(Irony Alert) Psaki actually looks better this way. She was on the tube this AM reciting her talking points over and over. Her eyes appeared filled with fear at the prospect of being considered the "Baghdad Barbara" of the now and present debacle in Iraq. Well, she is right. A number of the "little people" like her will be sacrificed in a grand auto da fe, while the bigger wigs escape to re-infiltrate the policy/media Borg. Jeb Bush's campaign is full of such people, the detritus of earlier "waves" of Borgian thought and efforts, "mushroom shaped cloud," etc.
Last evening PBS broadcast a special show designed to sell the idea that Obama's feckless behavior will be altogether responsible for Syria's eventual descent into amirates for IS and maybe Nusra if they don't all swear their allegiance to IS. According to this production, there was a magic moment at which the secular, blessed Syrian revolutionaries could easily have been sponsored with a modicum of US effort for an easily triumphant victory over the Syrian government, but, no, according to Frontline the best efforts of R2Pers like Ambassador Robert Ford to inspire resistance to Assad were brought to naught by Obama's foolish resistance to ideas of actual revolution. Ideas based based on outmoded notions of state sovereignty and international law. No UN resolution to go to war was available because of the dastardly Russians, Chinese and Ugh! Iranians. Who do they think they are, actual countries? The speakers in the program were stacked in favor of actual members of the Syrian resistance, like Jouehati and other fellow traveling Borgites. When we got to the great Sarin caper, the program never bothered to mention that the UN, Sy Hersh and many others believe that this attack was part of the larger Borg Information Operations plan. the only two people with any sense or objectivity on the show were Colonel Bacevich and Joshua Landis.
In Iraq, IS yesterday attacked an outpost of the Ya Hussein crowd near Fallujah. Three car bombs attacked simultaneously from three directions, crossing the rivers on their last journey and sending somewhere between 17 and 30 Ya Husseiners on theirs. I don't know how many Death Before Everything people took Ramadi from the fleeing. I hear anything from 123 to several thousand, but this latest attack should point to the simple fact that the north shore of the Euphrates is wide open and there are a number of bridges. Do you want me to draw you a diagram?
Someone has now pointed out that it took the USMC a long time to capture Ramadi and that the Ya Husseiners are not US Marines. It looks to me that Anbar is gone. pl