Iraq Update 7.7.2014
There is very sparse network news coverage regarding Iraq in the United States. Even Google News has now replaced it’s leading stories on Iraq with dismal news coming out of Israel of the never ending “tit-for-tat” killings which were all instigated by the murder of three Israeli teens several days ago by the Palestinians. But just because the American news media is being instructed behind the scenes by the Obama WH to “minimize” their reporting on Iraq, that doesn’t mean that the dire situation is lessening. It looks like a possible “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” game is now being played with American TV viewers about Iraq. Whoever decides what will finally appear on evening news broadcasts each night is deciding to try to leave the American people in the dark at this moment. There is no way that the disintegrating conditions in Baghdad can be reduced to four minutes of sound bites, but that’s what they are broadcasting. That’s troubling in and of itself as an indicator of what actual conditions in Baghdad must really be like, and only makes me more irate that we are being fed such highly censored, pre-edited snippets of news out of the region.
It seems to me that we are now closer to a darkening “flashpoint” moment in the Mideast than at any other time in recent memory. That being the case, I should not have to run Google searches to find extended news reports out of the region. Agreed?
I learned this morning that back in November of 2013, just about 8-9 months ago, Iraq’s Prime Minister Al Maliki made a special trip to the Obama White House to request that the US send our military back into Iraq. As I recall from last fall, I don’t remember seeing this visit as making any headlines here in the states. So it’s safe to say that the Obama White House has had PLENTY of advance warning that this meltdown was not only likely, but was well on it’s way to taking place, months and months ago. Cited:
“On November 1, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the White House, and made a rather stunning request. Maliki, who celebrated when the last U.S. troops left his country in 2011, asked Obama to quietly send the military back into Iraq and help his beleagured Air Force develop targets for air strikes; that’s how serious the threat from Sunni insurgents led by the extremist group ISIS had become.”
“It’s simply not true that nobody saw a disaster like the fall of Mosul coming,” Ali Khedery, who served as a senior adviser at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, told The Daily Beast. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but I literally predicted this in verbal warnings and in writing in 2010 that Iraq would fall apart.”
Iraq Update 7.5.2014
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi families have been forced to flee cities like Mosul which have been falling to ISIS terrorists since mid June 2014. There is no normalcy in Iraq. There is only the fractured remnants of an ‘all but failed’ nation, shattered by sectarian warring between Sunni and Shia factions within Islam. The US spent 3/4 of a trillion dollars in Iraq, and the war cost more than 4,500 American lives. More than 25,000 came home maimed with lost limbs and shattered by PTSD. The magnitude of this tragedy cannot be minimized by the US mainstream media’s brief and highly edited coverage of unfolding events in what we used to call ‘Iraq’.
“The video, uploaded to websites including YouTube, purports to show Abu Bakr Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State, an Al Qaeda offshoot, leading prayers in the Grand Mosque in Mosul, the site of a devastating military attack by Baghdadi’s forces last month that has helped ignite a Sunni uprising in large swaths of Iraq.
Baghdadi, previously known only thorugh grainy mug shots and audio messages exhorting Sunnis to rise up and fight against infidels, appears as a bearded figure wearing the group’s signature black clothing and delivering a sermon from the pulpit, said to be during noon prayers on Friday.
In the speech, he congratulated fighters for the group, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, for taking over much of the region from the Aleppo area of Syria east into northern Iraq. The group has declared that it is now running an Islamic caliphate in the area it controls, which Baghdadi said was established “after many years of jihad and patience and fighting the enemies of Allah.”
Iraq Update 6.29.2014
Photos and reports posted on the Hindu Times today allege that ISIS terrorists massacred at least 160 Iraqi men in Tikrit earlier this month. One day after I updated this page with a very loud call for the US military to send in attack drones to stop the advance of ISIS on 6.27.2014, the next day it was reported that US military strike drones were now deployed in Iraq. I am not assuming there is any relationship between those two events, but it is a damned excellent coincidence. Had those US military strike drones been called in on June 12th, the Iraqi army may have had a snowball’s chance in hell of rolling back the ISIS onslaught and saving Baghdad. One type of lightening strike calls for another in times of sudden war.
I’m no expert, but at this point I do believe that Baghdad will fall. It’s so tragic, there are no words for it.
