“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."

Sunday, October 26, 2014

General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force and Tehran’s ‘eminence grise’ in Iraq

Tehran’s man in Iraq resurfaces in new picture

By RUDAW 8 hours ago

General Suleimani (seated in light uniform) chats with Hadi al-Ameri (seated left) and other unidentified soldiers.
General Suleimani (seated in light uniform) chats with Hadi al-Ameri (seated left) and other unidentified soldiers.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force and Tehran’s ‘eminence grise’ in Iraq, has resurfaced in a new photo, pictured alongside the leader of a powerful Iraqi Shia organization.

Despite a shadowy role in Iraq’s affairs going back years, Suleimani had been something of an invisible man in the upheavals the country has endured.
That has changed, however, as Tehran attempts to assert its role as Iraq’s defender in the face of onslaughts by Islamic State fighters. Iran insists that its assistance was the only thing that prevented Baghdad falling to ISIS fighters earlier this year.

Tehran has also sought to play up the importance of its aid to the Kurdistan Region, which faced an ISIS offensive in August, until the US launched air strikes to halt a militant advance on Erbil.

Earlier this month, photos surfaced on social media showing the silver-haired Suleimani alongside Peshmerga soldiers of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the main Kurdish parties, which has good relations with Iran.

The latest photo again shows a relaxed Suleimani, this time in conversation with Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr Organisation, the political successor to the powerful Badr Brigades militia, widely seen as an agent of Tehran and led by Iranian officers.

The photo, on pro-bade websites, gave the location merely as “at one of the main battlefields of Iraq".

The new photo emerged as Iraq’s new interior minister, Mohammed Gabban, also a senior member of the Badr Organsiation, criticized US air strikes against ISIS as ineffective. He was speaking at a press conference in the Shia holy city of Kerbala.


  1. "Bob" is advocating for an expansion of Iranian influence in the Middle East by having US force the establishment of an 'Independent Kurdistan'.
    Knowing that the Kurds sided with Iran during the Iraq - Iran War.
    Knowing that the Kurds used rockets against civilian Iraqi targets
    Knowing that the Kurds are some of the foremost 'clit clippers' in the world has not dissuaded him.

    Now I do support the program of providing those engaged in combat with the Daesh with close air support, communicating and coordinating with them in order to provide that close air support.
    It would be terrible, the height of irresponsibility, for the US to commit ground troops to do what those 'clit clipping Muslims' can and should do for themselves.

    1. No one gives a shit what you 'think' or what you 'support' or do not 'support', Croc Shit.

      Same for all of us here.

    2. You want US soldiers to fight and die, to defend 'Muslim Clit Clippers'

      You should b ashamed, but you obviously are not.
      Must be why you revel in being a "Draft Dodger".

    3. What I have said is I think it worth the effort to help create a new Kurdistan.

      That is all I have said, Croc Shit.

      Kindly do not put words in my mouth.

      Everyone now realizes full well you are nothing but croc shit, Croc Shit.

    4. You support Iran increasing its influence in the Middle East.
      You support one of the premier clit clipping cultures in the world.

      You advocate sending US soldiers to fight for them, to protect them, when they can protect themselves, with very limited US support.

  2. New name for rat -

    Croc Shit

    See the end of last thread for details.

  3. Middle East Politics will drive you mad. The trick is to concentrate on the Primary Mission - Killin' Haidcutters.

    1. But as fer as I can see, that means Killin' 'em all, save the women and kids.......

      What to do, what to do......

    2. No, 'Draft Dodger', Predator drones.and Hellfire missiles.

    3. Headcutters, you stupid shit - not innocent women and children.

    4. The Draft Dodger yearns to be an Israeli,
      That's how the Israeli operate, 'Scorched Earth', kill the children, destroy their homes. - In Palestine and Guatemala.

    5. Yes, obviously, Rufus.

      But without boots on the ground in SunniLand, and we are all against that, how finally do you separate the two?

      We destroyed a good portion of Japan and Germany and they are much better countries now because of it.

      It is a tough problem.

      Your bombing around the edges is, well, just bombing around the edges.

