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9 April 2008


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Petraeus, Crocker Testify on Iraq-Namese War -- General David Petraeus and Ambassdor Ryan Crocker briefed the US Senate on conditions in Iraq-Nam yesterday. The general categorized the security progress made in the country as “fragile and reversible.” The US and its Green Zone Government pals have seen “significant but uneven progress.” He added, “The situation in certain areas is still unsatisfactory and innumerable challenges remain.” The ambassador’s contribution consisted largely of nodding, but he did claim that the Iraq-Namese parliament had passed some legislation that would boost “reconciliation and nation building.” Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) essentially called them on this, “Our current open-ended commitment is an invitation to continuing dependency.”

Candidates Posture at Petraeus-Crocker Hearings -- Regardless of electoral realities, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker briefed the next president of the United States yesterday. While the world doesn’t know which senator the American people will select, the two men answered questions from Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ), who serve on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The three used the occasion to play to the voters on the war.

IMF to Sell Gold, Fix Finances -- The International Monetary Fund announced yesterday that it would sell 12.97 million ounces of its gold reserves to raise US$11 billion. IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan stated, “It is a fundamental step that will enable the institution to remain an independent, astute, and dynamic international organization.” The IMF is overhauling its income model, and at current prices, selling off about 12% of its total gold holdings makes a lot of sense.

Kansas Steals NCAA Title from Memphis in Over-Time -- When kids start playing basketball, the one thing they all seem to hate doing is practicing free-throws. They’d rather play one-on-one or the time honored game of “horse.” Tuesday night, the Kansas Jayhawks trailed the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship by 9 with 2:12 left to play. By rights, the game was over, but Memphis forgot to make their foul shots, and Kansas stole the title.

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