I know. I was in about fifty. But it was very rare to be somewhere and be unwanted. I remember the old days of hiding in the garage of a German family during a mock war in Germany in 1988. Mom used to bring us coffee and brotchen with ham and cheese in the mornings, and let me tell you, that was the best coffee I ever tasted. The US military is not what most people might think. They get a lot of bad press, but the overall relationships with the locals can be very positive--even in Afghanistan, Qatar, Egypt, and Thailand. The debacle in Iraq has poisoned the well, but being in the military prior to 9-11, getting to travel all over the world with a pocket full of cash, that was the best thing possible. It was an incredible journey that included about 30 trips to Thailand, and I wish I could do it all over again. I think this role the US has played is about to come to a screeching halt. Twenty years from now it will be a Chinese guy walking across the airport, getting ready to fly to Chile or Mali or Khon Kaen, to do his part for his country and the world. Or, at least, he will believe it. Pox Americana began after 9-11 due to leadership failure, something which has continued and probably will worsen. Pax Americana was the good-ol'-days, with that blip called Vietnam. Those days of relative stability are going to be missed.