Sometimes a person dies and the news of it makes me breathe a sigh of relief that a devil incarnate has exited the building.
I bring you news of the death of Ahmed Chalabi!
Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False Iraq WMD Intelligence, Dies at 71
Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, who played a key role in pushing for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, has died at the age of 71. Chalabi was the former head of the Iraqi National Congress, a CIA-funded Iraqi exile group that helped drum up pre-war claims that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction and had links to al-Qaeda. Chalabi provided bogus intelligence to the Bush administration, U.S. lawmakers and journalists.
Democracy Now! closely covered the rise and fall of Chalabi over the past 15 years.
Highlights from past coverage:
The Empire says, "Bernie is unelectable".
In Appalling Statement, Chicago Mayor Blames City's Soaring Murder Toll on Police Not Being AggressiIn Appalling Statement, Chicago Mayor Blames City's Soaring Murder Toll on Police Not Being Aggressive Enough
We have allowed our police department to get fetal and it is having a direct consequence, Emanuel told U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. They have pulled back from the ability to interdict . . . they dont want to be a news story themselves, they dont want their career ended early, and its having an impact.
Looking for Bernie's statement...
Why is U.S. Refusing an Independent Investigation if it's So Clear its Hospital Airstrike was an "AcWhy is U.S. Refusing an Independent Investigation if it's So Clear its Hospital Airstrike was an "Accident"? (The Intercept)
Many Americans, and especially a large percentage of the nations journalists, need no investigation to know that this was nothing more than a terrible, tragic mistake. They believe that Americans, and especially their military, are so inherently good and noble and well-intentioned that none would ever knowingly damage a hospital. John McCain expressed this common American view and the primary excuse now accompanying it stuff happens on NPR this morning:
Prisoners in maximum-security jail undertaking college courses beat Ivy League students who had won a national title only months ago
Months after winning a national title, Harvards debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates.
The showdown took place at the Eastern Correctional Facility in New York, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard college, and where inmates have formed a popular debate club. Last month they invited the Ivy League undergraduates and this years national debate champions over for a friendly competition.
The Harvard debate team was crowned world champions in 2014. But the inmates are building a reputation of their own. In the two years since they started a debate club, the prisoners have beaten teams from the US military academy at West Point and the University of Vermont. The competition with West Point, which is now an annual affair, has grown into a rivalry.
At Bard, those who helped teach the inmates were not particularly surprised by their success.
White House tries to promote TPP on Twitter, fails in EPIC fashion. I have not found one positive reply to their tweet. This thing is HATED.
On Thursday, in Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic, we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscows involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize whats taking shape in the Middle East:Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran and Damascus thus preserving the counterbalance to the US-Saudi-Qatar alliance.
Meanwhile, Iran gets to enjoy the support of the Russian military juggernaut on the way to protecting the delicate regional nexus that is the source of Tehrans Mid-East influence. It is absolutely critical for Iran to keep Assad in power, as the loss of Syria to the West would effectively cut the supply line between Iran and Hezbollah.
It would be difficult to overstate the significance of what appears to be going on here. This is nothing short of a Middle Eastern coup, as Iran looks to displace Saudi Arabia as the regional power broker and as Russia looks to supplant the US as the superpower puppet master.
Hillary Clintons press secretary says he doesnt know what the word wiped means in reference to his bosss private email server.
I dont know what wiped means, Brian Fallon told CNNs Brianna Keilar on Thursday in response to whether the server Clinton handed over to the FBI was wiped.
Theres been no I dont know what wiped means, literally the emails were deleted off of the server, thats true, he repeated later in the interview.
Like with a cloth or something? Clinton replied at an August press conference when asked whether she wiped her server.