Based on the Sinjar records, U.S. military officials in Iraq said they now think that nine out of 10 suicide bombers have been foreigners, compared with earlier estimates of 75 percent. Similarly, they assess that 90 percent of foreign fighters entering Iraq during the one-year period ending in August came via Syria, a greater proportion than previously believed.
Further confirmation of two things. One that most of the foriegn fighters are North Africa and the country Bush is sending Joint Direct Attack Munitions ( which the Israelis are thrilled about) Saudi Arabia. It also means means that regardless of the countless times that the right-wing blogs and Joe Lieberman declare mission accomplished that after five years BushCo has still not sealed Iraq’s borders. The result of which is a grantee of that a certain amount of sectrarian violnce will continue for which Americans and Iraqis will pay the price.
Like Ronald Reagan, President Bush began his term in office with big tax cuts for the rich and promises that the benefits would trickle down to the middle class. Like Reagan, he also began his term with an economic slump, then claimed that the recovery from that slump proved the success of his policies.
And like Reaganomics — but more quickly — Bushonomics has ended in grief. The public mood today is as grim as it was in 1992. Wages are lagging behind inflation. Employment growth in the Bush years has been pathetic compared with job creation in the Clinton era. Even if we don’t have a formal recession — and the odds now are that we will — the optimism of the 1990s has evaporated.
As Krugman says you can’t blame Conservatives for wanting to portray Reagan in a positive light and keep the myth alive, but the Right seems to ride along supported solely by myths. Iraq has WMD, the Clear Skies Initiative, tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans trickle down to working people and the Whitehouse never distorts or lies.
Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending? – Bugs Bunny