It appears that Operation Mockingbird is at work again

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/01/associated-press-sees-hundreds-whe...

At 10:01 UTC today the Associated Press tweeted that "hundreds" gather in central Baghdad to demand that American troops leave the country.

Thirty eight minutes earlier CNN had already reported that "hundreds of thousands" are protesting in Baghdad against the U.S. troop presence in Iraq.

When AP sent the misleading tweet the commander of the Iraqi Federal Police Forces Jaffar al-Batat had already announced that the number of demonstrators exceeds one million.

That number may well be correct. Reports said that the column of protesters was already eight kilometers long even while many were still arriving.

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https://twitter.com/passenger_to/status/1220620900166520833

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@ggersh by all MSM that 34 troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury from the bombings a few weeks ago. Trump has reportedly said he didn't think it was that serious and that he has heard of worse. WTF

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@pro left Why would anyone want to fight for this guy let alone
vote for him. This April the wife and I will go on the now annual
rucksack walk, which is for honoring those 24 soldiers who commit
suicide everyday in this country.

What a clusterfuck this country is......maga BS

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34 US troops suffered brain injury in Iran’s revenge strike for Soleimani’s killing

Some 34 US troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following the Iranian strikes on two US bases earlier this month, the Pentagon has said, despite the administration’s prior claims the injuries were “not serious.”

Eight US soldiers previously airlifted to Germany have been removed to the US for further treatment, the Pentagon acknowledged in a press conference on Friday. Nine more remain in Germany, where they are being evaluated and treated. Another is back in Iraq after being sent to Kuwait for evaluation, and 16 are back on duty in Iraq following their diagnosis.

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“You know me. Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?” - Joe Biden 8/31/2020

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edited duplicate

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@ggersh by all MSM that 34 troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury from the bombings a few weeks ago. Trump has reportedly said he didn't think it was that serious and that he has heard of worse. WTF

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@pro left @pro left https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/290105-trump-got...

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may not want the troops home anymore - caving into his MIC - but Iraq wants the troops to go home.

GO IRAQI'S!!!!

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"When will our conscience's grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

Nixon lost Vietnam. That's right the US lost the war in Vietnam. But it's the only US war post WWII that finally produced a good outcome for the county we attacked... because the US lost, at a horrific price for the Vietnamese, probably 2 million dead. But they died to save their country, whereas US soldiers died for nothing, promoting US imperialism.

Trump needs to claim victory over ISIS and get the hell out. Those one million peaceful protesters will turn into something really ugly, probably joined by parts or all of the Iraqi military. That will be far worse for him, with scenes of US diplomats being airlifted out of the embassy by helicopter.

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Capitalism has always been the rule of the people by the oligarchs. You only have two choices, eliminate them or restrict their power.

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From the link in b's post.

US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes

Backed into a corner and influence waning, the United States has in recent weeks been promoting a plan to create an autonomous Sunni region in western Iraq, officials from both countries told Middle East Eye.

The US efforts, the officials say, come in response to Shia Iraqi parties’ attempts to expel American troops from their country.

Iraq represents a strategic land bridge between Iran and its allies in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

Establishing a US-controlled Sunni buffer zone in western Iraq would deprive Iran of using land routes into Syria and prevent it from reaching the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

For Washington, the idea of carving out a Sunni region dates back to a 2007 proposition by Joe Biden, who is now vying to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.

Biden's plan was actually an attempt to ethnically cleanse Iraq into three distinct enclaves (because an integrated, multicultural Iraq is anathema to the US colonial divide and conquer strategy).

Across racial and religious boundaries, Iraqi politicians on Saturday bemoaned Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama’s choice of running mate, known in Iraq as the author of a 2006 plan to divide the country into ethnic and sectarian enclaves.

“This choice of Biden is disappointing, because he is the creator of the idea of dividing Iraq,” Salih al-Mutlaq, head of National Dialogue, one of the main Sunni Arab blocs in parliament, told Reuters.

“We rejected his proposal when he announced it, and we still reject it. Dividing the communities and land in such a way would only lead to new fighting between people over resources and borders. Iraq cannot survive unless it is unified, and dividing it would keep the problems alive for a long time.”

For all his brazen denials about his Iraq involvement, one wonders whether, if Joe Biden hadn't been selected Obama's Vice President, he might have eventually been named Iraq Viceroy.

Now Trump is adopting Biden's plan.

Same as it ever was....

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The current working assumption appears to be that our Shroedinger's Cat system is still alive. But what if we all suspect it's not, and the real problem is we just can't bring ourselves to open the box?

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@Not Henry Kissinger

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Same media, same MO. The mockingbird is a long-lived species.

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Shiite Cleric".

What assholes they are.

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I don't want Trump to win, but I do want the establishment Dems to lose due to their cheating and undemocratic practices in the primary. And I will do whatever I can to help that happen.

Hundreds of thousands.
Same thing.

You say 'tomato' I say 'propaganda'.

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I'm just saying...

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

how the public perceives the situation.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/479795-poll-41-approve-of-trump-airst...

A new poll shows a plurality of Americans approve of President Trump's decision to order the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Forty-one percent of Americans agreed with the decision, according to the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday. Thirty percent disapproved and the remaining 30 percent were indifferent.

On Jan. 3 the U.S. killed Soleimani at the Baghdad airport. The move raised tensions in the Middle East and fears of a new war. Iran launched rocket attacks on two bases with U.S. personnel in Iraq days later.

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also:

@DinoAfuera · 4h4 hours ago

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Pepe Escobar about his Facebook account:
"There are NO limits for stupidity on Stupidistan.
The AlgoThought Police threw me on FB jail AGAIN - but this time I will be posting here on VK. Please spread the word and tell people to migrate here for their own good. Thank you all."

@ejmalrai · 4h4 hours ago

VK is excellent. I am moving to VK. No ignorant "analysts" driving you crazy, particularly when they pretend to be intelligent.

(whatever VK is; but look how caatty-wampus twitter appears now. all content on the left, etc.)

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@wendy davis — can’t remember if in comments or in the piece— it was reported in the official press that those white shrouds you see so many wearing are signs of mourning. But apparently it means "I volunteer for martyrdom." I guess the wearing says "I'm as good as dead right now, if need be."
All the official experts, and certainly a completely unprepared public, are going to be entirely surprised before long, I have a feeling.

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Orwell: Where's the omelette?

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@jim p

and also that some MSM reports claim those iraqi flags are actually hamas or something.

can't wait to read magnier's new one; hope it reads as the title notes. but boy, twitter's formatted soooo differently now.

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VK.com alternative to Farcebook.

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