But it's not really funny: [Sec. Gates] warned 175 U.S. troops -- on behalf of more than 1 million of their comrades -- that their mid-April paycheck might be only 50 percent of what they're expecting. If the shutdown continues, there would be no end-of-month paycheck. Not surprisingly, the impending shutdown was the subject of the first question Gates got as he spoke with troops at Camp Liberty. He stressed that any pay shortage would only be temporary.
Bet that's what the Taliban tells their guys, too. Can you imagine being a young soldier some 7,000 miles from home, and being told by a top official of the U.S. government that your next paycheck is going to be short?