Saturday, February 19, 2005

Limbaugh to visit Afghanistan

Tomfoolery of the Highest Order notes this gem in an Al Reuters article.

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is expected to visit Afghanistan with the top U.S. aid official to spotlight America's aid work there, officials said on Thursday.

Political commentator Mary Matalin, a former White House aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, will also be on the trip. She said she was not being paid to go and would pay her own way to Dubai but she believed the U.S. government would cover the cost of her visit to Afghanistan from there.

The Bush administration has come under sharp criticism for the Education Department's payment of $240,000 to conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to tout President George W. Bush's education plan.

Spokesmen for Limbaugh were not immediately available to comment.

What the...?? What does Limbaugh going to Afghanistan have to do with the Williams story?

This may be a clue.

"Everybody I have talked to who has actually seen what is unfolding is so amazed and proud of the people," Matalin said in an interview. "I hope, to the extent I can, to tell the story that I believe is not being told as well as it can be."

Asked what was the untold story, she said: "The absolute gut desire of the Afghanis to be free and to put together a democracy, or their version of a democracy, and to put in place those institutional hallmarks of a modern state."

Now we can't have a truly amazing American success story without injecting some negativity, now can we?

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