MELTDOWN IN IRAQ…. Here’s the PowerPoint slide obtained by the New York Times that shows Central Command’s internal view of the situation in Iraq. In short: bad and getting worse.

In fact, here’s some fun pseudo-math to go along with it. If you mark off the entire scale in units from 0-100, the “Chaos Quotient” has increased from 55 to 81 in the past eight months, an increase of slightly more than 3 points per month. So how long until we hit 100 at the current rate?

Answer: Just under six months. Even the U.S. military now thinks we have less than one Friedman before Iraq is hopelessly lost.