I can't figure it out.
Is that really what Barack wants to be talking about during an election year?
Brett McGurk and his blue balls?
If the White House had a bit of sense -- they clearly don't -- they'd have withdrawn the nomination.
Iraqi women are not helped by Brett McGurk. I grasp that only C.I. sees Iraqi women as worth writing about. All the others who regularly cover the McGurk story don't. Max Boot, Erika Fry, Bonnie Goldstein, etc. They don't give a damn about Iraqi women.
'Honor' killings are when women (and some men are suspected of being gay) are killed for bringing shame on their family. They take place all the time in Iraq.
And despite it being (weakly) against the law in Iraq, they take place.
With Brett McGurk's reputation established as dog on the prowl who cheats in his wife, how can Iraqi women visit the US Embassy in Baghdad without being at risk of 'honor' killing/
I don't know that they can.
And how disgusting that the White House thinks it's acceptable to sell Iraqi women out after they've already suffered enough from this US-started, illegal war.
Toni called me and asked me to link to C.I.'s "The unsuited and unsuitable Brett McGurk" and to consider writing about this topic. And she said "quote me on this. I applaud C.I.'s for her strength, courage and insight. I am certainly grateful that she has yet again refused to forget Iraqi women. But I am appalled by all the women writers online at the Washington Post and elsewhere who think the whole issue boils down to 'Well Gina and Brett got married!' I say 'F**k you to those women.' And I'm really upset that, as usual, we can't count on our media created leaders to lead."
I agree with her. As usual, C.I. has to blaze the trail. A year from now, watch, it always happens. Some little tootsie in a push up bra or some gray headed woman in support hose will show up and claim they were a leader on the issue. Time and again, C.I. blazes the trail and fights the good fight and you'll notice most never bother to credit her while taking credit for the work that she did.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"