Afganistan continues to be an issue as the US probably made a mistake in attempting to garner the support of tribal warlords by allowing them to continue to produce opium and supply the world heroin.
Iraq takes steps each day toward becoming more self reliant. The American public most likely doesn't hear of such steps, as we are only presented with bad news in regard to the ongoing situation over there.
Nine democrat party candidates for president debated last night, and while I didn't watch the debate, I did read parts of a transcript. The bottom line is that none of these candidates spoke of any reason to vote for any of them. They only spoke of how bad a job the current president is doing. I would love to enter the political realm just to make an attempt to put people like this gaggle in their place.
Today the House passed a bill giving Federal Civilian Employees a 4.1% increase in pay. I work as a contractor for the Federal Government, I am a top performer on the contract, and I didn't receive a 4.1% increase, my increase was a full percentage point less. I'd love to have a civil service job, but I dare say that I'd hate feeling like I'm a government welfare recipient. Most of the civil servant community here wouldn't be able to hold a job in the real world. They don't have degrees, they don't have business skills, they don't have social skills.