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 American Taxation - A Primer for Internationals (February 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM )
Some European friends of mine asked about our tax experience. I thought other international readers might be interested, so here is my impression. Approximately half of all American adults pay the federal income tax. All American adults need to file...

 Stereotypical Islamic Terrorists (August 03, 2010 at 5:56 PM )
Remember the inept terrorists from Back to the Future? In real life, many terrorists fall into that stereotype.

 Saturday Night Live, CNN, and the Nobel Peace Prize (October 09, 2009 at 5:42 PM )
What a week! First, Saturday Night Live pointed out that Emperor Obama had no clothes. The impersonation of Obama was pretty weak, but essence of humor is truth and the skit was a riot. You Tube had it up for...

 Watch Out (October 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM )
A friend of mine emailed me this perspective: 1) The current world credit problem is almost entirely due to the US government putting a socialist program in its banking/mortgage industry (redistributing goods and services as loans to those who can't...

 A Free and Sovereign Nation (August 26, 2008 at 10:22 PM )
There are many things about the United States of which I am proud, but I recently learned something that made me want to stand up and cheer. Many Europeans support the International Criminal Court and many seriously support bringing Americans before it because they think they have the right to veto our nation’s actions. So what would happen if some arrogant European tried to arrest one of our soldiers, or even our Commander-in-Chief, and charge them under the ICC?

 Socialized Dentistry (December 04, 2006 at 11:49 AM )
When my academic friends promote socialized medicine, I always ask them why they think the government will do a better job than the free market. The reply is invariable one of two responses. Either they have more blind faith in...

 Letters and Thoughts about Illegal Immigrants (May 04, 2006 at 5:39 PM )
This country was founded by immigrants and we have an obligation to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Yet we cannot afford to support the world and there are inherent fairness issues (should an illegal immigrant who snuck into the...

 Bloopers of al Qaeda in Iraq (May 04, 2006 at 1:26 PM )
The good guys just scored one in the terrorist media wars. Al-Zarqawi had previously released a video on the internet showing his prowess with machines guns as part of a campaign to convince fellow terrorists that they should listen to...

 Free Speech Hypocrites (February 21, 2006 at 1:49 PM )
James Joyner has an interesting post on free speech, or the lack thereof, in Europe. He quotes Sebastian Holsclaw and both make the point that people should be allowed to say stupid things. I don't see why many of my...

 Searching a Mosque and a Self-Appointed Spy (February 13, 2006 at 9:18 AM )
Slightly over three years ago the British police took the extraordinary step of raiding a mosque in Finsbury Park. Many officers, dressed in riot gear and armed with battering rams, forced their way into the Islamic worship center. Was this...

 Pot Calls Kettle Black (November 08, 2005 at 6:40 AM )
I had to find two sources to ensure that this was not satire. Iran's Association of Muslim Journalists, a government-approved association, is condemning the violation of Muslims' civil rights in France and calling on the French government to cooperate with...

 British Pigs and Muslim Correctness (October 25, 2005 at 8:44 PM )
First the Muslims came for Piglet and the British government appeased them. Then the British Banks eliminated their piggy banks to appease their Muslim customers. A nation with the history of the UK should understand the problems with appeasement. But...

 In Case of Insult (August 05, 2005 at 2:08 PM )
Email debates can be fun if the people with whom you debate actually understand you and your position. However, sometimes people show you that they really don't understand you at all. I try to be a civil debater, but so...

 American Canaries (July 19, 2005 at 5:28 PM )
Miners used to keep canaries in the mines for company. Not because they were lonely, but because they were early warning systems. If the local air became hazardous, the birds would pass out or die before people were seriously injured....

 Terrorist Attacks on London (July 07, 2005 at 7:49 AM )
I was sending emails back and forth with some British friends when one of them (Paul H.) sent this note. Somewhat distracted as there is a major terrorist incident brewing up in London right now, news is not quite coherent...

 Good Intentions (July 07, 2005 at 7:40 AM )
There is an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati makes the case that the good intentions of Westerners is a primary cause of Africa's inability to improve itself in...

 War on Terror Update (July 06, 2005 at 4:24 PM )
I work at a public university. True to stereotypes, there are many liberal faculty on campus. One of their pet cries is that the intervention in Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terror. The next time the...

