Monday, April 28, 2008

Update on Some People

I earlier wrote up a brief profile of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a very wily warlord in Afghanistan who has survived and prospered through the turmoil following the Russian invasion. Hekmatyar has drifted into the camp opposing the Western occupation of Afghanistan, and has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on Afghan President Hamid Karzai, apparently carried out in conjunction with the renascent Taliban in that country.

Another man (with a much cleaner record) who interests me, and who remains the most qualified Democrat who wants to be President, came up in the news recently. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson visited Colombia to work on the release Americans being held hostage by the right-wing paramilitary FARC. Here's hoping that he is as successful there as he has been in the past freeing Americans in Sudan, Cuba, Iraq, and North Korea. Sure, Richardson will never be the high school football coach you wish you'd had, but any president who doesn't appoint him Secretary of State or Vice President is a drooling moron.

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