Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Just back from Abu Dhabi where I met all sorts of interesting folks, discussing national security and foreign policy issues amidst the backdrop of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
I will be sharing tomorrow — but wanted to note that I was back in Washington — and have had an incredible set of experiences there. Much to reflect on.
— Steve Clemons

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24 comments on “Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  1. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “One Rule For One, Eh Steve?”
    Whats a matter, Nadine? Afraid Steve will ban you again for showing us what an unbelievably despicable human being you are?

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  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “nadine and the bitter Jew, wig wag are over at Foreign Polcy trying to put out the fire storm of outrage over Obama’s 3 billion bribe to Israel”
    Carroll, give credit where credit is due. It is Clinton that filled this steaming bucket of shit that is being masqueraded as a glass of wine.

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  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Have you noticed the two of them NEVER criticize Hillary Clinton? Nor will you find criticism of Clinton in the Israeli media.
    Steve and his compatriots, also most media mouths, don’t touch her out of a healthy fear of repercussions, and those of Nadine and wiggie’s ilk don’t touch her because of adoration.
    When Obama let Clinton in, he admitted a poisonous snake.
    He will live to regret it, she WILL bite him. One wonders if he will have the wisdom to know where the venom came from. Somehow I doubt it.

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  4. Carroll says:

    Posted by PissedOffAmerican, Nov 16 2010, 7:49PM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    nadine and the bitter Jew, wig wag are over at Foreign Polcy trying to put out the fire storm of outrage over Obama’s 3 billion bribe to Israel.
    It’s hysterical,all the comments except wig’s are anti Israel and he/she/it is going on and on about how all Americans supports Isrweasel. ROTFLMAO
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/11/15/not_one_cent_for_tribute_obamas_embarrassing_gift_to_israel

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  5. Carroll says:

    This is interesting. We could play the game of what if…what if a war with Iran is started…and Russia who has their own oil decided to step in. While the US is trying to get by on SA oil and it’s reserves or whatever we have left after DC gives most of it to Israel.
    Russia to provide free military assistance to Lebanon
    By ASSOCIATED PRESS AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    11/16/2010 14:35
    Announcement comes as army aid to Lebanon under scrutiny after US lawmakers demanded assurances that weapons won’t go to Hizbullah.
    BEIRUT — Russia will provide the Lebanese army with free helicopters, tanks and munitions in a deal that will boost the country’s poorly equipped military, officials said Tuesday.
    The announcement came at a time when military assistance to Lebanon is under scrutiny after US lawmakers demanded assurances that American aid will not fall into the hands of Hizbullah.

