Thursday, July 29, 2021



A follow-up to Universal’s 1995 movie Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner, is in the works for the small screen. The project, which hails from original producer John Davis and his Davis Entertainment is in very early development at UCP, sources tell Deadline. Davis tells Collider, which first reported the project, that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is attached to direct.
The series would pick up with the film’s characters 20 years later. No platform is attached, but sources close to the project say it could potentially be set at UCP sister streamer Peacock. Talks are currently underway with potential writers.

This is how bad things are -- they're taking one of the biggest bombs in the world -- dubbed FISHTAR in real time (ISHTAR on the ocean) -- and making a TV series.

What's next?

HULU offering weekly episodes of THE LAST ACTION HERO?

Seriously, does no one have an ounce of creation left?

People get paid for 'creating' this nonsense. They make a living off this.

There are so many stories that have not been told and will apparently never be told But we've got time to make a TV show out of a bad movie?

WATERWORLD was so bad, it turned people against Kevin Costner. He had to work and work for years in order to make up for that disaster.


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

 Thursday, July 29, 2021.  As the Iraq War continues, we take a break to note an important passing: an activist, journalist, theorist, fighter, inspiration and a very good person has died.

Glen Ford has passed away.

Journalist Glen Ford was a truth teller.  Many of us first became aware of his work from THE BLACK COMMENTATOR.  Being a truth teller meant that he had to leave TBC.  Tell the truth or just go along?  Tell the truth was Glen's decision.  He, Bruce Dixon and Margaret Kimberley all left TBC and founded BLACK AGENDA REPORT which quickly became the must read website online.  Along with the text reporting, Glen Ford co-hosted BLACK AGENDA RADIO.  

Margaret Kimberley Tweets:

I am sorry to inform you that Glen Ford, founder of Black Agenda Report, and my friend, comrade, and mentor has passed away. We will share more information as we receive it. May he rest in power.

In replies to her Tweet, many note their surprise and sadness -- including Richard Medhurst, Fiorella Isabel, Kevin Gosztola and Glenn Greenwald.  Libby Liberal notes:

Whenever I attended the Left Forum in NYC, I ran down the list of presentations and marked all the panels containing #GlenFord to attend.

Black Alliance For Peace Tweets:

The Black Alliance for Peace mourns the passing of Glen Ford (November 5, 1949-July 28, 2021) from an elder to an ancestor.

Minister of the Interior Tweets:

For some he was an expert political analyst, journalist, activist, and broadcaster. But he was my hilarious, fun-loving uncle too. Going to especially miss our countless 5-hour-long conversations, which were formative in making me the person (and writer) I am today. RIP Glen Ford


To call Ford a career journalist is a vast understatement. According to his bio on the Black Agenda Report website, Ford was reporting the news live on the radio as early as 11-years-old and went on to enjoy a career in journalism for more than 40 years that included working as a Washington bureau chief as well as a correspondent covering the White House, Capitol Hill and State Department.

After getting his start in news radio in Augusta, Georgia, Ford honed his skills at other local news stations and eventually created the “Black World Report,” a syndicated half-hour weekly news magazine that paved the way for the Black Agenda Report to be founded. Years later, in 1977, Ford helped launch, produce and host “America’s Black Forum,” the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television.

That led to the creation of “Black Agenda Reports” two years later in a successful effort to focus his syndicated content in the areas of Black women, business, entertainment, history and sports.

About a decade later, Ford branched out into the then-burgeoning popularity of hip-hop culture with “Rap It Up,” the first syndicated hip-hop music show in American history.

After co-founding in 2002, he and the rest of the website’s staff left to launch Black Agenda Report, which remains a popular source of information, news and analysis from a Black perspective.

In one of his final dispatches before his death, Ford, along with Kimberley, on July 21 addressed the jailing of former South Africa President Jacob Zuma, questioning on Black Agenda Report whether the resulting uprising there should be characterized as “riots” or an “insurrection.”

Born Glen Rutherford in Georgia in 1949, Ford famously has his surname shortened by James Brown, who owned the radio station where Ford got his start in Augusta, Georgia.

BLACK POWER MEDIA offered this tribute.

Dust James reflects on how Glen changed the conversation.

Below, he's discussing Barack Obama's legacy with Chris Hedges in 2017.