Too little was done during the critical first 12-14 days of this siege. Even American news networks were looking the other way, reporting endlessly on the 20 year anniversary of the OJ Simpson trial [ Who give a damn? ] while ISIS stormed Mosul and took the city in 24 hours. Various officials in the Obama White House have made the absurd claim that they “were taken by surprise” by sudden breaking disintegrating events in Iraq. Does anyone who follows world events actually believe that? Does the White House really believe that the saturation of US households by intentionally broadcast displays of all-out idiocracy on our ‘news’ channels’ has now ruined our collective ability to actually discern which parts of actuality are newsworthy – and which aren’t? Did they believe if they broadcast enough junk and pass it off as news – that the American people would JUST IGNORE the sudden ominous and terrible collapse of Iraq, and keep passing the popcorn box???
News pundits in the US continue to question how the Obama White House “could have been taken by surprise” by the sudden and terrible events in Iraq which have unfolded since June 11th. I personally find it hard to believe the president didn’t know what was brewing. After all, he is a 3rd generation CIA man himself.
Was “looking the other way while letting Iraq fall to pieces” a deliberate action by the Obama White House, and if so, for God’s sake: WHY?
“The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that lawmakers were briefed more than a year ago that the al Qaeda-inspired group now wreaking havoc in Iraq had access to a large number of Western passports and sought to carry out attacks against the U.S. and its allies in Europe.”
Quoted from Kurdish media:
“Iraq as a state established according to the Sykes – Picot agreement and especially after 1932 existed as an imposed entity. There’s no any constitutional, political and moral principles left for any coexistence of the Kurds, the Sunnis, the Shiites, the Christian and the Assyrians. Iraq is considered now as the most unsuccessful country in the world. Iraq was much stronger and more solid when it was handed over by the U.S. to the Shiites’ leaders. They don’t seem to have taken any lessons from the past quarter of a century ruling of the Sunnis. So they have repeated the same political and historical mistakes. ” – Gazi Hassan, Kurdish Globe.net
Iraq Update 6.28.2014
In the first day of good news to come out of Iraq in weeks, it’s being reported today on the BBC news website that the Iraqi army launched it’s own “sudden Blitzkrieg” against ISIS terrorists who were holding the city of Tikrit and routed the insurgents, killing 60 of them. The Iraqi army attacked at once from all four sides, overwhelming the ISIS thugs. Here’ the news link:
Iraq Update 6.26.2014
Cited, courtesy of the BBC:
“I’ll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US],” Mr Maliki said.
“We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened,” he went on.
He said Iraq was acquiring second-hand jet fighters from Russia and Belarus “that should arrive in Iraq in two or three days”.
With sectarian boundaries ever more delineated in fracturing Iraq, American public opinion is fairly split right down the middle as to how much our own military should be involved in the melee. Younger Americans tend to believe “this is not our war” as the aptly titled article on Slate reads this morning. Older Americans, who well recall that “doing too little too late” can result in disaster. Many Americans still have clear memories of the opening moments of World War 2, when the UK stalled and did nothing during the opening salvos of Hitler’s ‘blitzkrieg’ European land grab, only to be suddenly showered with bombs and have their nation nearly destroyed by a newly out-of-control fascist Germany.
Inaction is a bold and somewhat reckless gamble. Moderate military action may be ineffective and futile. Bold aggressive military action risks the ire of the American people, who it’s reasonable to assume, are both sick and tired or war, and sick and tired of the Mideast saga that never ends, which has already nearly bankrupted the nation, if truth be told.
Since there will be no official ‘boots on the ground’, I continue to make a loud call for an army of US military drones be unleashed on ISIS strongholds which would rival the locusts of Egypt, with US intelligence directing their strikes to decimate leadership in the ranks of the ISIS army. Find the head of the snake and cut it off. Use drones to do this. Keep our people out, but send the robots IN, and keep them there. Make the daily existence of an ISIS foot soldier so miserable that the YouTube recruiting videos made by ISIS are replaced with new footage showing scenes of their own armies’ carnage, brought about by US military drone strikes which never end. Make it worth the untold billions we have spent on this military technology and USE the DRONES to put an end to the expansion of the ISIS insurgency.