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  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    [Oakland, CA November 15, 2010] Last night, up to a dozen members of San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs, a right-wing Israeli advocacy group with a documented track record of aggressively taunting and intimidating grassroots peace activists, attended a Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace community meeting at a South Berkeley Senior Center with the intention of disrupting, intimidating and possibly assaulting Jewish Voice for Peace members. Jewish Voice for Peace is the largest U.S. Jewish peace group dedicated to a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on democracy and full equality – the Bay Area chapter is the founding chapter of the organization. Approximately 50 to 60 people were at the meeting, and numerous witnesses are available to corroborate the events.
    Watch video of some of the disruptions and the victims and perpetrator of attack here….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLO2xKcYDwc
    Wrapped in an Israeli flag, San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs (SFVI/SWU) member Robin Dubner, an Oakland based attorney, pepper-sprayed two JVP members in the eyes and face after they attempted to nonviolently block her ability to aggressively videotape the faces of JVP meeting attendees against their will. The members, Alexei Folger and Glen Hauer, were careful to make no physical contact with her or her camera prior to the attack.
    Folger said, “I did not see it coming and all of a sudden there was gooey stuff all over my head and hand. I have never been pepper-sprayed before, my whole head felt like it was on fire.”
    JVP had earlier this year filed a police report about a June SFVI/SWU protest at which JVP and (peace group) Women in Black members were intimidatingly videotaped and threatened by a StandWithUs supporter after being taunted with chants like “Nazi, Nazi, Nazi” or “Kapo,Kapo,Kapo”. Caught on a widely seen videotape was a SFVI/SWU supporter pointing his camera to the faces of silent peace vigil participants while saying “You’re all being identified, every last one of you…we will find out where you live. We’re going to make your lives difficult. We will disrupt your families…”
    For that reason, JVP members were particularly concerned about protecting the safety of meeting attendees and preventing the videotaping.
    Hauer, a retired attorney and member of San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’har Zahav who was treated for pepper spray explained, “When one of the intruders [Dubner] continued standing and filming people despite the facilitator and facility manager repeatedly telling her that she could not, I first asked her politely to please put away the video camera, then several times told her to put away the camera, and then tried nonviolently to stay in front of the camera with my body. I could have taken the camera but decided instead to talk to the woman and to try to be the only person she photographed.”
    Hauer, who also leads groups on healing from WWII & the Holocaust, and speaks to churches about anti-Semitism as it relates to the movement for peace in the Middle East, went on:
    “In my mind was the history targeting of Jewish peace activists by the right wing of the Jewish community-the posting of our photos on internet hate sites, for example, followed by acts of vandalism at our homes and places of work. There were many in the room for whom I care deeply. I could also see that many at the meeting were new to the work we were doing, and I did not want them to be scared away.”
    Dubner was accompanied by up to a dozen other StandWithUs members-including Susan Meyers, Mike Harris, Bea Lieberman, Faith Meltzer, and Ross Meltzer-who repeatedly disrupted and aggressively videotaped the JVP meeting and JVP members against their will, wielding the cameras in an intimidating and belligerent manner. Despite repeated requests from the JVP meeting facilitator and other JVP activists to desist from recording and put away their videocameras, the SFVI/SWU activists – who had spread themselves throughout the room – continued to record and launch lengthy monologues while the presenters attempted to speak.
    They were explicitly invited by the JVP facilitator to stay in the meeting and participate without videotaping but they refused. They also refused offers for floor time by the presenters. The manager of the facility asked the SFVI/SWU members to abide by JVP’s rules or face the police, and when SFVI/SWU refused to comply with JVP’s protocol, the police were called.
    At one point, JVP members and presenters worked to restore calm and de-escalate by singing the Hebrew peace song, Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu (Peace will come to us) while waiting for the police to arrive. Most meeting attendees did not know until later that 2 people had been attacked with pepper spray.
    When police arrived, Dubner was temporarily placed in handcuffs while other members of San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs remained inside the meeting blowing loud whistles, using videocameras to intimidate meeting attendees.
    Dubner refused repeated requests by JVP members or the police to identify the substance she sprayed. A police officer later identified it as pepper spray and paramedics were called to help treat the victims of the attack. One of them, Alexei Folger, looked visibly red and swollen, as though she had been burned on more than half her face.
    Immediately following the attack, Ms. Folger, not knowing the nature of the substance on her face, rubbed some of it on Ms. Dubner’s shirtsleeve at which point the physically powerful Ms.Dubner, who also wore a pen videocamera in her shirt pocket, started physically shoving the petite Ms. Folger. A Jewish Voice for Peace staff member stood between them to prevent further escalation or physical contact between Ms Dubner and the shocked and injured Ms. Folger.
    This deliberate confrontation is part of a pattern of escalating intimidation and attacks against peace activists in the Bay Area. Earlier this year, the home of Tikkun Magazine editor Michael Lerner was covered in threatening posters. In addition to the videotaped harassment of Women in Black and JVP members, several months ago someone grafiited outside of the JVP offices “Jewish Voices for Palestine: Viva Barch Goldstein”
    http://palestinenote.com/blogs/blogs/archive/2010/11/15/lunatic-zealots-right-wing-nuts-assault-jvp-members.aspx
    NADINES!!! NADINES!!! EVERYWHERE NADINES!!!!

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Amazing, isn’t it??? Our children are taught from infancy not to let a stranger touch them.
    Now what? We tell them….
    “That’s ok honey, that minimum wage asshole has a badge, so he’s allowed to touch you.”
    Besides, what self respecting terrorist wants his nuts fondled at the airport by some pimply faced TSA agent, when he can get them fondled by a good lookin’ latina whore in Ensenada, right before he strolls over our southern border carrying a suitcase full of ebola virus?

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  8. downtown says:

    questions, Nov 16 2010, 6:48AM
    “And it’d be nice if the dems could get a better grip on the entire cognitive mapping of the American psyche.”
    http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/service/0,1518,728700,00.html
    The title of the above article translates as:
    Nation of the Clueless
    Put the page into Google Translator.
    German —> English. Syntax is not always correct, but you’ll definitely get the gist of it.

