Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Shrub Makes "Surprise Visit" to Afghanistan

"You got any Persian White?"

So, Afghanistan has joined Iraq in the whole "surprise visit" genre popularized by the administration...then again, when thousands in India demonstrate their grasp of Tom Friedman's "Flat World" by letting the dauphin know just what they think--"Killer Bush Go Back"--a surprise visit might just be another way to take a vacation...from vacation.

But, considering the Smirk Chimp's "youthful indiscretions," I wonder if his inner frat boy wasn't on a frustrated full alert:

Freedom has been good to Afghanistan's opium farmers.

Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world's opium, and the drug accounts for one-third of the country's gross domestic product, according to the U.S. State Department's annual report on international narcotics trafficking released today.

Though the amount of acreage under poppy cultivation dropped 48 percent in 2005, yields increased because the weather was good, so production dropped only 10 percent below the 2004 level. Even with the decrease, this year's total is almost double the country's peak production levels under the Taliban, and more than half of the total reduction occurred in just two provinces.

The United Nations estimates that opium poppy cultivation accounts for a third of Afghanistan's gross domestic product.

Guess the poor boy has trouble distinguising democracy from poppy...only one's "flowering" in the "new" Afghanistan...

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