And here is Glen speaking on war, elections and more.


The son of famed disc jockey Rudy “The Deuce” Rutherford, the first Black man to host a non-gospel television show in the Deep South – Columbus, Georgia, 1958 – Glen was reading newswire copy on-the-air at age eleven. Glen’s first full-time broadcast news job was at James Brown’s Augusta, Georgia radio station WRDW, in 1970 – where ‘The Godfather of Soul” shortened Glen’s surname to “Ford.”

Glen Ford  worked as a newsperson at four more local stations: in Columbus, Georgia, Atlanta, Baltimore – where he created his first radio syndication, a half-hour weekly news magazine called “Black World Report” – and Washington, DC. In 1974, Ford joined the Mutual Black Network (88 stations), where he served as Capitol Hill, State Department and White House correspondent, and Washington Bureau Chief, while also producing a daily radio commentary. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted “America’s Black Forum” (ABF), the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television.

ABF made Black broadcast history. For the next four years, the program generated national and international headlines nearly every week. Never before – and never since – had a Black news entity commanded the weekly attention of the news services (AP, UPI, Reuters, Agence France-Presse – even Tass, the Soviet news agency) and the broadcast networks.

While still host and co-owner of ABF, Ford in 1979 created “Black Agenda Reports,” which provided five programs each day on Black Women, History, Business, Sports and Entertainment to 66 radio stations. The syndication produced more short-form programming than the two existing Black radio networks, combined.

Ford also produced the McDonald’s-sponsored radio series “Black History Through Music,” aired on 50 stations, nationwide.

In 1987, Ford launched “Rap It Up,” the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. During its six years of operations, “Rap It Up” allowed Ford to play an important role in the maturation of a new African American musical genre. He organized three national rap music conventions, and wrote the Hip Hop column for Jack The Rapper’s Black radio trade magazine.

Ford co-founded (BC) in 2002. The weekly journal quickly became the most influential Black political site on the Net. In October, 2006, Ford and the entire writing team left BC to launch (BAR).

In addition to his broadcast and Internet experience, Glen Ford was national political columnist for Encore American & Worldwide News magazine; founded The Black Commentator and Africana Policies magazines; authored The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion (IOJ, 1985); voiced over 1000 radio commercials (half of which he also produced) and scores of television commercials; and served as reporter and editor for three newspapers (two daily, one weekly).

Ford was a founding member of the Washington chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); executive board member of the National Alliance of Third World Journalists (NATWJ); media specialist for the National Minority Purchasing Council; and has spoken at scores of colleges and universities.

Ella Septima-Hamer Tweets:

In honor of the late Glen Ford. I think it’s only right to post this classic debate (ass whoopin) once again. RIP Mr. Ford Effective Evil” or Progressives’ Best Hope? Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson on Obama Presidency

Many are noting that video on social media.  It's an example of Glen's truth telling and the priority he put on it.  He was dropped from DEMOCRACY NOW!'s guest list for refusing to sing from Amy Goodman's hymnal.  July 14th, Ava and I were noting in "TV: Truths -- partial and whole:"

Let's start with Aaron Mate. We've been very clear both here and at THE COMMON ILLS that Aaron has our sympathies and that the lies and attacks Ana Kasparian and others at THE POST-MENAPAUSAL TURKS have carried out are unseemly and reflect more on the attackers than they do on Aaron.

We've defended him and will again. But we speak to actual journalists -- not podcasters. And we're aware that they had great sympathy for Aaron. The sympathy has weakened. They're tired of him "making himself the story," exact words from two journalists -- print journalists. They're referring to his constant appearances on various programs including Jimmy Dore's where Aaron talks about . . . well, himself. We're not questioning his right to defend himself but we are noting that when he makes himself the story reporters lose interest. And so do viewers if we can judge by the stats at THE COMMON ILLS where various YOUTUBE videos get reposted and in e-mails to both that site and this one.

We see the point many are making. We have another point though. Glen Ford of BLACK AGENDA REPORT. He told truth when it was uncomfortable and did so on the laughable DEMOCRACY NOW! Amy Goodman was pimping the White House and the administration's talking points. Glen didn't play. The result? Glen got banned from the show. He hasn't been on since 2012.