Last March terrorists struck in Spain with the documented intention of changing the Spanish election. They succeeded. The ruling party, the Spanish Popular Party, was a strong favorite to win easily. Instead, enough of the population was scared by the...

 Insights into Female Islamic Terrorists (June 28, 2005 at 8:08 AM )
Manuela Dviri provided some unsettling insights into the thought process of female terrorists with her story about 21-year-old Wafa Samir al-Biss. Miss Biss was walking funny as she tried to enter Israel from the Gaza Strip....

 A Cowboy in Chile (November 22, 2004 at 4:57 PM )
Over the weekend, President Bush was in Chile to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. The Chilean police were not happy with their agreement to allow Bush's secret service to accompany Bush and had made secret plans to modify the agreement...

 French "Respect" Their Allies (November 10, 2004 at 11:50 AM )
The British have several holidays honoring their brave soliders that gave their lives for UK and its allies. One such holiday is coming up this Sunday. Remembrance Sunday was started after the first World War ended. In The Battle of...

 Homosexual Terrorist or Islamic Martyr? (November 08, 2004 at 1:21 PM )
Last night Lady Quixote asked me if I knew Arafat was gay. "What!" I exclaimed as this was news to me....

 Bin Ladin "Only" Threatens Pro-Bush States (November 01, 2004 at 11:38 AM )
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is only threatening the Red States; that is any state that votes for George Bush. MEMRI, who entire existence is based upon their expertise in translating...

 Political Update from Oman (September 29, 2004 at 2:14 AM )
Mucscat, Oman – On behalf of the Command Post, I have been asking for local opinions about the American involvement in Iraq while I am working in Oman. Most residents, and the local press, use the term intervention when discussing...

 Omani-American Free Trade Negotiations (September 25, 2004 at 12:55 AM )
The Omani people are very happy that they have just signed an investment framework agreement with the US to develop a free trade agreement. This should be developed rather quickly and the local Omanis hope the free trade agreement can...

 Women in Arabia (September 25, 2004 at 12:47 AM )
I have been pleasantly surprised by the respect given to women in Oman. They may drive by themselves (although they usually travel in groups, I have seen a number of women driving by themselves, or with children). They own property...

 Surprising Tidbits from Oman (September 25, 2004 at 12:32 AM )
As part of the Muzac the permeates my hotel lobby, I periodically hear a Muzac version of Amazing Grace. Sesame Street seems weird and annoying in Arabic. A concert was on the hotel property along the beach. The band was...

 Arabian Attention Given to International Arms (September 22, 2004 at 2:50 AM )
The local news pays much attention to arms dealing. The other day, there was a detailed report about how Pakistan is becoming a major arms merchant, specializing in dependable goods. For example, Pakistanis have recently developed a new fighter that...

 Hot and Warm Water (September 22, 2004 at 2:47 AM )
If anyone wanted to make some money, they could develop and market a cold water chiller to Arabs. Currently, the "cold" water tap dispenses water that is at least body temperature, probably well over 100 degrees F (over 37 C)....

 Bacon and Sausage in Oman (September 22, 2004 at 2:37 AM )
It is said that travel is broadening and I agree. Although I wonder if the sentiment has a dual meaning; I may be gaining weight on this trip by trying so much of the local cuisine....

 Naming Conventions for Single Arabian Women (September 22, 2004 at 12:58 AM )
Young ladies typically have five parts to their formal names. For example, let's use this hypothetical name as an example: Asma Rashid Naseer Al-Wahibi. Her first name is Asma and uniquely identifies her apart from any full-blooded sisters. Her second...

 Indian Prime Minister Visits US President (September 20, 2004 at 8:19 AM )
The hotel in which I am staying serves guests from all over the world and their television channel offerings represents this. I had an Indian channel on this morning as I dressed. (I found it interesting that their news is...

 A Visit to the US Embassy (September 20, 2004 at 8:17 AM )
I had the opportunity to visit the US Embassy in Oman during my trip. I am happy to report that it is a very secure facility. I will not discuss any of the details, but everyone seemed on the ball,...

 Some Notes on the Local Omani Culture (September 20, 2004 at 8:10 AM )
According to the local Omanis, the Arabs in the Gulf area have a distinct culture within the greater Arabic community. In general, people accept jobs near their families. The majority of those who accept jobs away from their families still...

The Taliban, Saddam, and other terrorists have seen what happens when a president firmly wields America's big stick. Fortunately, President Bush also understands the value of the carrot. Gadhafi, who has felt America's stick several times in the past, finally...

