"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mission creep - US bombing consolidates in AFPAK with O'Bomber's new plan - with no end in sight

President Obama gave a speech this morning outlining his new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, (AFPAK) as a taster for a (slightly) more detailed white paper [PDF].

The plan outlined what O'Bomber cals "realistic and achievable objectives."

  • Disrupting terrorist networks in Afghanistan and especially Pakistan to degrade any ability they have to plan and launch international terrorist attacks.
  • Promoting a more capable, accountable, and effective government in Afghanistan that serves the Afghan people and can eventually function, especially regarding internal security, with limited international support.
  • Developing increasingly self-reliant Afghan security forces that can lead the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism fight with reduced U.S. assistance.
  • Assisting efforts to enhance civilian control and stable constitutional government in Pakistan and a vibrant economy that provides opportunity for the people of Pakistan.
  • Involving the international community to actively assist in addressing these objectives for Afghanistan and Pakistan, with an important leadership role for the UN.
Which begs a lot of questions - questions that remain unanswered - meanwhile bombs coninue to rain down on Iraq (yes they still do - Coalition aircraft flew 24 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. March 26th) , Afghanistan (In total, 68 close-air-support missions were flown in support of the ISAF and Afghan security forces,) and the Hell fire misiles go popping off in Pakistan territories. See recent posts

1 comment:

paul said...

and in which appendix do they suggest a pony for all young girls in this wishful document?

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish