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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Industrial Production Surged Last Month

Confirming recent progress in the manufacturing sector flying in the face of John Kerry's pessimism and misery tour, industrial production surged 1.1 percent last month:
Output at U.S. factories, mines and utilities surged in May, posting its biggest gain in almost six years, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

The Fed said industrial production rose a larger-than-expected 1.1 percent in May after a 0.8 percent gain in April. The May increase was the biggest since a 2.0 percent rise in August 1998.

While the Fed said "unseasonably warm weather" caused utilities output to surge, the gain in overall production was broad-based and reflected the continued revival in the U.S. factory sector, which began declining ahead of the 2001 recession.

"The numbers show the manufacturing sector has very solid forward momentum," said Anthony Karydakis, senior financial economist with Banc One Capital Markets in Chicago.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

The Professionals

Showing what brutal fascists they are, US troops opened fire on a group of protesters today in Iraq, prompting calls from peace groups for the UN to take over operations there. Oh wait, I messed that up.
U.N. troops fired on rampaging protesters in Congo's capital Thursday, killing at least two, as the surprise capture of an eastern city by renegade commanders sparked the most violent protests here since the outbreak of the country's 1998-2002 war.

Crowds turned on President Joseph Kabila's weak government and Congo's 10,800-member U.N. force for failing to stop the fall of Bukavu, surging into the streets by the tens of thousands to attack U.N. installations.
There are almost 11,000 UN troops in the Congo, yet a country as vitally important on the world stage as Iraq gets dick in the way of UN support. How typical.
In New York, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guehenno blamed the violence on unreasonable expectations among Congolese about the U.N. peacekeepers' ability to control militants.

"There's an expectation that MONUC (the U.N. mission) with its limited resources could do everything," Guehenno said. "I think it's likely we will need more troops."
Ah, I see. So when the UN needs more troops it is simply an adjustment based upon a changing situation, but when the US needs more troops for Iraq it is a sign that the effort there is turning into Vietnam. And when the UN has a problem controlling militants, well, that's just an unreasonable expectation on the part of the locals, but when the US has trouble controlling Iraqi militants that are trained and financed by some of the most wealthy terror-supporting nations in the world, that's just proof that Bush is Hitler.
"They entered, and there were very many of them," Toure said. He said U.N. forces fired in self-defense, adding: "We regret this deeply because our mission was to establish peace in the country but we were left with no choice."
Of course you had a choice! You could have done what the US is being called upon to do, and turned the whole situation over to the UN!