 Greenpeace – Defenders or Exploiters? (May 14, 2004 at 8:40 AM )
Greenpeace cultivates a fuzzy Disney-like image of an organization desperately trying to protect poor animals against unethical corporations. However, recently I have read several articles attempting to shine some light on Greenpeace itself. I found an interesting article entitled How...

 More Thoughts on Israelis & Palestinians (May 12, 2004 at 10:44 AM )
Last month I remarked that Israel's almost completed wall would not only increase the safety of Israelis, but would increase conflict between Palestinians. Last week there was another incident. It involved Hamas again (no surprise) and a rival organization, Fatah....

 International Attitudes Toward Prohibitions (May 07, 2004 at 10:33 AM )
This is hardly an original observation, but recently I have been struck by one of the major differences between the US and the EU. In general, we have much different attitudes toward prohibitions. In the US, anything that is not...

If I were not one, I might dislike Americans. Even though most of us never think about it, our election will influence the entire world, not just ourselves. Yet many of us will cast our vote without consideration of what...

 The Business Case for HDTV (May 05, 2004 at 12:38 PM )
Some friends and I were discussing our various perspectives on HDTV (High Definition Television). In the words of a participant from the UK: Sadly HDTV will be a crock. It always pays better to use the multiplex to send more...

 Am I Cheap or Responsible? (May 01, 2004 at 8:48 PM )
Justene at Calblog had mixed feelings about the Japanese government charging a few of their citizens about $7,000 each to cover some of the costs of rescuing them after they were held hostage. According to Justene: Japan's reasoning seems logical...

 The Usual Suspects: An Unusual Outcome (April 28, 2004 at 8:00 PM )
Imagine you are a young Hamas terrorist who believes if you die attacking enemies of your religion you will go directly to paradise. You strap explosives to yourself and a companion travels with you to help you get into Israel....

 Religion,Economics,International Affairs (April 28, 2004 at 10:30 AM )
Since this site seems to have entries on all of the above (religion, economics and international affairs) I thought this article would be of interest: Basically the UK clergyman's union is in a dither about people choosing to "offshore prayer"...

 Three Days to Go! (April 26, 2004 at 8:50 AM )
Dean Esmay is spearheading a fund-raising effort to help American marines build an Iraqi television alternative to Al Jazeera. Yes, believe it or not, our government did not think to include this in their plans for rebuilding Iraq. Fortunately, our...

 Blunt & Honest vs. Sophisticated & Dishonest (April 23, 2004 at 2:10 PM )
President Bush is one the most honest presidents we have had in quite a while. With two notable exceptions, he has followed through on his campaign promises and acted as he advertised. I strongly disagree with some of his acts,...

 EU Constitution (April 19, 2004 at 1:57 PM )
I see in The Times that Blair now plans to call a referendum on the EU Constitution. I would be interested in the thoughts of the Brits posting here on the EU Constitution. I know, I know. The devil is...

 Currency Fluctuations and Trading Deficits (April 14, 2004 at 4:51 PM )
Drew asked me an interesting question about trade deficits. I thought this subject might of interest to many. I also would appreciate some comments from economists who may have a much different perspective than I. If the US has a...

This discussion began as an exchange of E-mails between some Americans and some Brits, first discussing what was legal and illegal in the international arena, then what exactly is the role of the UN, and specifically does the UN have...

 Breaking News – Taiwanese President Shot (March 19, 2004 at 2:53 AM )
A day before their national election, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu were shot. Both are expected to recover. This follows Chinese and French attempts to influence their election. The election is tomorrow....

 Is the Spanisphere Next? I say no. (March 16, 2004 at 4:15 PM )
I was going to write a post on how Honduras has followed the Spanish 'leadership' in fleeing Iraq. Their force of 370 members will be leaving by the end of June. However, Steven Den Beste has already done so. It...

Four days after al Qaeda attacked Spain, a Spanish plurality voted as the terrorists desired. Four days before Tawian holds national elections, the French and Chinese attempted to intimidate Taiwan by holding the largest-scale joint drill [ever] held by Chinese...

 Spanish Elections & Terrorism (March 15, 2004 at 1:40 PM )
Unless you were deliberately avoiding the media, you have heard of 3/11. 911 days after al Qaeda struck the United States, they struck one of our allies in the war on terror. In Madrid, Spain, almost 200 people died when...

