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This week the "McLaughlin Group" discussed the fiscal cliff, Syria, Egypt, and the situation in Afghanistan.  Below some of the most noteworthy moments.

Is it not just so charming when these two agree like this?

These are the wise men we put in charge of drafting policy.

If you thought the previous clip proved how inane our representatives are, here we have a case of Batman envy.

Weapons of mass destruction?  Deja vu much?  If you are a Democrat do you do as a Republican do?  It seems you do.  Nobel Peace Prize much?

One suicide a day.  Just so you have a clear picture of the severity of this, that would be around 365 a year out of a population of 66,000.  The suicide rate for the general population of the United States in 2005 (latest year I could find figures on) was 0.011 percent.  The rate for the Afghanistan force is 0.55 percent.  The rate among the Afghan forces is fifty times that of the general population.  Nobel Peace Prize much?  And I am not even factoring in combat deaths or deaths to innocent civilians.  I am assuming this number does not also include suicides by troops after they return home like Jeffrey Lucey.  Just disgusting.

No previous predictions were verifiable this week.

Panelist Prediction Correct Wrong Partially Right Not Yet Proven Percent Correct
Michelle Bernard 1 0 0 2 100
Eleanor Clift The deal to avoid fiscal cliff will be cut the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. 6 4 3 4 57.69
Pat Buchanan Detroit goes into bankruptcy before the new year. 4 3 2 7 55.56
Mort Zuckerman The economy is going to remain very weak despite the solution of the fiscal cliff. 3 3 2 9 50
Tim Carney 0 0 3 1 50
Rich Lowry 0 0 2 1 50
Susan Ferrechio 0 0 1 3 50
Paul Glastris 0 0 1 1 50
Clarence Page 1 2 4 2 42.86
John McLaughlin The US will be effectively out of Afghanistan by December 31, 2013. 2 4 4 9 40
Ryan Grim We will go over the cliff and get a deal right after New Year's Day. 0 0 0 1 0

The show in its entirety.

Image courtesy of Eliot Phillips.


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Avatar of FlossyFlossy
December 11th, 2012  12:03 PM

Did you notice the Brillo box? Is there a subtle statement you are making here?