Obama admits Bush, Blair caused ISIS

This video from Britain is called George Galloway replies to Tony Blair on ISIS and Iraq – 16th June 2014.

By Andrew Kirell in the USA:

4 Most Noteworthy Moments from Obama’s Interview with Vice News

5:37 pm, March 16th, 2015

On Monday afternoon (at 4:20 p.m., of course) Vice News released their CEO Shane Smith‘s full interview with President Barack Obama. …

Obama: Some in Congress Are ‘Shills’ for Oil Companies

Asked by Smith why it’s so difficult to convince Americans to take stronger action on anthropogenic climate change, the president didn’t mince words, using colorful language to describe certain (unnamed) lawmakers who he believes are too cozy with fossil fuel companies:

If you poll folks, they’re concerned about climate change, but they’re even more concerned about gas prices. You can’t fault somebody for being concerned about paying the bills or being able to fill up your tank to get to your job. In some cases, you have elected officials who are shills for the oil companies or the fossil fuel industry and there’s a lot of money involved.

He also went after Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who infamously threw a snowball on the Senate floor to dismiss anthropogenic global warming. Inhofe is now chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; a fact which prompted Obama pointedly described as “disturbing.”

Obama ‘Embarrassed’ for GOP Senators Who Signed Iran Letter

Regarding the 47 Republican Senators who signed a letter to Iran criticizing the president’s nuclear deal proposal, Obama told Smith: “I’m embarrassed for them.” He continued:

For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah — who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is ‘Don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement’ — that’s close to unprecedented.

Rise of ISIS Proves U.S. Should ‘Aim Before We Shoot’

“ISIL is a direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq, that grew out of our invasion, which is an example of unintended consequences,” Obama told Smith when asked about the rise of the barbaric forces abroad. “We should generally aim before we shoot,” he added on American foreign policy.

Unintended consequence or intended consequence: the peace movement warned before the start of the Iraq war that Bush’s and Blair’s invasion plans would open a Pandora’s box of terrorism.

So, after his Vice President Biden told some truths about NATO member Turkey’s, and other allies of the US’ links to ISIS, President Obama now admits the role of the United States government itself.

However, Vice President Biden soon apologized for his honesty about the Turkish government. We should hope Obama will not do likewise.

After a German President was sacked for honesty about the economic aims of the Afghan war, we should also hope that Obama will not be sacked for honesty about George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Tony Blair.

The west turned a blind eye to the possible use of chemical weapons by militant Islamists allied against the Assad regime in Syria. Now that Islamic State almost certainly possesses them, the chickens are coming home to roost: here.

Isis in Afghanistan is a disaster waiting to happen. Its black flag has replaced the white ones of the Talibs in a swathe of areas including in Helmand: here.

Student challenges Jeb Bush on Iraq claims by declaring: ‘Your brother created Isis’: here.

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  5. ISLAMIC STATE (Isis) fighters seized parts of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus yesterday, marking the deepest foray yet by the jihadist group into the Syrian capital.

    A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command said that Isis fighters had entered via the nearby Hajar Aswad neighbourhood, which they have controlled for months, with help from the rival Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s branch in Syria.

    “The Nusra Front opened the road for them in order to infiltrate the camp and several hours ago they entered Yarmouk,” said Anwar Raja.

    The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Anwar Abdel Hadi said that Isis had grabbed “the majority of the camp.”

    Jordan, meanwhile, closed its only border crossing with Syria, following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.



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  20. Some Iraqis have described the Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn’s planned apology on behalf of the party as “too little too late” and have called for renewed British support in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

    Jeremy Corbyn to apologise for Iraq war on behalf of Labour if he becomes leader
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    Reaction to the mooted apology was largely restrained in Iraq on Friday, the first day of the weekend, with little public discussion on television and radio, or coverage in newspapers.

    However, Iraqis contacted by the Guardian said any such announcement by Corbyn, an opponent of the 2003 invasion, would have next to no effect in the country, which is struggling to hold together as a revitalised Sunni insurgency led by Isis continues to cripple central government control.

    Sheikh Aref Mukhaiber, a Sunni from Anbar province, said: “For us, this apology means an international obligation to fix the damage in Iraq. They are responsible for the disaster we are in right now.

    “The country is under the control of Isis, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups who are hiding under the umbrella of religion. We want a real solution to the disaster that every Iraqi is living with. We want them to fix what the British machinery and the American policy caused here.

    “We don’t want to go for the international courts but we want them to stick to the moral obligation of fixing things. If they hadn’t listened to the Americans, we wouldn’t be in this situation. Before, there was a small group complaining about Saddam and now every [community and sect] complains about the situation.”

    Iraq: the legacy – Basra six years after the British arrived
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    Britain played a prominent role in the early weeks of the invasion and was actively involved in fighting around Amarah and Basra in southern Iraq for several years afterward. By 2006, it had largely retreated to Basra airport while maintaining outposts in the southern city. British forces left the country in April 2009, leaving only a small force of naval trainers in the south.

    Tony Blair’s enthusiastic contribution to the war has long been lambasted in the Iraqi capital, with many seeing the former prime minister as uncritically beholden to the worldview of George W Bush, who framed the invasion as part of a global war on terror after the 9/11 attacks.

    “It wasn’t a war on terror then,” said Ahmed Mansour, a resident of the Baghdad suburb of Hay al-Jihad. “But it sure is now. This is the best self-fulfilling prophecy.”

    Ashour Tarboushi, a local resident from Haditha in western Iraq, said: “The apology is too late for the damage that it caused. The British made two big mistakes – joining the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and then leaving without fixing the damage they caused.

    “Now, I’m in Haditha fighting Isis and have lost many of my family because of them. The British are the reason we have Isis in Iraq and spreading terror. They left Iraq to the thieves and the gates were wide open to all of the terrorist groups to establish bases here. For me, this apology means nothing. I want them to fix the problem they have caused.”

    A third resident, Rasool al-Lami, echoed the sentiment. “I don’t care about any apology,” he said. “What can I do with it after all of the people we lost here in Iraq? We are living in a mess, among thieves.

    “Everyone is looting the country and fleeing. Nothing is left – no people, no money and nothing to be happy with. I don’t want an apology. The British will apologise and repeat the same mistake again and it’s our loss. It’s a shame they invaded Iraq. We had a simple life but now we aren’t living anymore.”

    Additional reporting by Mais al-Baya’a



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