 Fun Headline (March 08, 2004 at 2:24 PM )
I am a typical American in that I only speak English. Well, I have had a few years of Latin, but other than rare movie events, I rarely have the opportunity to practice my language skills. Yet I had no...

 Tidings from Iraq (March 02, 2004 at 8:59 AM )
The Australian News has a well-written update on Iraq. It covers this morning's explosion as well as summarizes the work on their constitution....

 Europe Revisits Bush (February 20, 2004 at 10:55 AM )
Paul Johnson, a British historian, has an interesting column in Forbes (free membership required, feel free to sign in as "AdmiralQuixote" password "Solport"). Towards the end of it, he discusses how many Europeans are changing their views about Bush....

 Fingerprinting, Birds, and Brazil (February 12, 2004 at 8:27 PM )
In January, I remarked on a wacko Brazilian judge who stated the new US policy of fingerprinting visitors was worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis and then turned around and willfully enforced the same policy for incoming...

 The German People Deserve Better, Part IX (February 06, 2004 at 1:18 PM )
I am not a fan of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. He played the anti-American card when he ran for election and I believe he was the single most influential German when it came to weakening the strong ties between America and...

 Maybe it was about the Oil (January 27, 2004 at 8:23 PM )
Using their post-Saddam rights to free speech, Iraqi newspaper al-Mada published a list of influential foreigners who were given oil coupons (worth millions of dollars) in exchange for attempting to eliminate the sanctions against Saddam's regime. According to the BBC,...

 Protect the Spiderhole (January 23, 2004 at 2:00 PM )
TIKRIT, Iraq - The U.S. military said Friday it may fill in the spider hole that Saddam Hussein used as his final hiding place to prevent it from becoming a tourist attraction. I hope not. Once Iraq is a peaceful...

Many columnists and bloggers have been discussing Brazil's response to the new US policy of fingerprinting visitors. However, they focus on the new policy instead of pointing out the utter lack of principles shown by many critics of this new...

 UN Blasted by Iraqi Government (December 17, 2003 at 10:43 AM )
The UN received a much needed dose of perspective yesterday from Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s foreign minister. In unusually tough language, the interim foreign minister accused the United Nations of failure in the face of Saddam Hussein's tyranny. He called for...

 The World’s Smallest Violin (December 15, 2003 at 5:30 AM )
A tip of the helm to Drew (California) for drawing my attention to this sentence contained in a report updating the status of the Kyoto protocol. Delegates said that Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, wanted promises of aid...

 Joy to Iraq (December 14, 2003 at 9:10 AM )
Ladies and gentlemen, we got him. were the opening words of US administrator Paul Bremer as he announced the capture of Saddam Hussein. As one might expect, Iraqis are jubilant. Hundreds of Kurds rushed from their homes in Kirkuk, northern...

 NYT vs. Iraqi Update (December 12, 2003 at 2:38 PM )
I have remained in contact with Miss Al Ali. Click here if you are not familiar with the story to date. She has had one further contact with Susan Sachs that did not address any of the main issues. To...

 Economic Policy and International Politics (December 10, 2003 at 12:59 PM )
Earlier this week, I discussed why I was not too upset that President Bush allowed threats to influence American policy. When one is in the wrong (as we were), the best thing to do is to fix it. President Bush...

 New York Times Threatens Iraqi (December 04, 2003 at 4:45 PM )
Earlier today, I started a quest to see if the New York Times was really causing problems in Iraq. First of all the story is real. I have made contact with Ghayda Al Ali, the woman who wrote the original...

 Quixotic Quest – Shaming the NY Times (December 04, 2003 at 12:55 PM )
A tip of the helm to Lady Quixote, who sent me this Healing Iraq post. The New York Times has hired guards that are threatening the local property owners in their zeal to protect their own rental property. Here are...

 UN Commands Canada to Quit “Abusing” Children (October 10, 2003 at 10:05 AM )
In March, I responded to some leftist propaganda circulating the internet. It asked a bunch of leading questions about a county and the answer was always the United States. If you did not understand the background behind the questions, it...

 Beware of Pride (September 29, 2003 at 11:35 AM )
When much of the Northeastern USA and Canada suffered from a massive power failure, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi boasted that such a problem could never befall Italy. This was extremely foolish since Italy imports a large portion of their...

