Former DIA Intelligence Chief Discusses Development of IS – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Flynn: First we went to Afghanistan, where al-Qaida was based. Then we went into Iraq. Instead of asking ourselves why the phenomenon of terror occurred, we were looking for locations. This is a major lesson we must learn in order not to make the same mistakes again.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: The Islamic State wouldn’t be where it is now without the fall of Baghdad. Do you regret …

Flynn: … yes, absolutely …

SPIEGEL ONLINE: … the Iraq war?

Flynn: It was huge error. As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him. The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.

Source: Former US Intelligence Chief Discusses Development of IS – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Donald Trump Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Repeating Debunked NJ 9/11 Claim: “I’m Not Going To Take It Back”: Gothamist

Donald Trump’s hateful, dangerous rhetoric is finally catching up with him: according to Reuters, Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in the last week, his biggest decline since July. They credit that drop to Trump’s much-debunked NJ 9/11 cheering story and his disgusting impression of a NY Times reporter with a disability. But if you think being called out by every credible news source in the country is enough to make Trump change his tune, you don’t know Trump. AP Trump repeated his story that “thousands and thousands of people [in NJ] were cheering as that building was coming down” on 9/11 on Meet The Press this morning. “I saw it on television,” Trump said. “And so did many other people and many people saw it in person. I have hundreds of phone calls to the Trump organization saying we saw it. It was dancing in the streets. Why would I take it back, I’m not going to take it back.” Host Chuck Todd pushed back hard though, rightfully calling him out on his bullshitting: “There were three of four different reports that month in New Jersey that said it was a myth. That it was a false rumor. FBI. You name it,” Todd said. Check out the rest of the exchange, via Raw Story. “Just because somebody repeats something doesn’t make it true,” Todd argued. “I don’t mean I had two calls, Chuck,” Trump interrupted. “People were saying they lived in Jersey.” “People were saying!” Todd shot back. “If I said, ‘Well, people have said Mr. Trump’s not worth $10 billion, and people were saying,’ you would say that’s crazy. You wouldn’t make a business deal based on retweets and based on hearsay.” “You’re running for president of the United States,” he continued. “Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters.” “Take it easy, Chuck, just play cool,” Trump quipped. “This is people in this country that love our country that saw this by the hundreds they’re calling and they’re tweeting.” “I have a very good memory. I saw it somewhere on television many years ago and I never forgot it. And it was on television too.” Trump continued to push the point, arguing that if it happened somewhere…then it could have happened here? Uh, why not? Seriously, I think that’s his argument: “You have a huge Muslim population, between Patterson and different places and Jersey City, an unbelievable large population. If they’re going to be doing it at soccer games, if they’re going to be doing it all around the world, it was being done,” Trump said. “When the Trade Center came down, it was done all around the world. And you know that because that has been reported very strongly. Why wouldn’t it have taken place?” MTV dug up what is believed to be the television footage Trump was referring to, taken from a documentary called Fight For Your Rights: Aftermath of Terror, which first aired on MTV on Nov. 17, 2001. It all seems to rest on the eyewitness account of then-high school senior Emily Acevedo, who went on to say, “Everyone that was out there, they were only 13 or 14 at most. They were kids. They didn’t know what they were doing.” There’s a pretty huge difference between a handful of dumb kids and “thousands and thousands” of Muslims. Trump knows what he’s saying, he knows why he’s saying it, and he will never apologize. He’s not even a real sociopath, just a professional used car salesman with a bad tan and a preternatural ability to say anything that will keep him in the spotlight. Thankfully, those latest poll numbers show that even his so-called base of supporters are starting to tire of someone who openly mocks people with disabilities and then blatantly, obviously, unmistakably lies about it.

Source: Donald Trump Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Repeating Debunked NJ 9/11 Claim: “I’m Not Going To Take It Back”: Gothamist

“I’ve been in America since January. But it won’t feel like…

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“I’ve been in America since January. But it won’t feel like home until I can get my mom here. For me, home is my mom. It was just the two of us in Panama. We did everything together. The day that I left was a terrible day. We slept together in the same bed that night. We cried in the house, cried in the car, and cried at the airport. I stood at the entrance of airport security for an hour, because we kept waving at each other through the window. My goal is to bring her here. I found a job on the Monster website. I knock on doors for Verizon. I’m supposed to knock on 120 doors a day. It has really been helping me with my English. If I make five sales in a week, I will have my own team. Then if my team does well, then I can be a manager with my own office. If I have my own office, then maybe I can bring my mom to America.”