James Woods. I think his first role was playing Barbra Streisand's college friend in THE WAY WE WERE.
He's been good in some really crappy films -- like THE SPECIALIST.
He's also been in some classics like VIDEODROME, CASINO, SALVADOR, JOHN Q, NIXON and I would also include WHITE HOUSE DOWN.
I know James Woods is a conservative. I'm really not interested in that. We're noting his acting here and we're noting him to begin with because he Tweeted about Curiosity and I love Curiosity.
I think his best performance was WHITE HOUSE DOWN. He's out for revenge and ready to die. After that? I'm not sure. Maybe his performance in THE BOOST or AGAINST ALL ODDS.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
According to Sadr officials, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has rejected Haider al-Abadi, Nuri al-Maliki, Haid al-Amri, Falih Fayadh, and Tariq al-Najim to become next Iraqi PM. Wilayat al-faqih is on the rise in Iraq as al-Sistani plays same role of Iran's SL in filtering candidates.
There is a scramble on. Who will emerge the winner is in doubt but the realities should not be.
In Iraq, Maliki's State of Law party demands US forces leave Iraq. Says US is violating scope of strategic agreement. Says new Iraqi government must act decisively as it did in 2011 when it made US leave. mobp.as/AEU2m
Why is Nouri al-Maliki making these statements? Because (a) it's popular to say US troops will leave (the Iraqi people have wanted that overwhelmingly since at least 2005) and (b) he's trying to make it look like he can and did accomplish that.
He accomplished no such thing.
The US had a drawdown of forces in December 2011. A drawdown. Not a withdrawal. Nouri told John McCain he needed at least 30,000 US troops and he refused to budge on that. This was addressed here at length. What did the corporate media -- supposedly covering the same hearing -- go with instead? JOHN MCCAIN GOT NASTY WITH LEON PANETTA! They will lie, they will distract. The corporate media whored to sell the Iraq War. It whored to keep it going. Let's all stop pretending that they're capable of doing anything of great value.
We covered that hearing with "Iraq snapshot," "Iraq snapshot," "Iraq snapshot," Ava reported in "Scott Brown questions Panetta and Dempsey (Ava)," Wally in "The costs (Wally)," Kat in "Who wanted what?" and at THIRD with "Enduring bases, staging platforms, continued war." But what corporate media went with was nasty words from McCain. Now the corporate media was already selling the lie that all troops would be leaving. So I guess it's no surprise that they would choose to ignore the very real content of the hearing which refuted that claim. Again, it was a drawdown, not a withdrawal.
Senator, as I pointed out in my testimony, what we seek with Iraq is a normal relationship now and that does involve continuing negotiations with them as to what their needs are. Uh, and I believe there will be continuing negotiations. We're in negotiations now with regards to the size of the security office that will be there and so there will be -- There aren't zero troops that are going to be there. We'll have, you know, hundreds that will be present by virtue of that office assuming we can work out an agreement there. But I think that once we've completed the implementation of the security agreement that there will begin a series of negotiations about what exactly are additional areas where we can be of assistance? What level of trainers do they need? What can we do with regards to CT [Counter-Terrorism] operations? What will we do on exercises -- joint-exercises -- that work together?
That's Panetta at the hearing, He's referring to the Memo of Understanding -- which we were the first to report on. And, to this day, one of the only to report on it.
The memo of understanding -- which we came across from the Congressional Research Service -- outlined the US military's role in Iraq after the drawdown.
Nouri was prime minister in 2011. All US troops did not leave. Nouri was also prime minister in 2012. That's when Barack sent more US troops back into Iraq but no one was supposed to know or comment on it. The tired whore Jill Abrams was insistent that this news would not be front paged. She was not going to risk Barack's re-election by informing people of the truth. So the news, when it finally appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, was buried in a report on Syria.
Here's what Tim Arango got into his New York Times report on Syria:
Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.
It should have been front page news with a big headline. Instead it was buried in a report on Syria. And Barack then went into the 2012 debates claiming Iraq as a win, lying that he'd pulled all US troops out when he never did that and when, weeks before, he'd sent in more special ops troops.
The corporate media is the story of whores chasing a buck and circle jerking.
Should we trust the media? Sunday, PBS decided to cover Iraq -- it feels the need to every six months or so. So PBS' WEEKEND NEWSHOUR offered:
Last October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State had been defeated but last month, the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced that they were back and using new tactics. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simona Foltyn reports on how ISIS has exploited Iraq’s poor governance, fragmented security apparatus and ethno-religious strife to survive for this report produced in cooperation with The Investigative Fund.
Catch the mistake?
Dropping back to December 9, 2017's "ISIS is ended cries Hayder:"
It's like a never-ending farewell tour from Cher -- Hayder al-Abadi has (again) announced that ISIS has been defeated (again) in Iraq. It's "final," this time, it's for real . . . This time, he knows it's for real.
Harriet Agerholm (INDEPENDENT) notes a dissenting voice:
Theresa May has warned that Isis is ”not yet defeated” after Iraq declared an end to its fight against the jihadi group.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared the country’s war against Isis officially over, saying the group no longer occupied significant territory in the country.
I remember when IS were rampaging across Iraq in 2013, and it looked like they wouldn't be stopped. IS group aren't finished, but for Iraq, this is quite a moment. Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over
Hayder is insisting it's all over.