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  9. questions says:

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/
    A daily dose of this is good for the brain.
    The mortgage thing gets uglier by the week.
    Sometimes problems get so big that “extend and pretend” is all we seem able to do.
    40 year 2% mortgage I saw something about somewhere.
    If we all refinance, then perhaps all the documentation issues go away.
    If we refi at 2%, maybe bunches of us will be able to afford our payments.
    If we refi at 40 years, we’ll never actually make principal payments of any significance before we die.
    Maybe we should take up the deal, get a tax write off for the difference between the original mortgage amount and the current “market value” (which can’t really be determined, but could be fudged), and the phantom money that never really existed will simply disappear. Let the capital loss rules deal with this somehow. Make it a two year window, if that works in terms of incentives. And refi, refi, refi.
    Everyone who signs on to this deal swears and signs and promises to take no legal action regarding securities, chains of ownership, or anything else property related.
    Extend and pretend.
    Soon enough it all disappears and we can can go shopping at Walmart to help their bottom line, which is weakening in the face of the depression at the bottom of the economy.
    As for the TSA, don’t fly, and if you do, wear a skin tight body suit and offer to take it off and go through naked. The zipless scan.
    Seriously. Let it all hang out, and you won’t be groped. Maybe. It’d be amusing if they insisted on the grope, or arrested for indecency. Given how indecent they’re being.
    A nation of ecdysiasts at the airport.

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    AIPAC On The Brink: And Not One Word In MSM
    By M.J. Rosenberg – November 16, 2010, 9:46AM
    AIPAC is in big trouble and the media is ignoring it. If this was, say, the National Rifle Association or NARAL, this story would be on page one.
    But it’s AIPAC, and few want to mess with it. ( Clay Swisher’s does here. ).
    The story was broken in a Antiwar.com piece but is carried in the court filings by AIPAC and its ex-employee Steve Rosen who was fired by the lobby after being indicted under the Espionage Act (the case never went to trial).
    So now Rosen is suing AIPAC for “unlawful dismissal” and defamation of character. If he wins, AIPAC could have trouble meeting the mortgage payments on its brand new eight story headquarters a few blocks from the Capitol.
    So, on November 10th, it fired back at Rosen.
    I am not going into the details except to say that with all the illicit goings on at AIPAC (this is a X rated document), it is hard to believe it had the time to intimidate the entire US Congress into permanent submission.
    Beyond the smut, the most shocking revelation in the court documents is when Rosen reveals that immediately upon being told by the FBI that he was in serious trouble, and being warned by AIPAC’s counsel to come immediately to his office and talk to no one in advance, he immediately ran to meet with the #2 at the Israeli embassy!
    Now it’s war. AIPAC is putting out everything it has on Rosen and Rosen is about to put out everything he has on AIPAC. If he does — he won’t, it appears, if AIPAC pays him off — it is probably the end of the organization. Why? Because Rosen’s claim, which he will back up with documents in his possession, is that his operations — which AIPAC claims was more like those of “a secret agent than a lobbyist” — were standard operating procedure for the lobbying powerhouse. And that would mean that AIPAC is not a domestic lobbying organization at all, but something very, very different.
    AIPAC is on the brink.
    Soon we may hear Congress singing, “Free at last…”
    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/16/aipac_on_the_brink_and_not_one_word_in_msm/#more
    Its weird seeing Rosenberg so giddily optimistic. Does he really suppose those that matter, that could do something about it, are unaware what a bunch of treasonous fuckin’ scumbags AIPAC is peopled by?
    What Rosenberg fails to take into account is that the very people he thinks are being “set free” are every bit as big a bunch of treasonous fuckin’ scumbags as the AIPAC scumbags are. Criminals don’t celebrate when other criminals get caught, they just scramble to cover their own asses. AIPAC can’t fall without taking a huge number of Congress critters with it. And Israel occupied Washington DC will never allow that to happen.

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  11. DakotabornKansan says:

    Not ROFLMAO

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Gee, must be subliminal.
    Somehow the “Proffessional Groping Technician” (PGT) morphed into “The Groping Pervert” (TGP).

