In recent weeks I've been annoyed by news in the US which focuses on the trivial in the face of major events. This has even swallowed up reputable news agencies. In particular I mean how much attention has been given to the President's calls to Gold Star Families when the real news story was what happened in Niger. Finally that is getting more attention, but rarely as a front page/top of broadcast story.
The other major event last week, that was never treated as a top story, was the capture of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces by Iraqi Sunnis. Doesn't this amount to civil war in the nation we created after the Iraq War? Ten years ago many American experts were warning that Iraq would sooner or later slide into civil war. Has this finally transpired?
Yet, hardly any attention to this major development.
And the story is even more complicated, with differing Kurdish factions, as this column by Eli Lake explains. Strange that it is a column and not a significant news story.