What else hasn't he been on? Aaron Mate's THE GRAYZONE.

That's an issue to us. And as Aaron speaks of being wronged, while we agree with him, we're aware that others were wronged as well. And if you're not using your power to help others who were wronged it just comes off a little self-focused, a little self-centered -- honestly, a little vain. 


for a while i'm speaking
you know how much you hate to be interrupted
maybe spend some time alone
to fill up your proverbial cup
so that it doesn't always have to be about you

-- "Front Row" written by Alanis Morissette, first appears on her SUPPOSED INFATUATION JUNKIE

Aaron is Jewish which is an ethnic minority. It's not really a minority in left media. Glen Ford is African-American. Sabby Sabs and Niko House raised an important issue in the video below last month.

Why aren't people stepping up? Why does Sabby have to make that video in 2021? Shouldn't inclusion -- at this late date -- not require reminders? 

All women and men of color are grossly under-represented in our left media.

The news of Glen's passing will hit many hard.  And should, he was an important voice, someone who stood for a better world.  Last night, I learned of Glen's passing when I was in the e-mails and posted BLACK POWER MEDIA's video about it.  And I was sad -- which I still am -- and feeling something a little more than desperation.  

Glen's voice was an important voice and we really needed it.  We needed his take on events, we needed his suggestion, we needed his guidance.  The world was a little better off with him in it.

I'm still very sad but I don't feel so desperate.  I've had time to think a little and Glen influenced so many of us -- in this country and around the world.  His actions influenced so many and so much that we may not even notice many of the ripples.  But when Sabby Sabs tells her truth with a risks-be-damned attitude, she's carrying on the work of Glen Ford.  

He made his mark and he inspired.  He will be sorely missed and, while he was with us, he used his time in a way that mattered and registered. 

Here he is speaking at The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Dylan McDermott, Susan Sarandon


In his return to broadcast television, Dylan McDermott crafted a compelling villain in Richard Wheatley on NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime. Fans loved to hate him, and now they will get more of him.

McDermott has closed a deal to reprise his role in a major recurring arc in the upcoming second season of Dick Wolf’s crime drama headlined by Law & Order: SVU alum Chris Meloni.

McDermott originally signed on as a series regular with a one-year deal to play Stabler’s (Meloni) Season 1 nemesis. His character was so well received by fans that NBC and Wolf approached The Practice alum about coming back. After negotiations, I hear McDermott has committed to return for eight episodes of Season 2 in what is believed to be one of the most lucrative guest star deals on network television.

I like Dylan McDermott, he's given strong performances in THE PRACTICE, HOSTAGES, STALKER, HOLLYWOOD, etc.  I can't stand the DIck Wolf programs but I would be willing to check out LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME next year when Dylan starts being part of the episodes.

From an actor I like to an actress I love, this is about Susan Sarandon and from THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:

But beyond the Twitter beefs and campaign appearances, Sarandon, 74, remains a highly prolific movie star. In her latest film, Ride the Eagle, an indie filmed during lockdown and co-written and starring New Girl‘s Jake Johnson, she plays a less-than-stellar mom who abandons her kid to join a New Age cult. After she dies, she leaves him a video will consisting of a list of tasks to complete before he can inherit her Yosemite cabin. It’s the very definition of a shoestring film — but audiences may be surprised at just how moving this modest endeavor turns out to be.

Ahead of Ride the Eagle‘s July 30 release in theaters and VOD, Sarandon chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about her own experiences with motherhood, her ongoing political crusading and even reminisced about The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I thought Ride the Eagle was a very tender, sweet movie. I know it sort of had echoes of your own life. Didn’t you lose your mother recently?

Yes, I did, just right before [we shot it]. My mom was 97, and it was a very good death. I mean, as deaths go, I think we really lucked out, during this particular time, and she was ready. What for me resonated [in the film] was just the relationship you have with your kids and how, as a parent, certain stories are written. I love the fact that she admits that she did the best she could but that she wasn’t great and that now what [Jake’s character] has to do is just write a new story — that whatever happens to you is not who you are necessarily.

You have three kids. How did your own role as a mother inform this role?

