Tag Archives: USA

When Do Our Bankers Get Their Scolding?

The right wing in the US likes to joke about the weakness and effeminate nature of Europeans but at least those Europeans are taking principled stances on banker bonuses and the selfish financial industry in general. On Friday, the President of the European Central Bank addressed them: Mr Trichet said financial institutions should be using […]

UK Iraq War Inquiry

Our partner in crime is having an inquiry on the lead up to the Iraq War and the failings and misdirections of its leaders. When do we get ours?

South of the Border Roundup

I think that we’ve already said more than enough about our position on Afghanistan. The funny thing is that we have a similar situation (narcotics, corrupt governance, poverty) in a country just south of our own border: Mexico. What is occurring there is as complex as anything that we have to deal with in Afghanistan […]

Domestic Security, Terrorism, and Hasan

Addressing a recent post on Small Wars Journal: The massacre at Fort Hood is a reminder that the War on Terror is not fought just in south Afghanistan or Mosul. It is a global war also fought in an office building inside a military base in Texas. Many counter-terror analysts focus on the Pakistan connection […]

Britain Ready To Bail On Afghanistan?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been signaling over the past few weeks that the time might be drawing nigh for the UK to begin a slow withdrawal of its ISAF forces from the war in Afghanistan. Recently, he called for a conference on deciding an exit strategy from provinces to be held in 2010. Previous […]

The American Dream of Home Ownership A Young Concept

Or at least that is what is revealed in this excellent summary of the 20th century history of home ownership in America at the WSJ.

Dow 10,000: Who Cares?

Does anyone remember when the Dow hit 14,000 back in 2007? Those were the golden days – you could buy a house with little or no credit, unemployment was low, peoples’ credit card limits were still high, and only a few people had heard of subprime mortgages (and even less understood them). Now, the Dow […]

You Can’t Please Everyone

But you really can’t please the Republicans – unless you’re Obama and you “fail” at something.

After Kim Jong-il

North Korea has once more been in the news, this time with the historic visit-cum-rescue operation headed by Bill Clinton to free two American journalists that had been held for four months. For a nation as isolated from the world at large politically and economically, it has held quite the attentive position of newsmaker the […]

The Great American Armchair Road Trip

For those of us stuck in one place for one reason or another the thoughts of participating in that most American of things, the road trip, is an ever-tempting daydream. Below is my attempt to build a Great American Armchair Road Trip collection. For those more ecologically-conscious, don’t forget we have railroads or you can […]