Andy Coulson was found guilty, but Rebekah Brooks was acquitted in the British phone hacking case!
Glenn Greenwald is close to releasing more Snowden documents. The next group will reveal “what kinds of citizens are being targeted by the NSA.”
So John Kerry met Maliki in Baghdad. Kerry pushed for Maliki to give more power to the Sunnis. Maliki pressed for Obama to do airstrikes.
Meanwhile ISIS marches on.
As Iraq disintegrates, Dems are blaming Bush and Republicans are blaming Obama. And the same arguments will take place when we finally leave Afghanistan and that God-forsaken place falls apart.
But as we apportion blame, let’s not forget the British and the French.
One of the huge problems we’ve had fighting in Afghanistan is that when we pursue the Taliban, they cross the border into Pakistan, where our ability to follow them is severely restricted. The Afghans have a save haven there because the people are Pashtun on both sides of the border. Rather than think of themselves as Afghans or Pakistanis, they think of themselves primarily as Pashtuns. A sensible border would have all the Pashtuns living in the same country, but noooooo. Back in 1893, a British colonial official created the Durand Line to separate British India from Afghanistan. When that part of India became Pakistan in 1947, the absurd border remained, irrationally dividing the Pashtuns.
As for Iraq, the British and French arbitrarily drew the Sykes-Picot line in 1916 (and implemented it after WWI), which falsely divided Ottoman Empire territory into Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, separating Sunni tribes with a purely artificial border. The Iraq side was for the British, and the Syrian-Lebanese side was for the French, with no regard for the Sunnis who should have been assigned to the same country. If ISIS weren’t welcomed and joined by Maliki-hating Sunnis as they come from Syria into Iraq, they wouldn’t have been able to make the swift conquest they have.
And don’t get me started on the Kurds, who have really gotten the short end of the stick. They are a distinct people, Muslim, but not Arab. They should have an independent Kurdistan (and maybe will when this mess get resolved) that unites the Kurds now divided among Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.
Now Chelsea Clinton is making a fool of herself on the subject of wealth.
She claims not to care about money, but last year she bought a 5,000 square foot, block-long apartment in Manhattan for $9,250,000 (down from an asking price of $10.5 million).
Having absurdly claimed to be “dead broke” when she and Bill left the White House, now Hillary says that she is not among the “truly well off.” She and Bill have made over $150 million since 2001.
“If you come from New England, the creeping certainty that you are a bad person is always with you.”
Sarah Payne Stuart, Perfectly Miserable
If you come from New England, you will love this book!
From my reading on Iraq, it seems that the President isn’t thinking about air strikes, but has decided to do them, and is waiting for up-to-date intelligence and a better sense of the lay of the land.
It also seems pretty clear that those air strikes won’t just be in Iraq, but will be in Syria too.
We seem to be proceeding on two tracks — a military track using air power and a political track to get Maliki ousted.
Esquire reports* that some of Chris Christie’s people will be indicted as soon as next month for Bridgegate — his Port Authority appointees, David Samson, Bill Baroni, and David Wildstein as well as his former chief counsel, Charlie McKenna.
“Don’t underestimate what Wildstein has on Christie. And Wildstein and Baroni have both turned on Samson. If Samson doesn’t give Fishman Christie, Samson is toast.
“They’ve got him cold. He got sloppy, arrogant, and greedy. Samson will want a deal. This way, he’d get one or two years. He’d have a future on the other side. He won’t want to die in jail. [Samson is 74.]
“But Fishman is really focused on Christie. Ultimately, he believes he’ll get to the governor.”
* “Exclusive: Prosecutor Is Closing In on Gov. Christie,” Scott Raab and Lisa Brennan
Jebbie is smiling.
Rick Santorum says that gay marriage isn’t just morally wrong, it’s also bad for the economy.
Because? Because the Empty Sweater Vest says so, that’s why.