“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Iraq - “Local translators and police have all run away. The Chinese workers were left on their own with little language capability and limited food and water," the wife of one worker wrote on the microblogging site Sina Weibo.

These are ISIS!: 

Iraq crisis: Isis seizes Baiji oil refinery –

   Isis militants 'control 75%' of Iraq's main refinery 
Iran's president vows to protect Iraq's Shia shrines
60 foreign construction workers 'abducted' 
Commanders involved in Isis defeat sacked for desertion
US shows signs of hesitancy about military intervention
Isis insurgents held off close to Baghdad 


  1. • Isis insurgents held off close to Baghdad

    Probably pretty much their high water mark.

    In breaking news, Dr. Oz, one of Quirk's proteges, has been hauled before a Senate committee investigating his 'miracle weight loss' claims.

  2. Forty miles from Baghdad, they can probably smell it.

    World Nut Daily says the U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordanian base, described as covert aid to insurgents targeting Assad, probably with McCain screaming that we needed to do it.

    Krauthammer: 'We Have to Go into Syria to Attack ISIS' (just like we had to go into Iraq to attack the 9-11 perps).

    ISIS shipping U.S. tanks, Humvees, artillery to Syria, flaunting it on social media

    Aa ISIS surrounds Baghdad on three sides, Obama flies off to NY fundraisers. Allahu oinkbar.

  3. Check out the top video. It would make me throw down my uniform and haul ass out of Dodge.

    1. Watch out ISIS! UN chief sends jihadist killers a Sternly Worded Letter…

    2. Reminds me of when the Europeans that USED to monitor the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza FLED from the Hamas side of the border, drove across the strip into ISRAEL for safety...


      Here is a suggestion. ALL westerners? Get out of Iran, Iraq, Dubai, The West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Arabia, UAR, Pakistan, Indonesia etc...

      It aint safe... LOL

  4. Summary
    Here’s a summary of the main developments:

    - Islamist insurgents from the Isis group have launched an attack on Iraq’s main oil refinery at Baiji. There are unconfirmed reports that the group control 75% of the facility. Video from the area showed black smoke billowing from the refinery and convoys of heavily armed militants celebrating nearby.

    - There is mounting concern for foreign workers caught up in the crisis, amid reports of more kidnappings. India has dispatched an envoy to help evacuate its nationals after reports that 40 construction workers are being held in Mosul. Turkey says it is looking into a separate report that 60 construction workers, including 15 Turks, have been abducted. A thousand Chinese workers are also reported to be stranded in northern Iraq.

    - Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has vowed that Tehran will not hesitate to protect Shia shrines in Iraq after threats of attacks on the holy sites by Isis. He said Iranians had signed up to “put the terrorists in their place."

    - Saudi Arabia has warned of all-out civil war in Iraq. The comments came after Iraqi accused Saudi Arabia of promoting “genocide" by backing Sunni militants.

    - Several senior Iraqi generals have been sacked in the wake of sweeping gains by jihadist militants from the the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. More than a week after insurgents launched their lightning assault, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dismissed several senior officers, including the commander for the northern province of Nineveh, the first to fall.

    -Maliki has broadcast a joint appeal for national unity a move that may help him win US. help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad. Just hours after Maliki’s Shia allies had angrily vowed to boycott any cooperation with the biggest Sunni party and his government had accused Sunni neighbour Saudi Arabia of backing "genocide", the premier's visibly uncomfortable televised appearance may reflect US impatience with its Baghdad protege.

    - The White House has hinted at hesitancy on US military intervention in Iraq, as senior Democrats expressed growing caution about the risks of being sucked back in to conflict in the country. Amid signs that Barack Obama is treading warily over calls for air strikes against the advance of a Sunni Muslim insurgency, administration spokesman Jay Carney said the president would "continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come," and said that there will also be further consultations with members of Congress, including some closed briefings later this week.

    1. I copied your information about the foreign nationals to my own blog post on ISIS, Deuce, if you don't mind. Oh, by the way, ISIS now controls the water flow to Baghdad.

    2. There is no "proof" that any foreign nationals are actually kidnapped.

      It sounds like a Iranian false flag operation.


  5. Isis is going through Iraq faster than the US III ID did.

    1. Gosh, if only ISIS would stop and participate in online discussion about the world's oceans.

    2. They're too smart to go online:

      Michelle's Hashtag WMD would wipe them out quick like.