From assault “hummingbirds” to nano insect drones, to the clomping stomping mule drones, overhead assault drones, everything we’ve got: use advanced drone robotics to fight the ISIS insurgency – and do it with enough finesse to have justified the expense of building and developing these little high tech killing machines. Go after it. Now is the moment for the US military to actually show forth a glimmer of brilliance on the battlefield in [what used to be ] Iraq, without the loss of another single living US soldier in Iraq. That’s what I want to see happen. American tax dollars paid for all this – let’s actually see what it can do to make it worth the terrible terrible cost of going to war in Iraq.
Because if we do nothing, this – ISIS inspired terror attacks – will all be on our doorstep on US soil in less than 2 years. We need aggressive military brilliance via drone use right now in the northern Iraq wastelands where ISIS has gathered, and we need it now, not later.
Examples of the Newest US Military Drone Technology from DARPA
“It’s now taken for granted by most Iraqi politicians that the Sunnis have carved out their own area, and that things will never be the same. ” – BBC news correspondent
Iraq Update 6.25.2014
Iraq Prime Minister Maliki has rejected suggestions and counsel by the US via visiting Secretary of State John Kerry that Iraq form a new more inclusive government which would give Sunnis a greater voice. This decision, in effect, might have the result of guaranteeing that Baghdad will most likely fall within a month or two, possibly less. The BBC news service reported today that ISIS fighters predict that ‘Baghdad will fall within a month’. This would make the sudden implosion and collapse of Iraq one of the most stunning foreign policy defeats in recent memory for the United States. Mideast watchers have noted that the warning signs were all there for the past three years – that a sudden and overwhelming insurgency could derail the Maliki government. So it would not be an accurate statement to say that “no one saw this coming.” The problem has been that the right people inside the Pentagon and the White House who did see this coming chose not to act. And now it may be too late.
The first 90 of a total of 300 “military advisers” have now arrived in Iraq to help the Iraqi army make a stand for Baghdad, but I do not have much confidence that the battle will go the way Maliki wishes it would. There seems to be a huge disparity between what is ‘actuality on the ground’ in Iraq and what Maliki believes can take place. I’m not really sure this man will live to see the end of the year, and he may even be found trying to flee the country within 8 to 12 weeks. That’s just an intuition I have. Living in a state of catastrophic denial is not conducive to clear headed governance of one’s fracturing nation.
Here are today’s headlines:
Syrian Warplanes Strike in Western Iraq
Maps being published from diverse news sources are in dispute as to exactly how much of Iraq is presently under ISIS control. Deals are being made daily by ISF forces supposedly loyal to Baghdad, which then cede territories to ISIS, remove their military uniforms, and don civilian clothing.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Iraq yesterday under heavy security, commencing urgent national security talks with Iraqi leaders as ISIS seized control of more cities and more territory in the north, seizing control of two more border crossings in Syria and Jordan. Tal Afar fell to ISIS on 6.22.2014 with more new reports of Iraqi commanders and soldiers laying down their arms and fleeing to the north. Maliki’s government representatives described this shameful all too familiar cowardly scene in Tal Afar as a “tactical withdrawal” by ISF forces.
A map of ISIS controlled regions is now beginning to look like a large noose being drawn around Baghdad, closing ever tighter. The problem is, the maps being published from differing sources don’t match.
“In Baghdad on Monday, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promised Kerry he would form a new government by July 1, following recent elections that preceded the current crisis, as militants reportedly captured the Baiji refinery, the country’s largest.”
In a huge strategic military blunder, President Obama and the US military lost precious time in the days since June 12th pontificating about various prospects and pursuing near futile attempts to rouse the government ofIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik into reasonable rapid action. The tragic facts must be faced: the existing government of Iraq has neither the competence nor the will to defend it’s own existence and protect the Iraqi people from fast approaching final chaos.
“The failure of the Iraqi government in including the Sunnis and giving them positions in the government and so on and so forth has [had] a direct effect” on the ISIS’s strategic success…”
Had rapid fire US military strike drones been deployed immediately upon the seize of Mosul, much of the subsequent gains achieved by ISIS could have at least been slowed. That didn’t happen. The day Mosul fell Barack Obama got on a jet and traveled to Palm Springs California to play golf.
