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Sunday, June 15, 2014

McCain Wants Yet Another War; Maliki Should Hide In Shame, US War Ship To The Rescue


               

Oh hell Pshaw, Iraq has again come to our news. 

As was the case with the US throughout 2001 through 2008, national leadership has contributed to failures in a society that includes war.
 The Iraqi people elected their current leader and the Iraqi leader immediately went about misleading as do bad leaders. A leader who never realized he could not govern from a perspective of total authority. His shattered country and various factions that compet for power left Maliki ill equipped to effectively govern. Maliki also underestimated governance with fairness towards the Sunni population; he is Shia. Malfeasance and missteps at the highest levels in Iraq should induce US intervention?


US intervention! Magical words for McCain the most verbose GOP Obama haters and Fox News.

Would McCain and Fox News rev-up the war drums with each case of a nation's internal strife when the strife is attributable to the nation's leadership? Would the Right clamor for US involvement in a civil war in Russia. My questions are rhetorical according to a Mother Jones graphic from September 2013. 


McCain's wars


Can you imagine John McCain as US President for even one minute? Before you answer that one consider, your answer might mean you could have tolerated Sarah Palin as Vice President for that minute. Yes, 60 seconds of pure horror with the thought Sarah Palin could have ascended to the Oval Office.

Yes, McCain's judgment and jingoism have reached the level of a libido charge (to keep this readable for all) and he wants the US to join in his wish for war. Iraq has come undone!


CNN's Tom Forman provided a quick and cogent video segment of the ISISState in Iraq and Syria, charge across northern Iraq.  

Now, watch MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and McCain meet in the Octagon (metaphorically). You will see McCain actually comment about US Wars and how those conflicts have led to large standing armies of US troops worldwide.  It is almost unfathomable to think, McCain finds US troops in over 130 nations a "good thing."  

McCain mentions "great sacrifices" as a factor in US troops spread across the globe. The rational viewer might come away with the thought, McCain views past wars as ending with conquered territories. Does the jingoist have fantasies of US colonialism?

Mika VS McCain (Are you ready to fight; are you ready to fight? Get it OOOON!)

http://youtu.be/ilTQm58Chuo

After watching the bout, how about irrefutable perspective on McCain, Iraq and public sentiment about that nation's current issues. 

Gallup
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Trend: Americans' Opinions of Iraq
Turning to Iraq, do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year?

Approve
Disapprove
No opinion

%
%
%
2011 Oct 29-30
75
21
5

Polling Report: A smorgasbord of Iraq survey data that appears to have a last review date of February 2014.

A US perspective reflected in polling.

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-9, 2014. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

"Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. ...                   What is your overall opinion of Iraq? Is it very favorable, mostly favorable,            mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"




FavorableUnfavorableNo opinion
%%%
2/6-9/14
16804
2/7-10/13
19764


Pew Research Center/USA Today. Jan. 15-19, 2014. N=765 adults nationwide.               Margin of error ± 4.1.

"Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or the wrong decision in using       military force in Iraq?"
1/09 & earlier: "Do you think the U.S. made the right decision or                                                    the wrong decision in using military force AGAINST Iraq?"

Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Unsure/
Refused

%%%

1/15-19/14
385012

10/30 - 11/6/13
49456

3/14-17/13
414414

11/9-14/11
48466

8/25 - 9/6/10
41517

1/7-11/09
43498

10/29 - 11/1/08
395011

6/18-29/08
39556

4/23-27/08
37576
2/20-24/08
38548
12/19-30/07
36568
10/17-23/07
39547

9/12-16/07
42508
7/25-29/07
41536
4/10-16/03
74197

"Overall, do you think the United States has mostly succeeded or mostly                   failed in achieving its goals in Iraq?"

