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From the New York Times:
Turkey must limit its military operations against Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq to days or a couple of weeks rather than months, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday.”It’s very important that the Turks make this operation as short as possible and then leave, and to be mindful of Iraqi sovereignty,” Gates told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday before leaving for Ankara.

“I measure quick in terms of days, a week or two, something like that. Not months,” he said.

Now let’s see: Turkey, our NATO ally, sends troops to capture PKK guerrillas in Iraq that are protected by the Iraqi government. Those guerrillas regularly cross into Turkey and kill people. Gates says Turkey has to stop.

The U.S., Turkey’s NATO ally, invaded Iraq five years ago, and is still there. Iraq was never a threat to the United States. U.S. troops have occupied Iraq, overthrown its government, and wrought general mayhem ever since. However, American troops and the puppet Iraqi government have done nothing to hamper the PKK guerrillas hiding out in U.S.-occupied territory.

And the **U.S.** is telling **Turkey** to get out of Iraq?

What a combination of hubris and chutzpah.

8:02 pm on February 27, 2008

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Lew and Karen, re “being long gold is being short America”: as I write this, the price of gold is up to $993/oz., while the Dow is down another 80+ points. Political correctness has infected personal investment policies! Is a return to economic prosperity to be premised on a rejection of the individual self-interest that drives the pursuit of our well-being? The “stimulus” package rewards marketplace incompetence, while investment advisors embrace altruism, a mix from which we are expected to draw “hope” for a brighter future?

Such moronic thinking recalls the investment gurus who, a year or more ago, were on television advising people to invest in the banking industry, while responding to Peter Schiff’s warnings with little more
than a chorus of giggles. When we are asked to choose between “hope” and “understanding,” I always opt for the latter.

10:05 am on February 20, 2009