He won't last long, I'll bet

Seems we're not all that popular in Central Asia.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - This country's newly elected president on Monday questioned the continued presence of U.S. troops at a military base they have used since the war to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev's comments were in line with those of other former Soviet Central Asian countries that last week called for U.S. troops to fix a date for their departure from their bases.

Now Bakiyev goes on to say that “Afghanistan has held presidential and parliamentary elections and therefore the situation there has stabilized,” which is only half true--I leave it to the reader to discern which half I'm talking about--but his overall rhetoric seems to be in line with much of the rest of the world.

He's telling us--you guys are more trouble than you're worth, and it's time for you to go.

Not so very long ago, we'd have simply toppled someone who talked like that. I don't imagine times have changed all that much.

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