Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bush ignores Afghan school violence

OK, anyone out there. You were surprised by this? Just asking.

The US economy is fine. Afghanistan is secure. Iraq is peaceful. The Taleban is defeated. Mission Accomplished.

You still believe this lying asshole?

Are you in the market to buy a bridge? I have a great one.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush called Afghanistan a young democracy where children go to school and Afghans are hopeful. But he didn't mention the violence that has killed 147 students and teachers, and closed 590.

Bush's rosy outlook for a country that once hosted al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden didn't contain any falsehoods. New roads and hospitals are being built, just as he told the nation Monday night.

Boys and girls are going to school in record numbers. Some 5.8 million students, including 2 million girls, are now in class, compared with less than a million under the Taliban.

But some here might say Bush glossed over the bad news. Last year saw a record level of violence, and military leaders and analysts expect the suicide bombings, clashes and kidnappings to increase in 2008.

"The security is going from bad to worse, especially in the south and the east," said Abdul Kaiyoom, 47, who works for Afghanistan's Education Ministry. "International forces have very modern equipment, but the Taliban have a heavy influence in the outlying areas, and they are taking territory from the government."

Bush said the sending of an additional 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan — a decision made just this month — would help continue the country's successes. But in reality, it came only after U.S. officials couldn't persuade other NATO countries to send more soldiers to bolster the 28,000 U.S. forces already there.

Via Yahoo! News.



Blogger DirkStar said...

Okay, what is worse than getting endorsed by Ted Kennedy?

ANS: Having him drive you home afterwards...

He he...

1/30/2008 02:45:00 PM  

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