The blitzkrieg style attacks being launched every few days by ISIS are being met with no military response to speak of and no opposing force. If this continues for even one more week, the borders of Jordan and Turkey will be threatened and all painfully gained stability in the Mideast could collapse entirely. I have just as much distaste for renewed war in the Mideast as the next war weary American, but doing nothing in the next 14 days will embolden ISIS movements and recruiting efforts to a possible tipping point. I am imploring our military leaders in the US to begin deploying military attack drones immediately to halt the advance of the fanatical terror group ISIS, before Jordan is breached.
The image below taken from a Turkish blog which is following the spread of ISIS shows a much more conservative estimate of how much territory the group actually controls:
Iraq Update 6.20.2014
The situation in Iraq seems to be both deteriorating and escalating wildly at the same time, as US lawmakers fiddle with the legal technicalities of various ideas and approaches as to how exactly to proceed. It appears that no one wants to be the specified final decision maker regarding immediate military actions, as they might bear the brunt of any public lashback, so they bat prospects back and forth as a dismayed American citizenry watches helplessly while Iraq burns. Obama states he doesn’t need congressional approval to make military decisions about Iraq, then proceeds to doodle dawdle over which exact decision he will actually finally make, changing his official verbiage on the matter about every 24 hours. “300 Special Forces” aka troops have now become “300 military advisors”, not to be confused with “boots on the ground” and so on.
I’m of the mind that these 300 special-forces-aka-military-advisors will most likely float slightly above the ground via convenient anti-gravity devices in Iraq so that they won’t technically qualify as “boots on the ground”.
Congress is just as tragically comical: squirming around, as all possible military options appear to be too little, too late, or too terrible to consider. We seem to be officially paralyzed in the present by our military past in Iraq. All eyes are watching the horrible fiasco unfurl like a slow motion train wreck, and little or nothing is being done.
To underscore former General Petraeus’ recent comments, lightening hot drone strikes were needed in rapid fire succession north of Baghdad LAST WEEK on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, which would have slowed or possibly halted the advance of the emboldened ISIS maniacs. I am not a military strategist, but this was instantly apparent. There are certain decisions which must be made with the lightening speed commeasurate to the pace of unfolding events. There are no other options when faced with a fast moving deranged terrorist force but to immediately dismantle it using drone power before it garners enough force to penetrate Baghdad. This is what should have been done within 12 hours of learning of the fall of Mosul. And as I love to say, it was NOT rocket science.
Instead President Obama jetted off to Palm Springs to play golf. This sent a disastrous message to the American people, to watching world leaders, to ISIS and to the Iraqi people. During certain historic moments etched into the Akasha for all time and space, you do not get a karmic “do-over” Mr. Obama. The images of you putting on the golf course as 10 years of cash, blood, sweat, tears and agony poured out by US servicemen and their families in Iraq was swept away in one week is one we will not soon forget. Here are today’s early headlines:
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Iraq Update 6.18.2014
In the fast moving melee which Iraq has become in the last 10 days, it was unclear what, if any, military actions the US would take to avert a collapse of the teetering Mideast state. Obama has continued to insist that “support and advisory” troops will not act as “boots on the ground” – but instead will form joint centers of military strategy and planned actions to thwart and roll back the ISIS insurgency, acting from within Baghdad to protect the city. It was reported yesterday that Obama had stated he will not need the support of Congress for any actions in Iraq he might choose to pursue. John Kerry will travel to Baghdad to pursue solutions which will end the sectarian strife between Shia and Sunni Islam within Iraq, which is in essence the core reason for recent events. Those animosities are both deep and ancient, and the prospects for a brokered deal to mend the breach between the two factions inside of Iraq are bleak at best. Below are today’s headlines out of Iraq:
Cited: “Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — As Islamic militants continue their murderous advance across Iraq, they have a new target in their sights: the city of Baquba, less than 40 miles north of Baghdad.
Gun battles erupted in the city, only a 45-minute drive from the capital, on Tuesday as fighters and Iraqi government forces clashed.
Civilians are fleeing violence there and elsewhere in Iraq even as the United States bolsters its manpower in the region while it mulls what action to take.
According to a Baquba police official and an official in the Baquba governor’s office, militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have “made a great advance on Baquba” and are pushing very hard to take it, but the city has not fallen.”
At London’s Daily Mail, “The boy jihadis: Sickening new images reveal gun-toting children as young as eight watching ISIS execution as Shia prison guards ‘slaughter 44 Sunni inmates north of Baghdad’.”
