Daily Archives: 03/26/2003

An Empire About To Decline?

My brother, a staunch Republican, wrote to me with his misgivings about the war. The gist of his arguments was that the U.S. economy depends heavily on foreign investment to keep afloat, and the rise of the Euro threatens U.S. economic dominance. Hence this war against Iraq, a country that deal almost exclusively with European Union Nations, and trades heavily in the Euro. Interesting viewpoint. He sees a decline in U.S. foreign investment, and a concurrent withdrawal of U.S. troops stationed overseas as the country will no longer be able to afford the costs of projecting force across the planet.

His sentiments were echoed in a piece today from the U.K. newspaper the Guardian Unlimited. Interesting read.

Home Again

I am home from work today. This cold is just kicking my ass. It feels like my head is going to explode. I actually feel no worse than I did yesterday, but my boss and several other people in my department ‘encouraged’ me to stay home – mostly with phrases like ‘Dude, stay home tomorrow! I don’t want to get sick!’ and ‘Are you sure you don’t have that Asian flu thingy that’s going around?’ Okay, I get the hint, I can use the sleep too.