 Does NOW Know? (August 29, 2003 at 10:22 PM )
What happens when you remove “out-dated Judeo-Christian ethics” from a capitalistic society? For one thing, you get a women’s soccer team advertising a whore-house on their chests… Today Berlin, tomorrow the world?...

 Only the French (hat tip Lady Quixote) (June 11, 2003 at 7:09 AM )
According to Fox News, the French government's tourist office is a bit concerned about the loss in American tourism revenue.French tourist board spokeswoman Louise O'Brien said preliminary statistics show a 15 percent drop in American tourists heading there for the...

 The Accordions of War, Part VI (May 29, 2003 at 12:01 PM )
(Hat Tip Jeffrey Collins)As one might expect from a military superpower, the United States hosts the most intense war games on the planet. These war games provide valuable training for the US military as well as elite allied forces. This...

 The German People Deserve Better, Part VIII (May 27, 2003 at 8:55 PM )
It has been a while since I last discussed German politics. Since then, Schroeder has had a bit of good news. His party actually won a regional election. However, even that victory was tarnished for Schoeder. That success is put...

 The Liberated Iraqi Poets' Society (May 24, 2003 at 11:16 AM )
I was surprised and pleased to find this article in the New York Times. I know I am making a vast generalization, but I believe most poets consider themselves as enlightened artists who try to make a difference in society...

 French, Germans, and Russians Capitulate (May 24, 2003 at 11:06 AM )
Steven Den Beste is at his best when he discusses international politics from his engineering perspective. I had planned on writing a summary of what this week's vote at the UN meant, but Den Beste has already done a great...

The first thing to realize about forecasting is that forecasts are guesses. Some guesses are better than others, but without supernatural powers, the best forecasters extrapolate current trends into the future and make predictions based upon these trends. All forecasters...

 Arming the British (May 14, 2003 at 10:17 AM )
Yet another reason why the British Police (Bobbies) should carry firearms.The police officer told me it had kept some of their officers at bay and indeed they had to jump on to the bonnet of a car to escape it.Update:...

 Korean Games and Interesting Times (May 13, 2003 at 6:18 PM )
While the media's attention has primary been focused on Iraq, some fascinating events have been occurring in both North and South Korea. While the story just broke this week, it appears that North Korean soldiers fired Chinese-made anti-personnel lasers at...

 A Nasty Business (hat tip to Drew) (May 12, 2003 at 4:29 PM )
Spying is a nasty business. In cliche laden movies, spies are always told to "trust no one" and are then betrayed by their closest associates. It is looking more and more likely that the British Intelligence Service has had input...

 Operation Weasel (link via Command Post) (April 19, 2003 at 12:14 PM )
One of the reasons some politicians voted against liberating Iraq was that it would distract the Bush Administration from its war on terror. Other politicians have blasted the White House for concentrating on Iraq when they believe North Korea is...

 Alas Canada (April 11, 2003 at 8:51 PM )
From the National Post The Western oil company with the closest ties to the late Saddam is France's TotalFinaElf. That's not the curious fact, that's just business as usual in the Fifth Republic. This is the curious fact: As Diane...

 A Foreign Perspective (April 11, 2003 at 12:29 PM )
Thomas, a German friend of mine, emailed me today. He could not believe some of the stuff that he saw at the White House website and asked me if this was really official. The answer was no, he was being...

 Contrasting Views (April 10, 2003 at 3:03 PM )
Iraqsome Arab countries...

 The German People Deserve Better, Part VII (April 10, 2003 at 11:01 AM )
When my inbox is flooded with links to one article, that is a good indication that I should review the link. Thomas Nephew's translation of a German article was definitely worth the read. Thanks all! Two German reporters, Jochen Bittner...

 Franco-American Relations (April 10, 2003 at 10:53 AM )
A few weeks ago at the Command Post, I briefly discussed an article about European fears that they would be mostly left out of the business of reconstructing Iraq. The article quoted a Mr. Claude-Henri Valluy, a senior manager at...

 Some Comment Needed (April 01, 2003 at 2:50 PM )
I have received more email from a simple graph I posted here and at the Command Post than any other post I have written. I titled the post No Comment Needed. Evidently I was wrong. Given the obvious interest in...

