Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

When 'Leftie Obamists' Attack

Robert Dreyfuss, the leftie Obamist who in his spare time pretends to be a journalist, attacked Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on his The Nation-linked blog today and denounced him as a “puppet” for presuming to give leftie candidate Barack Obama a much-needed geography lesson on Iraq. Marc Lynch, another leftie Obamist—he of that curious knack for passing the original thoughts of others as his own—summoned the meager reserves of Iraq ‘expertise’ at his disposal to snidely peg Zebari as the “epitome of Green Zone elite” while commenting on Dreyfuss’s piece.

Zebari’s four brothers were executed by the Saddam regime. Zebari has endured the crappy life—and I mean really, really crappy life—of guerrilla warfare in the service of the Kurdish cause. He was then tasked with being the international face of this cause, leading a thankless life full of dearth, aggravation and bone-crushing despair, the abject darkness of which can only be attested by those who’ve gone through such an experience. In a testimony to his skills, his cause found more and more traction over the years, and he’s rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s craftiest politicos, spooks, journos, and diplomats.

But I guess his greatest virtue was to be forgiveness: to compromise on the goals that he had sacrificed so much for, in exchange for what may pass as happiness for both Arabs and Kurds in Iraq. Consequently, he chose to represent the new Iraq to the world, a job that’s he’s been doing reasonably well.

In other words, he is far more accomplished and seasoned, as his record clearly demonstrates, than that wet-behind-the-floppy-ears novice they call Barack Obama.

Yet in times like these, wanna-be sissies such as Dreyfuss and Lynch, those glamorous play-it-safe ‘guerilla’ bloggers, allow themselves to condescendingly belittle a man such as Zebari.

I know Zebari personally, and I’ve been a critic of his, both publicly and to his face. But I am always mindful of his ‘mileage’, the mileage of suffering and forgiveness, endured for a noble cause. I am forever awed by such people, and even though I may disagree with them, I would never belittle such a man or his past.

Obama would do well to seek the counsel of such a man. I'm sure John McCain would; he'd know the value of Zebari's adversity-tested wisdom, for I guess it takes one to know one.

Plus, Zebari is probably the best dancer I've ever seen--by my reckoning he can out-perform any professional in pulling off those Kurdish dances--for, as his brother-in-law the legendary Mulla Mustafa Barzani once said, "He who can't dance is not a Kurd."

PS: My conspiratorial imagination has always presumed that certain pretend-journos are an unwitting conduit for smear campaigns originating from Langley, Va. But don't listen to me, I'm crazy!


Blogger bg said...


oops, put this in the thread below by mistake..

Obama's 2002 speech and Rezko's power plant in Iraq

pertinent excerpt:

[Let's focus on the key words "I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors".

To say that you know something requires an explanation. It has to be based on information certain—not a belief and certainly not hope. How did Obama know? How could he speak with such certainty?

Could it perhaps be because of Obama's 15-to-20-year friendship with convicted felon Syrian and Chicago resident Tony Rezko, his political fundraiser patron and personal real estate fairy? Could it possibly be because of Rezko's long-term relationship with exiles and former residents of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, many of whom have either resided in or visited Chicago?

Could it possibly be because of Rezko's affiliation with Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi, alleged to have been a long-time bagman for Saddam Hussein's secret money-laundering trail, to whom Rezko was "introduced several years" prior to 2005 "by a mutual acquaintance in London" and with whom he entered into a multi-million dollar 62-acre Chicago development deal, and the source of the $3.5 million "loan" wired from a Middle East bank that landed Rezko back in jail January 29, 2008, while he awaited jury selection on March 3, 2008?

Could it possibly be because of Rezko's affiliation with corrupt Iraqi exile and Chicago resident—and former Interpol fugitive—Aiham Alsammarae who returned to Iraq in 2003 to serve as the Coalition Provisional Authority's minister of electricity and who was jailed August 2006 in Iraq in relation to missing millions in reconstruction funds?

Could it possibly be because of the joint plan in 2003 by Rezko, Auchi and Alsammarae to build a power plant in Kurdish Iraq —a plan yet unfilled as recently as December 2006? (Recent information on Alsammarae here, here, and here.)]

RTWT & please note:

with the coverage such as it is (hasn't been is more like it), and Obama getting caught in lie after bus toss lie, all the while claiming to he is the "victim' in all of this, etc.. one truly needs to stop & ask.. who and/or what is really behind making certain Obama is elected to be the next President of the US??


9:16 PM, June 19, 2008

Blogger Brian H said...

After Z's dressing down of Kofi, I became a huge fan. Oblabla is a mere sounding brass by comparison -- his trivial "accomplishments" not worth a mention.

