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Who Does These Senators' Trip Planning Anyway, Tom Clancy?

UPDATE: Apparently somebody showed some sense (probably the military not the media, but still) and did not let this story get out until the matter was already resolved. The incident, per the current CNN story happened at 8:30 EST this morning. They were picked up, motored into Kabul, and winging off to Turkey before the story hit the wires. Everything else I said still applies though.

This is shaping up to be a fucking movie plot. I hope. That would be the best outcome anyway. Headline banner at CNN:

Snowstorm forces helicopter carrying U.S. Sens. Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan.

Offices (Kerry's anyway) say that this "forced landing" was indeed due to weather, all aboard are safe and cozy, no gunfire involved, etc.

Guys, guys, guys.

Observing the Pakistani elections was all noble and good and all, but did we have to send two top Democrats--both recent Presidential candidates no less--along with one of the very few at least semi-sane Republicans for the sake of bipartisanship, on quite this long a mission in this part of the world?

Get in, get out. If you want to go from Pakistan to Afghanistan, don't go in a fucking straight line, okay? Particularly at this time of year?

Now I'm hoping the Air Force or whoever was providing transport managed to get them down in a part of the Tribal Regions mountains that is as heavily guarded as possible. Because ...well, otherwise the movie just writes itself.

Let's wait till they're back on reasonably-safe soil (and hope that the next leg of the flight doesn't take them over downtown fucking Belgrade for chrissakes) until we beat some sense into them.

Lambert, prepare a bushel of zuchini please. Discipline is needed here.

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Submitted by lambert on

... don't go up in any small planes?

And how, until now, we never felt it necessary to say, Don't go up in any small planes in Afghanistan?

What are Kerry, Biden, and Hagel trying to do?

Go for the Wellstone award?

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

The three Senators were trying to get home. They'd been doing honorable work abroad -- and it may be that a first-hand look at Afghanistan was part of an agenda they could not make public.