Greetings via wifi from Mean Bean in lovely dowtown Delaware, Ohio. After only 2 Microsoft blue screens, I’m up and running. I got to thinking last night after reading about Bush’s surprise visit to Afghanistan how much things change with time. When I was a kid hanging out on a farm in a little river town in Kentucky, an afghan was something my grandmother would throw over her legs to keep them warm. Now, it’s part of this global war on terror. Who knew? I think I like Mammy’s checkered blanket better.

So the POTUS is in Afghanistan actually mentioning the name of Osama bin Forgotten. We must be hot on his trail after capturing his third in command for the 5th time.

Today is a good study in Headlines 101. CNN: Bush makes surprise Afghan visit. OK. Chicago Tribune: Bush faces tough questions in Afghanistan. Good. Forbes: Bush hails Afghanistan’s progress under Karzai. Say what? Bloomberg: Bush Says Osama bin Laden Will Be Brought to Justice. See a trend here?

Now the truth is, while Bush smiles for the camera the shit is hitting the fan all over the place and Karzai has been about as competent at stopping it as has been Bush in catching bin Laden. We are to believe that after five years of looking with the most modern armed forces the world has ever known, we are certain to get the guy. I, for one, don’t think they really want to catch him that much – but that’s a whole other story.

So while Bush says this about Al-Qaeda:

“It’s not a matter of if they’re captured and brought to justice, it’s when they’re brought to justice,” Bush said.

…they’ve actually taken over a prison that holds 3 Americans who actually were the closest to ever getting bin Laden and have taken one of them hostage. So while Bush and Karzai are busy cutting ribbons, an innocent Amercian documentary filmmaker is being held hostage and the U.S. State Department called off efforts to put the uprising down:

I got to tell you, the Minister of Justice, General Salem-Bashi, had this well under control. He had the situation within minutes of being resolved until the United States Embassy showed up and the State Department ordered them not to do the assault. When they didn?t go through with it at 11 O?clock, when they stopped, the rest of the prisoners said ?yeah, we got power?. That?s when they took over the rest and took down Block 1. That?s how Caraballo became a hostage. If it hadn?t been.. I?m telling you, it?s not just that I dislike the State Department; I?m telling you the fact. I know this for a fact. Had it not been for the US State Department advisers ordering?not to take back the terrorist.. the first Block 2 terrorist Block, Block 1 and the Annex and the Women?s Block never would have fell. It would have been over on day one.

It?s criminal- the conduct US Government ?quote? advisers have taken part in here?that figure for even one minute they understand the mindset of a terrorist who wants to die and go to paradise. They don?t understand. They think they are dealing with some American crack dealer. You?re dealing with terrorists that want to die.

But let’s not talk about that, right? We already sold them out so they are dead to us…

Funny how none of this is mentioned in the MSM news reports and how conveniently the administration is ignoring it. News reports have pointed out that the “insurgency in Afghanistan” is still a major threat:

While Karzai thanked the U.S. for its support for a stable Afghanistan at the joint news conference, the visit comes at a time of increasing violence in the country.

The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress Tuesday that the insurgency in Afghanistan is growing and will increase this spring, presenting a greater threat to the central government’s expansion of authority “than at any point since late 2001.”

“Despite significant progress on the political front, the Taliban-dominated insurgency remains a capable and resilient threat,” Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples said in a statement presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee at its annual hearing on national security threats.

Appearing with Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte, Maples said attacks within Afghanistan were up 20 percent between 2004 and 2005, suicide bombings increased “almost fourfold” and use of makeshift bombs, similar to those used in Iraq, had “more than doubled.”

No shit Sherlock, as my mother used to say.

So why would Bush be visiting Kabul now? Have we got bin Laden – or have we been holding him? Has the UAE ports deal been the damage that requires we stuff him in a hole and get some photo ops of us “capturing” him? Will we see pictures of him dead soon? It certainly would help. Bush could then say “See, I’ll protect you – now let that port deal go through! Or is Bush just stupid? I wouldn’t be surprised if something breaks on this, but I’ve thought the political situation required it before for BushCo and it never went down…so who knows. I’ll vote for dumbass.

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