 The Dog That Did Not Bark (April 01, 2003 at 11:25 AM )
In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes solves a mystery when he notices that a guard dog did not bark. Likewise, Saddam's continued silence is strong circumstantial evidence that he is either badly injured or dead. Today, Iraqi TV...

 No Comment Needed (March 31, 2003 at 3:13 PM )
update: Given the amount of email I've received on this post, I've updated the picture to more clearly show that the data only goes to 1990. This is why you may see news information about weapons provided by firms from...

 Some Perspective (March 31, 2003 at 9:53 AM )
Impressed with how effective the US military was in the first hours in the campaign to liberate Iraq, many journalists have started second-guessing the military now that the war is into its second week.  Its second week!  And the coalition...

 A Small World (March 29, 2003 at 11:02 AM )
How many of you have seen a variant of the Global Village? This is where people use the demographics of the world and describe a village of 100 people as an aid to better understanding the world. Done properly, this...

 The Future of the UN (March 27, 2003 at 2:09 PM )
Many Americans are disgusted with the UN and would cheer if President Bush withdrew from the UN.  Charles Krauthammer writes:There were wars and truces and treaties before the UN was created - as there will be after its demise. No...

 GPS Jammers (March 26, 2003 at 7:58 PM )
The Iraqis were using Russian-built GPS jammers in an attempt to hinder the Coalition's war effort. The GPS jammers have little to no impact on bombs for several reasons. 1) Our military believes in redundancy and has several backups for...

 Libyan Protestors Fly Iraqi Flag (March 25, 2003 at 9:09 PM )
Sometimes it is very interesting to see the news in other parts of the world. I discovered that the Arabs that are upset about the Coalition of the Willing have found a target they feel safe attacking: Kuwait. The Kuwaiti...

 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (March 24, 2003 at 5:08 PM )
One of the French television networks is deliberately aiding the Saddam regime in creating anti-American propaganda (page 3). Before reading this and getting too furious with the French, keep in mind that we only know this because another French television...

 Turkey and the War - A Review and Update (March 24, 2003 at 12:35 PM )
Many analysts have stated that the State of Iraq is currently operating as if it had no leader. Given the damage to the Iraqi regime's communication infrastructure and the fact that Saddam is either severely injured, dead, or remaining mostly...

 Saddam Spotted and Other Glimpses of the War (March 21, 2003 at 3:32 PM )
These two images are from the AP.  They spotted Saddam... And some Iraqi soldiers wave at the AP journalists and attempt to surrender. Reuters shows how the local soldiers decorate their vehicles... ...while this child offers Americans cigarettes (or may...

 Psych-Ops Already Paying Dividends (March 20, 2003 at 11:51 AM )
According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Uday, Saddam Hussein's oldest son, is suffering from a brain hemorrhage inflicted by a member of Saddam's Fedayeen. These Fedayeen are Iraq's version of Saddam’s special forces, so this is intriguing indeed....

 The Bitter Camp Speaks (March 18, 2003 at 6:24 PM )
Earlier today, I spoke of the Bitter Camp.  Well, I already received an email from a leftist in the UK.  Paul sent me a bunch of questions that an anti-American had created.  I'm sure the email was written long ago,...

 CyberPropaganda (February 25, 2003 at 11:34 AM )
Imagine that you are an Iraqi officer. You have been careful not to show too much initiative as your brighter – but less wise – peers have a habit of disappearing in case they would someday plot to eliminate Saddam...

 Sam’s Bus Ride (February 24, 2003 at 12:15 PM )
A friend of mine in California wrote this analogy. Drew is a gifted writer and should probably write his own blog. However, he has resisted my previous suggestions in this regard. So, with his permission, I have decided to occasionally...

 Anticlimatic UN Presentation (February 14, 2003 at 12:07 PM )
There were no surprises at Blix’s presentation today. Those holding both positions will claim their stance has been validated. According to this summary:Blix told the council that no weapons of mass destruction were found in the country, but did not...

 The German People Deserve Better, V (February 13, 2003 at 12:20 PM )
According to The Scotsman, Schröder is facing pressure to resign from fellow Germans who are appalled at the current state of German-American relations. The CDU chief, Angela Merkel, said simply: "He has let Germany down badly and he should resign....

 Chirac and Schröder Risk Economic Woes (February 13, 2003 at 10:01 AM )
Last month I warned that the actions of Chirac and Schröder might result in American boycotts of Franco-German firms. According to the BBC, there isn’t any evidence of this yet, but German businesses are so concerned about this possibility...

