Wednesday 19th of June 2019

the village idiot .....

the village idiot .....

 

‘"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind" ~ Hosea 8

President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki met in Jordan to discuss the steadily deteriorating situation in Iraq; neither has faced the reality that as far as controlling future events in Iraq are concerned, both are irrelevant. Bush, like many other factional leaders in Iraq, has his own militia, arguably no longer the largest, but is in the unenviable position of being the one all the others see as occupiers and targets of opportunity. Prime Minister al-Maliki has nothing but his status as a puppet for the most hated entity currently involved in the debacle that is Iraq.

In reality, Bush lost whatever control of events he had in Iraq somewhere between "Mission Accomplished" and "Bring Them On."

Iraq dissolved into civil war in 2004 despite the continued denials of Bush and his cheerleaders in the Congress and the media. Exactly how many American Military personnel and Iraqi citizens have to die each day to make it an "official" civil war?’

Bush Is Irrelevant

not far from the bottom

Historians are loath to predict the future. It is impossible to say with certainty how Bush will be ranked in, say, 2050. But somehow, in his first six years in office he has managed to combine the lapses of leadership, misguided policies and abuse of power of his failed predecessors. I think there is no alternative but to rank him as the worst president in U.S. history.

US becoming irrelevant

Turkey and Iran discuss Iraq          
Erdogan was on a day's visit to Tehran

The Turkish prime minister has held talks in Tehran with Iranian leaders on bolstering bilateral relations and stabilising the situation in their violence-ridden neighbour Iraq.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to ratchet up bilateral trade in talks with  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president and Parviz Davoudi, the vice-president.

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Gus: A well-heeled commentator suggested that US troops were like the other militias, adding to the confusion rather than solving anything... These talks may bear fruit, while the US is becoming irrelevant.