Last year George W. Bush said that the US was winning the war in Iraq and the war on terror. I was dumfounded then and even more confused now as we seem to be losing more and more "wars." In fact, the Bush administration doesn't seem to be winning any war. Seven years of "leadership" and this is what the administration has to show for it:
War on Drugs
Afghanistan opium production soars
Afghanistan's poppy crop this year could yield even more opium than last year's record harvest because of favourable weather conditions, a United Nations official said Monday. Afghanistan's opium crop grew 59 per cent in 2006 to 165,000 hectares, yielding a record crop of more than 5,500 tonnes, enough to make more than 550 tonnes of heroin — 90 per cent of the world's supply, according to the UN.
The war on Poverty
Home starts in the U.S. fell for the first time in four months in May as interest rates rose, suggesting the worst housing recession in 16 years will persist.
…The slump, which has lasted almost two years, is restraining economic growth even as inflation is too high for the comfort of Federal Reserve officials. Meanwhile, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has jumped to the highest in more than a year, putting pressure on first-time buyers and raising the prospect of additional defaults.
Foreclosures soar in South Florida, hurting minorities
Foreclosure rates are rising quickly in South Florida, and borrowers in low-income, minority neighborhoods have been hit the hardest.
First-quarter growth weakest in 4 years
The economy grew at a 0.7 percent annual pace in the first three months of this year, the weakest in more than four years as businesses sold off inventories but consumer spending remained strong, a Commerce Department report on Thursday showed. It was the weakest quarterly expansion in gross domestic product, or GDP, since the fourth quarter of 2002 but slightly better than the government's earlier 0.6 percent estimate for growth during the quarter. Still, it was a tad weaker than the 0.8 percent growth economists were expecting.
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