Mostly
succeeded
Mostly
failed
Unsure/
Refused

%%%

1/15-19/14
375211

3/14-17/13
464311

11/9-14/11
563310


The McCain "Surge" (as a Rebel Yell)

John McCain's "The surge, The surge" often reminds of Rudy Giuliani's "9/11" fixation. Actually, both conservatives are fixated on false reality. McCain's compulsive "The Surge" really wears very thin if one considers factor related to he "Surge" in Iraq. After accepting that US Troop deaths reduced in number, the US action was not the "Charge of the Light-Brigade."  

General Patraeus, his commanders and various US war-hawks grabbed a degree of solace in the reduction if US and coalition casualties, but the epiphany was typical conservative short-lived. It was also propped up with US dollars paid directly to Sect leaders in Iraq. One such leader was Muqtada al-Sadr. Patraeus and company paid Iraqi entities not to fire on US troops. There is something about the "pay-offs" that causes onset of personal dissonance. If McCain et al. will pay combatants not to fight US troops, how about paying Putin and Kim Jong un, North Korea, leader and other adversaries to exist perpetually exist as friendly states

Despite US claims that embody "we win, now we will have troops in your nation for 100 plus years," shouldn't perception of McCain's "Surge" also include thoughts from Iraqi people. We can debate the effectiveness of the US action, but perception is important well beyond Us war-hawks. The Iraqi people overwhelmingly believe the surge made conditions of their lives worse. Shouldn't the Iraqi people count for something! 

Graphic extracts for the 2007 BBC piece linked above.

BBC graphic  BBC graphic


Two points about the BBC Iraqis survey. First, US media with its conservative slant would never publish nor broadcast such data. Next, if you read the linked pieces you may have noticed an indication of the very root cases of the current ISIS charge through Iraq: differences in Sunni and Shia perception of "The Surge." Therefore, simply declaring the "Surge" A success should be shelved with other questionable claims from the Right (eg. WMD, fiscal conservatism, moral majoirty).

Another more nascent and relevant factor regarding McCain's strong desire for US intervention in Iraq is relegated to personal fancy due top the fact the current Iraq leader, Nuri al-Maliki has contributed to the troubles in the nation. 

Another view from the Middle east.

Anti War Dot Com

The Surge Didn’t Work, Or How Can We Continue to Ignore Iraq?
John Glaser, September 27, 2013
One of the reasons it is really important to cover the ongoing violence in Iraq and its larger context of U.S. policy is because the myth of the success of “the surge” is still being peddled, particularly on the right. Senator John McCain, you’ll remember, excoriated Chuck Hagel during his confirmation process for at one point criticizing the surge in Iraq as potentially “dangerous.” He and others have had the gall to scream at people for dissenting on the surge religion even while Iraqis are dying in “numbers not seen since the bloody days of 2004,” as Kelley Vlahos wrote in these spaces last month. 
Not only is Iraq on the verge of all out civil war, but the U.S.-backed Shiite government in Baghdad is increasingly authoritarian and is contributing to the country’s ongoing demise. The Sunni-Shia violence in Iraq is, as the International Crisis Group (ICG) puts it, “as acute and explosive as ever” primarily because “Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has implemented a divide-and-conquer strategy that has neutered any credible Sunni Arab leadership.” 
Maliki has had his security forces detain and brutally torture thousands of political opponents in secret prisons and denied them access to legal counsel. Amnesty International reported this week that Iraq executed 13 men following unfair trials plagued by allegations of torture. “Iraq is one of the world’s most prolific executioners,” the report states.

Bush's replacement for Saddam Hussein, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, is the sole culprit in providing a war path for ISIS. The BBC data actually became a validating backdrop for an incident that took place as Bush and Maliki signed a US/Iraqi Security Agreement.


This is the farewell kiss, you dog,” the man shouted in Arabic. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq,” the protester shouted as he was taken away from the press conference. 


Alas, a harbinger of what was to come, and just as Bush co-signed yet another horrid choice regarding Iraq. 


If you have a few more minutes, the following is worth the time.

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