Monday, December 15, 2008

We could have replaced one power person with another

Bush held a press conference with Karzai in Kabul. He reassured Afghans repeatedly that Obama would continue all of his policies there.

Bush told us what life was like: “And we gave the Taliban an opportunity to respond. They didn’t. And American troops proudly liberated the people of Afghanistan. That’s what life was like.”

WHAT WE COULD HAVE DONE: “And we could have replaced one power person with another.”

WHAT EXTREMISTS REFUSE TO ACCEPT: “It’s difficult because extremists refuse to accept the beauty of democracy.”

HE’S THE REMINDERER AND THE DEFENDERER: “You know, I was with President Zardari in -- I think it was in New York. And I had never met him before and I was reminding him that I’m a -- you know, a person who says that we will defend our country and defend our people. He said, you don’t have to talk to me about extremists attacking people -- extremists killed my wife.” Zardari is kind of a buzz-kill.

IS THERE? “And so is there still difficult days ahead? Absolutely.”

Karzai was asked if he might like a deadline for foreign occupation troops to leave his country, like Iraq now has: “Afghanistan will not allow the international community leave it before we are fully on our feet, before we are strong enough to defend our country, before we are powerful enough to have a good economy, and before we have taken from President Bush and the next administration billions and billions of more dollars -- no way that they can let you go.”

Karzai’s cunning plan to get those billions and billions: distract Bush with a shiny medal.

So shiny.

But what Bush really wants....

Where can ah get me one of them hats?

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