The other day we came across this political commercial put out by congressional candidate Andy Kim…
Hand on his heart, Andy Kim assures us that he “listened and worked together to save lives.” But it’s not true. And according to the New Yorker magazine, it’s some of the worst bullshit imaginable.
Nobody listened. Lives were lost. Some shot to death or butchered with knives, other burnt alive, some buried alive in the desert. Thousands of women and girls raped… over and over again. Women and children sold like cattle. Modern day slavery – all while Andy Kim was safe… in that “situation room.”
According to his own statements made in November 2016 at William & Mary College, Andy Kim comfortably watched as a genocide unfolded on the TV screens and monitors in that “situation room.” Andy Kim has tried to play that down – calling it a “potential genocide” – but the United Nations disagrees with him and so do the community of people who suffered that genocide. Andy Kim has lied throughout his campaign about this:
“…when ISIS threatened genocide on the Yazidi people sheltering on Sinjar Mountain in Iraq, Andy worked with the U.S. military to coordinate a rescue mission.”
(Andy Kim for Congress Facebook, www.facebook.com/pg/AndyKimNJ/about/)
But there was no “rescue mission” by the Obama administration worthy of the name. In the end, the Yazidi people were rescued by a Kurdish militia group labeled as “terrorists” by Vice President Joe Biden, in order to appease the Islamist regime in Turkey.
We know that Yazidi expats resident in the United States pleaded with the Obama administration – and directly with Andy Kim – and that Kim’s response was weak and insufficient to prevent what President Obama himself has called “genocide” (Washington Post, August 8, 2014).
And it is very clear, from the Yazidis’ story, that they believed that genocide was about to happen and that, afterwards, it was allowed to happen. If the administration had listened to these Yazidi expats – all of whom had formerly worked for the United States military – the Obama administration’s response could have been more precise and robust and lives could have been saved.
This small immigrant community – a repressed religious minority in their homeland (and so genuine refugees from violence) – came up against an elitist administration that wouldn’t listen to them because they weren’t “experts” like Andy Kim thought he was. The fact that Andy Kim is trying to now portray his weak response to this genocide in a “positive” way – as a recommendation for higher office – is sickening when the real record is examined… the killings, the rapes, and the slavery that did happen to the Yazidis’ community and to their family members because Andy Kim and others like him in the Obama administration were too “smart” to take the common sense advice from those who understood what was actually going on.
It’s all there, in the New Yorker magazine. Not a right-wing anything but the jewel in the crown of literary liberalism. Go read it for yourself and prepare to weep and feel the disgrace of it. Of the failure that was Andy Kim and the Obama administration. Of the genocide that candidate Andy Kim now tries to turn into a qualification for Congress.
The long article begins…
The Daring Plan to Save a Religious Minority from ISIS
When the terrorist group attacked the Yazidis, a small group of American immigrants knew they could do something.
ISIS intended to wipe out the Yazidi religion in Iraq. Yazidis in America had a plan, so they started driving to Washington…
…After 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, Pir and Ismael, like many Yazidi men, took jobs as interpreters for the U.S. military. Because they were a targeted religious minority, there was little opportunity outside the Army, and they were unlikely to join the Iraqi insurgency. In the military, they befriended another Yazidi, named Haider Elias, who, in spite of his poor background, spoke nearly perfect English, with a TV-made American accent.
The three men worked with the U.S. for years, often with the Special Forces…
In the course of a few days, the Yazidis met with organizations such as U.S.A.I.D. and the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. They went to the White House to meet with the deputy national-security adviser, Ben Rhodes, and the adviser on Iraq, Andy Kim, in the Roosevelt Room. “That was as emotional a meeting as I think I had,” Rhodes told me. “Given the role we played in invading and occupying and being present in Iraq for so many years, we had to care about what was happening to the Yazidis.”
To be continued…