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US planes rain dollars on Afghanistan
REUTERS [ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2002 2:43:55 PM ]
HAMAN, Pakistan: US aircraft over southern Afghanistan have scattered $100 bills tucked into envelopes bearing a picture of President George W. Bush, witnesses said on Thursday. Some of the envelopes were carried by the wind and fluttered to earth over the Pakistan border town of Chaman, sending people scrambling for the cash.
"C-130 planes dropped white-coloured paper envelopes with a photo of President Bush and two bills of $100 each," said Abdul Hadi, a resident of Chaman on the border with southern Afghanistan.
"They are actually dropping these over areas across the border but a few were carried away by the wind to this side," Hadi said. "People pushed and fought with each other to get their hands on the envelopes."
The envelopes bore no message, the witnesses said.
The US aircraft first dropped the envelopes on Wednesday afternoon and made a second run to drop their paper payloads on Thursday morning.
Southern Afghanistan used to be a stronghold of the vanquished Taliban government.
The money was the latest message from the sky sent by US forces hunting fugitive Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden and his main Taliban protector, the group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
In recent weeks US aircraft have dropped leaflets over the same area depicting Mullah Omar as a dog, held on a leash by bin Laden.
Another crude cartoon dropped by US forces showed Taliban leaders as pawns in the hands of bin Laden, playing on a chequered chessboard map of Afghanistan.
Some of the earlier leaflets carried messages in the Pashto and Dari languages such as, "Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda are terrorists, they should not be given shelter, those providing shelter to them will meet a horrible end."
The whereabouts of both bin Laden, leader of the shadowy al Qaeda militant network and prime suspect in the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, and Mullah Omar are a mystery.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 17, 2002
He's putting us into a deficit budget for the next 3 years, yet thinks we can afford to throw money away?? Sheeesh, he must be trying to set a record for how many different ways he can fuck the taxpayers!
Let me get this straight... Dubya pulls a cute little PR stunt to give the Afghans a nice warm fuzzy feeling when his corporate oil buds walk in there to rape them for profits, then has the nerve to stick the taxpayers wit the bill?
Helloooooo?? What's wrong with this picture?
Dubya and his greedy con artist friends are probably laughing all the way to the bank at how stupid the American taxpayer is.
-- (Dubya's New World Order @ Corporate. Scam), February 17, 2002.
Get a grip on yourself
-- (aneurysm@ahead.), February 18, 2002.
LOL! Cute, but Dumbya is the one who needs to get a grip on himself. He is suffering from a severely inflated ego, putting pictures of himself in there with our $100 bills. Now that he thinks he owns our money he'll probably just replace Ben Franklin with his picture.
-- (Dumbya @ King. Idiot), February 18, 2002.
To the non-fan of Dubya:
I'm trying here to come up with a compromise which will satisfy everyone, including you. Tell me if you like it.
It is obvious that Ralph Nader deliberately cost Gore the election. Had there been no Nader, the Florida vote would not have been worth contesting.
And with Bush as President, the response to WTC was well-nigh perfect. Maybe Gore would have realized what had to be done, elimination of the Taliban government, but I'll take a "did do" over a "might have done."
Anyway, my compromise is to replace Bush's picture with Nader's.
-- Peter Errington (email@example.com), February 18, 2002.
"Anyway, my compromise is to replace Bush's picture with Nader's."
Nader would never go along with a hare-brained idea like dropping taxpayer money out of an airplane, unless it was within the United States. He would tell the oil conglomerates that if they want to grease up the Afghans for a major butt-fucking, they should at least pay for their own vaseline.
-- (Dubyanistan @ Unocal. New Frontier), February 18, 2002.
Not to be outdone, Senator Ted Kennedy (D - Mass) ordered bottles of Vodka to be dropped over Afghanistan. Of course ol' Teddy forgot that if you dropped glass bottles, they would break.
-- bogsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 18, 2002.
What’s up Bogs? Haven’t seen you about here lately and I truly miss your special way with the Queen’s English.
Now ol’ Teddy I suspect has dropped more glassware than a stadium full of Denny’s busboys. However, I have it on good authority that he has been ‘drying out’ for some years now. Only the exceptionally wealthy can access the treatment he is receiving and it appears to be suiting him very well. He has lost a great deal of that ‘bloated’ look and seems to have regained his old ‘spirit’………..Metaphysically of course.
Much of this could be a result of his growing personal friendship with George Walker Bush that transcends the political spectrum. During his two terms as Governor of the Great State of Texas, Bush formed many lasting friendships with folks from all sectors of life… public and private. He came to Washington with a large reputation as a great person to work for and with, and people who did were extremely loyal to him.
I realize that these are extraordinary times at present and should not be compared to days gone past but ‘when was the last time that a Bush Team Member bailed out’?
Clinton seemed to have some minor problems keeping important staff personnel from fleeing the trailer park.
From Kennedy to Clinton……howduya like that transition?
-- So (email@example.com), February 19, 2002.
Need a tissue Socrappy?
-- lol (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 19, 2002.
No thanks LOL, but I appreciate your concerns. Yes, I am a brown noser and surely these kind words directed towards the President will reach his ear.
BTW, how did your surgery turn out?
-- So (email@example.com), February 19, 2002.
Stinking idea, to have a picture of Ralphie. When you care enough to send your very worst. Dubya may be blowing taxpayer bucks, but Ralphie is going to have to start blowing the taxpayers themselves to get any votes in oh-four.
-- Ralphie= (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 19, 2002.
Who is the Democratic candidate for the next election?
-- helen (email@example.com), February 19, 2002.
Speaking of surgery, when are you going to get your head removed from your ass?
-- lol (probably never @ cuz. he likes it in there!), February 19, 2002.
Helen, the word on the street is that John Walker Lindh has a good chance for the next Democratic Prez Nomination. The only problem is that he is too young. Of course rules are only meant for the little people, so this shouldn't be too much of a problem for them.
-- bogsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 19, 2002.