late last week, whose
primary purpose was to allow the voice of the Iranian people to be heard
by the outside world. It’s an important tool, and it’s – since the
issuance of this general license last Friday, we’ve seen indications
that U.S. technology companies have availed themselves of this newfound
ability to provide services to the Iranian people. It is our hope that
the Iranian people are in a position to take advantage of these – of
this new technology, of these new services, not only to communicate with
one another but to see to it that their voices are heard around the
Yes, in back.
QUESTION: You said there were no U.S. officials
among the victims. There was one U.S. citizen. His name is Omar
(inaudible), known as Chichu. So do you have any response other than the
statement you put out?
MR PRICE: I am not aware that we’ve been able to confirm that just yet, but if and when we are, we’ll let you know.
QUESTION: Also, I have a question about sanctions,
because you were talking about sanctioning the morality police. I want
to ask about the – about the existing sanctions that we already have in
place regarding specifically Iranian oil sanctions. Do you believe that
these sanctions at the moment are properly executed? Because based on
statistics, we know Iran boost its own oil exports, specifically to
MR PRICE: So some of the – and these are all, of
course, open-source estimates, and so to some extent there is always
going to be a margin of error when you look at statistics like that. I
think what we can say with some confidence is that some of the
open-source statistics have been inflated, and that is the case when it
comes to certain reports of Iranian oil exports to the PRC.
But the fact of the matter is that sanctions and sanctions
enforcement, it is an iterative – it requires an iterative approach. We
are always looking at ways we can optimize the sanctions regimes that
are in place around the world. We can optimize them in two important
ways. One is to ensure that there aren’t humanitarian implications and
to make sure there aren’t spillover effects on arenas that are important
to us – like humanitarian arenas, for example – but also to ensure that
the limitations and the restrictions that these sanctions are designed
to impose are as constricting as possible.
So even in the case of Iran, in recent weeks not only have we leveled
– and levied, excuse me – new sanctions against Iran’s petrochemical
and – petrochemical industry, but we’ve taken action against sanction
evasion networks precisely for the reason that you highlight. We’re
always in discussion not only with our interagency to determine what
more we can do as a government, but also with other governments as well
to make sure that we’re all working together to see to it that these
sanctions regimes are as biting as possible.
It's so very rare for Iraq to get attention from the press or the US State Dept.
Iraq? Violence and nothing to be praised absolutely. But those of us
who aren't idiots? We immediately think of Turkey and how the
government of Turkey has been bombing Iraq -- specifically Kurdistan --
for years now. Terrorizing the citizens. Sending armed troops into the
country. Establishing military bases in the country.
Iran and Turkey have conducted a series of strikes against rival Kurdish
groups in the north of neighboring Iraq at a time when the country's
capital has been consumed by political unrest and clashes between
protesters and security forces.
[. . .]
Also on Wednesday, the Turkish Armed Forces announced a
separate operation that "neutralized" two members of the Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK), another Kurdish separatist group involved in an
insurgency against Turkey for four decades. The raid was part of the
ongoing Operation Claw-Lock launched in April by Ankara as the latest
effort in a years-long cross-border campaign.
The sites of both
Iranian and Turkish military activity are under the immediate
jurisdiction of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, which
condemned Iran's strikes on Wednesday.
contrast the press briefing yesterday with the one on July 20th
following Turkey's attacking on a resort in Duhok Province leaving at
least nine dead:
you, Ned. In the beginning of the briefing, you said the rules-based
international order, undermined anywhere it’s undermined everywhere.
Does that also apply to Turkish violation of the sovereignty of its
neighbors? Just this morning Turkey bombed a civilian tourist site,
killing eight Iraqi tourists and wounding over 20. Are you, first, aware
of those reports? And if you’re not, are you generally concerned about
Turkish repetitive violation of the sovereignty of its neighbors?
MR PRICE: I
am aware of those reports. I do expect we’ll have more to say on this
later today, but let me just say in the interim that we’re aware of the
deadly shelling in northern Iraq today. It killed and injured numerous
Iraqis, including civilians, according to these first reports. We
reaffirm our position that military action in Iraq should respect Iraqi
sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we express our condolences to
the families of the victims of today’s actions. We emphasize the
importance of ensuring civilians are protected and we will continue to
monitor the situation closely as additional information emerges. For the
time being, we’ll defer to our Iraqi partners for additional comment.
to your broader question, the rules-based international order is
agnostic as to the country behind it, and it applies equally to the
United States as it does to any other country, whether that’s in the
Middle East, in Europe, in the Indo-Pacific, in any other region around
QUESTION: Did it apply to the United States in 2003?
MR PRICE: We can go down the historical rabbit hole, but I will try and – we’ll try and finish up here.
that was that. But we're never supposed to compare and contrast or
interpret what gets covered and what doesn't and what gets the emphasis
and what doesn't.
