Thursday, September 09, 2004

TODAY'S TOP FIVE: The Daily Wrangle With Blogger.

Body Dump August was the bloodiest month yet for the United States military in Iraq, with 66 Americans killed and more than 1,100 wounded. And yet, until the death toll went over the magical 1,000 number this month, you didn't hear a whole lot about that, nor about the fact that 14 Americans have already been killed this month. But hey, who cares about Iraq, right? It's much more important to discuss the Vietnam War and its implications for America.

The President of the World As Billy Bragg once pointed out, when Americans choose a president, they're really choosing a president for everyone else, since the decisions made in the White House have far-reaching implications for so many people in the world. Sadly, the rest of the world can't vote in our elections. But if they could, it's probably fair to say that they would make a better choice that the mayonnaise sandwich-eating yokels gearing up to vote for George W. Bush because "he ain't no queer": According to a poll in 35 countries, the rest of the world favors Kerry by a more than two-to-one margin.

This is Such a Bad Idea Hey, now there's a new nuclear terror on the Korean peninsula: Apparently South Korea is busily (and secretly) working on its own nuclear weapons program, although the government denies that experiments to enrich uranium four years ago were designed to produce bombs. Sure.

Thanks, Asshole! An Ohio family expressed their anger at "President" Bush following the death of a family member in Iraq by putting a sign on their lawn that says, "Thanks, Mr. Bush, for the Death of Our Son." Well, you see folks, the reason he had to die was because of the weapons of mass destruction, and, uh...tremendous threat to American security...ahem, and of course...terrible human rights violations...I'm just going to go now.

The Bush Doctrine, Russian-Style Following the slaughter of more than 350 at the Beslan school in North Ossetia, the Russian government is now announcing that it will carry out "pre-emptive strikes on terrorist bases anywhere in the world." Hey, wasn't this our terrible idea? Although I should say that I don't think Russia is going to invade Lebanon anytime soon, I would be pretty nervous if I were living in one of those former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

-Consider Arms