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December 27, 2007
Another Mission Accomplished
Again we're not prepared... again. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today as she stood up through the sunroof of a car and waved to her supporters (and at least one terrorist). She was the main opposition to Pervez Musharraf, the General/ President/ Prime Minister/ Dictator of Pakistan who has been an ally... sort of... in the fight against al-Qaeda (even though he has been harboring them in his country's Warizistan region for quite some time).
And what was President Bush's response to the terrorist event?
"The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy. Those who committed this crime must be brought to justice."
-Bush from his Christmas vacation holiday in Crawford, Texas
No need to fly back to DC, right Georgie-boy? It's not like you can do anything you can do now that she's dead. After all, that horse left the barn so closing the door makes no sense. But as long as you "strongly condemn" this assassination, everything will be all right with your view of the world.
And don't forget to cut that switch-grass. The back 40 is getting a little weedy.
Maybe we should call how the Bush is dealing with the assassination of Bhutto and its aftermath "Mission Accomplished 2".
Again we aren't prepared. When those same terrorists attempted to assassinate Bhutto a few weeks ago, they managed to kill "only" about 150 of her supporters. And when the former and probably new Pakistani Prime Minister asked the current President and Prime Minister Musharraf for more protection, she was turned down. But those requests didn't only come from Bhutto to Musharraf. They also came from others to our President.
"Washington will have to answer a lot of questions, especially the Administration. People like me have been making specific requests to American officials to intervene and ask for particular security arrangements be made for her, and they have been constantly just trusting the Musharraf Administration."
-Boston University Professor Hussain Haqqani, a former top aide to Bhutto
And much in the same way they underestimated the aftermath of a "quick" war in Iraq, the Bush distraction has no clue as what to do in a middle eastern nation that happens to also be a nuclear power. What are our plans to stop the rioting in the streets of Islamabad and other cities in Pakistan? Someone call up Crawford information and see if they can get through to The President, please.
Even if one assumes that Musharraf has control over Pakistan, this event has made a tenuous situation even more so. the first thing the Bushies said was that they have no reason to think that the nuclear weapons are at risk in Pakistan. What are they basing this on anyway? Hope? Just how well another round of martial law in what the Pakistan police call a "code red" situation will go over is anybody's guess.
Even if one takes the tact that Musharraf had absolutely nothing to do with the loss of his biggest opponent, one has to realize that her loss is his gain.
And from the sounds and sights of it, it appears to be al-Qaeda's gain as well.
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