With Trump, GOP Closes the Circuit of Iraqi Betrayal
January 31, 2017
Yeah. It’s relevant. Because this is all about a War for Oil, isn’t it?
Yeah, and by this, I mean, THIS. All of it.
In a remarkable tour-de-force of malignant incompetence, the Trump administration has managed to erode US standing in the Middle East to new lows.
With this stroke, the US Republican Party closes the final abominable circuit of a cycle of Betrayal of the Iraqi people, that began in 2003.
BAGHDAD — Gen. Talib al Kenani commands the elite American-trained counter terrorist forces that have been leading the fight against ISIS for two years.
“I’m a four star general, and I’m banned from entering the U.S.?” he said.
His family was relocated to the U.S. for their safety, and he’d had plans to see them next week, until he was told not to bother.
“I have been fighting terrorism for 13 years and winning,” he said. “Now my kids are now asking if I’m a terrorist?”
CBS News met the general at his heavily fortified compound inside the Green Zone.
For the past decade, Kenani has been travelling to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida for high-level meetings with the U.S. military leadership.
“There are many American troops here in Iraq,” he said. “After this ban how are we supposed to deal with each other?”
The general said he may try again to travel later this week, but he still doesn’t have any guarantee he won’t be turned around. He said the ban came as a shock, and no one in his circles had any idea it was coming.
If only someone had warned us.
Iraqi members of parliament have voted to call on the government to enact a reciprocal travel ban on US citizens, if Washington does not withdraw its decision to prohibit the entry of Iraqis.
The move is a response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen – from entering the United States for at least 90 days.
The vote on Monday is not thought to be binding on the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose government has made no official comment on the order.
The parliament called on the Baghdad administration to “respond in kind to the American decision in the event that the American side does not to withdraw its decision”, a parliamentary official who was present for the vote told AFP news agency, quoting text of the decision that was read at the session.
Not so much a post-Stewart Daily Show fan, but this synopsis of where we are is excruciatingly, and hilariously, well observed.