Just some thoughts this week

Rod Blagojevich tells jurors he discussed the possibility of appointing himself to the U.S. Senate in 2008 so he could hunt down then-al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The ousted governor is on the stand for a fifth day Thursday, addressing the most explosive allegation against him – that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. He denies that.

Defense attorney Aaron Goldstein asked if he’d ever talked to a deputy governor about appointing himself to the Senate, then traveling to Afghanistan to get bin Laden.

Blagojevich said, "Yes."

Umm.. Blahhaaaaaaaa.  This guy is freaking hilarious. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gave $1.29 Million to China.

The Environmental Protection Agency has given at least $1,285,535 in grants to China to promote environmental research in the country.

In all, the EPA issued six grants that went to China, most of which pertained to researching methane in Chinese coal mines and reducing carbon emissions in China, a communist dictatorship long criticized by human rights groups. Two of those grants were awarded during the Bush administration; four were awarded during the Obama administration.\

Because we have money to give. 

Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.

The authors, including Major General Michael T. Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan, argue that the United States’ intelligence apparatus still finds itself unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate in and the people they are trying to protect and persuade.

I read this about a year ago and found it pretty accurate.  I believe many of the issues while identified are still present. 

U.S. Working to Raise Literacy of Afghan Forces to 3rd Grade Level Before 2014 Turnover

A senior official for the U.S.-led NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition in Afghanistan said that national forces there are projected to have attained a third-grade literacy level by the time they take the lead for their country’s security — in place of U.S.-NATO forces — at the end of 2014.

This shows just one of the many obstacles faced in the Afghanistan war. 


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