Saturday, January 15, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 1/15/2011

LastDayWatchers as you see God curse of the Bush/Obama Administrations continue to manifest itself

Three killed on deadly day for US troops in Iraq

"At least one Iraqi soldier gunned down two US troops at a training centre and a third American soldier in Iraq was killed in a separate incident on Saturday, the deadliest day for US forces since July.


The deaths were a stark reminder that, despite Washington having declared combat operations over in August, its 50,000-odd troops still stationed in Iraq remain at risk.


Saturday's worst incident saw two soldiers killed and one wounded "while conducting operations in northern Iraq," a US army statement said, without giving further details.


It was not immediately clear how many gunmen carried out the shooting.


An Iraqi army officer said two Iraqi soldiers opened fire on their American counterparts while a US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said only one gunman was involved.


The shooting, the Iraqi officer said, took place at Al-Ghazlani training centre in west Mosul and was intentional


but he said it was unclear what provoked the incident.


The two Iraqi soldiers who carried out the shooting were arrested, the officer said.


Another officer at Nineveh Operations Command, the security command for the province of which Mosul is the capital, said one of the two was shot dead by US soldiers returning fire and the other was detained.


It was at least the second time in four months that US troops come under fire by Iraqi soldiers in the north of the country. On September 7, two US soldiers were killed and nine others wounded.


Also on Saturday a US soldier was killed "while conducting operations in central Iraq", a US statement said, without providing details.


The death toll was the highest in a single day for American forces since July 2, when three soldiers died in separate "non-hostile" incidents, according to independent website www.icasualties.org.


Four US soldiers also died on September 8, 2009, in two separate roadside bombings in Baghdad and Salaheddin province, central Iraq"

"Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real bullets into a training exercise and opened fire"

"raising fresh concerns about insurgents worming into the nation's security forces as the Americans prepare to leave by the year's end.


A U.S. military official said the shooter was immediately killed by American soldiers who were running the morning drill at a training center on a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul.


The U.S. official said the exercise was not meant to involve live ammunition, and an Iraqi army officer said the shooting appeared to have been planned.


Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.


A U.S. statement confirmed that two soldiers were killed and a third was wounded by small-arms fire by what the military described as "an individual wearing an Iraqi army uniform."


"This incident occurred during a training event being conducted by U.S. forces as part of their advise and assist mission with Iraqi security forces," the U.S. military said in a statement.


The Mosul attack underscores the threats that U.S. forces continue to face in Iraq even though most of the estimated 47,000 troops no longer go on regular combat missions


The vast majority of American troops left — down from nearly 170,000 in 2008 — are all but confined to bases where they help train Iraqi police, soldiers and pilots how to protect the country from threats like insurgents and invasions"

Al-Sadr calls on Iraqis 'to resist

"Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shia Muslim religious leader, has called on his followers to resist the "occupiers" of Iraq.


"He made clear reference to fighting them [the US forces] with all means necessary ... but he also made clear that this is a more disciplined Sadr organisation"




"He said breaches would not be tolerated and that Iraqis would not assassinate Iraqis ... altogether a much more determined, perhaps a more disciplined Muqtada al-Sadr."


"Let the whole world hear that we reject America. No, no to the occupier," al-Sadr said during his 35-minute speech in Najaf"

The expansion to the extensions will continue

NATO lorries torched in Pakistan

"Armed men have attacked tankers carrying fuel for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant in southwestern Pakistan, officials say.


The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which 14 vehicles were set ablaze on Saturday.


The attack took place in the Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan province, according to Fatteh Mohammed, a local government official.


The vehicles were likely headed to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing in the town of Chaman.


Akbar Hussain Durani, the home secretary of Balochistan, said 136 NATO tankers were destroyed in 56 such attacks in the province last year. In all, 34 people have been killed, and 23 wounded, in attacks on the supply route, he said.


Tankers targeted


Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the group was behind Saturday's attack, which he said involved eight fighters.


"We have assigned our fighters to go after NATO supply tankers wherever in Pakistan," Tariq told The Associated Press news agency via telephone.


"We want to make very, very difficult all land routes for NATO in Pakistan."


US officials have previously insisted that the attacks on NATO supplies in Pakistan have little or no impact on International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan.


On average, 3,000 US and NATO supply lorries operate in Pakistan on any given day. The US embassy in Islamabad says that up to 80 per cent of non-lethal supplies were transported through Pakistan three years ago, but that figure fell to 40 per cent last year"

In spite of the grand deception "which is a deliberate attempt to get you to look past the horror of the truth to get you to feel "confident" (see: The 100% Accuracy of the May 15th Prophecy, The Son & the Foot) the truth will be manifested

Record $14 trillion-plus debt weighs on Congress

"The United States just passed a dubious milestone: Government debt surged to an all-time high, topping $14 trillion - $45,300 for each and everyone in the country.


