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Mostly the Middle East

Today’s commentary will focus heavily on the middle east, with a brief detours in other hot spots.

Iraq:

There’s been a massacre in northern Iraq. Which Mr. “No Boots on the Ground” will do nothing about. There are people predicting the country will split, so we’ll end up with Sudan and Northern Sudan. It will likely disintegrate, influenced at least in part by Obama’s indifference. Many are worrying that ISIS or ISSA or ISIL or whatever acronym the terrorist groups are using today will use Iraq as a new launching pad for terrorism. John Kerry has urged the Kurds to stop it – which, uh, if the US can’t, I’m not sure what he thinks the Kurds will do. (And why would they listen to John Kerry?) He’s also insisting any decision will not happen “in a vacuum“. Pretty sure most USA allies pulled out of Iraq already. It is an unwinnable thing, an impossible mission.

Egypt:

They’re not going to do anything to help the journalists who were imprisoned. They won’t bestir themselves on behalf of people who deserve justice? Even with a large public outcry? Not a good sign.

Malaysia:

If you live here and are Christian, you cannot say the word Allah. No, I’m not kidding. What a wonderful step forward for civil liberties. Wait, no, I meant the opposite.

Nigeria:

91 more people were kidnapped. Do I really need to give commentary on that?

Sudan:

The Christian woman who was released from prison was detained trying to leave the country. The fight ain’t over yet. Pro-tip to the dictator states out there: If the people you really detest are actively attempting to leave, perhaps you should let them. Only a suggestion, however.

Turkey:

Seems to be at least partially responsible for the ISIS mess in Iraq. I don’t know much about why they let ISIS in, but there’s going to be serious consequences.

UK:

An editor was convicted of illegal phone hacking. Do I need to explain, in tiny words, why you should not be doing this? If it were to protect the people, that would be one thing – but this was pure celeb gossip. (I will never understand the Brit’s obsession with celebs. I don’t even understand the American obsession with celebs!)

Ukraine:

There’s been a deadly attack in the Ukraine, which may put the cease fire in jeopardy. Putin: stop it. Go home.

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Around the World in Seven Stories

For today’s news post, let’s go around the world in seven stories.

Story the First: Iraqi insurgents have secured control of border posts. Which led to John Kerry shooting his mouth off about “intense” support to Baghdad. (I predict there will be boots on the ground before the month is out).

Story the Second: Obama is asking Putin to control his arms. (Hilarious, since Obama can’t seem to control his in Iraq).

Story the Third: Syria has gotten rid of its chemical weapons (at least the ones it admits to having).

Story the Fourth: Iran might outsource it’s nuclear program . . . to North Korea. Oh, that’s a wonderful idea! Next, perhaps we could all plan sunny vacations in North Korea!

Story the Fifth: Pope Francis, who thinks atheists have a shot at being in heaven, excommunicated the mobsters. Some of whom are Catholic. And live in Italy. I’ll let irony sink in for you.

Story the Sixth: How much authority the EPA should have is a source of big debate.

Story the Seventh: Let’s do a mini IRS update!

There’s a lot of questions about the missing IRS emails. Most recently, it’s come out the IRS stopped paying for their storage bill just weeks after Lerner emailed those emails. (Say it with me: coincidence!) And that the White House knew about these missing emails six weeks before Congress! The IRS insists Congress will get all the emails (nobody has any problem believing them, right?) and that they haven’t been obstructing Congress, noooooo. Which made some people (notably Trey Growdy) really unhappy. If you’d like to hear some nice clips from today’s hearing, here you go.

And that is the news fit to print.

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Conditional Success

Short but sweet this Saturday:

Iraq is not being terribly successful in fighting against ISIS, just at the moment.

The Ukraine is having better luck against Putin who is backing off – conditionally.

The White House has vowed to deport illegals faster which goes against what they’ve done previously.

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Pre Boots on the Ground

Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq. Which is not, we are to understand, a military solution. Despite the fact that he is sending 300 Green Berets. (It wasn’t clear to me if those 300 Berets were considered “advisers” or not, and I didn’t see another news room carrying the green berets story).

I find this fascinating, and not only because Australia is generally considered part of the “Western” world. What do Aussies have to do with ISIS?

Speaking of ISIS, they’ve hung their flag over an oil refinery. (Which means the US will be looking at higher gas prices. Just in time for the more expensive summer blend. Great). If you, like me, were wondering how ISIS got to be such a big deal in the first place, this article sheds some light on it. Though why the ISIS is seizing the chemical stockpile that Hussein “didn’t” have . . . (All right, so it was WMDs Hussein didn’t have, but the news media here sometimes makes it sound like that means Hussein didn’t have anything dangerous at all).

I find this article, that insists on referring to the Ukrainians as rebels, both vague and irritating. Wasn’t Ukraine the one that was invaded? In fact it was, and pro-tip to Russia: sending 3,000 troops is a little bit beyond “regrettable”.

The IRS scandal from yesterday isn’t “feasible”. Shocker. Is anybody really surprised the IRS isn’t following the law? (This opinion piece made me laugh. Good luck!) The government can’t even get their website to work – when they had ample warning ahead of time. Does anyone expect Obama to reign in the IRS?

In other things that will make you sick, Michelle Obama is defending her lunch standards. Despite the fact they do not accommodate for students in athletics, who have different calorie needs, who just plain won’t eat the food . . . And, of course, there is the fact that it really isn’t the government’s business what we eat. But the government rarely misses an area of meddling that doesn’t concern them. Just like schools themselves sometimes.

This made me both sick and sad. Those poor kids. Hey, Michelle, maybe you should go feed lunch to these kids. I’m sure they would appreciate it.

Egypt, you should not be torturing people in prisons. Stop it.

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Of Mice, Perhaps

As usual, the government officials have decided to do absolutely nothing more useful than finger pointing. And, yet, insurgency still continues to grow in Iraq. That will not help civil liberty.

Iran digs in its heels about nuclear centrifuges. Iran having nuclear centrifuges is such a good idea! I repeat my prediction of yesterday that they will not be troopless for long.

The proposed ambassador for Norway has never been there. Which is about par for the course in the Obama administration. Alas, poor Norway.

Why, what a marvelous coincidence! I’m sure there’s nothing at all fishy here for the IRS officials! It’s not like they knew for months or anything. Nixon was more subtle than this.

I’ll admit my confusion on this one about the Mexican police crossing the border being somehow unfair to the Marine in jail. Don’t our own border police also often cross over the border? Or am I missing something?

China has made this official. To the Chinese journalists out there, we feel your pain and wish you only the best.

Another stunning example of someone claiming there will be “no boots on the ground” and, yet, somehow, military intervention by other countries is included. Obama won’t lift a finger to help the Ukraine, but he’s only too happy to get involved in Iraq.

P.S. We will be watching to see how civil liberties are (or are not) protected.

Links:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/on-iraq-finger-pointing-is-in-full-force/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27902157

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/18/us-iran-nuclear-idUSKBN0ET1DN20140618

http://ww.npr.org/2014/06/17/323032817/the-would-be-ambassador-to-norway-whos-never-been-there-himself

http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/89134001728/it-looks-like-one-of-the-7-irs-employees-who-lost

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/17/irs-knew-lerner-emails-were-missing-for-months-lied-to-congress/

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-unauthorized-critical-journalism/1939580.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-uk-scrambles-jets-to-intercept-russian-planes-near-baltics/1939729.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-supreme-court-decisions-to-watch-for/