UK Daily Mail
July 31, 2011
American soldiers in Afghanistan have been warned they may not be paid after President Obama failed in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a settlement over the U.S. deficit.
In a crisis that has potentially devastating consequences for the world economy, the U.S. will run out of money to pay its bills next Wednesday unless squabbling Washington legislators raise the country’s $14.3 trillion (£8.7tn) debt ceiling.
Troops fighting in Afghanistan have been told that the Obama administration is expected to make their salaries a lower priority than interest payments to foreign bond-holders.
More than $1.2 trillion of America’s vast debt is owned by China and another $328bn is owned by UK private investors and pension funds.
The Obama administration is expected to continue to pay them next month, along with pensioners.