Category Archives: International

Wii shortages continue

It’s now five months after the release of the Nintendo Wii gaming system and you still have to camp out before you can buy one. Nintendo is just able to sell every single Wii they make. Some of you may be thinking that this is some sort of artificial shortage to generate plublicity. It’s not: […]

A matter of perspective

Recently, Gen. Peter Pace, a known homophobe who also happens to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reported to Congress that our military is over-commited and unprepared to respond quickly to any new threats. While speaking to Congress, Pace had this to say: You take a lap around the globe — you could […]

The Big Five-O

“The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.” – George W. Bush, 9/13/01 “I want justice…There’s an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive,’” – George W. Bush, 9/17/01 We […]

The ‘War on Terror’ fuels terrorism

Bush’s “War on Terror” has been going strong for 5+ years. Do you feel any safer? I sure don’t. The Centre on Law and Security at the NYU Foundation for Mother Jones magazine has some numbers to back up those feelings of insecurity: It found that the number killed in jihadist attacks around the world […]

The greatest country on the planet

In the United States, our politicians like to say that we are the greatest country on Earth. It’s become painfully obvious that we are not the best by any number of metrics, except military power. We lag behind in health care coverage, overall health, education, infant-mortality and income disparity just to name a few categories. […]

The Mosque of the Golden Dome

It’s been a year since insurgents destroyed Iraq’s sacred golden domed mosque in Samarra. The destruction of the Shiite shrine by Sunnis amplified the already raging sectarian violence. Unfortunately, not a single piece of it has been rebuilt. Before the attack, more than a million Shiites streamed into the mosque each year, visiting the graves […]

The joys of occupation

The U.S. forces in Iraq are trained not to stop or linger so that they can best avoid insurgent attacks. This leads to some “interesting” driving in heavy and slow traffic conditions. This video shows a Humvee in action: I can’t help but think of how annoyed and angry I would be if I was […]

Nature 1, Humanity 0

I’m sorry to report this, but humans have yet to win the war against nature. As a species, it seemed possible that in my lifetime we would no longer would be at the mercy of yearly shifts in the availability of food and water. I guess I was wrong. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]

Bush’s newest Iraq plan

Tags: Bush, Surge, Iraq

U.S. strikes at Al-Qaeda targets in Somalia

The United States military has taken time out from the diversion in Iraq to fight the actual war on terror. Bravo. A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship conducted a strike Monday against two suspected Al-Qaeda operatives in Somalia. No one seems to be sure whether or not the mission succeeded. The operatives are believed to […]