  6. Baghdad will go into a panic as people realize it is too late to flee.

  7. John Kerry is right on this ISIS stuff, but today he's going to fret about global warming.

  8. Amid the fighting, the plight of foreign oil workers has become a concern. The Turkish embassy in Baghdad is investigating reports that a group of Turkish construction workers were among 60 people abducted by militants near Kirkuk. Isis seized 15 Turks who were building a hospital near the town of Dour, in Salahuddin province near Kirkuk.

    The reported abduction came a week after 80 other Turkish nationals were seized by insurgents in Mosul, 49 of them from the Turkish consulate, including special forces soldiers, diplomats and children.

    The Indian government has not been able to make contact with 40 Indian construction workers in Mosul, with the Times of India reporting that they have been kidnapped.

    The foreign ministry spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin, said dozens of Indian workers were living in areas overrun by Isis and India was in contact with many of them, including 46 nurses. The nurses are stranded in Tikrit, which is under militant control, with many of them holed up in the hospital where they work. Nurses who spoke to the Indian media said they had been treating people injured in fierce street fighting.

    The White House has indicated that it may be some days away from a decision on any US military intervention as senior Democrats expressed growing caution about the risks of being sucked back in to conflict in the country.

    Amid signs that Barack Obama is treading warily over calls for air strikes, the administration spokesman, Jay Carney, said the president would “continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come”, and there would also be further consultations with members of Congress, including some closed briefings later this week.

    1. It's all fake, there is no proof that any foreign nationals have been kidnapped.

      Just an Iranian false flag...

  9. Maliki better get his family on a plane with his gold bars and shag ass.

    1. Look at all the fucks I give about what happens to Maliki and the neoon experiment in Iraqi democracy that cost $3 trillion dollars and 4,000 US body bags: ---> []

    2. ISIS captured Tal Afar, a key northern town along highway to Syria, with a population of 200,000 people. I suppose this will also crimp the flow of arms to Hezbollah.

    3. Just call in Kerry and the Hesbos.

    4. ...or Kerry and his Kazoo.

      (The one he blew beneath his magic cap.)

  10. ISIS rebels shoot down Iraqi helicopter with US stinger missiles, courtesy of the Benghazi pipeline. Thanks Hillary!

    1. The Rat Patrol will see that you pay for this!

      DR and SR

  11. "Amid signs that Barack Obama is treading warily over calls for air strikes, the administration spokesman, Jay Carney, said the president would “continue to consult with his national security team in the days to come”, and there would also be further consultations with members of Congress, including some closed briefings later this week."

    In BarryWorld, Time Has a Stop.
    (for Golfing and Fundraising)

    No way have things gotten more out of hand since Maliki begged Barry to Bomb Away that Wringer on his tit.


  12. Deuce is flipping out as usual thinking all is lost. ISIS has been 'fighting' in its own territory. They are just getting to ShiaLand.

    They really have no opposition up there. The Shia part of the army fled, the others joined ISIS.

    The fight is just now being joined.

    Relax, all is well, all is in Allah's merciful hands.

    And the Kurds are as good as independent. They finally got a geopolitical break.

    1. Think the Turks'll give 'em better access than they did us?

  13. All is well in the garden. The gardener has fled, but all is well in the garden.

  14. Lookie here. The Iranians aren't about to give away ShiaLand, which is now their client state.

    We should send Hillary to protect our billion dollar Embassy though. And Bill too, while we're at it.

    1. And Michelle, and Barry, of course, if they can find him on the golf course.

    2. "The Iranians aren't about to give away ShiaLand"

      No Shiat, Senor!

    3. It's all the coming of the BTB Plan, Biden/MissT/B.

      Preordained in the easily read mind of Allah.

    4. "Over My Dead 12th Imam!"

    5. Last thing the Miss needs is TB, after fightin off The Big C.

    6. "Over My Dead 12th Imam!"


      Shouldn't that read:

      "Over my occulted 12th Iman"?

    7. He is simply 'in the well'.

      He will be up and fighting soon.

    8. ImaM, dammit!

      Occulted, or not!

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  16. Too bad the Chinese can't call on Shrimp Boy.

    Goes to show the value of Freedom:

    People still get to vote for the boy here.

    ...and they did.

    1. Shrimp Boy

  17. As if Barry would have been on the frontlines of the War on the streets. - his mind he thinks he woulda.

    1. Damned Police Dog was trained to go after Blacks! or out of Police Uniforms.

    2. Sounds like a dog trained down in RufusLand in the old days.

    3. " RufusLand in the old days."

      Given the "mental" state of The Dufus, can we be sure?

    4. might depend on which half of The Dufus one was considering, and whether that half had been drinkin' again, or not.

