Tom Scocca @tomscocca
You go to Hell with the soul you have, not the soul you might want or wish to have at a later time
6:46 PM · Jun 30, 2021
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!
6:02 AM · Dec 31, 2019
Perfect timing, as always.
Wait, they haven’t erected the statues to honor George W. Bush yet.
Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
Event: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq.[….]
Iraq Travel Advisory
May 15, 2019
Iraq – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad.
The U.S. government’s ability to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq is extremely limited. On May 15, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil; normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts. On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. The American Citizens Services (ACS) Section at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Basrah.
U.S. citizens should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict, where they would face extreme personal risks (kidnapping, injury, or death) and legal risks (arrest, fines, and expulsion). The Kurdistan Regional Government stated that it will impose prison sentences of up to ten years on individuals who illegally cross the border. Additionally, fighting on behalf of, or supporting designated terrorist organizations, is a crime that can result in penalties, including prison time and large fines in the United States.
Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Iraq, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information, U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.
And, in April:
Iran Travel Advisory
April 9, 2019
Iran – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping, arrest, detention of U.S. citizens.
There is a very high risk of kidnapping, arrest, and detention of U.S. citizens in Iran, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens is often denied.
The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran.
Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Iran, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.[….]
The Tweet of War (May 14, 2019)
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
“It’s a mean & nasty world out there, the Middle East in particular. This is a long and historic commitment, & one that is absolutely vital to America’s national security.” @SecPompeo I agree 100%. In addition, many Billions of Dollars of purchases made in U.S., big Jobs & Oil!
5:58 AM – 22 Nov 2018
They have a plan.
Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 1 (June 18, 2010)
Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 20, 2010)
Ambassador John Bolton at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 3 (June 20, 2010)
Blood for oil (November 22, 2018)
Engaging in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D), speaking with Sean Hannity (r – right wingnut stooge) last night:
Sean Hannity Ducks Question About Trump’s Support For Iraq War
This is the guy Trump says he confided to about his war opposition.
10/10/2016 02:44 am ET
“….And you were the only one that knew that secret,” McCaskill replied. “Right?”
Hannity became flustered.
“No, I don’t ― that was the other, that was the issue of whether or not he should go,” he said.
“I think he said you were the only one that knew the secret that he was opposed to the war,” pressed McCaskill.
“No, we actually had midnight conversations about whether or not Iraq was a thing,” he said, not actually answering the question.
“We can go on like this for a while, you know,” McCaskill laughed….
Yes, that’s our Claire.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): needling Donald (May 22, 2016)
That’s our Claire (August 12, 2016)
That’s our Claire – part 2 (August 20, 2016)
That’s our Claire – part 3 (August 31, 2016)
That’s our Claire – part 4 (September 14, 2016)
The former Secretary of Defense, today, via Twitter:
Donald Rumsfeld @RumsfeldOffice
At 83, I am close to losing hope that I will live to see a flat tax. 9:05 AM – 18 Apr 2016
And some of the responses:
jeff rotkoff @jrotkoff
.@RumsfeldOffice – you go to war with the tax structure you have, not the tax structure you want. (PS you are a very bad person) 9:16 AM – 18 Apr 2016
maria lia calvo @MariaLiaCalvo
@RumsfeldOffice At 41, I am close to losing hope that you will ever be tried for war crimes. 9:36 AM – 18 Apr 2016
@RumsfeldOffice We had to fund your shitty war, heaven forbid you might someday have to actually fund your own war crimes, cripes. 10:31 AM – 18 Apr 2016
John the Vaptist @DamnManly
Hey at least you got to see a flat Iraq @RumsfeldOffice 10:00 AM – 18 Apr 2016
That’s just a small sample, there’s plenty more.
A Small Clique Of Legal Extremists… (February 24, 2008)
….In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, the Senate Democratic leader [Harry Reid] said no one with “any degree of intelligence” should agree with the former vice president [Dick Cheney], who strongly opposes the agreement.
“I’m sorry, I cannot hold back a smile,” Reid said just hours after Cheney delivered a stinging rebuke of the deal. “There are a lot of good reasons for this deal. But the best is that Cheney’s against it. I mean, think about this: The architect of the worst foreign policy decision in the history of America – to invade Iraq. Look what it has done. Why would anyone with any degree of intelligence agree with him?”
Meanwhile, Missouri 4th Congressional District Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) can’t help herself:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Congress votes this week on the President’s #IranDeal. Read why I am against this bad deal. #NoNuclearIran [….[ 12:01 PM – 8 Sep 2015
Richard Mayhew at Balloon Juice:
….2001 to 2015 contains an interesting case study of policy implementation and formulation by reactionaries and liberals in the United States. The liberal policy project was to greatly expand health insurance coverage while reducing total societal cost growth of health care spending. The conservative goal was to break and remake Iraq. One is succeeding, the other is a Hydra headed cluster-fuck….
….any one who cheerleaded for the invasion of Iraq and believed that there was exclusively Good News ™ and painted schools in Iraq for the first decade of this century and then argues that a fairly straightforward health care coverage expansion is impossible should be ignored as they’ve proven that they have anti-judgement.
This, this, a thousand times this.
Sarah Felts @sarahfelts
#JonStewart on #BrianWilliams’s suspension: “Finally someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq War.” 9:41 PM – 10 Feb 2015
Don’t hold your breath for more.
Top Conservative Cat @TeaPartyCat
Obama won’t name the bombing mission against ISIS, so I think we should name it for him, right? Use #NameISISbombingmission 9:20 AM – 9 Aug 2014
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@TeaPartyCat Operation Pottery Barn #NameISISbombingmission 9:26 AM – 9 Aug 2014