Bush Admits, Defends
No Word on Hidden Prisons There; Defends States’ Hughes Running Combined Terrorist-Drug Campaign
President Bush, this morning, at an impromptu press conference, declared that “I don’t have any new news on any CIA prisons” but offered to comment on both, his policy in Afghanistan and his former aide Karen Hughes, and her combined “Just Say No” program, to both terrorism and drugs.
Recently, the White House has been slammed, on multiple fronts, by a U.N. report that indicates opium production has soared in the war-torn country, yielding a record crop that goes to, according to the report, financing warlords and insurgents and increasing reports that the Taliban is regaining control in Afghanistan
“We have to fight these Afghan narco-fascists,” said a determined Bush, “wherever they may be and, I believe its better that they grow the opium over there, or they’ll be following us home, growing it here.”
“And, I think I have the best person on the job for something like this.”
The President was defending his former aide, now Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Karen Hughes
Hughes, without much fanfare, built on her, according to State Department officials, wildly successful Tupperware program, to launch a “Just Say No” program, directed at young Afghans, to stay away from terrorism, earlier this year.
Shortly after her appointment to the State Department, back in March of 2005, Hughes launched International Tupperware parties as a means to promote the Bush Administrations positions and policies
"Along with developing self-confidence and self-esteem, the representatives from these countries will be building an important economic platform", Hughes stated at the time of the launch
When the reports started coming in, on the increased cultivation of opium, Hughes extended the “Just Say No” program to include drugs, where it was originally created, back in the 1980’s by First Lady Nancy Reagan
‘The program was beginning to have an impact,” said one State Department official. “She got a lot of mileage out of the President promoting that framed picture of the dead Zarqawi ... It really drove home to a lot of those youngster the importance of “just saying no” to terrorism.”
‘She [Hughes] can sell all the Tupperware and stop all the terrorism she wants in Afghanistan,” said Holly Martins, Publisher of Axis of Evil Illustrated, a quarterly publication, that is rumored to be a house magazine for the Project for The New American Century. “The White House could care less ... It’s all about building - justifiably - the case against
Neither Hughes, nor the State Department, would provide to the media, any documentation, or information how they were measuring results, on the “Just Say No” program, particularly how it was effective against terrorism, or the Taliban.
“I’m afraid,” said Under Secretary Hughes, “that I am just going to have to say no to that request.”
President Bush defend former aide Karen Hughes, and her "Just Say No" campaign in Afghanistan