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Saturday, March 27

Meanwhile, Elsewhere in the World

While we've been occupied with the Health Care Reform Law (yes, it's a law now, so get over it, my fellow Republicans), there have been a few things going on in the rest of the world. Important things, too.

A nuclear weapons reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation expired back in December, and we've been negotiating for the past few months. Well, it was announced that Presidents Obama and Medvedev have agreed to a new treaty.

The new reduction pact cuts our nuclear arsenals down to 1,550 warheads each, because let's face it, if you can't destroy Civilization with 1,550 nuclear weapons you may as well hang it up and go fishing.

So Obama has two victories under his belt this month - the centerpiece of his domestic agenda was passed, and now he has a real, bona fide foreign policy accomplishment under his belt. Bravo!

A South Korean warship suffered an explosion and sank near the maritime demarcation line between the two Koreas. That begs the question - how do you draw a line in the water? The matter's being investigated, but with the North having made threats, including a nuclear first strike ... well, this situation bears watching, big time.

Iraq had an election this past week, with Ayad Allawi showing a possible majority over incumbent Nuri al-Maliki. Recounts are being called for, and Iraq's government is showing signs of queasiness. I wonder if we can persuade a bunch of GOP staffers to drop by and intimidate the vote counters, like they did in 2000?

Elections are coming up in Britain on May 6th, and things are getting a bit nuts over in Blighty. There's an airline strike, and scandals are dogging the incumbent Labour Party and PM Gordon Brown. There's been some criticism by the military that Brown, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, had short-changed the Army and other branches by giving them substandard equipment (sound familiar?)

Well, Brown's upped the ante by having a new rule issued - all military personnel, regardless of rank, now have to travel second class. Even generals and admirals, which really has them foaming at the mouth. Of course, Members of Parliament and Ministers still have first class travel privileges. This is going to be fun to watch.

One high-ranking Cardinal in the Catholic Church is saying that a thorough 'housecleaning' is required to get the pedophiles out of the Church, while some are calling on Pope Benedict to resign. Well, folks - that probably won't happen. One of the last papal resignations was about 600 years or so back, and it caused a lot of trouble.

And finally - oh yeah, this is so wrong on so many levels.

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