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No, not there. Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? Well, we've finally stopped bombing it.

And while Rumsfeld was declaring victory there, he also noted, apparently without irony: "The single most vivid impression is that the regime of Saddam Hussein did very poorly for the people of Iraq," Rumsfeld said. "It put the money into the wrong thing. The country is run down."

Not like in America, though. Oh, wait. Rather a lot like here: The labor market continues to deteriorate. Last week 448,000 people filed for first-time jobless claims, exceeding consensus estimates. The previous week’s number was revised up to 461,000. Initial claims have exceeded the benchmark 400,000 level for 11 consecutive weeks. Initial claims have actually trended higher since the end of March. Continuing claims have risen also, to 3.68 million. Tomorrow’s employment report will show a third month of net job losses.

Did I mention I'm losing my job at the end of the month, too?

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