Cited on 6.14.2014
“Leading Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni extremists as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital’s defences.
“Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose,” Mr Sistani’s representative announced on his behalf during the main weekly prayers in the Shi’ite shrine city of Karbala.
“He who sacrifices for the cause of defending his country and his family and his honour will be a martyr.’’
The deteriorating situation in the key global oil supplier reverberated through financial markets yesterday, sending oil prices sharply higher, pushing US stocks lower and igniting the latest rally in safe-haven bonds.
On the ground, US-armed and trained Iraqi security forces put up almost no fight throughout the militants’ rout as they captured major cities, witnesses said.
Iraq’s government girded to protect the capital from advancing insurgents, as Iranian security officials said their forces had joined the battle on Baghdad’s side and the US weighed military assistance, including air strikes.”
6.12.204: Boehner: “Obama ‘taking a nap’ on Iraq”
A writer for the Huffington Post is as riddled with questions about all of this as I am:
“First things first: the Blitzkrieg advance of the jihadist ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is astonishing. Why was such an invasion, which required extensive planning and gathering of fighters, not scoped out by the intelligence services of several highly equipped countries, including the U.S.? How is it possible that ISIS has taken over several major Iraqi cities with so few fighters, estimated at between three and five thousand? Mosul alone has a population of 1.8 million. How could so few invaders take it so easily, then take Tikrit, threaten Kirkuk and head toward Baghdad? How is it that a major Iraqi defense force collapsed and deserted in the face of a few hundred ISIS attackers?” See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronald-tiersky/isis-what-does-it-mean-fo_b_5489756.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics
Cited: “More than 90,000 Iraqi soldiers deserted rather than confront ISIS militants, according to the official close to Maliki’s office who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the news media.”
On 6.12.2014 I came out of “news blogging retirement” and launched the following tirade below against the incompetent useless tripe manufacturing industry that we are forced to endure in the United States which is referred to comically as “the news media.” About 5-6 hours later, one by one, the major news networks began to reluctantly begin reporting what was taking place in Iraq. The reader might not believe me, but I think there is a cause and effect relationship going on there.
Earlier I wrote on 6.12.2014:
“Iraq is Falling to ISIS Jihadi Terrorists and the American TV News Media Doesn’t Care”
Finally around 2 pm pacific time on 6.12.2014, the US based news media people seemed to finally grasp the gravity of what was taking place, and periodic “light” reports began to be broadcast. I still find it unnerving that it took American news orgs fully 3 days to get their heads around this story and set aside their filler content to begin to actually report ACTUALITY as it was taking place in Iraq.
What’s wrong with American news reporting organizations? Is the script so concrete that they are literally not allowed to deviate from it until “cleared” to do so? It was inexcusable that I had to wait for 3 long days – 72 hours – for US news media outlets to begin reporting what was being broadcast all over the internet about the crisis in Iraq.
Were it not for the hard work of the BBC I would not have learned of this urgent world event for 3 long days after it began to unfold. It took the American news media fully 3 days to STOP talking about OJ Simpson and get on board that there was a news event breaking out of the Mideast which could alter the history of the world and re-draw the borders of nations there.
THANK GOD some news org out there is awake at the wheel, because it certainly is not the American news reporting community, which is either collectively on vacation, or has been instructed in their news scripts to ‘IGNORE Iraq events’.
“How do wildfires begin to burn out of control? We all know they begin with smaller fires, which then are whipped by high winds and begin spreading faster than firefighters can arrive to quench the smaller scattered flames. That is the easiest way to describe what is happening right now in the Mideast. A series of small fires ignited by ISIS is building toward a wildfire of renewed war and violence which will be impossible to put out in just a few more months. It’s not rocket science and I am not a military woman, but I’m not blind. What we have here is a growing conflagration, and it must be extinguished NOW, before it spreads into to Israel and every other important city of the Mideast which values the attributes of civilized living over chaos and sudden violent death.” – author, Screenshots news blog on 6.12.2014
During the events of the past three days in Iraq, [ 6.9.14 through 6.12.2014 ] I have repeatedly scoured every TV news outlet I can find, looking for ANY in-depth reporting which would attempt to explain to the American people how the bitter war in Iraq – including military aid work rendered over 13 years, the terrible cost of 1+ trillion dollars spent, 4,500 American lives lost, 12,000+ US soldiers maimed, and nearly 200,000 Iraqis lost – could suddenly come crashing down down to the ground and be washed away in three short days, as ISIS Jihadi terrorists swept down into Iraq and took city after city, virtually unopposed.
