The Washington Examiner: ‘Ignoring reality’: Biden got it wrong on Iraq, Mattis says

Do notice the left wing media is doing all this can to ignore this part of Mattis’ book

“I found him an admirable and amiable man. But he was past the point where he was willing to entertain a ‘good idea.’ He didn’t want to hear more; he wanted our forces out of Iraq. Whatever path led there fastest, he favored,” Mattis writes. “He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.”

Biden reassured Mattis that Maliki wouldn’t eject all American troops from the country.

“Maliki wants us to stick around, because he does not see a future in Iraq otherwise,” Biden said. “I’ll bet you my vice presidency.”

Mattis doesn’t say whether he tried to collect on that bet. As he writes, “In October 2011, Prime Minister Maliki and President Obama agreed that all U.S. forces would leave at the end of the year.”

Mattis’ warnings proved prescient, as Maliki, free of American influence, went after Sunni politicians and districts, alienating a third of the country. “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion,” Mattis writes. A Sunni revolt and a weak Iraqi Army allowed al Qaeda-aligned terrorists to return in 2014, calling themselves the Islamic State.

Source: ‘Ignoring reality’: Biden got it wrong on Iraq, Mattis says

The Epoch Times: US Hits Wikileaks Founder Assange With 18-Count Indictment

If Assange is guilty, he’s guilty, but I suspect this is more about the embarrassment of the leak than the leak itself, and a warning to any other independent journalist that the US government will come after you.

The Justice Department leveled an 18-count superseding indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on May 23.

The new charges include conspiring with former army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning to obtain classified materials, compromising sources in the Middle East and China, and conspiracy to hack into a more secure military database.

Manning provided to Assange and WikiLeaks databases containing approximately 90,000 Afghanistan War-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq War-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables.

Source: US Hits Wikileaks Founder Assange With 18-Count Indictment