    5. "again"
      - Not to exceed 6 minutes.

  18. The oil refinery?

    Prithee, just who, or what, is to prevent the Iranian Air Force from blowing up the oil refinery?

    The Americans?

    1. "The Americans?"


      Under Obama, no less!

    2. General LeMay, he ain't.

      Tapered off the Dronin quite a bit it seems.

      Next year he'll be bombing Toy Soldiers w/RC Planes, and before he's outta office he'll sign the (unilateral)

      "No More Bombs Treaty"

  19. Deuce is not the only one thinking all may be lost:

    The oil company ExxonMobil has has carried out a “major evacuation'' of staff from Iraq, while BP had evacuated 20% of its staff, Reuters reports citing the head of Iraq's state-run South Oil company, Dhiya Jaffar.

    1. "The oil company ExxonMobil has has carried out a “major evacuation'' of staff from Iraq"

      aka, "Gas Station Sticker Shock and Awe" (Shucks)

  20. Hold the line Bob. Tuck it in. Put a bayonet between your teeth. Pick up the flag. Bite the head off a rooster and howl your best, “OOrah!”

    1. Finally watched the first video:

      Pure Sunni Love!

      If only Maliki and Bremmer were there!

    2. Well, Deuce, thankfully it's not up to ol' Bob to hold the line.

      The Shia are going to hold their line, the Sunni theirs, the Kurds theirs, and I hope to hold on to my farm out here and duly pass it on.

      "OOOOrah !!!"

    3. Bob dissembles and liesWed Jun 18, 10:21:00 AM EDT

      And so went the drams of a subdivision

  21. People still get to vote for the boy here.

    ...and they did.

    Twicet. There was ups and downs to that. McCain would have had us in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and every other Levantine hell hole. President Romney would have us all in magic undershorts.

    But Doug, you're welcome to drop by my place on Wordpress if the EB gets to be too much:

    1. You really don't KNOW what a President McCain would have done. Nor would you have any idea if Romney was President about the underwear issue.

      So you are just making shit up....

      Not enough real news to keep you interested that you have to what if it?

      get a life.

  22. Here's another example to point to when opponents of a higher minimum wage claim that it would cost jobs. The minimum in San Jose, California, has gone from $8.00 an hour to $10.00 and then $10.15, and University of California-Berkeley economist Michael Reich has been studying the results:

    [The minimum wage increase] directly and indirectly affected 70,000 of the city's 370,000 workers, Reich says.
    San Jose restaurants, which Reich says were most affected by the pay increase, raised menu prices by an average 1.75%, according to his study. He says there has been no discernible impact on employment.

    The unemployment rate in the San Jose metro area, in fact, has fallen to 5.4% from 7.4% in March 2013. The San Jose Downtown Association says the number of restaurants in the district has increased by 20% the past 18 months.
    So 70,000 people have gotten a raise, unemployment has fallen, the resulting price increase is 1.75 percent in the industry most affected, and the number of businesses in that most-affected industry is actually growing. Some restaurant owners say they've been hurt by the increase, but others have been surprised by how well it's gone:

    Chuck Hammers, who owns five Pizza My Heart outlets in the city with about 115 employees, says he was panicked until he realized the pay hike would also affect his competitors. To offset a 4% increase in costs, he raised the price of pizza slices by 8%, or 25 cents for a $3 slice of pizza. "Ninety-five percent of customers didn't even notice," he says, adding that his sales were unaffected.
    As always, there is more going on economically in San Jose than just a minimum wage increase. But this example joins a long list of others—like strong small-business job growth in Washington, the state with the highest minimum wage—showing . . . . . .

    1. Costco's for higher Minimum Wages, cause they're Union and already paying more:

      It would be good for their business, bad for competitors.

      Too Rich to Fail.

      Walmart is for Obamacare:

      They know they can afford, and most of their competitors can't.

      Kinda like Obama givin poor old GE Billions.


      For them, not their competitors.

      Welcome to Cronyland.

    2. Dufus likes to cite Mass. and Washington. if the reason Silicon Valley is wealthy because it's liberal, not cause it's SILICON FUCKING VALLEY!

      Too bad they don't have Boeing too, like Washington.

  23. Microsoft is supposed to be all liberal and shit, but if you download a copy of Office, your money goes to Lichtenstein so they don't have to pay corporate taxes, which sounds like something Palin would approve of.

    1. Sounds like you do a lot of "what if's"

      Did Palin approve of it?


