Afghan loss of income - Yes the poor Afghans are terrified that their completely artificial and unsustainable level of US aid induced prosperity and development will be lost. And, then there is the grotesquely over-developed size and equipage of the Afghan armed forces. The expense of keeping them up greatly exceeds the GDP of the country. Since we do not seem to want these forces as imperial mercenaries, their future existence is unlikely. pl
Mosul - Yes, the Sunni rebels have seized control of Mosul. This sounds like the crack of doom for Maliki. The country is going to break up. pl
Liigation coming - Sterling has cancelled the sale. Good. This should be entertaining. pl
Likud propaganda - David Albright moved several years ago toward the Likud/USG position on Iranian nuclear weapons intentions. Somebody ought to take a serious look at the funding of his foundation. pl
The B-1 strike - People die from friendly fire. They always have and always will. I was always very concerned about being bombed by friendlies whose help I had requested. The electronic gadgetry now in use does not really alleviate that. Widgets malfunction and tiny errors result in things like this. pl
Oligarchic poverty - Alas, poor Hillary. Sidwell friends and Stanford were a stretch for the Clintons. They had been living in free government housing in Arkansas and Washington for a long time. These residences came with free food, utilities, transportation, servants, guards, communications, etc. The pay was negligeable. Look it up. when Hillary's crie de coeur was voiced on Morning Joe, Mika B spoke up to speak movingly of her family's poverty when her father was National Security Adviser to Carter. Yes, it must have been hard to work her way through Williams College.