Monday, June 21, 2010

Omnipresence

At the start of every game so far in the World Cup, the commentators always take a moment to say something along the lines of:

"We'd like to welcome the men and women in uniform serving around the world who are watching today's broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in 175 countries on AFN, American Forces Network. Hope you enjoy today's broadcast."

We have at least a token military presence of some sort in 175 countries? I realize that doesn't necessarily mean soldiers and bases and tanks and warplanes, etc., but still. There's only about 195 nations in total!