      So you are just making up stuff as you go... as usual

    2. Bob dissembles and liesWed Jun 18, 10:23:00 AM EDT

      She has been taking lessons from Bob

  24. Uh, isn't she for us not continuing to have the highest corporate taxes so as to reduce money flows to other places?

    1. It was a stupid cheap shot by Miss T who has always wanted to shoot a grizzly bear and be a politician herself and have a husband as good looking as Todd.

      Pure female jealousy.

    2. It is no the "Tax Rate" that matters, Doug.
      It is the Taxes Paid that matters

      26 top American corporations paid no federal income tax from ’08 to ’12 – report

      Followed by ...

      American Business Escapes the IRS, So Why Can’t You?

      This week medical device maker Medtronic (MDT) agreed to acquire a smaller competitor, Covidien (COV), for $42.9 billion. Medtronic will earn back a big chunk of the price by cutting its U.S. tax bill.

      Because Covidien’s base is Dublin, Ireland, and because its market value is more than 20% of Medtronic’s value, U.S. tax law allows the combined company to re-incorporate itself in the smaller partner’s home country.

      For tax purposes, Medtronic will be an Irish citizen after the deal closes — but it will stay American in most every other way. The top executives can still live in the U.S., do all their work here, and keep their U.S. stock listing.

      How much will Medtronic save? Ireland’s corporate tax rates are attractive, but the real advantage is that Medtronic will be able to keep its $14 billion in offshore cash, well, offshore. That money would face U.S. tax rates if an American Medtronic brought it back to the U.S.


      Medtronic isn’t the only company using the tax inversion loophole. Pfizer (PFE) tried to do the same with its $100 billion attempt to buy AstraZeneca (AZN) and move its domicile to the United Kingdom. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) is making a similar $54.2 billion run at Allergan (AGN).

      According to Bloomberg, 307 U.S. corporations are holding a total of almost $2 trillion in offshore profits. That money can’t come home without facing the IRS, so companies leave it outside the country.

      The amounts are growing so absurdly large that moving the company to the money is easier — and financially wiser — than bringing the money back to the company’s headquarters in the U.S.

      Some companies do resist the urge, though. EBay (EBAY) announced back in April that it would repatriate $9 billion in offshore cash to make strategic acquisitions in the U.S. — and took a $3 billion charge against earnings to pay corporate income tax on the $9 billion.

      E-bay the savior of US?
      Will wonders never cease.

    3. If the Coprates were truly concerned patriots, Doug, and not concerned ONLY for their botton line, they would not ship ALL their money overseas, just enough to mimic the foreign tax rates they find so attractive. But the Corporates, like Mitt Romney, do not do that, they bolt for the off shore havens, lock, stock and barrel.

      Paying ZERO in the US.

      They would do that, regardless of the rates here. As there will always be somewhere, like Ireland or the Caymans, that will charge a tenth of a point less, and the Corporates will move the money, there.

      Past performance is a predictor of future events.

    4. Yeah, they find dodges to avoid the taxes, that's the point.

      No taxes, no dodges.

    5. That is the Republican Way.

      Let 'em drive Fiats

    6. Makes more sense than forcing jobs offshore.

      ...but it's Romney's fault, not Big Government.


    7. Romney IS Big Government, Doug.
      He PERSONIFIES it.

      RomneyCare was ObamaCare.

      Yet you supported Romney when he was advocating for it.
      That is the conundrum.

      There is NO difference, 'tween Republicans and Democrats in their policies, just in the words they use to placate the sheeple.

  25. I was hoping the great democratic experiment in Iraq would do better than this and be something of an example to the wider moslem 'cultures' around and that it might sorta catch on but alas my hopes are dashed.

    When have they ever in 1400 years ever done anything but hate and what has it ever gotten them, to ape Martha Gellhorn.

    So they will go back to slaughtering one another with abandon.

    Who knows what comes next?

    I have read the atheists are turning to the Book of Revelation themselves.

    Maybe Israel and Saudi Arabia will take the opportunity to attack Iran.

    Who really knows?

  26. With meat prices so high rat must be raking in the money on the 360 acres of bottom land he stole from the Indians.

    He might even find himself in a higher tax bracket if he really does report all his income like the rest of us.

    1. But I doubt he does or his rat brain would not be thinking along these lines:

      "It is no the "Tax Rate" that matters, Doug.
      It is the Taxes Paid that matters"

    2. Bob continues to dissemble and lieWed Jun 18, 10:35:00 AM EDT

      Your lack of reading skills is shown, again, Bob.

      He told us, from the git-go it was not his land, that he just got to use it. ...

      But then you do just make shit up as you go along.

