Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More threats? More Obama, of course.

The WaPo reports:

"Radical elements are now a threat to the survival of Pakistan, prompting Paksiatni military leaders to recognize that more aggressive efforts are needed to get the elements under control, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said yesterday in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. 'In the last year, the number of terrorist attacks and deaths were greater than the past six years combined,' McConnell said in an unusually strong warning about Pakistan's political problems. 'What's happened is Pakistan has now recognized that this is an existential threat to their very survival.'"

Great, now he tells us. Not to alarm you or anything, he says, but Pakistan is now facing an existential threat from the very elements they've been cultivating for years even as they took our money to shadow box them. Never fear, though, McConnell tells the Senate that Pakistan's leaders are "starting a process to be more aggressive in getting control of the situation." Whew! Just in a nick of time!

Btw, wasn't there yet another suicide bombing in Rawalpindi yesterday aimed against the military?

New Kerala News reports the death toll from yesterday's bombing attack "Near the army's General Headquarters had initially left four people killed, including army officials, and injured 25 others . But a day after the incident, which was the second in the Royal Artillery (RA) Bazar in three months, the toll rose to eight. Those killed in the attacks included a lieutenant-colonel, a major and six others. The eighth victim remained unidentified."

And in other news, AP reports:

"Iran launched a research rocket and unveiled its first major space center, state television reported Monday, the latest steps in a program many fear may be cover for further development of its military ballistic missiles. . . Iran, which also unveiled its first domestically built satellite Monday, says it wants to put its own satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters in the earthquake-prone nation and improve its telecommunications. Iranian officials also point to America's use of satellites to monitor Afghanistan and Iraq and say they need similar abilities for their security. Despite concern over Iran's space program, it is not clear how far along it is, or whether the latest launch actually reached the internationally agreed-upon beginning of 'space,' set at 60 miles above the earth."

I really wouldn't push the panic button yet. PRI's The World reports that Ahmadinejad did the countdown and when he got all the way down to 0 he had to count back up to five before the damn thing went off. I think NASA can rest easy about their mastery of the stars for now.

A victorious Bakark Obama last night said if he becomes president (good luck with that) he'll put an end to "The common threats of the 21st century, terrorism and nuclear weapons, climate change and poverty, genocide and disease."

And he's going to tackle once and for all the problem of halitosis! Right, and I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.


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