Friday, August 04, 2006

Rumsfeld’s inconvenient truth

(Alternate headline: but never at dusk.)

OK, I literally burst out laughing when I read this:

Last month, Lt. Gen. David Richards, head of NATO’s Afghan security force, said the country was “close to anarchy.”

Asked about the situation today, Rumsfeld admitted there was a resurgence of the Taliban, admitted Taliban fighters were “occupying safe havens” in Pakistan and other places, and admitted that violence has increased recently. Then he blamed it all on the weather:

Does the violence tend to be up during the summer, in the spring, summer and fall months? Yes it does. And it tends to decline during the winter period. Does that represent failed policy? I don’t know. I would say not.

Thank god for those three months of winter, huh? I mean, you only have to worry about violence for 75% of the year!

Or, maybe not. I mean, with global warming and all, the winters in Afghanistan are bound to get shorter. So, the way I see it, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to the war on terror. . . Right, Donald?


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