    3. The truth often is.

  27. Subsidized shoppers on are paying, on average, $82 monthly premiums for health plans, new data from the US Department of Health and Human Services shows.

    Almost 50% are paying less than $50.00/mo.

    How much they're paying

    1. Free Money!

      Subsidized Shopping should apply across the land.

      QE Everywhere.

    2. .

      Who would have thought the answer to our healthcare problems would have been to have China pay for it?

      So simple, why didn't we think of it before?


    3. You know better than that, Quirk; He passed the tax increases to pay for it. (did you not notice that the total subsidies were only $20 Billion?)

    4. I pay $1500 a month for the same coverage.


  28. Our own "Christian" tradition is rife with hatred, and violence between sects (see, Ireland, etc.)

    1. Were're worse than them:

      Just ask Dufus and Obama.

    2. Sure but it has certainly abated and there are precious few Christians left in Europe these days in any case. Besides, the real killers were communism and Nazism in recent centuries in Europe. Before that you have to go back to the slaughter between the Catholics and Protestants in Germany.

  29. Probably not much worse; probably not much better. People are fucked up. Go look in a mirror.

    1. Already have, bubba; and, that wasn't a genius looking back at me.

  30. It's basically the "Christian" rightwingers that want the children of poor "workers" to die from lack of healthcare, while the "bosses" put the Billions, tax-free, in offshore accounts.

    "Religion" is how the assholes control the stupids.

  31. I flipped on Fox last night and saw O'Reilly interviewing Krauthammer. Lordy what a pair.

    Doug, it seems you'd love what they were nattering on about - Obama should have left troops in Iraq but he didn't so it is all his fault. Therefore the USA should send in the warplanes and bomb away.

    Is that what you think should be done now Doug? Send in the planes and bomb bomb bomb?

    1. Ukraine and Europe should be setting up natural gas contracts with Israel…

      Fuck Russia, Iraq, Iran and Arabia

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    3. How are they going to get the gas there, and enough of it, by this fall (Winter is fast approaching)?

    4. Not only are there problems with the transportation of the gas, there is not much of it.

      Leviathan is large enough to be able to supply all of Europe for an entire year.
      An entire year ! Wow! -

      Then factor in the sales the Israeli have made, locally. There is not much there for Europe.
      Another source that confirms these 'massive' finds are just a drop in the bucket.

      Australia's Woodside Petroleum (WPL.AX) agreed last week to help Houston-based Noble Energy and three Israeli companies develop the offshore natural gas field Leviathan. The field, along with smaller ones nearby, holds nearly 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the same amount consumed each year in the United States.

      Not a "Strategic" amount of energy, if spread across Europe.

      Again, the Israeli contingent has a well developed case of "beer muscles".

    5. The folk at Noble Energy, they hope to have the Israeli fields operational, by 2018.

    6. Jack your such an expert.

      the issue aint about supplying ALL of europe's needs, it's about taking the pressure of Europe and Ukraine about russia.

      But you being the expert in all issues, thoughts deed I would have thought you would have understood that.

      Look at a import breakdown for europe and you will see that they get supplies from a lot of nations.

      Maybe you just don't know Jack shit...

  32. Bob: It was a stupid cheap shot by Miss T who has always wanted to shoot a grizzly bear and be a politician herself and have a husband as good looking as Todd. Pure female jealousy.

    We call that sexism, Bob. I don't generalize your attribute of peckerwoodness to the fact that you have a dangler.

    1. Bob continues to dissemble and lieWed Jun 18, 11:54:00 AM EDT

      "-the bum who boasts that his great-grandfather was an empire-builder,
      (as if the achievement of one man could rub off on the mediocrity of another)
      this is a sample of racism.”
      ― Ayn Rand

  33. Gasoline - $3.10

    Ethanol - $1.98

    Fuck Iraq

  34. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that, over the course of this year, the federal government will spend a total of $20 billion on insurance subsidies like these.

    About 1/8th the cost of the war in Iraq.

  35. Have any of you right wing-nut assholes stopped to think that they tax savings from employer-paid (before taxes) health insurance would be at least, 10 Times that amount?

  36. Teresita RedingerTue Nov 19, 02:31:00 PM EST
    Yeah, uh, after about another half hour or so, if you ever again see someone named "Teresita" posting here, it's WiO. I'll be over at Wretchard's place.

    1. The fiction runs deep ...

      “That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best - make it all up - but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.” ― Ernest Hemingway

  37. With elections in Iraq barely two months past ...

    FOX News trumpets the Saudi story line
    Iraq cannot survive with Maliki in charge

    Right on target, amazing what influence a few million dollars can buy.