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  13. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I would like to advance a call to all Americans to stand up and fight this latest airport invasion of privacy known as a “groin search”. I have decided that there is only one way to fight this. Do as follows;
    When informed by the Proffessional Groping Technician (PGT) that he is going to conduct a groin search, you should do a number of things;
    A)Spread your legs so that your feet are approximately 18″ apart, and point both arms out at 90 degrees. Slightly squat, bending at the knees, and lean forward exactly 5 degrees.
    B)Inhale deeply, shut both eyes, and maintain position until the start of the groin search procedure.
    C)The groin search will start on your inner thighs at the knees. When you feel the groin search begin, compress your squat approximatly two more inches, and tighten sphincter muscles. As the TGP’s hands ascend your inner thighs, continue to compress squat position, bending further at the knees. At this point, you should be fully muscle tensed, and compressing your squat with the same velocity that the TGP’s hands are moving up your inner thighs. (You may want to practice this exercise prior to departing for the airport.)
    D)You have now reached the critical point in your act of protest. (Timing is very important, and it may take a few times in the security line to perfect your technique.) When the TGP’s hands have reached your mid-inner thigh, it is time to start your countdown. The time lapse at this point is very quick, so I suggest a countdown from three. However, some TGP’s will undoubtedly wish to take considerably more time conducting a groin search. You may have to rely on a certain amount of intuition about where to begin your countdown, although the look on the TGP’s face may give you an indication of how quickly the groin search is going to proceed.
    E)If you have timed your countdown correctly, the TGP’s hands will have reached the apex of their travel at the exact instant that you complete your loud and odorous act of protest.
    REVOLUTION NOW!!!! ITS TIME TO FART FOR OUR RIGHTS!!!!

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  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “How do you say “Such a deal!!!” in yiddish?”
    I checked my English to Yiddish translation book, and found it, then cross referenced it back to English…..
    “Ignorant fuckin’ goyim in America. No matter what we do, the jackasses just keep sending us more money.”

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  15. PissedOffAmerican says:

    And, uh, while we are strolling down an aisle in The Theatre Of The Absurd….
    Currently playing, a deal with Israel, whereby if they break the deal, part of the deal is that we won’t make an issue of it at the UN, nor will we allow anyone else to make an issue of it.
    How do you say “Such a deal!!!” in yiddish?

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  16. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Dirk, thank you for showing me that Formula One racing is a different kind of waste of fuel than I imagined. Where I previously thought that the waste occurred mainly in circles, I can now see that that the self-returning circuits of F-1 also contain a mix of straightaways, hairpin turns, sweepers and right-angled turns”
    ROFLMAO!!!!
    Obscene, isn’t it, Dan? In a bit of a confession, I must admit I’ve always been a fan of motorsports, particularly Formula 1, and most any racing that involves road courses. I even can tolerate watching NASCAR bombs go around in ciorcles for hours on end. (But only because, like the rest of the ignorant beer swilling schmucks tuning in, I might get to see a spectacular wreck.)
    As a youth I spent quite a bit of time at the old Riverside Raceway, even getting to go around the course once in a Can-Am Lola T70 with Bob Bondurant at the wheel, who was a fraternity brother of one of my brother in laws.
    But even as a fan, its impossible to neglect noticing how Formula One underscores the obscene and lamentable gap between the very rich and the common man. Watching the pre-race program, where ridiculously wealthy car owners are walking hand in hand with ridiculously wealthy Arab dignitaries around kazillion dollar automobiles that will burn up twenty thousand dollars worth of tires in two hours, its difficult not to be deeply offended, and wonder where the road mankind has taken will end.
    Tens of thousands now, in Haiti, lying on their deathbeds with cholera, if lucky, and survive, get to go home to their tents.
    I’d give up seeing another race just to see ONE of those people survive and prosper. Yet our leaders are content to accept and abet deaths in the thousands, millions, even.
    WTF ARE WE DOING?
    When mankind finally faces his karma, it ain’t gonna be pretty. Or maybe we are living our Karma, right now, eh?
    Tick tock, tick tock…….

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  17. DakotabornKansan says:

    Is That All There Is?
    Continuing Dan Kervick

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  18. Dan Kervick says:

    Dirk, thank you for showing me that Formula One racing is a different kind of waste of fuel than I imagined. Where I previously thought that the waste occurred mainly in circles, I can now see that that the self-returning circuits of F-1 also contain a mix of straightaways, hairpin turns, sweepers and right-angled turns.

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  19. Dirk says:

    Steve,
    I wonder about your opinion on the offer that President Obama gave to the Israelis. According to the foreign press the offer includes 20 F-35 jets and the promise to veto any anti-Israel UN resolutions for the next two years in exchange for a 3 month moratorium on settlement building and substantive negotiations on I/P borders.
    This seemed fairly one sided and ridiculous to me but as I read reader comments on a German news site, several hasbarists expressed outrage that what was once taken for granted was now part of a conditional negotiation. The German readers mostly swatted down the hasbarists very effectively but had to agree that if the Israeli strongman Netanyahu declined the offer he risked the US not vetoing resolutions, including the possible declaration of a Palestinian state.
    Any thoughts?

