Let’s note today’s inauguration. And let’s look at the joy covered by CNN and the New York Times. And we can feel pride that we helped:

At a news conference with Cheney earlier in the day, Karzai was quick to thank the United States.

“Today whatever we have achieved — the peace … the reconstruction … the fact that Afghanistan is again a respected member of the international community — is because of the help that the United States of America gave us,” he said.

“Without that help, Afghanistan would be in the hands of terrorists, destroyed, poverty stricken and without it’s children going to school or getting an education.”

Yes, there are terrorists and poppy fields. But this is a chance to look at a glass that seems to be more than half full.