Friday, September 18, 2009

Italian PM calls for Afghan exit

The Italian prime minister has called for international forces to withdraw from Afghanistan, after a suicide Air Jordan Shoes attack in the capital Kabul killed six Italian soldiers.
"We are keen to bring our boys home as soon as possible," Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday as he arrived for an EU summit in Brussels.
The Italian leader conceded that any decision would only be made with the country's Nato allies, saying that Italy "is dealing with an international question that you can't decide on your own because that would betray an accord".
But he added: "We are all convinced that we have to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible."
At least 10 Afghan Michael Jordan Shoes civilians were also killed in Thursday's blast on a road linking Kabul's international airport to the US embassy.
Fifty 50 people were injured, according to Afghan officials.
"This is an unhappy day for Italy," Berlusconi told reporters.
The presence of Italian troops in Afghanistan has become increasingly controversial in Italy and has put pressure on Berlusconi's governing right-wing coalition.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Kabul, said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
"[They said] the purpose is to show that there is nowhere safe in Afghanistan.
"The situation is Air Jordan 1 deteriorating, with violence really at an all time high. As violence continues people are concerned about the security situation and the political uncertainty in this country."
Our correspondent said Thursday's blast marked the fourth major attack in the capital in five weeks.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sick and Wrong

Let's start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed air jordan shoes world. It's become a black leprosy eating away at the American experiment — a bureaucracy so insipid and mean and illogical that even our darkest criminal minds wouldn't be equal to dreaming it up on purpose.
The system doesn't work for anyone. It cheats patients and leaves them to die, denies insurance to 47 million Americans, forces hospitals to spend billions haggling over claims, and systematically bleeds and harasses doctors with the specter of catastrophic litigation. Even as a Michael Jordan Shoes mechanism for delivering bonuses to insurance-company fat cats, it's a miserable failure: Greedy insurance bosses who spent a generation denying preventive care to patients now see their profits sapped by millions of customers who enter the system only when they're sick with incurably expensive illnesses.
The cost of all of this to society, in illness and death and lost productivity and a soaring federal deficit and plain old anxiety and anger, is incalculable — and that's the good news. The bad news is our failed health care system won't get fixed, because it exists entirely within the jewelry confines of yet another failed system: the political entity known as the United States of America.
Just as we have a medical system that is not really designed to care for the sick, we have a government that is not equipped to fix actual crises. What our government is good at is something else entirely: effecting the appearance of action, while leaving the actual reform behind in a wholesale watches diabolical labyrinth of ingenious legislative maneuvers.
Over the course of this summer, those two failed systems have collided in a spectacular crossroads moment in American history. We have an urgent national emergency on the one hand, and on the other, a comfortable majority of ostensibly simpatico Democrats who were elected by an angry population, in large part, specifically to reform health care. When they all sat down in Washington to tackle the problem, it amounted to a referendum on whether or not we actually have a functioning government.
It's a situation that one Air Jordan 1 would have thought would be sobering enough to snap Congress into real action for once. Instead, they did the exact opposite, doubling down on the same-old, same-old and laboring day and night in the halls of the Capitol to deliver us a tour de force of old thinking and legislative trickery, as if that's what we really wanted. Almost every single one of the main players — from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Blue Dog turncoat Max Baucus — found some unforeseeable, unique-to-them way to fuck this thing up. Even Ted Kennedy, for whom successful health care reform was to be the great vindicating achievement of his Air Jordan 23 career, and Barack Obama, whose entire presidency will likely be judged by this bill, managed to come up small when the lights came on.
We might look back on this summer someday and think of it as the moment when our government lost us for good. It was that bad.
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