International Developments

? 2,000 US troops have now been killed in Afghanistan.

? According to the Director of National Intelligence, US intelligence concluded immediately afterwards that the Benghazi, Libya attack had been “spontaneous”, and so advised the White House and Congress. As more information came in, they realized it was a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.” Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, also described the attacks as “spontaneous”. Some Republicans are demanding she resign.

? Someone allegedly from Ramu, Bangladesh posted a photo on Facebook that offended local Muslims, 25,000 of whom subsequently went on a rampage in 15 villages, setting fire to Buddhist temples and 100 homes and looting stores.

? “Omar Khadr, the only Canadian citizen held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, was returned to Canada early Saturday morning, the Pentagon and the Canadian government announced.” He was 15 years old when captured in Afghanistan in 2002.

? Contrary to official denials, turns out Guantanamo Bay detainees were given injections of scopolamine, a so-called “truth drug”.

? “Yemen’s leader [President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi] said Saturday that he personally approves every U.S. drone strike in his country and described the remotely piloted aircraft as a technical marvel that has helped reverse al-Qaeda’s gains.”

International Finance

? Uh-oh. Afghanistan invited Exxon Mobil to come check out their new oil concession, but Exxon declined, “possibly indicating a fading appetite to invest in the conflict-wracked country.”

? “Just when it seemed stability was on the horizon for the tumultuous Eurozone, with Spain getting a grip on its debt financing and a plan to bail out insolvent bans, a fresh threat to the common currency has emerged with Catalonia’s reignited drive to secede from the Spanish kingdom.” Graphs which underscore the Misery in Spain.

David Dayen

David Dayen