Which brings us back to a topic we've been covering since last week: Zainab Essam al-Khazali.
Zainab Essam Al-Khazali, a 15 year old girl was just shot dead by U.S troops in Iraq. No media outrage? No feminists crying? Oh yeah thats right because the news only shows what deaths fit their agenda. (Thread)
The death of 15 yr-old girl #ZainabEssam Majed al-Khazali, killed by a stray bullet fired by #US forces in #Iraq exposes Western double standards!! Random shooting, collateral damage...?! No more hypocrisy & double standards! Justice and accountability for all! #justiceforZainab No Western media, no HRO reported on the tragic death of #ZainabEssam Majed al-Khazali. She was only 15, killed by a stray bullet fm an American military base located in a residential area. She was deprived of the basic #humanright, the right to life.
The story: The killing of a young girl allegedly at
the hands of US forces has sparked outrage in Iraq. Iran’s allies in the
country are capitalizing on the public backlash to double down on their
demand that American troops must withdraw. They are also seizing on the
incident to undermine Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi by slamming him
for “his silence.” This comes against the backdrop of heightened
political tensions in Baghdad, where a new government appears set to be
The coverage: Zeinab Essam, a member of a
family of farmers from the district of Abu Ghraib to the west of
Baghdad, was killed by several stray bullets on Sept. 19.
- Her father, Essam Majed, on Sept. 20 claimed that the gunfire came from Camp Victory at Baghdad International Airport.
- Locals from Abu Ghraib on Sept. 20 stated that they have repeatedly complained about stray bullets from the firing range of the base.
US media -- with the exception of WSWS -- is ignoring this killing.
The world is not ignoring it and selective outrage is registering.
is disgusting and criminal that Iran is bombing Iraq. But Turkey's
been getting away with the same thing for years and that disgusting and
criminal as well. Selective outrage is hypocrisy and the media and the
US government are condemning one action while ignoring another.
Now let's deal with the sadness that is Joe Biden.
Following Representative Jackie Walorski's death in a car crash in
August, a memorial was held for the Republican lawmaker from Indiana,
and the American flag was flown at half-staff in her memory. President Joe Biden seemed
to have forgotten those tributes and that Walorski had died when he
asked for her at a conference she helped organize on Wednesday.
"Is Representative Jackie here? Where's Jackie?" Biden asked. "I think she was going to be here."
Walorski was killed in a car crash along with two of her staffers and the driver of another vehicle in August.
Biden on Wednesday asked if Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who was
killed in a car accident last month, was in attendance at a White House
was delivering a speech at the White House Conference on Hunger,
Nutrition, and Health when he recognized the lawmakers who helped make
the event a reality.
want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials
like Rep. [Jim] McGovern, Sen. [Mike] Braun, Sen. [Cory] Booker, Rep. …
Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Biden said, referring to
after Biden spoke, White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice
moderated a panel at the conference and acknowledged Walorski’s death.
Walorski and two staffers were killed in an Aug. 3 car accident. She had served in Congress since 2013.
President Joe Biden publicly sought out Jackie Walorski, an Indiana
Congresswoman who died in a car accident in August, during a conference
on hunger on Wednesday, seeming to forget that she had passed away.
Biden thanked other conference organizers, then asked: "Jackie are you here? Where's Jackie?"
a Republican, was one of four Congressional co-sponsors of the bill to
fund the conference. She was killed with two staffers in early August.
Biden moved past the issue without any correction.
79 years old and doesn't have a clue. He needs to resign. He makes
the whole country look stupid on the world stage. The dementia . . .
He needs to resign.
At yesterday's White House press briefing, look who was deflecting and refusing to answer:
Q What happened in the hunger event today? The President appeared
to look around the room for an audience member, a member of Congress
who passed away last month. He seemed to indicate she might be in the
room. What happened there?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So the President was, as you all know — you guys
were watching today’s event, a very important event on food insecurity.
The President was naming the congressional champions on this issue and
was acknowledging her incredible work. He had — he had already planned
to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House on Friday.
There will be a bill signing in her honor this coming Friday.
So, of course, she was on his mind. She was of top of mind for the
President. He looks — very much looks forward to discussing her
remarkable legacy of public service with them when he sees her family
this coming Friday.
Q He said, “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie? She must not be here.”
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No, I totally understand. I just — I just
explained she was on top of mind. You know, this wasn’t — what we were
able to witness today and what the President was able to lift up in this
— at this conference at this event was how her — her focus on wanting
to deal with, combat food — food insecurity in America. And this is
something that he was lifting up and honoring.
And, again, he knows that he’s going to see her family this coming
Friday. There’s a bill signing that’s going to happen in renaming a VA
clinic in Indiana after the late congresswoman. He knows that he is
going to see her family, and she was at top of mind.
[. . .]