  38. Iraq's Air Force releases video of airstrikes against ISIL

    The Iraqi Air Force released footage to The Associated Press on Monday which they claim shows airstrikes being carried out on Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hideouts.


  39. Iraqi air strike targets ISIL gunmen in central Tikrit

    At least 50 "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) gunmen have been killed in an air strike targeting a meeting of the group's prominent leaders in central Tikrit, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said Saturday (June 14th).

    "Iraqi air force helicopters targeted an ISIL meeting in the presidential palaces area in central Tikrit using advanced Hellfire thermal rockets," ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari told Al-Shorfa.

    At least 50 gunmen, including ISIL "mufti" in Tikrit, Saqr al-Nasseri, and other group leaders, have been killed in the strike, al-Askari said.

    Residents living nearby provided the army with precise information on the meeting date and location, which helped make the security operation a total success, he said.

    "Citizens' continued cooperation with the army is proof that ISIL is rejected" by Iraqis, he said. "This makes us optimistic about achieving a victory commensurate with the Iraqis' sacrifices."

  40. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 03:04:00 PM EDT

    The data point of interest ...

    The US will not use air power against the ISIS
    The heavy weapons captured in Mosul, after the Iraqi Army abandoned them, are not part of the 'Drive on Baghdad'

    The US Congress would not allow 'Heavy Weapons' to be delivered to 'Moderate Radicals' in Syria.
    Seems as if the Israeli, Saudi and US alliance found a work around to that supply problem

  41. America has been funneling heavy weapons to al-queda since libya.

    wake up and smell the kadafy

    1. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 04:10:00 PM EDT

      Yeah, but those went through Israel, these are being delivered, direct from Iraq, wih no strings attached.

      As long as Israel continues to supply the spare parts.

    2. Petraeus has been giving Sunnis weapons since 2007.

  42. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 04:12:00 PM EDT

    In case anyone has forgotten Israeli deep concern for al-Qeada, in Syria, these images will remind you ...

    Bibi giving solace to al-Qeada terrorists in an Israeli hospital

    1. So you are saying the USA will not treat enemy combatants?

      Hmm how nazi germany of you

  43. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 04:15:00 PM EDT

    Israel Attacks Syria in Support of al-Qaeda
    Israeli struck Syria from the air at least five times in the past year in support of al-Qaeda elements in Syria. In January 2013, Israel struck a Syrian Army convoy carrying weapons while it had stopped at a Syrian research center on the outskirts of Damascus.

    CNN) -- A series of massive explosions illuminated the predawn sky in Damascus, prompting more claims that Israel has launched attacks
    Israel attacked twice more, over the course of one weekend in May, targeting a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles at the Damascus international airport.
    The Israeli Air Force struck at Assad's forces at least twice in October of 2013 and then again this past week with another pair of airstrikes and an artillery barrage, in support of al-Qaeda forces, in Syria.

    Lest We Forget

  44. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 04:16:00 PM EDT

    Covert Israeli Forces Inside Syria Within al-Qaeda Ranks
    Israeli Military Vehicle Seized in al-Qasayr

    Media sources confirm the seizure of an Israeli military vehicle in Al Qseir inside Syrian territory.

    The vehicle’s licence plate corresponds to that of the Israeli military with a black background and the letter Tsade (צ) (see image below)

    Al Qseir is a strategic border town on the Northern frontier of Lebanon. Occupied by rebels, it was taken back by Syrian forces on Monday.

    Al-Qseir controls the highway which runs from the Lebanese border to Homs. It is through this border city that weapons and foreign mercenaries have entered Syria.

    According to SANA, quoting (unconfirmed) media source:

    “The seizure of an Israeli military vehicle which terrorists had been using in al-Qseir refutes the allegations made by Israel to justify its aggression on Syria and proves the scale of Israel’s military and intelligence involvements in the events in Syria.”

    Israeli military vehicle which terrorists had been using in al-Qseir
    “The source said that the Israeli military support for the armed terrorist groups proves the involvement of Qatar, Turkey and Israel in the aggression on Syria which is waged through a single central operations room.

    Israeli military support for terrorism in Syria proves once more that Israel was and still is
    adopting the policy of organized state terrorism, stressing that the world must act to confront this terrorism.

