Why Thomas Friedman is an ass: Look at all the seminal tech inventions created by Americans:1. Relational databases.2. UNIX 3. Transistor4. Laser5. Integrated circuit6. Computer networking: Think Bob Metcalfe and 3com.7. Mainframe computers8. Internet browser9. Computer graphics10. Laser printer11. Information theory12. GUI (Graphical User Interface)13. Mini computers14. Personal computers15. FORTRAN16. Computer Compiler17. LCD18. Computer MouseThey were all invented by Americans.Friedman is an ass.We provide links to all the inventors. Of course, we think the relational database was invented by Edgar F. "Ted" Codd, who was born on the Isle Of Portland, attended Poole Grammar school, and Exeter College, Oxford and moved to the United States after wartime service with the RAF. We left him in because we`re pretty sure that`s not what Thomas Friedman was thinking of when he talked about "high IQ risk-takers."