Friday, February 16, 2007

Bush Remembers Afghanistan

Bush wants to change the subject and do a little fingerpointing at the same time.
Bush Tells NATO to Reinforce Afghanistan
Yes, he'd really like to find somebody else to blame for his failure's.

But redirecting attention to Afghanistan isn't going to make Bush look any better
Al-Qaida Releases Video of Afghan Attack
For me the most infuriating part of this articles is that more than five years after the 9/11 attack, reporters are still writing thing like:
"The tape begins with the deputy leader of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahri, ridiculing President Bush's claim to have deprived al-Qaida of a safe haven in Afghanistan, calling it a "barefaced lie."

Al-Zawahri, who speaks in Arabic with an English translation in subtitles, seems to be referring to a Bush speech on Jan. 10 when the president said that U.S. forces "took away al-Qaida's safe haven in Afghanistan - and we will not allow them to re-establish it in Iraq.""


"...The video carried the logo of the al-Qaida media production company, as-Sahab, and it was posted on an Islamic Web site known for hosting extremist material."
Way back in November of 2001 Bush said:

"I said a long time ago, one of our objectives is to smoke them out and get them running and bring them to justice," Bush said.

"We're smoking them out. They're running. And now we're going to bring them to justice. I also said we'll use whatever means necessary to achieve that objective -- and that's exactly what we're going to do."

And yet, Osama bin-Laden and al-Zawahri are still out there and they're not 'on the run'. In hiding, perhaps, but they're obviously secure enough to be busy making video's. AND(!) Bush & Co. just drift along, far more concerned with political posturing than with actually doing anything to bring to justice the men who ordered the 9/11 attack on America.

And I'm not alone in feeling that Bush isn't doing his job; the Pew Research Center has been at work surveying the American people:
...In large part, the steep downturn over the past year reflects a crumbling of the GOP unity over progress in Iraq. As recently as a year ago, more than three-quarters of Republicans (77%) believed things were going at least fairly well in Iraq - a position most Democrats and independents then rejected. But today, a bare 51% majority of Republicans say the situation in Iraq is going well, down 26 points from a year ago.

Democrats and independents, already downbeat about Iraq, have become even more so. By a margin of 83%-15%, Democrats say things are not going well in Iraq today, and more than two-thirds of independents (69%) share this view. Comparatively, Republicans remain somewhat upbeat. However, with 47% of Republicans also rating the situation poorly, the partisan gap over how things are going is narrower today than it has been since the earliest months of the conflict. ...
And it's not just that they think things aren't going well, they blame Bush:
George W. Bush's job approval rating stands at 33% in the current survey, virtually unchanged from a month ago. The general dissatisfaction with the president also is reflected in the single-word descriptions that people use to describe their impression of the president. While the public has consistently offered a mix of positive and negative terms to describe Bush, the tone of the words used turned more negative in early 2006 and remains the case today. In the current survey, nearly half (47%) describe Bush in negative terms, such as "arrogant," "idiot," and "ignorant." Just 27% use words that are clearly positive, such as "honest," "good," "integrity," and "leader."

As was the case a year ago, the word mentioned more frequently than any other is "incompetent." ...

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