    1. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 04:24:00 PM EDT

      An image of the vehicle that Israel supplied al-Qeada -

      Then there is this prediction, from 23May2013, even then the writing was on the wall

      ... there is a real push to draw the Syria conflict along the sectarian lines of Arabs versus non-Arabs and Sunni Muslims versus Alawites and the Shiite Muslim community. Various minority groups have been systematically targeted. The Druze, Maronite Catholic Christians, Melkite Greek Catholic Christians, Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Orthodox Christians, Syriac Orthodox Christians, Alawites, and Twelver (Jaffari) Shiite Muslims all have all been targeted as religious minorities. Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Turkoman have been targeted as ethnic minorities.

      Iraq knows all too well about the nightmare that Syria is facing. Many of the insurgents in Syria are from Iraq and linked to sectors of Al-Anbar’s Awakening Movement (or the Sons of Iraq Movement), which was tied to Al-Qaeda and began to collaborate and receive funding from the United States during the Anglo-American occupation. If these militants succeed in Syria, they will eventually return to Iraq and ignite an insurgency against the federal government in Baghdad too.

      The "Yinon Plan" a long range vision that the Zionist and their allies have been working steady on, since 1982,d.aWw

    2. So is your "proof" a photo of a truck?


      I am impressed.

      Do you have verification of where the photo came from?

      Title of the vehicle?

      any real proof?

    3. Wow.. a truck...

      how damming!

      I bet the trillions spent by the USA supporting an Iranian sock puppet government of Iraq matters not?

      Or the 150 million we GIVE to the Palestinian government that includes Hamas?

      Yep an Israeli truck...


    4. Come on now Jack, you used to brag of your connection to ollie north, did you not help him trade arms for hostages??

    5. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAWed Jun 18, 05:43:00 PM EDT

      No, Jack never did that.
      Jack is a fictional character, you ought to buy the book, and read it.

      Then you'd know what Jack did.
      You could even quote it.

      But since it does no play to your fictional story, you don't.
      But the image of the Israeli truck, is an image of an Israeli truck.

      From such little pieces giant edifices are built.

    6. we all KNOW who you are...

      your claims of military service...

      we aint allowed by Google to call you by your real name...

      but if you are the covert killer you CLAIMED to be? Your lack of self control today speaks volumes of your decline in control and abilities.

    7. funny thing? Jack, the now self confessed fictional character, who represents the persona of the guy who used to brag about the ollie north connection?

      Traded arms for hostages with Iran..

      Now Jack? has his panties in a wad about an Israeli truck? Like it matters?

      retarded, over the hill, loser...

  45. .

    A simple but logical formulation of ground rules by Daniel W. Drezner regarding any debate on Iraq.

    Three 'red lines' needed for any discussion on Iraq:

    1) Honest op-ed biographical taglines required

    2) No sunk cost fallacies

    3) No murmurs of disapproval from allies


  46. Ah, hell, Miss T is pissed cause some of us called her on Palin, and has left again. ne'er to return.

    O c'mon Miss T, grow up.

    And, more bad news, Crapper is on a big role, giving us the blow by blow, blowing gas as he always does, this "expert" as he called himself on all things military.

    The recent rains we have been having here have heavied up the alfalfa, and the word from the U of I Farm is they are low on feed.


    1. You need a field job for a couple weeks Quirk?

      A nest egg for the next bail hearing?

  47. On immigrant surge, White House story falls apart

    "For its part, the White House dismissed arguments from Republicans that President Obama's DACA decree -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in this country if they came at a young age -- created, in effect, a magnet for young people to try to enter the U.S. illegally. At the White House briefing on June 9, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about statements from House and Senate Republicans "that this was sort of the byproduct of the president putting together DACA, and so, because of the way that that's been sort of filtered through, immigrant children believe that they can cross the border and stay here."

    (Democrat blah, blah, blah, here.)

    "As it turns out, the Republican explanation does withstand a whole lot of scrutiny. Recent days have been filled with anecdotal reports, from local news outlets in Central America to major American newspapers, citing immigrants who say they came because they believe U.S. law has been changed to allow them to stay. And now comes word that Border Patrol agents in the most heavily-trafficked area of the surge, the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, recently questioned 230 illegal immigrants about why they came. The results showed overwhelmingly that the immigrants, including those classified as UACs, or unaccompanied children, were motivated by the belief that they would be allowed to stay in the United States -- and not by conditions in their homelands. From a report written by the agents, quoting from the interviews..."

    Good to know that Desert Rat has generously donated all of his land to be used for holding pens for these Catt, er Children.