I have a son who’s a musician, and I love the whole section [of the film where I urge Jake Johnson’s character to] play because you love it. Don’t play because you’re trying to be successful. This whole idea of gearing our present to whatever success means is such a tricky one, because you want to be productive, but you don’t want to lose the joy of life. And especially in the United States, we have a work ethic. And that’s so bad, because we work more hours, we have less fun, we have no healthcare.

Read in full.  Susan Sarandon is hugely talented and one of our best actresses.  My top ten of actresses over 50?

Susan Sarandon

Jessica Lange

Lily Tomlin

Viola Davis

Jane Fonda

Angela Bassett

Faye Dunaway

Anjelica Huston 

Alfre Woodard

Goldie Hawn

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

Wednesday, July 28, 2021.  Is Joe Biden all there?  Is the press?

How sentinent is Joe Biden?  At 78, it was never a surprise that people would question his coherence.  This is someone who was hidden from the press while campaigning -- as a strategy.  Even hidden away, his words weren't connecting.  SKY NEWS is building a cottage industry around his questionable moments.

For example:


We could go on and on.  

Joe was too old to run for president and never should have been given the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  He's 78.  How old was Ronald Reagen when he left office?  77.  He was elected at 69 and served two terms.  It was obvious Reagan wasn't coherent at the end.  

Some argue it's already apparent that Joe is incoherent.  

That might explain why he's so determined to mislead the American people and why some in the press are so willing to lie.

Garbage like the article credited to "agencies" that Pakistan's DAILY TIMES runs which insists "After 18 years, US announces to end combat mission in Iraq."  If you're as senile as many fear Joe Biden is, you might just nod along.  If you're mind hasn't gone to mush, however, you'll probably be remembering this was declared in Barack Obama's first term as president.  

NBC NEWS allows a little truth to emerge via a column they run online by Daniel R. DePetris:

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's visit to the White House on Monday produced what the Biden administration is marketing as a major announcement about the U.S. troop presence in Iraq: There won't be any U.S. combat troops in Iraq by the end of the year. The U.S. presence in the country will now focus on training, advising and enabling Iraqi security forces to conduct operations independently against the Islamic State militant group.

The Biden administration has framed this shift as a "significant evolution" in the U.S. mission in Iraq, with support personnel and logisticians favored over Apache helicopters and special forces. There's only one problem with this line of thought: The latest announcement won't do much to change U.S. military operations in Iraq, let alone end them.

What the White House is trumpeting as a withdrawal is more like a reclassification, in which combat troops become trainers and advisers in behalf of the Iraqi army. The current U.S. force posture in Iraq, about 2,500 troops, will remain almost the same. The mission U.S. troops are tasked with today is the same mission they were tasked with a week ago, with little sign of letting up: a seemingly endless endeavor to build a perfect Iraqi military.

So that's Daniel R. DePetris, Ruth Sherlock, (NPR) and us.  Guess what?  We're all still breathing.

Meanwhile, ANTIWAR.COM continues to lie -- most recently in the latest from Jason Ditzy.  WSWS just completely ignores the whole issue.  Didn't think either of you outlets existed to provide cover for politicians but I guess we can tell by your actions, right?

Look, Daniel, Ruth and us, we're all in the pool.  Como on in and join us, you can even stay on the shallow end or visit the kiddie pool.

I'm just sick of this garbage.  You self-present as truth tellers but you take a pass time and again.  WSWS needs, apparently, multiple days after an announcement (lie) is issued by the government to respond and Ditzy and his ANTIWAR gang just run with whatever the government says.  

Do we need to buy them floaties?  Would that help.

(Yes, we are fine.  I've read the e-mails and was already aware of what happened last night.  Their little games do not hurt us and haven't in the past and they're learning that payback is always meted out -- not by me but by UK supporters.  That's all we'll say here.  If we had a community newsletter today or tomorrow, I wouldn't even say that.  This will be addressed in the gina & krista round-robin.)

The front pages of THE PROGRESSIVE, THE NATION and IN THESE TIMES have nothing on it either.  Noting that before ________ with WSWS to whine that others didn't cover it.  

WSWS has spent how many weeks calling out JACOBIN?  For not covering this or that?  But it can't cover this lie being spread by the White House via the press?  

It really is a garbage media we are being asked to build.  Send money, send money!!!!!  We are the last tellers of truth!!!!!

What a load of garbage.  They're lazy pandhandlers.  And they prove it by doing nothing with the money they've been given.