Although Iraqi PM Abadi has declared the end of ISIS in Iraq, but as this map shows, there is still a small ISIS-controlled desert area between Ninawah and Anbar. isis.liveuamap.com
Alexandra Zavis and Nabih Bulos (LOS ANGELES TIMES) explain that Hayder is insisting the 'win' doesn't mean that US troops should leave because he needs some to say on for "training, intelligence and logistical support."
It's easy to understand why THE NEWSHOUR got it wrong on Sunday, they never covered the claim to begin with. They were more concerned with a bunch of nonsense. They never covered the above. Not on Saturday, December 9th (wildfires was their big story), not on Sunday, December 10th (Roy Moore was their obsession) and not on Monday, December 11th (their first full hour broadcast after the announcement). They never covered the claim -- not as a headline, not as a segment.
GOOGLE "isis defeated abadi" and these are some of the results:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/world/middleeast/iraq-isis-haider-al-abadi.htmlDec 9, 2017 - BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State on Saturday, announcing the end of more than three years of battles to regain control over nearly one-third of the country that had been under the terrorist group’s dominion.
https://www.ft.com/content/d6636416-dcf3-11e7-a8a4-0a1e63a52f9cDec 9, 2017 - Defeating Isis has been the main priority for Mr Abadi, who faces elections next year. He took office in 2014 after Baghdad was humiliated by an ...
https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/09/middleeast/iraq-isis-military-liberated/index.htmlDec 9, 2017 - The US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS tweeted his support for Abadi's declaration and said the coalition ...
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/10/middleeast/iraq-election-abadi-intl/index.htmlMay 13, 2018 - With so many contenders this year, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stands at the epicenter of the hotly contested election.
https://www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Middle EastDec 9, 2017 - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared the country's war against Isisofficially over, saying the group no longer occupied ...
https://www.businessinsider.com/isis-military-defeat-iraq-syria-2017-11Nov 21, 2017 - Iran and Iraq both announced ISIS's military defeat on Tuesday. ... Iraqi Prime Minister Hadir Al-Abadi declared military victory over the Islamic ...
https://www.reuters.com/...crisis.../iraq-declares-final-victory-over-islamic-state-idUSK...Dec 9, 2017 - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on ... the Russian military announced the defeat of the militants in neighboring Syria, ... Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
https://www.npr.org/.../iraqi-prime-minister-celebrates-defeat-of-isis-but-still-faces-press...Dec 12, 2017 - Iraq is celebrating the defeat of ISIS as Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared Dec. 10 the country's newest national holiday. The prime ...
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/.../iraqi-general-war-isil-171209120757374.ht...Dec 9, 2017 - Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi forces have taken 'complete control' over ... the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/09/iraq-says.../937148001/Dec 9, 2017 - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Iraqi forces were in full control of the country's border. ... More: Trump takes credit for ISIS defeats.
See there? Everyone except for the news program on our 'educational TV' covered the story.
Should we trust the corporate media? What have they done to earn our trust?
Nouri al-Maliki is lying as he angles to (again) become the prime minister of Iraq.
That he can even be considered for the post goes to the failure of corporate media. Nouri was a thug running secret prisons well before his second term. But the corporate press largely ignored that. By his second term, he was a War Criminal. And everyone looked the other way because the White House did. June 19, 2014, with Mosul seized by ISIS, Barack Obama finally had enough of Nouri and began easing him out. Barack replaced him with Hayder al-Abadi.
This was supposed to be an improvement.
Hayder was Dawa (Nouri's political party) and he was State of Law (Nouri's political slate) and he was Nouri's buddy. For four years, Hayder was Little Nouri. Iraq has continued to suffer.
The Iraqi people have had enough.
Saturday, rockets were fired at the US mission in Baghdad.
That wasn't their only target.
Protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Basra, Iraq on.rt.com/9dvy
Caught for years between the governments of Iran and the US, is anyone really surprised that missions of both countries would be targeted today?
The Iraqi people don't want to be occupied. No one does.
US troops remain in Iraq for one purpose only: To occupy Iraq.
It's why Bully Boy Bush didn't declare victory after the fall of Baghdad in 2003. It's why the ongoing war is 15 years and counting. It's why US troops continue to die in Iraq.
The troops are there to continue the occupation.
It's an occupation that hides behind puppets and the puppets aren't even smart enough to try to offer small appeasement to the people. They're just greedy and grab everything they can while the people of Iraq suffer and do without.
The protests started in July and close to 100 protesters have been killed. But the western media has largely ignored these deaths as well as the protests. Attack the US and Iranian missions in Iraq and, suddenly, the western press is interested and suddenly violence has arrived. AP shrieked:
Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of Basra on Saturday, a day after protesters in the southern city stormed the Iranian consulate and torched government buildings in violence that rocked the oil-exporting Shiite heartland and sparked alarm across a conflict-weary country.
Masked troops in combat fatigues set up checkpoints and rode through the city center in black pickup trucks with heavy weapons mounted in the back. Security forces in Humvees deployed at intersections.
It's the third month of protests and protesters have been wounded in the hundreds and killed but only now is the western media concerned.
BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE BASRA Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi is under increasing pressure to resign after violent protests claimed the lives of 13 people in Basra last week.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrives in Basra, where protests over government neglect have escalated into deadly violence
They don't ponder whether this will fix anything. Nor do they seem keen on informing people that Hayder's previous visit didn't change a damn thing. Oh, yeah, this is his second visit.
We'll close with these tweets from Duaa Malik: