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February 18, 2010

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Madrassah overfloweth.

Attacking the power in the military was a bridge too far, it seems.
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Jane

It is still far from clear, but senior commanders in Afghanistan say they believe that the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies, led by Gens. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Ahmed Shuja Pasha, may finally be coming around to the belief that the Taliban — in Pakistan and Afghanistan — constitute a threat to the existence of the Pakistani state.

I don't buy. And I want to know what the pay-off was.

daddy

Just FYI

Am in Indy with the radio headsets on listening to a local lefty talk show. (am 1310 Afternoons with Amos)

Callers, guest and host are furious with Bayh and his wife. Some lady who ordered some protest today outside some local Medical Insurance Agency is saying how Bayh's wife was able to buy stock in a company she represented at 1/3rd the cost of the stock, and then immediately turn it over for huge cash gains. This lady said she had talked to the Bayh's about it before and that they responded that it had no influence whatever on his voting since the Bayh's had decided not to talk about it, so that he wouldn't act in a way to enhance his personal interest. The guest didn't believe it at all, and callers as far as I can tell have thrown Bayh under the bus. Current topic is the profits of Well Point, some Insurance Company, and a lefty State Representative is currently hollering about the Fed's not passing Health Care.

narciso

More commentary on the subject from a favored
source, in the LUN

daddy

Susan Bayh is a representative or worker of this Well Point Insurance company. Callers are livid because they are saying Well Point just made 1 Billion in profits, and that is the stock that she gets at 1/3rd the cost and immediately increases in value by 2/3rds. They have thrown Susan Bayh under the bus as well. So in the 15 minutes I've heard so far, she is being hammered by a State Dem Representative, by the host, by an organizer of a Well Point protest, and by the callers.

Haven't read any news at all today and hope this is not redundant. Will try to catch up now.

Jack is Back!

daddy,

Don't get so distracted by finding a left wing radio station in the heartland and overshoot Indy:)

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Payoff was probably money or power to the cooperator/s, Jane. This is not unusual in counterinsurgency operations, or in general operations in Indo-Asian countries. They have a different view of bribery than we (fastidious westerners) do.

(Although Chicago, Boston and New York have been known to operated this way for a hundred or so years).

Jane

Jim,

Yeah I know about the cultural differences, but my guess is there was more than the standard payoff involved. It seems an awful big catch for business as usual. We'll see.

matt

in her defense, she probably has options, and that is the way they work at Wellpoint or anywhere else. her conflicts of interest are a separate subject.

maybe her sister in law, Cokie Roberts, can investigate and get back to us.

Ignatz

--in her defense, she probably has options, and that is the way they work at Wellpoint or anywhere else. her conflicts of interest are a separate subject--

I think the issue was his conflict of interest which the Bayhs claimed, improbably, didn't exist because he didn't talk to her about serving on the Wellpoint board and making $350,000 a year off of it.
Apparently she serves on a dozen or so boards but of course none of those gigs are related to her being married to a senator.

Steve C.

Based on the history of our relationship with Pakistan since the 1970s, one can safely conclude that whatever was involved, the Pakistanis probably got more out of it than we did.

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