 Feedback from Germany (February 12, 2003 at 11:55 AM )
These comments are from Germans who are willing to share their perspective. This is from Andreas.The election of Gerhard Schroeder last summer was (almost) as tight as the election of Bush. A lot of people do not agree with him,...

 In Defense of Germany (February 12, 2003 at 8:05 AM )
Stephen Green has a post about Germany that scares me. It starts well enough, complimenting an article by Steve Den Beste – and I also highly recommend this post of Beste. However, Green’s concern that “we’re seeing now simply...

 We Still Appreciate You Germany (February 12, 2003 at 5:29 AM )
Readers of this site know that this author is not a fan of Schröder and believe the German people deserve better than their current leader. However, I will give Schröder credit for supporting the work in Afghanistan. Germany and the...

 Follow the Money (February 11, 2003 at 9:56 AM )
(Hat tip to Dean)Khidhir Hamza, a former director of Iraq's nuclear-weapons program who fled to the West, believes the actions of France and Germany are due to the huge profit margins they receive by selling to a rogue state.What has...

 Thoughts on France, Germany, Russia, and the UN (February 11, 2003 at 7:22 AM )
Steve Den Beste had a very interesting post yesterday. He had two main points. First of all, he discussed the potential motivations for France, Germany, and Russia in attempting to prevent the US and its allies from going to war...

 Russia joins France & Germany (February 10, 2003 at 4:55 PM )
I am providing the full text of this declaration since I could only find it via a subscription link to the Financial Times. After denying that such a plan was in the works, France President Chirac made the following statement.The...

I received an interesting email from an American named Paul. He has an interesting perspective on how we should attack – if and when the decision to attack has been made.At some point in time we need to answer the...

 Education Woes (February 07, 2003 at 2:33 PM )
Despite Schröder’s anti-American rhetoric, Germans and Americans have many things in common. Unfortunately, one of them is flawed public school systems. While US universities are still world-class, our K-12 public school system - when considered as a whole - is...

 The German People Deserve Better, IV (February 07, 2003 at 8:04 AM )
According to the Financial Times (subscription link), the US government has greatly reduced a German company’s involvement in the development of a manned ground combat vehicle. Citing “logistical difficulties” for the reason, DARPA gave a greater role in the project...

 The German People Deserve Better, III (February 06, 2003 at 1:42 PM )
According to the AP, Schröder’s month is getting worse. Not only did he did Schröder lead his party to defeat at the polls, it seems several of the other political parties in Germany are dismayed at the state of German-American...

 Another Wargamer's Analysis of Iraq's Chances (February 06, 2003 at 12:49 PM )
(Hat tip to Vodka Pundit)James Dunnigan has listed the ten worst things that could happen to the US if the West invades Iraq. Some of them are very, very unlikely, but that isn't the point. The point that Dunnigan makes...

 We evacuated everything (February 05, 2003 at 12:02 PM )
Powell has finished his presentation. I didn’t expect him to present much that was new – the case about Saddam is mostly he is a bad man who should be stopped while it is relatively easy to do so. However,...

 Feedback from Europe (February 05, 2003 at 9:09 AM )
I’ve received some interesting email from European readers of this blog. From Paul in the UK:France (Chirac) has come out strongly anti war. I predict this will cause many undecided Brits to swing pro war. France keeps flouting EU rules,...

 The German People Deserve Better and They Know It (February 04, 2003 at 3:21 AM )
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder should have paid more attention in his American history class. Abraham Lincoln once stated that "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool...

 More on Iraq (January 31, 2003 at 3:42 AM )
Steve Den Beste has a new entry about Saddam Hussein’s announced military tactics and wonders what Saddam is trying to accomplish. Steve logically points out the military reasons why these tactics are worthless against a modern army. For those of...

 The German People Deserve Better (January 31, 2003 at 2:44 AM )
Earlier I discussed the remarkable letter of support for President Bush signed by eight European Leaders. Since then I’ve learned a few more things about the story. As one might expect by a letter signed by eight experienced leaders, there...

 What are the French Doing? (January 30, 2003 at 3:47 PM )
I confess, I do not understand what French President Chirac hopes to accomplish. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (hat tip to today's Best of the Web), Chirac conspired with President al-Assad to prepare for the upcoming February 5th...

