The Deficit, Iraq, and other Randomness

I ran across a few strange things last night and thought I’d throw them all together to make a somewhat interesting posting. 

First, the senate panel agrees to an $850 billion debt increase.    You may or may not think that number is high, depending on your own personal income…this is what stands out to me.

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved an $850 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority to $9.815 trillion in order to avoid a default as the government nears its credit limit of $8.965 trillion.

So it will now be $9.815 trillion dollars!  Now here is the kicker.  It was only $5.6 trillion back in 2001. 

It will be the fifth increase in the U.S. credit limit since President George W. Bush took office in 2001 when the U.S. debt stood at $5.6 trillion.

An over 4 trillion dollar increase in 6 and a half years!  What the hell is going on in Washington?  I don’t think it’s wise to be holding any dollars at this point.

Next on the list,

The troop reduction Petraues has been talking about, 30K is widely reported.  For instance. 

Petraeus said during the hearings Monday and Tuesday that the U.S. military would be able to pull about 30,000 troops from Iraq by July 2008. That would get U.S. troop strength back to pre-“surge” levels.

Now I read this.

So when people have said 30,000, they’re not quite accurate. It might be 30,000 — it might be quite a bit less.[Petraeus] Well, we’ve got to determine what it can be. The mission so far, in a sense, was to figure out how to bring these down while sustaining the gains that our troopers and Iraqi troopers have achieved, and also, then, to figure out the larger picture of where else can you reduce forces — which is something we want to do anyway.

So why is that figure 30K consistently reported?  And why haven’t the democrats seized on this?  Oh yeah…because they are morons too. 

And there’s more

British Daily Telegraph claimed that the US officers have regular meetings with the PKK terrorists in Northern Iraq. Damien McElroy in his report mentioned “US army helicopters are reportedly used to shuttle officers to regular meetings with Kurdish fighters”. Mr. McElroy interview with the head of the PKK terrorists, Murat Karayilan (means ‘Black Snake’ in Turkish language). Mr. Karayilan accepted the US assistance to the PKK yet argued that the US did very little for the Kurds and can do more.

Uh, the PKK is on our own terror list…so does this mean we are going to do a pre-emptive strike on ourselves?  Crap, I have to go buy duct tape.

And finally, we are sending British troops to the Iranian Border.

The UK operation, in which up to 350 troops are involved, has come at the request of the Americans, who say that elements close to the Iranian regime have stepped up supplies of weapons to Shia militias in recent weeks in preparation for attacks inside Iraq.

350 Troops?  Wow, that many huh?  We really do have a coalition over there.  You think Iran looks at us and says “they’re broke, they have no extra troops, their military equipment is damaged, and their only friend can spare only 350 troops”

And you think the US could possibly…be using these guys as “bait” to get Iran to do something that would infuriate Europe?  nah, that wouldn’t happen….

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