“The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and looted $450 million from it’s banks, becoming the world’s richest terror group.” – IBT News
In the video below watch the street scenes closely and you will see several BRAND NEW US military vehicles sitting in ruins in the streets, burning. Many others are being hauled off to Syria to be used to fight Jihad in that “ruinous heap” against the tyrant Assad. Those burning tanks are your tax dollars. That is your kids’ debt to the FED that they will be paying on for the rest of their natural lives, now stolen from the crumbling Iraqi military and being ported away to be used to wage Jihad in the Mideast. I don’t doubt that many of those expensive US armaments, including missiles, tanks, rifles, etc will end up being used to attack Israel at some point very soon. The American people had better pay attention right here, right now, to what is happening in Iraq. You paid for all this, and your children will continue to pay for it for decades to come. You better sit up and take notice.
The preposterously inadequate news report below RE: Iraq aired at 3 am in the dead of night from ABC News and lasted exactly 15 seconds. Are you kidding? Do you believe NOW that scripted TV news operates to “blacklist” certain news stories, no matter how urgent or important they are? These reporters spent more time chuckling about a man in Florida who was feeding alligators, than they spent reporting the most important news story in the Mideast in more than 60 years. THAT’S PSYCHOTIC. That’s “denial” of actuality on a scale that makes me shiver. That’s the kind of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” news reporting that lead directly to 9-11, when all the signs were there, and no one was paying attention.
How could this happen? And why has the American news media chosen to stand aside and virtually refuse to report the story?
I reported on 6.12.2014: “It is my understanding from what little I have been able to glean off of alt news sites, that between 30,000 and 90,000 Iraqi troops, all of whom had been meticulously trained and armed by the US military over the past 8 years, for the most part simply laid down their arms, disrobed, changed into civilian clothes, left their military uniforms lying in the dust, and fled, as a mere 800 ISIS insurgents stormed into Mosul and took the city with virtually no opposition. Many deserting soldiers reported that their own commanders had ordered them to stand down and leave. It’s believed by some that Iraqi military commanders had cut a secret deal with ISIS prior to their attacks on Iraqi cities. It was also reported that Iraqi military commanders were the first to flee the coming confrontation, leaving thousands of their own enlisted men with no commanders to lead them. Most of the abandoned Iraqi soldiers then followed suit, and in the biggest act of collective cowardice observed in the modern era, they too removed their uniforms, left their rifles lying in the street, and fled to their homes, where they gathered their families and left the city. By several hours later highways were clogged with tens of thousands of vehicles trying to get out of Mosul, most heading for the northern border of Iraq that leads into Kurdistan. THAT unbelievable report, is what I am finding on the few US based sites and newscasts which have made an effort to report the gist of the story on how Mosul fell in 12 short hours. On 6.11.2014 while all of this was taking place, nearly every news outlet in the United States was re-telling the OJ Simpson story instead of reporting any news out of Iraq.”
Outrage does not begin to describe my own personal emotional reactions to what is taking place. As if the events themselves were not catastrophic enough to rivet the sudden attention of the entire free world – back toward the heart of the Mideast – our own news organizations in the US have utterly failed to even begin to address the magnitude of these events or to adequately report them to the American people. We need the astute reporting of alternative news media now as never before.
All I can do is to urgently call upon all alternative news media people, journalists, bloggers, videographers who might be close to, or in the region of the mayhem, to post and report as much as you can about actual conditions on the ground, as our own news media here in the US is failing the American people on a scale I have never seen, as they insist on ignoring the biggest news story out of the Mideast since 1947.
At what point do the American people besiege their news media to URGENTLY begin reporting the actual news, and to cease and desist wasting our time with trifles, if this is NOT that moment?
“Ultimately, ISIS seeks to create an Islamic state from where they would launch a global holy war. Perhaps that war is now beginning as Baghdadi’s ISIS eclipses Zawahiri’s al-Qaeda.”
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