Last night State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki agreed to discuss it with Megyn Kelly and her apparent lack of preparation cost her. The interview was a bloodbath. Not the kind of fake victory that John Oliver and Jon Stewart regularly claim in monologues containing carefully edited opponents, but a real live embarrassment.
This is not a government; this a corporate PR firm. The PR firm has a smaller child corporation that is tangentially in the business of government, and its chief stock in trade is failure.
The PR firm runs the show, and the corporate PR firm is here to tell you two things:
1, everything’s fine, nothing to see here, errors were made but by the way errors weren’t even made,
2, if you don’t agree, there’s something wrong with you. Perhaps racism.
BTW, Allah links this post-mortem on the Death of the Iraqi Democratic Republic which is well worth reading.
Under an agreement signed by George W. Bush, the U.S. was to withdraw forces from Iraq by the end of 2011. American military officials, fearful that Iraq might unravel without U.S. supervision, wanted to keep 20,000 to 25,000 troops in the country after that. Obama now claims that maintaining any residual force was impossible because Iraq’s parliament would not give U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution. Given how unpopular America’s military presence was among ordinary Iraqis, that may well be true. But we can’t fully know because Obama–eager to tout a full withdrawal from Iraq in his reelection campaign–didn’t push hard to keep troops in the country. As a former senior White House official told Peter Baker of The New York Times, “We really didn’t want to be there and [Maliki] really didn’t want us there.… [Y]ou had a president who was going to be running for re-election, and getting out of Iraq was going to be a big statement.”
The shit started hitting the fan when a party led by a secular Shiite, and supported by Sunnis, defeated Maliki in 2011, but Maliki had a judge order him, the loser of the election, to continue on as PM anyway.
But we said nothing, did nothing. As Beinert says, “Let Maliki do whatever he wants so long as he keeps Iraq off the front page.”