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  20. Dirk says:

    Wow Dan, what an incredibly ignorant rant against F-1 racing which apparently you don’t have the slightest idea about. The advances brought about by F-1 to the street cars of participating auto companies include: stability controls, Alloy/Steel engines, anti-lock-braking, etc, etc. I didn’t know the fuel consumption but it turns out to be 3.1 mpg (2009); even so, these cars are 20% more efficient than street cars.
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_One_car
    These races take place in rain or shine and current rules only allow tire changes, repairs during pit stops. The courses are a complex mix of curves and straightaways, which you would have seen one example of if you’d clicked on Steve’s link.

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  21. questions says:

    Nice analysis regarding the tax cut issue:
    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/11/15/bush_tax_cuts_democrats/index.html
    And, to add to Kornacki’s analysis, we should remind ourselves that many people currently think Obama raised their taxes even though he lowered them.
    And we should remember that the Bush cuts came in two parts — an announcement letter and then a CHECK IN THE MAIL so that people would KNOW they were getting a tax cut. It was wasteful in terms of paper and gov’t worker time, but it was productive politically.
    Everything in political-land is the opposite of what one would think. It’s pretty comical, actually.
    Raising taxes is lowering them, lowering them is raising them. Waste is productive, productivity is wasteful.
    Externalities of pollution and early death and suffering are treated as capitalist, while being forced to cover your own bad effects is considered socialism. So if you have to clean up your own mess, that’s too much regulation. And if you have to cover a portion of your own medical costs, that’s too much government. But letting the government cover the costs of your private disasters is A-OK. Apologize to BP for having made them cover the costs of the clean up. Let other people pick up your ER tab….
    We are so backwards in our thinking.
    I think it really goes right to the heart of that cognitive effects essay I linked to previously.
    People are cognitively primed to think that dems always raise taxes and Republicans always lower them. That lower taxes are always a bargain. That losing money now is the worst thing.
    This is far deeper than “framing” I think. And it’d be nice if the dems could get a better grip on the entire cognitive mapping of the American psyche.
    I certainly hope that Obama’s “process” orientation, as it’s now being styled, really does lead to substance. I’m enthralled in theory, if not in practice. I don’t know that there can really be much in the way of process re-orientation, so much as there simply needs to be such overdetermined need for policy shifts that the process is utterly irrelevant.
    DADT goes when no one can remember why we even had it.
    Climate change will be addressed when no one in Minnesota needs a parka for the winter anymore.
    Economic inequality will be addressed when our stores are devoid of products because no one can afford to buy anything.
    Schools will be fixed when the oligarchs can’t find the servants they need.
    It’s sad, really, that we need to hit bottom when it’s so obvious already which direction we’re going.

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  22. Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle says:

    Dan Kervick:
    If you are mad now, just wait till Steve talks about hobnobbing with Darth Cheney’s daughter.

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  23. DakotabornKansan says:
  24. Dan Kervick says:

    I’m so glad these fucking Opec oil barons have no end of gas to burn up into our ever degrading atmosphere, and can have their fun driving Formula One cars around in circles at 3.5 miles per gallon, while they are charging us Americans $84 dollars a goddamn barrel for their petroleum
    But I’m sure they’re all charming and very interesting folks, with tons of insightful yet totally meaningless gossip to purvey about “foreign policy issues” and which members of the global corporate and political glitterati have the highest sizzle quotients.
    It’s also great to see Steve hob-nobbing with idle rich parasites in the fake desert city-states of the Middle East during the same week when Germany and China declared themselves the new rulers of the global economy.
    I don’t know which people the Chinese and Germans think are going to buy all their exports, because it looks to me like US multinationals, global zillionaires and the Washington political class now have a joint plan to drive the incomes of ordinary Americans down to the level of the average Chinese, via a decade of intentionally engineered high unemployment and fiscal austerity. Barack Obama seems poised to become America’s first Tory President, and is set up with his magnificent deficit commission to follow the neo-Thatcherite Brits in punishing the hoi polloi for their pretensions at a decent life.
    Apparently, neoliberal American politicians and financial capos hate Americans and their vulgar middle-class prosperity so much that they are willing to grind us all into the dirt with the same kind of Washington Consensus austerity program that they used for years to punish the rest of the world. 10% unemployment, and yet it’s the deficit which they care about! So they are ready to pull the plug on the deficit spending which is keeping us at least at the 10% level.
    If you play your cards right with your rich friends, Steve, you’ll be able to go full Monty ex-patriot when the shit really hits the fan, and cash out of America just in time.

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