 Feedback from Germany (January 30, 2003 at 2:56 PM )
This email from Hilmar, a German friend of mine, is typical of the responses from Germany that I am receiving.I think that George W. Bush wants to save Kuwait and other neighbours against Iraq. I can understand he wants do...

 Rumsfield was Right (January 30, 2003 at 10:27 AM )
The leaders of Britain, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark and the Czech Republic made a remarkable public plea for unity in Europe in opposing Saddam Hussein. (another hat tip to Beezle for the link). This public statement makes it...

 al-Qa'ida State of Disunion (January 29, 2003 at 5:57 PM )
(Hat tip to Stephen Green) - Tim Blair speaks for Osama bin Laden giving him equal time with President Bush. The original is worth reading, but here is a sample.We have faced the mildest, most measured attack our enemies could...

 The Dictators of Europe (January 29, 2003 at 2:23 PM )
Thanks to some bureaucrats in Brussels, pig farmers in the UK and other EU nations must provide toys for their pigs or face substantial fines. This is a perfect example of why Americans protect their national sovereignty. EU citizens are...

 French Unilateralism? (January 28, 2003 at 1:30 PM )
In Cote d’Ivoire, there are protests in front of French and US embassies. Why are the citizens of Cote d’Ivoire protesting? “The protest, they said, was to denounce France for 'putting the country on its knees' and ask the US...

 Colin Powell Speaks Out (January 28, 2003 at 11:29 AM )
I don't always agree with Secretary of State Powell, but I have been impressed by his discussions about Iraq, Europe, and the States. His speech to the World Economics Forum was very well delivered and received. In Powell's words:Differences are...

 Status Update (January 27, 2003 at 3:33 PM )
Last week, I emailed some of my European wargaming friends and asked for their perpective. I posted the initial responses, but the others that have come in have either been very similar to the first or would create a larger...

 Why Doesn’t the US Respect the UN? (January 27, 2003 at 3:18 PM )
Most Americans have very little respect for the UN or other bureaucrats. In general, the UN is not seen as a force for world peace, but as a collection of international bureaucrats who use US money to criticize America and...

 Europe is not a Monolith (January 27, 2003 at 12:24 PM )
It looks like some of the media are starting to actually do some homework. Not much, mind you, but even a little intelligence on their part is nice to see. The BBC states that Europe is split down the middle...

 National Columnists discuss Chirac and Schroder (January 24, 2003 at 3:37 PM )
One of the great things about the fast pace of the internet is that blog readers are usually well ahead of the traditional media. But the columnists are typically better writers (as they should be since it is their full-time...

 International Perspectives (January 24, 2003 at 2:43 PM )
One of the headings at this site is Games. I find large-scale simulations – where each player controls an empire and has to make diplomatic, economic, and military decisions – to be intellectually stimulating and entertaining. One of the nice...

 Rumsfeld strikes a nerve (January 23, 2003 at 8:38 PM )
Before I discuss this story, let me give you some background. There are two internationally respected business papers in Europe. There are many good papers, but the Financial Times and the European edition of the Wall Street Journal stand well...

 Good Day for Opinions (January 23, 2003 at 2:46 PM )
The Best of the Web Today usually has at least one comment worth reading, but today was exceptional. James Taranto shares this author’s perspective on the upcoming Iraqi conflict: All indications are that the president has the resolve to win...

 Iraq - future hopes and concerns (January 22, 2003 at 8:39 AM )
br />Joe Katzman called this article the must-read of the day, if you haven't got to it yet. I agree - it should be required reading for all politicians and journalists....

 Space Satire (January 21, 2003 at 2:00 PM )
A post at little green footballs made up a fake Arab League protest about the first Israeli in space. It was obviously false, with comments like "Yaser Arafat's live speech on the Qatar-based pan-Arab satellite network al-Jazeera today was quickly...

 Current Events in a Nutshell (January 20, 2003 at 3:03 PM )
The following is posted with the author's permission. The original posting has a nice introduction and dedication.The Ballad of Saddam Hussein – sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies with apologies to Paul Henning Come and listen to a...

 Fingerprinting visitors - reasonable or not? (January 17, 2003 at 3:14 PM )
The government of Indonesia is “outraged” that their citizens will be fingerprinted when they visit the States. This is the same government that ignored the civilized world’s request to crack down on suspected terrorists, at least until they themselves were...

 

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