  48. We don't need no stinkin Private Property!

    What's recently been taken away under Our Supreme Socialist Leader:

    "Imagine an agency of the federal government, without any proper adjudication before any sort of court, tribunal, or what have you, just comes along and, on their own whim, decides to eliminate your private property rights. Because of interpretation of political correctness, because they're liberals, because they're statists and authoritarians and assigned to them that kind of sweeping power.
    That's exactly what the Washington Redskins are dealing with today. The Patent and Trademark Office simply eliminated their right of the Redskins to own that trademark."

    You don't need your Doctor, your Healthplan, your Coal Power, ("Prices would necessarily skyrocket, Coal will simply go out of business") your pipeline, our oil rights on "our" land...

    You don't need no stinkin private school! (If you're poor and Black)

    And off we go, DOWN the road to Serfdom with Swamp Rat and Desert Rat proudly leading the way in their little corners of the World. Dutifully repeating the programs distributed to the masses via the MSM,schools, Hollywood, TV, and etc.

    Redskins lose trademark, Harry Reid says team will be 'forced' to change name.

    Luckily, Harry is almost always wrong, but they may "choose" another name once they lose their appeals, and can no longer make a profit on Swag.

    1. Fuck it all. We don't need no stinkin' rights at all.

      All we need is Desert Rat to run the militias, and Swamp Rat to distill the booze.

    2. Bob continues to dissemble and lieWed Jun 18, 06:19:00 PM EDT


  49. Ah, hell, Miss T is pissed cause some of us called her on Palin, and has left again. ne'er to return.

    You cannot prove I said that. Maybe I'm on the clock and I can't sit here posting all day.

    1. Well you seem to be back and your SugarBear is pleased.

      SugarBear almost had a heart attack.

      Please, please, don't ever leave me alone again.

    2. Get yourself a Wordpress login Darlin' (I'll hold my breath for that) and you can come on-a my house, my house, I'm gonna give you candy...

      Hey, it turns out we trained ISIS in Jordan, gave them US passports, MANPADS, Tow Missiles, and freed their leader. So these are our boys.


    Hillary is using "the fog of war" defense on Benghazi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    1. She should have hired General D. Rat to provide her a little instant clarity just as I have long recommended.

    2. Bob continues to dissemble and lieWed Jun 18, 06:53:00 PM EDT

      Who is in the forefront of your mind, Bob?


      General P gave her the cover story, she stuck with it.
      That's what officials covering covert operations do.

      Seems there was more than enough validity to it, based upon the preliminary statements of the defendant.

    3. Your clarity is needed by the Nation, General D. Rat.

      If Hillbilly becomes Prez, do apply for the job.

    4. Bob is a looney tuneWed Jun 18, 07:22:00 PM EDT


    5. Thanks, Freud, I never would have known.

  51. The attack on the oil refinery seems to have faltered and failed.


  52. The Chickens are coming home to roost!

    Daughter of Jeremiah Wright Convicted in Fraud Scheme

    CHICAGO — The daughter of President Barack Obama's former pastor was convicted on Friday of laundering thousands of dollars from a state grant for a Chicago-area job-training program, federal prosecutors said.

    A federal jury took less than two hours to find Jeri Wright, 48, the daughter of Jeremiah Wright, guilty on all counts for her part in a fraud scheme led by a former suburban police chief and the chief's husband, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield.

    The $1.25 million state grant was for a not-for-profit work and education program called We Are Our Brother's Keeper, owned by Regina Evans, former police chief of Country Club Hills, and her husband, Ronald Evans Jr...


      Fair and balanced, just like the Rats maintain.

    2. Rat is a figment of your imaginationWed Jun 18, 11:43:00 PM EDT

      There is no Rat, Doug.

      Where did Rat maintain anything?

      Cut and paste it, please.

  53. The Rat in the Desert maintains there is no difference:

    Is he foolish enough to argue that the Pubs could get away with the IRS Scandal, and MSM, Dems, and etc would let them get away wtih that followed by massive document trashing by "multiple hard drive failures."

    My Ass

    1. Rat is a figment of your imaginationWed Jun 18, 11:44:00 PM EDT

      There is no Rat, Doug.Your ass, another subject entirely

      Where did Rat maintain anything?

      Cut and paste it, please

  54. Everything Obummer does (including arming up agencies like the USDA) is going to carry over to a GOP Administration. Donks think they got the White House sewn up for eternity, the country don't roll like that.

  55. This will probably get WiO all spun up, but here goes: Genesis 7

    MSNBC’s Joy Reid warns viewers before a clip that it features a speaker saying the “Redskins” name… Or as we prefer to say, the R Word.

  56. Doug is now getting rat's juvenile delinquent treatment.

    Continual bullshit harassment.

    rat thinks it is so cute.