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Sunday, November 23, 2003

Meanwhile, back in Bush Quagmire I
Five U.S. soldiers were killed and seven injured when their helicopter crashed Sunday near the American military headquarters north of the Afghan capital, U.S. Central Command said.-- Washington Post.

Does anyone remember why we still have troops there? Oh right, to get Osama. Of course, he's rumored to be in Pakistan, and we already gave him what he was really after to begin with--pulling our troops out of Saudi Arabia. In fact, if we'd just done that, instead of invading and occupying two additional countries (plus establishing or increasing our military presence in several others: Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Djibouti, Phillipines, etc.), Osama wouldn't have much of a beef with us.

Has anything been accomplished? Well, in a few tiny parts of Afghanistan, the surviving women are better off than they were under the Taliban (while in other parts of Afghanistan women are once again under the Taliban). Meanwhile, in Iraq, things have apparently gotten worse for women.

Dick Gephardt doesn't get many things right, but he hit the nail on the head when he said, about 400 times, "This president is a miserable failure." Gephardt wouldn't say it, I'm sure, but what Bush has done in Afghanistan is also a miserable failure, hidden only by the even more spectacular failure in Iraq.