Today I learn: I am a Third Culture Kid

From WIkipedia:

“A third culture kid (TCK, 3CK) or trans-culture kid is “someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture.”[1] TCKs tend to have more in common with one another, regardless of nationality, than they do with non-TCKs from their passport country.[2][3] TCKs are often multilingual and highly accepting of other cultures. Although moving between countries may become an easy thing for some TCKs, after a childhood spent in other cultures, adjusting to their passport country often takes years.”

Apparently, according to a reader of The Dish, so is Obama: Continue reading


Is Osama Really Dead?

From a Daily Dish reader:

Can you imagine what we’d be discussing at this very moment if bin Ladin were alive and a prisoner of the U.S military? Can you imagine how the country would start to tear itself apart over questions variously ranging from the conditions bin Ladin should be held in, where he should be held, where he should be tried, what sort of a court should try him, what rights and legel representation he should be entitled to, etc? Do you think for a second that a prisoner bin Ladin wouldn’t provide endless fodder for political demagoguery from cynics seeking advantage by appealing to our basest instincts for revenge? Do we really want the world to witness the political opportunists in our government demanding a public, televised execution (or worse)?

And then there’s this: what do we do when American citizens around the world start disappearing, kidnapped by radicals who demand bin Ladin’s release in exchange for the lives of their kidnapping victims? How many more grainy video tapes of innocent Americans being decapitated by Islamic radicals are we willing to put up with?

What actually transpired that night was a mere technicality. Osama bin Ladin had to die in that raid. It was the only possible outcome.

This is why i think it is not unreasonable to think Osama was actually captured alive for interrogation. His premature death is announced to avoid complications.

Michael Moore made a good point on the state of America where politician dont want to capture Osama alive because of the venomous partisan politicking.

Interview on The Most Dangerous Man in the World

ABC’s interview with an insightful biographer of Jullian Assange, shedding some light into his childhood and mentality. It appears to me to be the most evenhanded and personal description of Assange by far. Note: the title “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” is a tribute to Daniel Ellsberg the original “Most Dangerous Man”

April Fools Obama

You know how candidate Obama though president launching war without congressional authorization was illegal?

As it turns out, Obama was wrong. Or was he?

Foreign Policy Reports:

“Apparently Obama’s lawyers told him he could do it, and he liked their advice: “Prior congressional approval was not constitutionally required to use military force in the limited operations under consideration.” We know this from the opinion drafted by U.S. Justice Department lawyers on April 1, which was publicly released on April 7, on the legality of military operations in Libya following the U.N. Security Council’s go-ahead.”

April 1st!!! Obama wasn’t wrong, his lawyers was just pulling an April fools on him.

This time United States really is declining

During the 70s and 80s, Vietnam War, the oil check, economic stagnation and the supposedly superior political economy system of Japan were prompting eminent scholars to write books title “Japan as Number One” and “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” prophesying the decline of American superpower. But it was not meant to be. In the early 90s, America’s biggest military rival and economic rival, respectively the Soviet Union dissolved, and Japan went into a decade of very low growth. While America rebounded to the longest continued economic growth in its history and just as its military seems invincible in the Gulf War, taking less than 150 casualties during the entire war. American preeminence, let to books title “The End of History” and articles like “The Unipolar Moment“. The declaration of American decline was premature, until now. Continue reading

US Congress must endorse No-Fly Zone over Libya

The UN Security Council (SC) has pass resolution calling for “all necessary measures” to prevent attacks on Libyan civilians by the Gaddafi regime, including the maintaining of no-fly zone over libya, while prohibiting the use of ground force occupation. With Arab League’s endorsement of the resolution, the US and the World have as much international legitimacy as a statesperson can ask for. Now there is only one problem left, Continue reading