      I don't claim to know exactly what we should do, if anything, except to support and help create a new Kurdistan.

      That makes sense to me.

      President Incompetent is the cause of all this shit for taking the troops out too soon.

      You voted for him, I did not.

      Ball is in your court, General Rufus.

    6. You dumb asshole. We're not "bombing around the edges." We're killing combatants. Left and Right.

      The President is playing this one Just Fine.

  4. The Soul Eaters of ancient playful myth -

    But watch out.

    Myth is Reality.

    1. Reality is that Robert Peterson want to expand Iranian influence in the Middle Eat.
      Send US soldiers to defend a culture that is one of the premier "Clit Clippers' in all the world.

    2. Reality is that Robert Peterson wants to expand Iranian influence in the Middle East.

    3. Absurd, Croc Shit.

      You are hallucinating croc shit again, as always, Croc Shit.

    4. No, "Bob" you do want to send US troops to Iraq, to defend the clit clippers that just happen to be "Kurds".

    5. That is not a hallucination, it is your position.

    6. No one else a the Elephant Bar has advocated that, no one else wants to send US troops to fight for "Kurdish" independence.
      Just you, Draft Dodger.

    7. Where do you get the idea the Kurds are clit clippers?

      The women are fully integrated into their armed forces and are fighting like hell.

      You, really, down deep, down deep there in your swamp, you would really like to clip a clit yourself, would you not, Croc Shit?

    8. Not in Iraq, Robert, but in Turkey in the Communist PKK.

      Iraqi Kurdistan (72.7% prevalence (excluding Dohuk), Type I and II
      Female genital mutilation is prevalent in Kurdish region of Iraq, with FGM rates exceeding 80% in Garmyan and New Kirkuk.

      In Arbil Governorate and Suleymaniya Type I FGM is common; while in Garmyan and New Kirkuk, Type II and III FGM are common.[120][121] There was no law against FGM in Iraqi Kurdistan, but in 2007 a draft legislation condemning the practice was submitted to the Regional Parliament, but was not passed.

      A woman with a clipped clit can still pull a trigger, Draft Dodger.
      Is still patriotic, is still a Kurd.
      It is so prevalent it is the norm.

    9. A Clipped Clit is the norm amongst the women of Iraqi Kurdistan, Draft Dodger Peterson.

  5. It is no hallucination that the Kurds of Iraq fought along side the Iranians in the Iraq-Iran War.
    It is no hallucination that the US supported Iraq.
    It is no hallucination that the Kurds are clit clippers

    It is reality, not myth, not a hallucination.


    Croc Shit will latch onto the part about female genital mutilation........of Kurdish women in.....Iraq.

    (according to the Washington Post)

    See pics of Kurdish women here:

    Am I arguing that Kurdistan is a paradise for women? Obviously not, nor would I argue that concerning India.

    I am arguing for a free new Kurdistan as a small step in the better direction.

    Meanwhile Croc Shit doesn't support his daughter in Central America.

    1. But Croc Shit loves them Gazans, and the Hamas.

      Cause they launch missiles into Israel.....

      Where the women, are, actually, finally FREE.


      All of EU

      But Croc Shit supports Hamas.

    3. Them breaks at the first are the Salmon River Breaks or I'll eat my cowboy hat.

    4. My son bought me a felt cowboy hat of the very best sort, and I don't want to eat it.

    5. No, you are arguing the United States should invade Iraq and break the region apart.

      You are advocating for a new foreign policy, embracing a military strategy that US soldiers should fight and die in a war to dismantle the countries of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran, with the objective to create a new nation,"Clit Clipping Kurdistan". Where the Communist "PKK would be at civil war with the Islamic KRG.

      Which would the US side with?
      Well ... The PKK are terrorists, just like Hamas.
      Th KRG of the Islamics, are recognized by US.
      The representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the United States is the youngest son of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, Qubad Talabani.

    6. Croc Shit's best friend -

    7. Israel prefers Daesh (al-Qeada) in Syria, over the Alawites, Christians and their Kurdish allies

      Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

      “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

      Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.
      “We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” Oren said in the interview.