That means Congress soon will have to lift the legal debt limit to give the nearly maxed-out government an even higher credit limit or dramatically cut spending to stay within the current cap. Either way, a fight is ahead on Capitol Hill, inflamed by the passions of tea party activists and deficit hawks.


Already, both sides are blaming each other for an approaching economic train wreck as Washington wrestles over how to keep the government in business and avoid default on global financial obligations.


Bills increasing the debt limit are among the most unpopular to come before Congress, serving as pawns for decades in high-stakes bargaining games. Every time until now, the ending has been the same: We go to the brink before raising the ceiling.


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says failure to increase borrowing authority would be "a catastrophe," perhaps rivaling the financial meltdown of 2008-2009.


Congressional Republicans, flexing muscle after November's victories, say the election results show that people are weary of big government and deficit spending, and that it's time to draw the line against more borrowing.


Defeating a new debt limit increase has become a priority for the tea party movement and other small-government conservatives.


So far, the new GOP majority has proved accommodating. Republicans are moving to make good on their promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending this year. They adopted a rules change by House Speaker John Boehner that should make it easier to block a debt-limit increase.


The national debt is the accumulation of years of deficit spending going back to the days of George Washington. The debt usually advances in times of war and retreats in peace.


Remarkably, nearly half of today's national debt was run up in just the past six years. It soared from $7.6 trillion in January 2005 as President George W. Bush began his second term to $10.6 trillion 


the day Obama was inaugurated and to $14.02 trillion now. The period has seen two major wars and the deepest economic downturn since the 1930s.


With a $1.7 trillion deficit in budget year 2010 alone, and the government on track to spend $1.3 trillion more this year than it takes in, annual budget deficits are adding roughly $4 billion a day to the national debt. Put another way, the government is borrowing 41 cents for every dollar it spends.


In a letter to Congress, Geithner said the current statutory debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion, set just last year, may be reached by the end of March - and hit no later than May 16. He warned that holding it hostage to skirmishes over spending could lead the country to default on its obligations, 


"an event that has no precedent in American history."


Debt-level brinkmanship doesn't wear a party label.


Here's what then-Sen. Barack Obama said on the Senate floor in 2006: 


"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance the government's reckless fiscal policies."


It was a blast by the freshman lawmaker against a Bush request to raise the debt limit to $8.96 trillion.


Bush won on a 52-48 party-line vote. Not a single Senate Democrat voted to raise the limit, opposition that's now complicating White House efforts to rally bipartisan support for a higher ceiling.


Democrats have use doomsday rhetoric about a looming government shutdown and comparing the U.S. plight to financial crises in Greece and Portugal. It's all a bit of a stretch.


"We can't do as the Gingrich crowd did a few years ago, close the government," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., referring to government shutdowns in 1995 when Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich was House speaker.


But those shutdowns had nothing to do with the debt limit. They were caused by failure of Congress to appropriate funds to keep federal agencies running.


And there are many temporary ways around the debt limit.


Hitting it does not automatically mean a default on existing debt. It only stops the government from new borrowing, forcing it to rely on other ways to finance its activities.


In a 1995 debt-limit crisis, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin borrowed $60 billion from federal pension funds to keep the government going. It wasn't popular, but it helped get the job done. A decade earlier, James Baker, President Ronald Reagan's treasury secretary, delayed payments to the Civil Service and Social Security trust funds and used other bookkeeping tricks to keep money in the federal till.


Baker and Rubin "found money in pockets no one knew existed before," said former congressional budget analyst Stanley Collender.


Collender, author of "Guide to the Federal Budget," cites a slew of other things the government can do to delay a crisis. They include leasing out government-owned properties, "the federal equivalent of renting out a room in your home," or slowing down payments to government contractors.


Now partner-director of Qorvis Communications, a Washington consulting firm, Collender said such stopgap measures buy the White House time to resist GOP pressure for concessions.


"My guess is they can go months after the debt ceiling is not raised and still be able to come up with the cash they need. But at some point, it will catch up," and raising the debt limit will become an imperative, he suggested.


Republican leaders seem to acknowledge as much, but first want to force big concessions. "Do I want to see this nation default? No. But I want to make sure we get substantial spending cuts and controls in exchange for raising the debt ceiling," said the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.


Clearly, the tea party types in Congress will be given an up-and-down vote on raising the debt limit before any final deal is struck, even if the measure ultimately passes.


"At some point you run out of accounting gimmicks and resources. Eventually the government is going to have to start shutting down certain operations," said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics.


"If we get into a heated, protracted debate over the debt ceiling, global investors are going to grow nervous, and start driving up interest rates. It will all become negatively self-re-enforcing," said Zandi. "No good will come of it."


The overall national debt rose above $14 trillion for the first time the last week in December. The part subject to the debt limit stood at $13.95 trillion on Friday and was expected to break above $14 trillion within days."

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