American news story of the last decade and, if it weren’t for Wikipedia, I wouldn’t have known a thing about our getting out. What gives? I bet those troops’ families are overjoyed and proud of the service their loved ones have given this country. We can’t honor their contributions with a TV music special, though we have one for every time a Christmas tree gets stuck up in a public place or a country music or teen star needs to hawk some phlegm or a Holiday album? Here’s hoping Comedy Central, Bravo, and VH1 put together a comedy/music special in the next couple of months since all of them have stars who’ve followed in the tradition of Bob Hope by realizing that entertaining the troops overseas is the highest value of American pop culture.
Kim Jong-il is dead. Yep, and neither the CIA nor the Seals nor the Rangers killed him. And we’re not a little gladdened by this? Where are the Fireworks? Things may not get better immediately for the North Koreans, but I bet Hillary Clinton is already working out a diplomatic plan to try to neutralize their complete enmity of anything western.