11 December 2006

Bush Starts Two Wars, Loses Them Both

Hamid Karzai tearfully laments war's cruelty to children.

With his lips quivering and voice breaking, President Hamid Karzai on Sunday lamented that Afghan children are being killed by NATO and U.S. bombs and by terrorists from Pakistan -- a portrait of helplessness in the face of spiraling chaos.

In a speech that brought audience members to tears, Karzai said the cruelty imposed on his people "is too much" and that Afghanistan cannot stop "the coalition from killing our children."

Afghanistan has seen more than 100 suicide attacks this year, a record number, and close to 4,000 people have died in insurgency-related violence.

Just to recap the numbers (since they're only numbers), we lost 3,000 people on 9/11. That is less than 1% of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As I watched football yesterday, I thought to myself, "We need more sports people in politics." Because in sports, nobody is allowed to fail miserably for 6 years in a row and keep his job. Can you imagine the Lions or the Texans coach showing up to press conferences week after week saying "Absolutely we're winning"? Can you imagine a coach "staying the course" after losing game after game?



TravisG said...

I'm not sure the Lions are the best example, in this case...

WestEnder said...

True enough. I meant Raiders and Texans. The Lions probably make the opposite point. In fact, Detroit itself makes the opposite point (electing the same mayor for 900 years or something).

KatieG said...

travis beat me.