December 1, 2012
By Mickey Friedman
Ignore the gossip-mongers: the mission remains critical. We’ve invested so much making Afghanistan safe for Hamid Karzai and his drug-running relatives, it would be a crying shame to cut and run. Just because our generals appreciate the enthusiastic support and feminine charms of Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley.
U.S. Army soldiers conduct a combat patrol in Khowst province, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2012. The soldiers are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Epperson
Paula Broadwell met Peaches Petraeus at Harvard in 2006. In 2008, he became the subject of her doctoral dissertation on leadership. And they began to jog together. That same year, Peaches assumed leadership of ISAF, the international forces in Afghanistan. The dissertation became a book and Paula went to Afghanistan many times to run, to listen and learn. A “mentee,” she became.
As for the pesky war, General Petraeus testified in March 2011: “The momentum achieved by the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2005 has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in a number of important areas. However, while the security progress achieved over the past year is significant, it is also fragile and reversible.”
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By Mickey Friedman and the Red Crow Economic News Team™
July 27, 2011
Our crack Red Crow Economic News Team™ has been busily at work trying to come up with a new definition of “local.”
Do your eggs come from here or there?
The local debate has been raging for more than a week now as Berkshirites try their best to come to terms with the news that despite displaying a “Berkshire Grown” sticker, the Otis Poultry Farm has been selling eggs that come from a farm in Schuylerville, N.Y., 50 miles away.
As far as Andrew Pyenson, co-owner of the Otis Poultry Farm is concerned, that is local enough. According to a story by Ned Oliver of the Berkshire Eagle, Pyenson has an answer for people who ask to see the birds: “I say, ‘No, they’re on another farm.’”
So the question is, are people being truthful when they claim to selling or serving locally grown food? Or put another way, how local is local?
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Well we should be. According to a report in The Economist we spend that much more than the Canadians on defense.
In fact we spend more than the next 17 countries on the list combined.
We spend 6 times more than the Chinese, and they’re next on the list.
According to the Swedish International Peace Research Institute:
the share of US GDP devoted to the military—the ‘military burden’—has increased sharply, from 3.1 per cent in 2001 to an estimated 4.8 per cent in 2010
As for the real wars we’re fighting, we’ve spent about $783,074,577,031 in Iraq and $423,157,514,489 in Afghanistan. Of course, these figures have increased in the time it’s taken me to post this and for you to read it.
Click here for the most up-to-date estimates.