Oh here's some big news: Barack Obama has officially declared defeat in Iraq! War is over and our troops are headed home in shame! Stay with us as our president explains how he is going to pull soldiers out of the Middle East, a little bit at a time, until at some point in the future we have mere tens of thousands of troops overseas instead of hundreds of thousands.

12:12 PM -- Sorry, we come to this party a little late because we were installing blinds in the bathroom. (Helpful hint: Pre-drill your holes!)

12:13 PM -- So where's he speaking from, Camp Lejeune? Sounds French.

12:14 PM -- Not everything will be perfect in Iraq; we will not eliminate the terrorists; but whatevs. Time to go home! You cannot say this guy isn't changey.

12:16 PM -- OBAMA BROKE HIS PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLES, he said he'd get combat troops out in 16 months and in fact it will take 18 months. Epic fail, &c.

12:17 PM -- Wait, those are Marines applauding this 8/31/10 deadline? Pussies.

12:18 PM -- Don't worry, troops will still be there to train and do counterterrorism and make sure American civilians aren't killed. And then everybody out by 2011. Lots of applause again, for shameful defeat.

12:19 PM -- You know what Marines don't do a lot of? Blinking. Check out the people standing behind him, they blink about every 30 seconds. And then only very reluctantly.

12:21 PM -- And now a word for the Iraqi people! This is a hallmark of an Obama speech, this reachy-outy part where he acknowledges that non-Americans also pay attention to his speeches. It is all terribly presumptuous.

12:22 PM -- Whoa, what? "No claim on your territory or your resources"? Has Exxon been notified?

12:24 PM -- Iraq, you might be aware, is part of the Middle East, and should start acting like it by engaging with its neighbors. Except Iran. Oh including Iran and Syria! Hillary Clinton is really going to have her hands full. Which is good, because it gives her fewer opportunities to return to Washington and poison Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

12:26 PM -- A suggestion that "commitment" need not only include military action but also diplomacy. Sure, if you're a hippie!

12:26 PM -- Here is one word that we have yet to hear in this speech: "Evil."

12:27 PM -- And just last night that bald soldier guy was on Maddow saying, "You can't talk about ending the war without talking about what you're going to do for veterans," and here's Obama, talking about looking after vets. Why is Barack Obama wasting his time watching cable news shows?

12:28 PM -- BIG applause for a pay raise. Hey, don't these people know we're in a depression?

12:30 PM -- Saddam out of power, "sovereign" government established, Iraqis have the opportunity to live without water or electricity and on the perpetual brink of civil war. Mission accomplished!

12:31 PM -- He is reviewing the lessons we have learned in the course of this stupid war, and they are all very obvious things like, "have clear goals," and jesus what a fucking tragedy it is that this did not occur to anybody before we went to war. Oh well better luck next time!

12:36 PM -- And semper fi! The military hates this guy so much.

12:43 PM -- Post-game discussion: Chuck Todd observes that Obama failed to use the word "victory," either. Sarah Palin will be very upset.

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Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019

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