• How I Was Blacklisted at CNN, and How Easily America Goes to War Now

    August 26, 2016

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    Posted in: Iran, Iraq, Military, Syria



    It was about two years ago to the day I was blacklisted at CNN.

    I don’t want to remind them they were sadly wrong, but they were. So write this off however you prefer, but understand that we were lied to again to drag us again into an open-ended war in Iraq-Syria. Last time it was Bush and those missing Weapons of Mass Destruction. This time is was Obama and saving the Yazidi people from genocide.

    Wait, what? Who are the Yazidis? How they get us back into Iraq?

    Ah, how fast time flies.


    Two years ago a group of Yazidis, a minority spread across Iran, Iraq and Turkey, were being threatened by a group called ISIS few American were focused on. Obama declared a genocide was about to happen, and the U.S. had to act. U.S. officials said they believed that some type of ground force would be necessary to secure the safety of the stranded members of the Yazidi group. The military drew up plans for limited airstrikes and the deployment of 150 ground troops.

    No Congressional authorization was sought, no attempt was made to secure UN sanction, no effort was made to seek Iraqi military help to save their own people inside their own country. However, promises were made by the White House of having no American “boots on the ground” and that the airstrikes to kill people were for a humanitarian purpose.

    Two years later the U.S. has some 6,000 troops on the ground, including artillery units and aircraft based inside Iraq and Syria. The limited airstrikes have expanded to a 24 month broad-based bombing campaign, which has spread into Syria, with the sideshows of complete collapse of democracy in Turkey, a Russian military presence in Syria, and an Iranian military presence in Iraq. For the record, the Yazidis are pretty much fine, as are ISIS and Syrian president Assad. The Yazadis do occasionally show up in fear-mongering, unsourced stories about ISIS sex slaves, usually spoon-fed to American media, and only American media, by pro-Yazidi ethnic groups safely in the west.

    In fact, other than a massive regional death toll and no progress toward whatever the actual goal for the United States is (um, whatever, “destroy” ISIS), things are pretty much the same after two years, +chaos. And whomever is elected this November will be the fifth U.S. president to make war in Iraq.


    Back to CNN.

    As the Yazidi situation was unfolding, I was invited to tape a discussion there alongside the usual retired U.S. military colonel. I was asked a single question, explained in my answer that the U.S. was in fact using the Yazidi “humanitarian crisis/faux genocide” as an excuse to re-enter the Iraq quagmire, and equated it to George W. Bush’s flim-flam about weapons of mass destruction in 2003.

    The host literally said I was wrong. I was not asked another question, though the colonel was given several minutes to explain the urgency of the situation, demand America act where no one else would, and assure the public that Obama planned only limited, surgical strikes and that was it, one and done.

    My question was edited out, the colonel’s lengthy answer was played on air, and my very brief moment in the glow of CNN was ended even though I wore a nice suit and a tie. Oh well, we still have each other here, and hey, CNN, my number’s still the same if you wanna call.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      I was not exaggerating when I said the National Enquirer has more cred than CNN.

      BTW, fuck the FBI’s cred too. Turns out these a-holes were aware of the iPhone security flaws and didn’t want to alert the rest of US.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/technology/apple-software-vulnerability-ios-patch.html?_r=0

      08/26/16 8:56 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      BTW – fuck the Diplomatic Security’s cred too:

      https://diplopundit.net/2016/08/26/another-concerned-ds-agent-pens-response-to-diplomatic-security-broadcast-message-on-sexual-harassment/

      I received a notice from my local police department that a State Department employee was making defamatory statements about me. Turns out the clown was working in the (insert laugh track) DS Office of Professional Responsibility. When I notified DS it did nothing, just like in the case linked.

      08/26/16 9:24 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- were you a DS agent? Just curious.

      Hillary will have her Seinfeld defense. “It’s not a lie if you believe it!” to explain herself in the debates-if they happen. Hopefully Trump will not let up. He has enough facts to discredit and tarnish Hillary but of course it may not be enough to keep her from becoming the next POTUS. I shudder at the thought.

      08/26/16 9:35 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Congrats PVB. Is it true CNN puts a disclaimer after Leslie Wolf (aipac) speaks his pitch?

      08/26/16 9:52 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      5

      CNN aka Ministry of War Propaganda

      08/26/16 10:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      6

      “Bauer- were you a DS agent? Just curious.”

      JP: Didn’t qualify. Didn’t have a criminal record.

      08/26/16 10:16 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Hillary will have her Seinfeld defense. “It’s not a lie if you believe it!” to explain herself in the debates-if they happen.”

      She already has a “defense” for her emails that have been hacked: the Russkies “altered” them to make her look bad. But that would mean the sender or recipient’s emails were altered too. Hillary is on alert for her October surprise.

      08/26/16 10:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Wouldn’t put it past rogue-NSA to hack Hillary to show her that cyber-security is Mission #1 or to blackmail her to keep her secrets safe.

      08/26/16 10:25 AM | Comment Link

    • Bill Johnson said...

      9

      Come on, Peter. What did you expect from an organization that employs “journalists” who think an aircraft can be plucked from mid-air by a black hole? CNN is the Sears of journalism. They’re still around, but nobody has been buying for years.

      08/26/16 4:16 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      HEY EVERYONE:

      There was a technical problem with the site this weekend caused by me. We lost some/all comments posted 8/26-8/28 as I had to restore the site from the 8/26 backup. I’m sorry. Perhaps once I have more free time while locked up in the Vince Foster Re-education Camp after the election, I can learn to work harder and smarter.

      08/28/16 10:30 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      That’s okay, Peter. It gave US time to catch up on the fake news world such as the New York Times.

      “NYT Complains Russians are Stealing Its Act”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/29/world/europe/russia-sweden-disinformation.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

      Judy Miller can always find work.

      08/28/16 11:01 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Peter, hope you can find the lost comments. They were some of Pitch’s best, as well as the photos I submitted of DS agents screwing their Thai prostitutes to document the IG reports and the DS new recruiting pitch: “Join DS and get laid in 50 countries.”

      08/28/16 12:07 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Peter, here’s another guy who made the CNN blacklist:http://www.nationalmemo.com/dim-attack-dumb-policy/

      08/29/16 4:19 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      08/30/16 4:21 PM | Comment Link

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