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I'm Glad You Think It's Funny, Hamid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai sharing a joke with President Bush at a press conference today:

"Afghanistan will not allow the international community to leave it, before we are fully on our feet, before we are strong enough to defend our country, before we are powerful enough to have a good economy, and before we have taken from President Bush and the next administration, billions and billions of more dollars. No way that we can let you go!"

At least the reporters managed to keep their shoes on this time.

-- Luke Allnutt

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