“The momentum that ISIL built up during the summer has dissipated. It continues, yes, to commit terrible crimes," said Kerry. "But it has also been forced to relinquish bases, abandon training sites, alter its mode of communications, disperse personnel, and stop the use of large convoys.”quoting John Kerry...last November.
He went on to say, not to worry....
“Where once there was suspicion and discord, we now see the Saudi foreign minister link arms with Iraq’s Kurdish and Shia leaders. We see the government of Turkey agree to allow Kurdish fighters to cross its border and take on ISIL. We see the multi-confessional leadership of Lebanon jointly resisting armed incursions into their territory.”
...the region is working together to fight back.
This is "momentum dissipated?"
This is working together?
From the Daily Beast, under a column named "Frenemies," Nancy Youssef highlights the current impasse between the United States and Egypt; it comes on the heels of Egyptian airstrikes against ISIL after the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on the shores of Libya.
Let's be a little more clear, shall we...
"We are neither condemning nor condoning” the Egyptian strikes, is all one U.S. official would tell The Daily Beast.
In other words, these once-close nations are now fighting separate campaigns against their mutual foe. And that could prove to be very good news for ISIS. The rift between U.S. and the region’s most populous country portends of another division that ISIS could exploit, this time for its expansion into northern Africa and the broader Middle East.
It's an enigma that keeps on giving.
And then, 45 Iraqi's -- some believed to be part of the security forces and their families -- were captured by ISIL and burned to death.
Thank goodness we telegraphed our immediate plans to take over Mosul -- and before the end of May, as, after that, it just becomes way too hot, and of course, there's Ramadan.
As ISIL responds to that, almost immediately -- oh, so you wanna piece of me? -- bite me.
hmmmm wonder what they are going to do with nearly 90 Syrian Christians?
Yes, indeed, Secretary of State John Kerry -- I see it -- ISIL's momentum has totally dissipated.
And whatever we are doing, we must be doing it right, as things have totally shifted in favor of freedom and liberty all the way.[Just taking a break there with some bona fide sarcasm.]
hmmm wonder what the president is going to say about this new news?
I mean, the news of 90 Christians being abducted came from Al Jazeera; no doubt the president respects that news organization. [Oh, and for great fun -- go back up to "bite me" and scroll down to the comments section. woo hoo!]
G is feeling a wee bit punchy today...
and I still want to smack somebody!"
With much thanks and appreciation
for this little gem
Gartner Greetings, Inc.
Encapsulating a feeling in a nano-second, the humble greeting card. Brilliant.
It's just too bad we can't just send ISIL a greeting card saying something that will mend the broken fences -- the relationship -- right?
I don't know -- a heartfelt apology perhaps...our condolences for their losses...maybe something more like a pleading, begging, something to the effect of "crying Uncle" en masse,... please, please, make it stop...we can talk this out...grasping for just the right words to say....saying almost anything, promising to be better next time like a battered woman.
Fascinating isn't it?
If I believed in "jinxes" -- I would have to admit we jinxed ourselves the very day we gave this president of ours the Nobel Prize as the world's peacemaker. [considering it was merely two weeks into his administration when he was nominated...seriously?...]
Today --nearly every facet of peace working wondrously within society -- foreign and domestic -- is asunder.
- brand new divides in race relations,
- immigration policy in chaos and lack of security at the American borders,
- the actions or inaction(s) in the Middle East -- whether between allies or enemies,
- the upending of the finest health care system in the world,
- the divide between the have's and the have not's, tearing apart the free-flow of free-enterprise and thwarting efforts to create wealth and security for all
- the ongoing battle for truth and transparency centering around the many scandals under this administration,
- the culture, religion, and traditions in America coming under attack under the guise of social justice
Cue the double entendre: It's a wonder any of us can sleep.
Make it a Good Day, G
indeed, G, too many of us are asleep.
point well taken.
But for those of you with difficulty in the shut-eye department, you might want to try gardening, yoga, bubble baths, medication...