Jack Cafferty went off script and off the meter against President Bush today. Wolf leads into the Cafferty File with an interview of Afghan President Hamid Karzai responding to Pervez Musharrafs accusations that he is turning a blind eye to terrorism and that Pakistan is much more secure than Afghanistan.
Jack sounds off like only Jack can saying that the reason Pakistan is safe and secure is because they don't have foreign armies running around. He goes on to say that Afghanistan wouldn't have a narco-state or a resurging Taliban if we didn't send our forces to Iraq and leave that country to collapse. In sum, Bush "cut and run" from a real terrorist threat to get us into a war based on false pretenses that is creating more enemies. Brilliant foreign policy.
Cafferty: One, you know, they're talking about Islamic extremists in each other's country. Find a Middle East country that doesn't have Islamic extremists. That's breaking news. They're everywhere. They teach this stuff in Saudi Arabia -- the royal family there being good, close, personal, and business friends with the Bush family. They have schools there that teach people to hate and want to kill us. So, those kinds of things are everywhere.
Pervez Musharraf talked about his country being stable. It occurs to me one of the reasons maybe it's stable is, there aren't a bunch of outside armies running around inside the borders of Pakistan, like there have been in Afghanistan, going clear back to when the Russians invaded that country.
But, more importantly, that the cause of some of the resurgence, if you will, of the Taliban has to traced to the decision by the United States to put 150,000 troops into an invasion in Iraq. What do you think would be the problem with the Taliban if we left all those soldiers in Afghanistan? Do you think there would have been a 50 percent increase in the heroin poppy -- or the opium poppy production?
Do you think the women would be running around that country now -- reportedly, some of them are having to wear burqas again, as the Taliban begins to reassert its influence? I don't think so.
And I think both of these guys are probably reluctant to say: You know, President Bush, you're part of the problem. You decided to invade Iraq. You had the Taliban on the run. You had killed a lot of the people in al Qaeda. You had what's his name, Osama bin Laden, cornered in Tora Bora. You had these guys in your gun sights, when, all of a sudden, Afghanistan became number two on your priority list, because you wanted to run off and wage war against Saddam Hussein.
But nobody's going to say that -- except maybe me.
(Guest Post - Mike L)