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I am glad they are closing Git-mo. It has been a canker sore for too long. Give them a fair trial and punish them according to the accepted standards of the law if they are terrorists like most of the other industrialized countries do or let them go if they were scooped up by mistake and can prove it. We cannot go around pronouncing high moral standards and accountability if we don't make an effort to live up to them.
P.S. I told my physical therapist yesterday that I was surprised that PT was still open up at the VA hospital since Obama announced that we would not torture . .
If you will forgive for speaking in a global context for a moment .
Well I don't see how spending money can lift any of the economy's around the world who are trying this trick including New Zealand .
The aspects of the New Zealand stimulus package that I support are small businesses being able to put off paying provincial tax . As for spending money on new infrastructure projects well I am for a ban on new projects until our current lot of third world infrastructure.
Make no mistake all the chickens are coming home to roost all right . New Zealand is something like second only to Iceland in terms of people living off credit . Had the majority of our banks been say American owned we would have been right royally screwed . Evidently the Australian regulatory frame work was a lot better then in other parts of the world and we have gotten the flow on effect . We need a depression to help off the elitists who got us into this mess in the same way World War One along with other factors help to kill off the Aristocracy that ruled Europe.
Why didn't the British people overthrow the monarchy in the same fashion as Russia ?
Well here is my answer. In Britain despite the class system being very evident the eight hour day, the Cheap Trains Act or what ever it was called all help to moderate society by giving the bulk of the population the rights they deserved.
Today we know that the Communist system is no more workable then full blown Libertarianism is - in fact if Libertarians got their wish you would end up with another 1917. Unless society continues to moderate in the end so very bad things will happen.
Kiwi troops in Afghanistan are likely to be asked to dig in for longer as the Government prepares to review the six-year-old deployment amid mounting pressure on the United States' allies to do more.
Government sources say there has been no request yet from the US for more Kiwi troops but it would "not be a surprise" if there were.
Australia is under pressure from US military leaders to take the lead role in Nato-led coalition operations in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province and increase its commitment, according to reports.
On another matter entirely . . .
Kiwi troops in Afghanistan are likely to be asked to dig in for longer as the Government prepares to review the six-year-old deployment amid mounting pressure on the United States' allies to do more. Government sources say there has been no request yet from the US for more Kiwi troops but it would "not be a surprise" if there were. Australia is under pressure from US military leaders to take the lead role in [the] NATO led coalition operations in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province and increase its commitment, according to reports.
First off some background for the reader . One of the smart things that happened during Bush second term was New Zealand regaining it status as a US ally. In fact Condi [Secretary of State Rice] was out here last year.
So as a part of Obama-wise strategy of renewed focus on Afghanistan I am expecting a formal request to be made for an increase in New Zealand contribution to Afghanistan. The request will probably include a desire for NZ to have a combat role over there as well.
The small Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan put NATO and the United States in a tight spot by announcing last week in Moscow that it intends to close Manas Air Base there.
That base is key to U.S. and NATO military operations in Afghanistan. It is used as a hub, for transit and refueling. It would be even more critical if the administration of President Barack Obama proceeds with its plan to increase U.S. forces in Afghanistan by 30,000 to a new level of 78,000.
Since Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's announcement was made in Moscow, during a visit that included Russia's announcing a new $2 billion loan, $150 million in new aid and forgiveness of $180 million in debt for Kyrgyzstan, there is reason to believe that the small former Soviet republic is closing the base at Russian instigation.
What that means is that Russia, instead of waiting for the Obama administration to begin a more stately initiation of what presumably will be a new relationship between the two countries, has opened the game with a power play. This is likely calculated to make clear to America's new leaders that Russia has an area, including Central Asia, Ukraine, Georgia and the rest of the Caucasus that it considers its sphere of influence.
Issues between the United States and Russia include the future of former President George W. Bush's missile defense program with proposed installations in the Czech Republic and Poland, the negotiation of a new arms treaty and whether NATO will be expanded to include Ukraine and Georgia.
Uzbekistan kicked the United States out in 2005. Kyrgyzstan might respond if Washington had increased its aid, which stands at $150 million a year. The United States has several options that can be pursued simultaneously . . A third move would be to accelerate consideration within the Obama administration of overall U.S. policy toward Russia. The administration should move quickly to address the agenda, including the relationship in Central Asia, perhaps sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Moscow on an urgent basis.
In a sense, the Kyrgyz decision to close the Manas base provides an opportunity for a new, fresh look at the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the surrounding region and America's relations with Russia -- not an altogether bad development. First published on February 9, 2009.
. . tax cuts alone will do nothing. In fact we need to raise taxes if we are ever to pay off this package, take care of the debt much less deal with the social security and Medicare crisis looming on the horizon. If we don't do it now... we are screwed.