Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
. This story
is truly horrifying -- and no, I don't think that it's propaganda. (Although if you have evidence that it is, please pass it along.)
As I read the article, one question popped out at me: How could we have this level of detail about what al-Baghdadi has been doing and not
be able to target him? I'm not a big fan of drones, but Obama has certainly authorized their use on less
Bob Parry on the Great Neocon Comeback. Memories of the Iraq war disaster
are making it difficult for the neocons to push the U.S. into war with Iran. Parry focuses on Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt, a notorious booster of the Iraq debacle. Hiatt says that anyone who brings up his past is a meanie who won't play fair. On the topic of Iraq, Hiatt sounds like he's trying out for the broadway version of Duck Soup
: "To war, to war, to war we're going to go..."
Hiatt also faults Obama for not issuing a serious war threat to Iran, a missing ultimatum that explains why the nuclear agreement falls “so far short.” Hiatt adds: “war is not always avoidable, and the judicious use of force early in a crisis, or even the threat of force, can sometimes forestall worse bloodshed later.”
Good god. This man is a maniac.
we maintain the peace with Iran? The Iranians are not bellicose. The last time they started a war, men in this country were still wearing tricorner hats.
Parry reminds his readers of the shameful role Hiatt played in the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame affair: When Wilson and his wife would not go along with the Bush administration's program of deception, Hiatt made it his personal crusade to drive the couple out of DC. Why didn't Hiatt lose his job years ago? And why do criminally insane deception agents like Fred Hiatt continue to have listeners? Are memories really so short?
Emptywheel on Hillary.
The always-superb Marcy Wheeler checks out the Hillary email story
, and arrives at pretty much the same conclusions that I came to: This is a Nothingburger dipped in Nothingsauce on a Nothingseed bun, with a side order of fried Nothing. And a Coke Zero.
Again, nothing obviates all the blame that Hillary chose to rely on an unclassified email system, but it’s one thing if Hillary were sending Top Secret information across an unprotected server, and yet another thing if she received emails that might have been derived from Top Secret information, but were not marked as such or even evidently sourced from Top Secret information. Or even — given that some of the people and agencies in question aren’t entirely trustworthy when they make claims of secrecy — that publicly available information was deemed Top Secret.
At least according to the AP (in a story sourced to US officials, so potentially some people in DiFi’s immediate vicinity), that’s what happened.