    8. That's Iran Fister, "O"rdure.

      It is Robert that wants to empower the Kurds, Iran's and Syria's allies.
      The PKK has depended upon the Assad regime for decades, in is but one reason for the tension between Turkey & Syria.
      There is no doubting that the Kurds fought with Iran in the Iraq-Iran War, and no doubting that the Iranians were in Iraq, in Erbil, assisting the Kurds, while the US and Israel stood by ... It is the topic of the thread !

  7. Bob,

    He is a liar, who has not learned that lying only works if the liar does not write his lies for the whole world to see.

    You want your Iran, you can keep your Iran.

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    2. God, he is tiresome, allen.

    3. Croc shit from Croc Shit.

      Human beings reach for the hanky to cover the nose.

    4. But people involved in a discussion, would explain why they supported US men and women dying for these Kurds, when they can certainly defeat the threat from the Daesh, if provided logistical and close air support. Which, as part of the Iraqi Defense Forces, the US does, to good effect.

  8. And Obama is airlifting shit to the Peshmerga Klit Klippers (PKK). Talk about a war on women.

  9. Jack HawkinsSun Oct 26, 07:11:00 PM EDT
    The Draft Dodger yearns to be an Israeli,
    That's how the Israeli operate, 'Scorched Earth', kill the children, destroy their homes. - In Palestine and Guatemala.

    The pussy who cried wolf.

    Now if you want to see scorched earth? Look at syria where moslem and arab are murdering, raping and dismembering fellow moslems and arabs...

    The Palestinians are one lucky fake people to have Israelis as enemies...

    1. Modern political Zionism, which otherwise rejects the Christian Bible, adopted the untested story of “Jewish exile” to establish a mythical linkage between European Jews and the Middle East.

      But Jewish history tells us that the Romans did not expel the original Jews from Palestine when they crushed the Simon bar Kokhba revolt in 136 AD but instead barred them only from city of Jerusalem – and even then they were allowed to visit it during Tisha B’Av, the annual fasting day on the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar.

      Under Christianity and during the Roman Empire a large number of native Jews converted to Christianity and, with the advent of Islam, most adopted the new religion and assimilated under the new power.

      In addition to the descendants of the Canaanites, the original denizens before patriarch Abraham’s arrival from Mesopotamia, Sand concludes that ...
      Today’s Muslim and Christian Palestinians are actually the true progenies of the original Jews.

      Jamal Kanj

      Modern political Zionism, which otherwise rejects the Christian Bible,
      adopted the untested story of “Jewish exile” to establish a mythical linkage between European Jews and the Middle East.

    2. An amazing effort that jackAss puts to telling the world that Israel and the Jews are not legitimate.

      Not to worry, Jews are now armed.

      JackAss is entitle to his beliefs.

      Just as we are entitled to the belief that JackRat is the product of siblings breeding.

  10. Comical responses to Robert's Moral & Intellectual Quandary

    He has extolled us about the evils of clit clipping for years.
    Never have I read a defense of the practice, by anyone.

    Now the people for whom he wants to spend the blood & treasure of the United States ...
    for whom he advocates starting a regional war with each of the legitimate governments of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, in the pursuit of a Independent Republic of Clit Clippers
    80% participation in the FGM process, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

    Bob's now the advocate for them.
    Would send US men and women off to die, for the Clit Clippers

    Disavowing the notion that the Kurds, or anyone, could do the job against the Daesh, with just logistic and close air support from US and the Coalition organized for the task of supporting the defeat of the Daesh...

  11. And to touch on Legionnaire Q's concerns about th distastefulness of supporting a society, a culture so invested in FGM ...
    It is a the choice between clit clippers or Head Choppers

    Seems an easy enough choice to make. To support the more moderate of the Muslims, as lightly as possible.
    Make sure they have weapons and ammo, Get 'em some close air support, then pat 'em on the head and send out to meet the Daesh


    1. About the most interesting thing that I read today was that we did Not supply the Kobanis with anti-tank weapons, or anything that would even come close to having that capability.

  12. This is going to be a hangover for the record books. :)

  13. .

    Nice stream.

    I see rat has a new phrase to get off by.