Tuesday, July 11, 2017

QUANTICO attacked democracy

QUANTICO was a show I loved in season one.

If you read my blogging on season two, you know the show lost me.

I really loved Ava and C.I.'s "TV: Child stars and child writers on QUANTICO" which really did break down the destruction of season two so I'm excerpting another part of that:

He belongs in prison.

Sadly, so did the gals and guys were were supposed to root for on QUANTICO.

What did Gore Vidal repeatedly say the US needed?

A Constitutional convention.

The team lost the vote in Congress.

Then Henry became president.

And he called for a Constitutional convention.

And the 'liberal' side became very clear: The people were not to be trusted.

A Constitutional convention, we were told by the team, would destroy the country.

Again, can't trust We The People.

So what did the team do?

Back to blackmail.

Or, as Owen put it, "lie, manipulate and blackmail."

So Shelby threatened a politician over "your affair with Senator Davis."

Miranda went after a senator who might lose votes "when they find out that you were part of a White separatist group."

Ryan went after a politician who had a "dominatrix on speed dial."

The team is made up of CIA and FBI members.

And they blackmail to interfere with democracy.

Writers and the failed show runner really thought people would applaud that?

They thought having Alex step forward broadcasting "a phone call with Russian operatives" would have the audience cheering from the edge of their seats.

No wonder viewers were fleeing throughout the second season.

If you're not getting how bad it was, we left out Alex's blackmail for the proposed convention.

She could, she informed the politician, file "charges all the way from corporate fraud to outright treason."

Get it?

This is what passes for 'liberal' when the hicks of Hollywood start preaching.

Alex has proof of corporate fraud but will sit on it.

Even worse, she has proof of treason but will sit on it.

And then she wants to give a speech proclaiming the importance of light and emerging from the darkness?

We weren't surprised she was shot in the middle of that speech -- we were only surprised no one booed the hypocrite.

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

So is it day 267 of The Mosul Slog or is the operation wrapped up?

Yesterday, Iraq's prime minister Hayder al-Abadi again strutted around Mosul and declared that the battle was over.


Link to headline article

This despite Bram Janssen (AP) reporting:

Sporadic clashes continued Tuesday in Mosul, a day after Iraq’s prime minister declared “total victory” over the Islamic State group and at least one airstrike hit the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle’s final days.

A plume of smoke rose into the air from the strike as IS mortar shells landed near Iraqi positions and heavy gunfire could be heard on the western edge of the Old City.

If Hayder wants to call it a win, guess it's over -- even if fighting continues.


But Lt Gen Stephen Townsend has warned the Government will have to take further steps to reach out to the Sunni population of the country to stop regional tensions causing further conflict.
He said: "If we're to keep... ISIS 2.0 from emerging, the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different.
"They're going to have to reach out and reconcile with the Sunni population, and make them feel like their government in Baghdad represents them."

He is correct and, sadly, nothing's been done on that for the past three years.

The US government could drop bombs on Iraq, they just couldn't urge diplomacy.

For so many, Iraqi is nothing but a political football.  Witness this garbage:

Replying to 
Iraq confirmed that the victory in Mosul was thanks to Obama's Training programs. THANKS OBAMA!!

Thanks Obama?

Barack Obama is a War Criminal the same as Bully Boy Bush.

(The same as Donald Trump will probably end his term being.)

"Impeach Donald Trump" is an account by an idiot who never paid attention to reality.

1) Barack overturned the 2010 elections to install Nouri al-Maliki in a second term as prime minister.  There are few observers of Iraq who do not admit what a disaster that was and how it led to the rise of the Islamic State.

Forget that it sent the wrong message about democracy.

Forget that Nouri was already known to run secret prisons and torture chambers.

Yes, two years later, when Barack won re-election, he did refuse to take Nouri's phone call (fobbing it off on Vice President Joe Biden) but let's not mistake that for bravery or leadership.

2) Training?


Do you not know how many Iraqi troops checked out in the middle of battle?  Do you not know what defeated the thousands of Islamic State members?

Total destruction of Mosul.

That was the cost that was paid in the end.

We didn't have a conversation about that ever.

We weren't allowed to question the mind-set of "to save the village, we had to burn the village."

But if you want to argue training, "Thanks Obama"?

I'm sorry Barack and Hillary were the ones who couldn't sell Iraq on training in 2011.

Or did you miss that?

Or the money wasted for training and the new police academy built that was not used or all the training facilities that the State Dept was going to be over for training that ended up being turned over to the Iraqi government?

Oh, don't know what I'm talking about?

That's because you've had your head up your ass for over a decade.

Your stupidity is not my problem.

I attended those Congressional hearings and reported on them here.

Democrat Gary Ackernman was a hero in those hearings.

It's your loss for not knowing how he pressed for answers.

But that's on you, not me.

I'm sure you can tell me what scent Hillary wore to what fundraiser and other useless s**t that fan club members know.

Amnesty says Iraq and allies violated international law in Mosul battle

And they are correct.

But rah-rah, let's rush to use Iraq as a political football again.

Who cares about the Iraqi people, right?

Who cares about their continued suffering?

Let's rush to declare it a 'win' for whichever political party we're pimping.

Some people are beyond disgusting.

If you're response to  the destruction in Iraq is to cheer "yea!" for someone who inflicted the damage, you need to take a serious look at yourself.

CBS THIS MORNING reports another development regarding ISIS.

Eli Watkins and David Shoretell (CNN) report on the same story noting:

An FBI spokesman on Monday confirmed that a SWAT team arrested a soldier in Hawaii over the weekend and charged him with supporting ISIS.
FBI Honolulu spokesman Arnold Laanui confirmed the agents arrested Ikaika Erik Kang, a 34-year-old Army soldier stationed at Schofield Barracks on Saturday.
In a release, the FBI said it had worked closely with the Army in this case. The statement said the investigation by the FBI and the Army had been going on for more than a year.

The following community sites -- plus Tavis Smiley and BLACK AGENDA REPORT --  updated:

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