Not much new today. Charts showing us the same things we already know. Weakening breadth, less leaders, indexes pegged near highs.
"American troops are on patrol today in Baghdad. American men and women tread in the footsteps of so many armies who have come before—the charioteers of Ramses II, Pharaoh of Egypt; the Persian troops of Cyrus the Great; the Macedonian Phalanx of Alexander the Great; the Roman Legionnaires of Julius Caesar; the crusaders of Richard the Lion heart; the troops of Napoleon; the camel corps of Lawrence of Arabia. All these armies have come, many of them with good intentions, determined to impose Greek or Roman or Christian or Democratic values upon the Middle East. All have failed. All have gone away, leaving barely a trace in the sand. The Middle East endures.
Professor J. Rufus Fears, Stanton Sharp Lecture, ―The Lessons of Ancient Rome for America Today, September, 2003.