Clinton Heads to Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan amid Rights Protests
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed off to Uzbekistan this weekend as part of her tour of Central Asia which included a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday.
While chatting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul yesterday, Clinton took time to joke about a recent humorous incident in the United States, when Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told reporters that he didn't know who the president of "Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan" was -- and didn't think it mattered because it had nothing to do with creating jobs.
Karzai listened to Clinton's anecdote about Cain and commented, "That isn't right, but that's how politics are" (see the video at the Washington Post here.)
Pundits are now endeavoring to explain to Cain just why Uzbekistan's president Islam Karimov is important -- because of the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), the supply line to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
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