Thursday, May 3, 2012

Daily Briefing for Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thank The Lord - Olympic Hockey Will Soon Be Interesting Again

The end of the Cold War destroyed the Olympics for me.  I remember eating ice cream one winter night in 1980 and watching the U.S. Olympic Hockey team beat the CCCP (which, in Russian, stands for Commie Comrade Coco-Puffs or something like that) team 4-3.  The Cold War made the Olympics interesting, because we could take out our nationalism on opponents worthy of an American ass whooping.  And everybody knows the Soviets were certainly worthy of our boot. 

I was reminded of this today when I read the former Soviets threatened to blow up some NATO missile sites.  Seems nationalism in the old USSR continues to run high.  And understandably, their national ego mandates they be taken seriously as a world power. 

This serves as a great reminder - global politics continue to merit our attention.  Whether it's the upcoming election in France, the Russians getting all uppity over a missile site, the Iranians playing in their nuke lab, the Chinese electing to create a gold-backed yuan, these things can certainly affect us here in the United States. 

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