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Jamaat, Shibir go berserk in Bangla
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Marc Faber: Prepare for a Massive Market Meltdown
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/13/2012 11:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One of these days he will have been right.
For many years now, world economies have been drunk and sitting on the edge of the roof.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/13/2012 14:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Ditto that AH.
Posted by: Dale || 11/13/2012 15:12 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The Fiscal Cliff Is a Good Thing
Posted by: tipper || 11/13/2012 10:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Water Modem || 11/13/2012 13:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Just remember that Treasury has been printing a crap load of 'money' without backing for the last couple of years. Cutting spending while raising taxes that aren't subsequently just spent again compensates for some of that. I'll take the cliff over hyperinflation.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/13/2012 14:09 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Screens flicker out across Washington
Interesting notes from Spengler:
Other powers are taking over military and police roles that once fell to Washington by default.

A minor example is worth citing: the International Maritime Bureau last month reported that pirate attacks on commercial shipping had fallen to just 70 during the first nine months of 2012, compared to 199 in the same period of 2011. The Maritime Security Review reported on September 24, "International navies have stepped up pre-emptive action against pirates, including strikes on their bases on the Somali coast."

I am informed that Chinese naval vessels have sent lending parties of marines on shore to retaliate against the pirates' villages. Unlike the Obama administration, China has little concern for Muslim sensibilities. A significant strategic problem (and an important source of terrorist funding) is coming under control because of China's willingness to deal harshly with the locals.
The enemy of our enemy...?
Posted by: Spot || 11/13/2012 14:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Petraeus brought to the war the brilliant insight that when you don't have enough troops to guard strong points and attack the enemy at the same time, the solution is to send more troops. In other words, not particularly earth-shaking or even original. His particular genius was being able to sell GWB on the concept of adding reinforcements, where Westmoreland had supposedly failed in Vietnam.

In reality, just as Westmoreland's troop buildup had crushed the Vietcong, the politicians decided to withdraw, leaving the field open to a conventional invasion from the North. In Iraq, as in Vietnam, I'd argue that the insurgents were never in a position to to win, and the main threat was one of invasion. The difference in Iraq was that there's no way Iran could have invaded, without us responding, given the stranglehold on Gulf oil resources it would have given the Iranians.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/13/2012 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  A real gem from the article:
It is a myth that intelligence agencies steal secrets by intercepting communications and suborning spies. On the contrary: they obtain intelligence if and when someone wishes to give them intelligence. Russia spied successfully on the United States and England because Marxists intellectuals thought Russia should have American secrets.

America obtained Russian secrets towards the end of the Cold War because Russian intelligence officers, disillusioned with the evil and incompetent communist system, thought that the United States should have the relevant information. I am reliably informed that the US did not recruit a single Soviet agent of importance during the last dozen years of the Cold War; all of its intelligence coups came from walk-ins. Moral as well as strategic superiority is a magnet for information; little else does much good.

The recent election & associated disclosures indicate the USA is getting demoralized, and not in terms of moral/immoral.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/13/2012 15:40 Comments || Top||

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Two weeks of WOT
Tue 2012-11-13
  Jamaat, Shibir go berserk in Bangla
Mon 2012-11-12
  Govt. Soldiers shoot it out in Mogadishu
Sun 2012-11-11
  IDF Changes Rules of Engagement Along Syrian Border
Sat 2012-11-10
  Mexican police charged over US embassy staff shooting
Fri 2012-11-09
  David Petraeus resigns from CIA
Thu 2012-11-08
  Syria raids Hamas offices months after group's leaders leave
Wed 2012-11-07
  Bombings, Clashes Kill 131 in Syria as Gunmen Assassinate Parliament Speaker's Brother
Tue 2012-11-06
  Suicide bomber kills at least 27 by army base near Baghdad
Mon 2012-11-05
  Grenade attack on Kenya church kills 1, wounds 14
Sun 2012-11-04
  Two Suicide Bombers Attack Restaurant in Somali Capital
Sat 2012-11-03
  30 people shot dead in Nigeria, rights group says
Fri 2012-11-02
  US withdraws its support for Syrian National Council
Thu 2012-11-01
  Armed Islamists on Tunis streets after clashes
Wed 2012-10-31
  18 militants killed in Khyber, Orakzai
Tue 2012-10-30
  Israel Hit by 18 Rockets as Hamas Seeks Revenge

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