Monday, August 06, 2007

Bush fully understands the angst, the agony and the sorrow that Afghan citizens feel when an innocent life is lost

Bush had a press conference with Harmid Karzai at Camp David this morning. Karzai spoke in English, Bush spoke in cliché: “He’s watched his country emerge from days of darkness to days of hope.”

As usual, Bush is proud of stuff he didn’t do: “There is still a fight going on, but I’m proud to report to the American people that the Afghan army is in the fight. The government is in the fight and the army is in the fight.” He said this fight will “send a clear message” (Bush is always trying to send clear messages, always failing) “that the governments can help provide an opportunity for children to raise their children in a peaceful world.” Children raising children, how adorable.

Karzai, by the way, had a son just this year. Did you know that?

Bush: “I think our citizens will be interested to know, for example, that 7,000 community health care workers have been trained that provide about 340,000 Afghan men, women and children a month with good health care.” That’s 1% of the Afghan population.

Asked about the Obama Doctrine, that is whether he would act militarily in Pakistan if Musharraf didn’t, Bush evaded: “I am confident that with actionable intelligence, we will be able to bring top al Qaeda to justice. We’re in constant communications with the Pakistan government.”

About the rising numbers of Afghan civilians killed by the US military: “I fully understand the angst, the agony and the sorrow that Afghan citizens feel when an innocent life is lost.” 1) I don’t think he knows what the word angst means, much less fully understands it. 2) He seems to have inadvertently left out of that list another emotion that Afghan citizens feel when an innocent life is lost: pissed off. 3) Not “lost,” killed. 4) Not “an” innocent life, thousands of them.

He added, “The Taliban have no regard for human life.”

Karzai said, “I had a good discussion with President Bush on civilian casualties. I’m very happy to tell you that President Bush felt very much with the Afghan people, that he calls the Afghan people allies in The War Against Terror [TWAT! Karzai must read this blog], and friends, and that he is as much concerned as I am, as the Afghan people are. I was very happy with that conversation.”

Karzai told CNN yesterday that Iran was being helpful in Afghanistan. Bush seems to think otherwise: “And I must tell you that this current leadership there is a big disappointment to the people of Iran.” Man, imagine what it must be like to live in a country whose current leadership is a big disappointment. That must be so... disappointing. “This is a government that is in defiance of international accord, a government that seems to be willing to thumb its nose at the international community and, at the same time, a government that denies its people a rightful place in the world and denies its people the ability to realize their full potential.” At the same time? Is that like patting your head and rubbing your belly?

Really, where can I get me one a those hats?

I wonder where I can get one of those talking monkeys?

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