Trudy Rubin is someone I've long disagreed with on many things releated to Iraq.  We've included her frequently over the years because she truly does care about Iraq.  This is from her latest from THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER:

But he also made clear that U.S. forces — probably most of the 2,500 now in the country — would be rebranded to “train, to assist, to help and to deal with ISIS.”

Unlike his abrupt end to the “forever war” in Afghanistan, Biden wants to deepen a strategic partnership with Iraq.

Moreover, the White House wants to help Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, an unusual Iraqi leader. He is trying to pull together a country fragmented by sectarianism, corruption, and by Iranian meddling, including aid to Shiite militias that challenge the government.

And there it is.  The US is trying to rig the election for Mustafa.

Mustafa is a lousy prime minister.  But even if he was a great one, the pretense Joe Biden's carrying out is an attempt to influence a foreign election.

Joe should really learn to butt the hell out.

He is the one who negotiated The Erbil Agreement -- the legal contract that threw out the 2010 votes so that Nouri al-Maliki could get the second term that the Iraqi people voted to avoid.  

Back then, Susan Rice and Samantha Power were insistent that Nouri al-Maliki had to have a second term.  It was the only way, they insisted, to achieve US goals.  The man running the secret prisons and torture chambers, the man who saw everyone as his enemy must be given a second term over the objection of the Iraqi people.  Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates did object.  But Joe sided with Rice and Powers.  (Hillary and Robert's stance was what Joe's had been originally in March of 2010 -- that the winner should be named prime minister-designate -- that would be Ayad Allawi.)  

Anybody remember how that turned out?

Nouri's second term saw him persecute even more Iraqis and ISIS rose up as a result of his persecution of Sunnis.  ISIS, under Nouri, would terrorize the country.  It would also do something that terrorists don't generally do, it would seize control of parts of the country.  

That's on Joe Biden and the gang who couldn't support democracy or respect the votes.

They just knew better -- in their minds.

We're there again with Mustafa.  He has accomplished nothing.  The Iraqi people are suffering.  But here's the US government yet again trying to influence the government.  As noted in the roundtable for POLLY'S BREW with Iraqi community members, there's a feeling of why even bother to vote this go round since Joe's back in the White House and they know he overturned their votes in 2010?

A lot of people are saying that they won't participate in the elections.

Some leaders in The October Revolution have announced that they won't be voting.  Some Christians have announced the same. XINHUA notes that there are now three political groups that are also saying they won't participate:

The Iraqi National Dialogue Front announced on Wednesday its withdrawal from the parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 10.

It is the third political group, after Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc and the Iraqi Communist Party, that has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Iraqi elections.

"The failure to provide a safe environment for early elections and the proliferation of out-of-control weapons are all factors that confirm that no clear change will happen, and accordingly, the Front decided not to participate in the elections," the Front said in a statement.

The Front, led by Salih al-Mutlak, participated in the 2018 elections as part of the al-Wataniya (National) Coalition led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a veteran secular politician. The coalition won 21 out of the 329 seats in the parliament.

On the withdrawal of Ayad Allawi's National Dialogue Front, Halgurd Sherwani (KURDISTAN 24) notes:

In a press conference on Wednesday in Baghdad, Judge Wael Abdullatif, the deputy of the Forum, announced the decision. The electoral list was headed by Allawi, a former prime minister and seasoned politician.

Abdullatif said he expects very low turnout in the planned elections, which would result in a “weak government.” 

He urged other political parties to take the same position. 

It is not yet clear how the latest withdrawals by major parties will affect the planned vote. Government officials, including Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi regularly reiterate that the election will be held on time – Oct. 10.

In 2010, Joe Biden tossed aside the Iraqi votes and Ayad Allawi's chance at being the prime minister.  Wonder if Joe's position as US President currently had any impact on Allawi's decision?

The CIA estimates that Sunnis make up approximately 34% of Iraq's population -- a significant number -- unless you're ANTIWAR.COM.  (ANTIWAR.COM works to disappear the Sunnis the same way WSWS works to disappear the Kurds.)  Their votes?  It appears that there is a huge enthusiasm gap.  ARAB WEEKLY offers a lengthy analysis which includes:

Most Iraqi Sunnis do not trust the political forces and parties that represent them. The tensions between Halbousi and Khanjar have increased that level of mistrust ahead of the parliamentary elections, which are expected to be held next October.

