Okay, C.I. filling in for Rebecca tonight. She will be back tomorrow but she had a family thing that came up at the last minute. Before it did, she had spoken to Ruth who said everyone should put the year-in-review pieces at the top of their writings tonight:
Kat's "Kat's Korner: 2012 In Music" Ruth's "Ruth's Radio Report 2012," "2012 in Books (Martha & Shirley)" and Ann's "2012 Best in Film (Ann and Stan)" and Stan's "2012 Best in Film (Ann and Stan)" which we reposted "2012 Best in Film (Ann and Stan)," Third's "TV: The New Conformity," "2012 Killer of the Year," "2012 TV Person of the Year," "2012 Movie of the Year," "2012 Person of the Year," "Kennedy Trait of 2012: Racism," "2012 Book of the Year," and "2012 Trend: Bad attempts at make overs," and "2012: The Year of Avoidance."
Now what are we going to talk about?
Iraq. Specifically, the lies of Icky Vicky Nuland.
The State Dept wants to spend $4.8 billion US tax dollars in Iraq this year. But they're unable to even update on Iraq regularly.
They spend more money in Iraq currently than they do in any other country.
Under Bully Boy Bush, the State Dept had to offer weekly reports (during the last years of his second term) about what was taking place in Iraq. Yet now, they don't offer these reports despite the billions they spend. If the government is spending tax dollars in Iraq, the American people have a right to know (a) what the money is being spend on and (b) to measure the success or failure of the State Dept's work. Instead, the State Dept believes it can work in secret. (We are aware that DoD's spending at least $508 million in Iraq this fiscal year, aren't we? If not, let me know and I'll include it in tomorrow's snapshot.)
Victoria Nuland is a neocon. Before she worked for the State Dept under Barack, she was helping Dick Cheney plan the illegal Iraq War. Nuland was Dick's Deputy National Security Advisor.
Now the neocon's been made the face of the State Dept instead of being shunned. (She's married to Robert Kagan who is a famous neocon. That makes her sister-in-law to the neocon couple Fred and Kimberly Kagan. If this is new to you, click here.)
As State Dept spokesperson, Icky Vicky either ignores Iraq or distorts it. Mainly she ignores it. This is from today's State Dept press briefing.
QUESTION: On Iraq?
MS. NULAND: Please. On Iraq, go ahead.
QUESTION: On Iraq, what do you make of the protest in Iraq? I mean, obviously, there are more – they’re now in Anbar, in Mosul, and they’re even – they’ve moved to the – blocking the highway that connects Iraq into Syria and Jordan, the international highway, and they’re protesting against the – Maliki’s regime, their government, they’re against what they call sectarian practices, arresting women and torturing them. That’s – these are their claims. What do you make of these protests?
MS. NULAND: Well, first, let me just make the general statement that we always make, which is that we support the right of peaceful protest around the world. That said, we have been concerned by violence by parties during these protests, and we call on all those involved to exercise restraint, to respect that right of peaceful expression, and to apply that right responsibly without inciting further tensions. And any actions by any party to subvert the rule of law or provoke ethnic and sectarian tensions risks undermining the significant progress that Iraq has made towards peace and stability, and the important work that the U.S. and Iraq have been doing together.
So we want to see these difficult issues settled through consultation among Iraqi leaders, and we want to see them reach an agreement on the path forward for Iraq.
What world is that idiot living on? And she got away with that description. Sunday, Saleh al-Mutlaq (a Sunni politician seen as a sell-out by many Sunnis) tried to show up at a Ramadi protest.
In December 2011, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq were both targeted by Nouri. But while Nouri went to town on Tareq, he backed off on al-Mutlaq. For weeks and weeks before Nouri finally backed off, reports covered al-Mutlaq meeting with Nouri. Rumors flew that al-Mutlaq was cutting his own deal and agreeing to anything. (This while Iraqiya was standing up to Nouri -- Iraqiya is the political slate Tareq and al-Mutlaq belong to.) Saleh al-Mutlaq denied to the press that he was cutting his own deal but, in May, Nouri officially dropped his efforts to remove Saleh al-Mutlaq as Deputy Prime Minister. With those moves and feeling that al-Mutlaq betrayed Sunnis on the no-confidence vote in May, it's no surprise that al-Mutlaq wasn't welcomed in Ramadi.
From Monday's snapshot, here's what supposedly happened in Ramadi on Sunday:
Protests continued on Sunday with most of the press attention going to Ramadi where Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq was involved in an incident. Chen Zhi (Xinhua) reports that al-Mutlaq's office issued a statement claiming there was an assassination attempt on him while he was by the protesters and, following the assassination attempt, his bodyguards fired on the protesters. His office also claims that his bodyguards were injured. Citing witnesses and video, AP states that the bodygaurds fired on protesters who were making demands and throwing "rocks and bottles." AP notes that two protesters were injured by the gunshots. Reuters speaks with local witnesses and ends up with the same sequence of events AP has. Salma Abdelaziz, Yousuf Basil and Mohammed Lazim (CNN) report:
Some demonstrators Sunday called for al-Multaq, who is Sunni, to submit his resignation to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government. Protesters chanted, "Leave! Leave!" and threw stones at him, witnesses told CNN.
The deputy prime minister's bodyguards opened fire in an attempt to disperse the crowd as protesters hurled stones at the stage, Anbar provincial council member Suhaib al-Rawi told CNN. A protester with a gunshot wound was among five people injured, al-Rawi said. Details about the other injuries were not immediately clear.
That's the only 'violence.' And Nuland's babbling on as though the protests -- which have been going on for days now -- since the 21st, in fact -- have been violent?
She's such a neocon. The fact that Barack would allow a neocon -- especially one so well connected in the neocon heirarchy -- to be a spokesperson for the administration goes to the fact that Barack was not that much against the Iraq War.
Now here's today's "Iraq snapshot:"'