Setting Up Our Straw Terrorist in Pakistan
I am not with the GAO nor am I privy to financial information pertaining to the financial condition of the United States beyond the non-GAAP nonsense that is publicly available but it is my understanding that we can't afford another war right now. We couldn't afford the last two either but that didn't stop us.
The Guardian (UK):
Pakistan's prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, has ordered the army to investigate how Osama bin Laden managed to hide in the country for up to eight years, and has called on the military leadership to answer questions before parliament.
Addressing criticism from US officials, including President Barack Obama, Gilani told parliament it was "disingenuous" to blame Pakistan or accuse its intelligence services of being "in cahoots" with al-Qaida.
"Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd," he said. "We didn't invite Osama bin Laden to Pakistan." He also warned Washington that future unilateral strikes could be met with "full force".
It would be wise to consider the close relationship between our #2 creditor (second only to the Federal Reserve, who rightfully claims no politically-motivated ties except for its dedication to the Principle of More) and Pakistan at a time when the United States is desperate to fund its operations and the Fed is ready to pull its exclusive support of our debt.
Depth and vitality, eh?:
President Asif Ali Zardari Monday termed Pakistan’s relationship with China based on “depth and vitality” that increases with each passing day and said it was rooted in history and based on mutual trust and respect. The President who joined an event marking the celebration of 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries here at the Chinese embassy said Pakistan was proud to have China as a friend and vowed that it would always stand by China. “We will always stand by China as a true and trusted friend and partner,” he said and paid tributes to the wisdom of the architects of Pakistan-China friendship.
He said “the celebrations this evening demonstrate the sentiments of friendship in the hearts and minds of our people.”
The President said the people of the two countries were joined in bonds of friendship and trust.
“Ours is a relationship that is not matched by any other relationship between two sovereign countries,” he said.
Someone is going to have to buy our damn Treasurys and we would be smart not to piss off the Chinese any further by messing with their buddy Pakistan, especially since we'll be needing them to fund any attack against them. Maybe we can convince the Brits to bomb the shit out of them first? Oh wait, they are broke too.
Earlier: Doing It Wrong: Not Letting the Terrorists Win