Monday, September 19, 2005


Sometimes it's good to wander over to the public files of the spooks and see what they know about Those Other Countries, the ones that keep people awake and wary.

The CIA World Factbook is chockablock with facts. Did you know, for example, that North Korea has 4,810,831 men between the ages of 18-49 who are considered "fit for military service"? The country also has 1.1 million phones for its 22,912,177 residents. Interesting.

China. How many men are "fit for military service" in that huge country? Roughly 281,240,272 -- give or take a few hundred thousand. Again, this figure only represents men between the ages of 18-49 who are fit for military service. As in right now. According to the CIA, China has 342,956,265 men in that age group who are "available" to open canisters of whip-ass, should the need arise.

God bless the USA, then. It's our CIA, with its immense knowledge, that is able to provide such precise numbers. God bless the United States and its 67,742,879 men available to fight.

How many American men are "fit for military service," according to the Central Intelligence Agency? NA. Information not available. The spooks shrug their shoulders. We think about 281 million men in China, fit to fight.

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