Sunnis, whether displaced or residing in their areas, realise that Halbousi and Khanjar have been picked by the ruling Shia parties to play the role of the community’s representatives.

Khanjar is allied with a number of Iranian-aligned Shia forces, including the Badr Organisation headed by Hadi al-Amiri and the Islamic Dawa Party headed by Nuri al-Maliki, while al-Halbousi enjoys the support of Kurdish and Shia leaders, including former Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr.

After the elimination of most of the supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq, Khanjar made a radical shift in his political position, transforming himself in the process from a radical critic of Iran to ally of the Shia Islamist regime in Tehran.

Halbousi’s supporters say that Tehran wants to reward Khanjar for this political u-turn by giving him the chance to participate in returning part of the Sunni community of Jurf al-Sakhar, 60 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, to their areas. Local media sources have earlier suggested that Khanjar has reached an agreement with Shia militias, according to which he gave up most of the areas in Jurf al-Sakhar in exchange for allowing part of the Sunni population to return to their homes.

Since 2018, no Iraqi official has been able to enter Jurf al-Sakhar after the displacement of its Sunni residents, while sources say that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps directly supervised the transformation of parts of this area into camps for Shia militias, weapons stores and sites for taking off and landing drones. The Shia militias also exploited vast agricultural areas in Jurf al-Sakhar to create farms and fields, raising livestock, poultry and fish.

Independent Iraqi politician Jabbar al-Mashhadani told The Arab Weekly that Khanjar’s alliance with Iran, through Qatari mediation, is his magic recipe for hijacking Sunni votes.

Mashhadani, however, warned the spell could turn on Khanjar if the political situation changes or if regional balances shift.

RUDAW has an important piece that we'll note the opening of:

US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller spoke with Rudaw's Roj Elli Zalla in Washington DC, discussing developments in the US mission in Iraq, the upcoming parliamentary elections, and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region. 

Echoing other US officials, Tueller reiterated Washington's role in Iraq is to enable Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), saying that anyone criticizing the US presence is resisting the state. 

The US is also providing financial support to the UN mission in Iraq, and the electoral commission, in preparation for the October elections. 

He also refuted claims that the US is "quiet" on the Turkey-PKK conflict, and says Washington wants a strong Iraqi state to contribute to a more peaceful Middle East.

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Some of the militia groups are saying combat troops, advisor troops, this is just a change of names and the US is not really withdrawing. What do you say to that?

The security issue has dominated much of the discussion, but let me remind everybody that of course our presence there is at the request and invitation of the Iraqi government, they asked us to come in and lead an international coalition to help the Iraqi government deliver the decisive and enduring defeat of ISIS. We have accomplished much of that mission and we are at a stage now where we can assess what are the capabilities of the Iraqi forces, whether from the Peshmerga, the Iraqi security forces, or the counter terrorism forces and what are their needs. That’s the nature of the discussion. I would dismiss those who are criticizing this or anything because what they are really resisting, is they are resisting an Iraqi state, they are resisting a state that is able to provide security for the Iraqi people, they are resisting an Iraqi state that is able to provide jobs, predictability that is what their resistance is. There is no occupation by any foreign force, certainly not by the US. Our role there, operating within the Iraqi bases and the Iraqi operation centers, is to enable and make the Iraqi forces the most capable they can be.

This agreement between Iraq and the US, do you think this might lead to a better condition for the embassy to open up, and the US bases there that would face less attacks?

Well of course we do not have US bases in Iraq, we have some of our military that are on Iraqi bases whether in Ain al-Assad or Erbil or elsewhere so there are no US bases. We have an embassy, as we have embassies in any country in the world, and it is normal that a host government is responsible for protecting embassies and protecting forces that are in the country of the invitation. So the real question is for the Iraqi government, will they be able to stand up to those forces that as I said are resisting the Iraqi government. Will they be able to hold accountable those who are conducting these attacks, will they be able to deter them, will they be able to chase them down. I have seen some success in that regard and we hail that and we hope that the Iraqi government will continue to pursue very, very aggressively these forces that ultimately are threatening the interest of Iraq and the Iraqi people.


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