Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Osama bin Laden has 46% approval rating in Pakistan

As they would say in Apollo 13, Houston, we have a problem. According to this recent poll, Osama bin Laden has a 46% approval rating in Pakistan (officially an ally in the struggle against bin Laden and his ilk). This approval rating increases to 70% in the northwestern province where it is possible bin Laden is hiding. No wonder we can't find him. He can just ask any random dude he runs into for help and has darn good odds of getting a friendly reaction.

George Bush has a 9% approval rating in Pakistan. Our president has managed to lose a popularity contest with a mass murderer, and lose badly. Of course if you tally civilian deaths from our invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, then I suspect bin Laden has a lot of catching up to do in the killing innocent people department. Could that have something to do with why people around the world don't like us much these days?

I sort of see these approval numbers as the current score in the struggle against Islamist terrorism. We're currently losing 46 to 9, which looks rather like an ass-kicking to me. Until the American president can become at least comparable in popularity to our enemies, how can we possibly expect people to be on our side?

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