Cough, cough, bullshit, cough, cough

"The more things change, the more they remain the same"


The NY Birdcage Liner:

President Obama plans to announce Wednesday evening that he will order the withdrawal of 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year, and another 20,000 troops, the remainder of the 2009 “surge,” by the end of next summer, according to administration officials and diplomats briefed on the decision. These troop reductions are both deeper and faster than the recommendations made by Mr. Obama’s military commanders, and they reflect mounting political and economic pressures at home, as the president faces relentless budget pressures and an increasingly restive Congress and American public.

Wooeeee! Oh, wait.

Glenzilla:

So even under the most “aggressive” withdrawal plan the President is considering — one that he and media outlets will undoubtedly tout as a “withdrawal plan” (the headline on the NYT front page today: “Obama to Announce Plans for Afghan Pullout”) — there will still be “twice the number” of American troops in that country as there were when George Bush left office and Obama was inaugurated. That’s what “withdrawal” means in American political parlance: doubling the number of troops fighting a foreign war over the course of four years.

Arthur Silber:

Assuming all 30,000 of the “surge forces” leave, 70,000 U.S. troops will remain. Well, there’s “leaving” and then there’s leaving. Moreover, as we are always told about such matters, all this is subject to “conditions on the ground” — which means only that the U.S. government will do whatever the hell it believes is required to maintain dominance and control. And, not at all by the way, Afghanistan is especially crucial to ongoing U.S. plans for geopolitical dominance; see this post, as well as the Robert Higgs article I excerpt: “CENTCOM’s Master Plan and U.S. Global Hegemony.” I therefore state, as I have many times before: WE ARE NOT LEAVING.

If any of you watch Obama’s Teleprompter reading on television feel free to post your observations. I’m gonna watch the rerun of the Giants 8-1 blowout loss on SCBA.

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13 Responses to Cough, cough, bullshit, cough, cough

  1. votermom says:

    We’re watching some kid show on Disney.

  2. djmm says:

    The one in the middle looks like the love child of Presidents GW Bush and B Obama. He is not bad looking but I am so glad that cannot happen in the real world!

    djmm

  3. ralphb says:

    Good for them…

    House Republicans are planning to vote on a bill that would prohibit funding of the American mission in Libya, a shift from previous plans to consider a weaker rebuke of President Barack Obama’s military intervention in the north African country.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57580.html

  4. myiq2xu says:

    William Jacobson:


    Obama Afghanistan Speech in One Sentence

    “We got bin Laden, and our troops will be out early in my second term if you reelect me, because we got bin Laden, and I never will forget the sacrifice of the troops who helped me get bin Laden, USA USA USA!”

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Arthur Silber:

    Every Word He Utters Is a Lie

    I watched Obama’s speech. For its brief duration, I kept thinking that George W. Bush could have given exactly the same speech.

    • OldCoastie says:

      I’m with Arthur – not one word is the truth. In fact, I try to figure out what the exact opposite is and assume that is probably the truth…

      Mostly I just ignore him now.

  6. Three Wickets says:

    Been seeing everywhere since yesterday that the CBO warns our ‘public debt’ is already 70% of GDP. We usually hear that our ‘national debt’ is now 100% of GDP or around $14.3 trillion, which is also the neighborhood of the debt ceiling. The 30% ($4.5 trillion) difference between ‘public’ and ‘national’ is essentially the social security and medicare trustfunds. I could be overreacting. But maybe our lawmakers would like the media to get used to the lower debt definition that excludes social security and medicare…although these intragovernmental obligations would remain and presumably interest would continue to be paid on them.

    • 1539days says:

      That’s a new interpretation of national debt. The bad part is that the Social Security trust fund is held as government bonds. When payouts exceed revenue ina few years, the annual budget will look even bigger because the governemnt will have to pay back SSI money instead of using it to make the bottom lin elook better.

      In the case of Medicare, I’m not even sure where that money is anymore. Besides the Medicare taxes, the government pays doctors extra money to make sure they don’t drop their patinets. They also administer the program without using actual Medicare funds.

      • Three Wickets says:

        If you scroll way down to about a third of this long page, you’ll see a pie chart for “debt owed to federal entities” – 2.6 trillion for social security trust fund, and around 2.0 trillion for health related trust funds including medicare.

  7. ralphb says:

    The bad part is that the Social Security trust fund is held as government bonds.

    Would you rather it be held in AIG or GM/Chrysler stock? Maybe we could have bought real estate junk debt? Seriously, there is no better place for it.

      • Mimi says:

        This would be a default of sovereign debt to its’ own citizens. You cannot get much lower in human behavior. It is the equivalent of stealing someone’s horse or cattle in the wild west. You are sentencing them to starvation. It is a form of murder.

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