9:59 PM, June 19, 2008

Blogger Tom W. said...

Why do Caucasians--and I speak as one--always reserve the term "puppet" for those who don't have pink skin?

They never call the Brits, Germans, Canadians, or Australians puppets. It's only Arabs, Africans, Asians, Central Asians, and Latin Americans who are described as toylike little mannequins with no minds of their own.

It couldn't be... racism, could it?

What am I saying? Of course not!

Not from the enlightened, humane, tolerant, concerned ones.


2:36 AM, June 20, 2008

Blogger David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 06/20/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

8:12 AM, June 20, 2008

Blogger bg said...


Tom W. @ 2:36 AM..

what are you talking about??

oh wait a sec..

i forgot caucasian liberals don't have to know what they're talking about..

carry on..


9:50 AM, June 20, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US is as mucked up as any 4th world nation now. We have Jewish pro-Arab terrorist journalists, communist terrorist elected officials (not so rare), drug-running intelligence agencies (very,very old story), and half a nation decicated to our defeat everywhere. It should be an interesting election campaign with an Islamic messiah and a tortured US Navy war prisoner. Perhaps Iraq can loan us some troops to keep order.

8:07 PM, June 20, 2008

Blogger bg said...



Iraqis Publish More Proof That Links
Saddam With Al-Qaeda Leadership..


[The Kurdish daily Kurdistani Nwe has published a 2002 letter from the Iraqi presidency that it says proves that there was cooperation between the regime of Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda.

The letter, which appeared on the paper's front page, was published by the intelligence apparatus of the Iraqi presidency and discussed an intention to meet with Ayman Al-Zawahiri in order to examine a plan drawn up by the Iraqi presidency to carry out a "revenge operation" in Saudi Arabia.]

oh yeah.. like i always say, the truth
always reveals itself, faster please!!


9:19 PM, June 20, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, tom w., that is kind of how it played out in history. The Caucasian Europeans colonized great swaths of the globe and, in many cases, installed non-Caucasian puppet governments to do their bidding.

However, this does not absolve those people of racism. I have been appalled at the number of times I have been in a conversation with a person whose head would have exploded if I had said "Black people aren't qualified to be CEOs," only to have those people tell me in no uncertain terms "Arabs just can't handle democracy."

5:43 AM, June 21, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nibras, you have to understand that the Obamabots are a bit out of sorts lately.

First, contrary to all expectations, "The Annointed One" gets virtually no bounce in the polls following his clenching of the Democratic nomination.

Then, after preaching about its virtues non-stop for over four years, he conveniently declines to accept public finacing for the upcoming election solely because he perceives it as politically advantageous for him to do so. This rather "un-godly" bit of behavior has created quite a bit of cognitaive dissonance among the ranks of the Obamabots and has, believe it or not, even caused a few of them to snap out of their rapture, open their eyes, and say "Hey, wait a minute here ...."

But the hard core Kool-Aid drinkers like Dreyfuss still believe. So, like spoiled children or members of a religious cult, they lash out in anger at anyone outside the circle an attepmt to psychologically dissapate that which "does not compute."

Each day, more and more Americans are coming around to who Barack Obama really is and what he represents.

10:50 AM, June 21, 2008

Blogger bg said...


HT P: Joshua @ GP

serious humor..


11:26 AM, June 21, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

[ Why do Caucasians always reserve the term "puppet" for those who don't have pink skin? ]

There were quisling regimes in Europe during World War Two, not dissimilar to the Iraqi puppet government.

10:02 PM, June 22, 2008

Blogger Orville said...

Any thoughts on the current posturing in the COR regarding the MEK/MKO/PMOI?

10:42 AM, June 23, 2008

Blogger Tom W. said...

"There were quisling regimes in Europe during World War Two, not dissimilar to the Iraqi puppet government."

Why do so many Europeans refuse to think critically, taking pride in repeating mindless slogans like parrots?

Europe used to be a bastion of rationality and enlightenment, but now it's the locus of intractable anti-rationalism.

To call the Maliki government a "quisling regime" means that Maliki betrays his people by protecting them against Ba'athist, jihadist, and Iranian mass murderers. His security forces betray the Iraqis by fighting against the beheaders, rapists, kidnappers, and car bombers.

A free Iraqi press and a democratically elected government are betrayals of the Iraqis, and they should be destroyed.

Only a smug, safe, amoral European would make such an argument.

5:36 PM, June 23, 2008

Blogger Alexander Wolfe said...

Each day, more and more Americans are coming around to who Barack Obama really is and what he represents.

And will subsequently elect him President.

11:30 AM, June 27, 2008


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