Rummy's back! After disappearing to an undisclosed location around the time of the Abu Ghraib scandal, acerbic SecDef Donald Rumsfeld was seen prowling the Pentagon's fifth corridor on Thursday en route to do some radio interviews. When he passed a couple of reporters, including the New York Times' Thom Shanker, Rumsfeld quickly unsheathed his much-missed rapier wit.
"Thom, what are you doing here?" Rumsfeld asked.
A rather confused Shanker replied, "What do you mean, Mr. Secretary?"
With his sly smile, Rummy teased as he strolled on by: "I thought all the New York Times reporters were out working on the Kerry campaign."
Mr. Oarod, I think the reason for this is that Europe doesn't trade or manufacture in a single block. While the Euro is used across the continent, national rules and regulations regarding manufacturing and export still impede a truly unified market. Plus, the UK doesn't participate in the Euro. Language is still an issue, and politically, Europe is literally all over the map. China is where it's at. The Chinese will drive oil up to $100/barrel.