Thursday, September 21, 2006

Still More Dangerous

I'll believe it when I see the transcript, but if Pakistan's President is saying he's helping us in the War on Terror so we won't bomb them, that ain't a good thing.

The Pakistani leader, whose remarks were distributed to the media by CBS, said he reacted to the threat in a responsible way. “One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that’s what I did,” Musharraf said.

Musharraf “saw the wisdom in the decision he took,” Powell said.
For those of you keeping score at home, Pakistan is the Muslim nation that does have 'the bomb.' And they've been acting squirrel-ly of late.

I wonder how much help, how much of a "steadfast partner" in the GWOT Pakistan really is.


Buzzzbee said...

It certainly makes for less optimism, but threatening them might have been neccessary. I'm all about the war in Afghanistan. They were protecting OBL and the U.S. had to go in there and kick some ass. Our leaders didn't execute things quite like they should have and the Taliban are returning, but that's an issue for a another post.

I think the context of the threat gives us a window into the Bush administration's idea of what constitutes diplomacy. Do it or we'll bomb you back to the stoneage probably isn't the language I'd use, but if it gets the job done...

I don't think it's any coincidence that Musharraf is letting this tidbit of info out right after Bush told Wolf Blitzer that he'd go into Pakistan any time he wants. I think he's letting the world and his people know that he's somewhat held hostage by Bush. I don't know how many of his people actually own TVs, but I know that if they saw another world leader say he could send his troops in anytime he wants, that could cause some unrest. He's sort of saying: "I know we don't like the infidels, but would you rather them turn our land into a crater?" Of course, when you ask Muslims that question, you aren't always guaranteed an affirmative.

Oh yeah, I had one last thought on this before I sign off. I wonder if it's any coincidence that mid-terms are coming up and another world leader is claiming to have been bullied by Bush. If you're trying to look tough, this kind of accusation certainly wouldn't hurt. In a way, this story is helpful both to Bush and Musharraf. It's just a thought. Oh, and what's a GWOT?

Dante said...

If Pakistan is only cooperating out of fear via Darth Vader diplomacy, then I am quite concerned about this statement:

"Musharraf reacted with displeasure to comments by Bush on Wednesday that if he had firm intelligence bin Laden was in Pakistan, he would issue the order to go into that country.

“We wouldn’t like to allow that. We’d like to do that ourselves,” Musharraf told a news conference."

Of course you would.

Buzzzbee said...

Yeah, that's why Bin Laden is still at large. We tried to let other people capture him. These people are a)Muslim and possibly sympathetic and b)have traditions that would prohibit them from doing harm to a guest(OBL) and c)likely have a strong disliking of Israel-supporting U.S.

For most fugitives, I'd say wait it out...focus more on diligence, even top al-qaieda leaders. When it comes to Osama however, I can't believe I'm saying this, I'm with Bush. We have the best guys in the world for doing this. Lets let them do their job. If we had given them the support they needed in the first place, Bin Laden would be in our custody right now.

liberalandproud said...

It will be interesting to see what President Musharraf has to say on The Daily Show tonight.
Yeah, you read correctly, the president of Pakistan is the featured guest on The Daily Show tonight.
Think Colbert will get Chavez to come on?

liberalandproud said...

Musharaf was more eloquent speaking English than our own current president. So frustrated.