Q I’m sorry to have to do this, but I’m compelled to ask you to go
one more time back to the question about Congresswoman Walorski.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m not sure why. Why? Why one more time?
Q Well, because I think — frankly, honestly, I think the memory of the congresswoman in history requires some clarity here.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Hmmm —
Can you explain where the mistake was made? Did the Pres- — was the
President confused? Was something written in the teleprompter that he
didn’t recognize? Can you just help us understand what happened?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, you’re jumping to a lot of conclusions.
Q No, I’m simply seeing — seeking to find —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No, but you’re — but I —
Q — out what happened here.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No, I hear you, Steven. I’m — I’m answering the question, that you’re jumping to a lot of conclusions.
just answered the question. If I had said — if that had been the case,
I would have stated that. Right? I clearly have stated what you just
What I had said is that she was on top of mind and
that he is going to see her family in just two days’ time, on Friday, to
honor her, to honor her work, to honor — to honor her legacy, if you
will. I just mentioned this. It’s going to be a renaming of a VA
clinic in Indiana in her name. And, you know, that is — that is what he
was thinking of.
He was thinking about her as he was — as he
was naming out and calling out the congressional champions on this issue
— on this really critical issue that’s going to help millions of
Americans. And that is — that is — that is what the President was
Q Would you be prepared to release the prepared
remarks that the President had in the teleprompter just so we could
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m not understanding why — why
that would be — would be necessary. We always share the remarks that
the President had — even, you know, delivered. That’s probably going to
be up on the website. Not really sure what that has to do with
I just answered the question about her being on top of
mind. I don’t think that’s any — that’s unusual. I feel like many of
us have gone through that particular, you know, time where someone is on
top of mind and you call them out and you mention them. Especially in
this — this type of context, if you think about how he’s going to the
see the family in two days; if you think about how, when he sees them in
two days, it’s going to be for such an important moment, assigning —
signing a piece of legislation that’s going to rename a VA clinic in her
state — that’s important — if you think about this issue and how
important this issue is.
And he was, again, calling out congressional champions for this particular issue.
[. . .]
Q Lastly, I just wanted to return to this question of the
congresswoman. And I think we all totally get why she’s top of mind.
You’ve made that case pretty effectively.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Well, thank you.
Q But I think the confusing part is why, if she and the family is
top of mind, does the President think that she’s living and in the room?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t find that confusing. I mean, I think many
people can speak to sometimes when you have someone top of mind, they
are top of mind. Exactly that. And it is also — if you put it into the
context, it’s not like it happened without — outside of context, right?
It happened at an event where we were cha- — we were calling out the
champions — congressional champions, in particular, of this issue — this
important issue, when it comes to food insecurity, something that this
administration has led on — led on from the beginning of this
administration, not just across the country but also globally.
You heard him talk about food insecurity last week at the U.N. and
the investments that we have put forward as — as the — as the United
States of America and helping — and helping deal with that.
Look, he was at an event — you all saw, you all watched, which is why
you’re asking the question — right? — where he was calling out, again,
congressional leaders — a bipartisan leadership that we have seen on
this particular issue.
And, again, he’s going to see her family in just two days, and she
was on top of mind. I mean, I don’t — that is — I mean, that is — that
is not an unusual — unusual scenario there.
Q Karine, I have John Lennon top of mind just about every day, but I’m not looking around for him anywhere.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: When you sign a bill for John Lennon — Lennon as president then we can have this conversation.
Q Why doesn’t he just apologize?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: — go ahead. Go ahead.
(Cross-talk by reporters.)
Q Thanks, Karine. There are —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead. Go ahead. Go ahead.
Q These moments of confusion are happening with increasing frequency.
Q Why not just apologize?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead.
Q Excuse me. There are reports that —
Q Americans are watching this and are having concerns. What do you say to that?
Q There are reports that Treasury Secretary Yellen —
Q What do you say to that?
Q — is looking to leave the administration —
Q This is a legitimate question. We need to have some answers.
Q — at the end of year. What can you tell us about that?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m sorry, somebody was yelling over you, so —
Q No, we were asking about the mental acuity —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead.
Q — of the President.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead.
Q I said there are reports that —
Q This is a valid question.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead.
Q — Treasury Secretary Yellen is looking to leave Secretary Yellen is looking to leave the administration —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: It is not your turn to speak, and you’re being rude
to your colleagues, and let your colleague answer the question.
Q You might be being rude to us by —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead. Go ahead.
Q There are reports that —
Q — not answering the question.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No. I — you’re yelling and — over your colleague. So that is incredibly rude.
Q Can we have an answer to the substantive question here?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead. Go ahead.
Q We’re just trying to get an answer, Karine. “Top of mind” is not an answer.
sported dementia. If it were your parent or grandparent, it would just
be a moment. But this is the president of the United States and you
can't have these moments and be the leader. He's not fit for the job,
he never was.
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