Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pervez? Pervez who?

Gosh, it seemed like only yesterday (emphasis added):

Bush Praises Pakistan, Afghanistan Allies

President Bush, playing middleman next week between sometimes-sparring neighbors Afghanistan and Pakistan, praised the U.S. allies Saturday for their work in defeating terrorism under difficult circumstances.

Apparently, the honeymoon's over:

THE US has indicated for the first time that it might be willing to back plans by elite echelons of the military in Islamabad to oust Pervez Musharraf from power, as the Pakistani President was beset by major new difficulties over his attempts to sack the country's chief justice.

That's right, Stephen ... I wouldn't get too comfortable being George's bestest sock puppet. His friends have a really short shelf life, if you know what I mean.


Anonymous said...

gwynne dyer guest opined at u of c this week.

He said pakistan is a nation that has allowed religionists to acquire very senior rank in the military. These religionists would eagerly support an islamist regime change...and the other ME countries know it. My paraphrasing, he reported that should Musharraf get punted by such a regime change, it's been stated to him there would be an aerial traffic jam over the Pakistani nuclear sites, all vying to bomb them back to the stone age.

Sooooo....based on that version of reality, either Bush is being uber clever to give himself an excuse to bomb pakistan, or...he's doing a heck of a job, as usual.

Anonymous said...

Sadly for the US, the fanatics are much the product of IMF-mandated cuts to Pakistan's public schools, and the creation and funding of obscurantist madrassa's [sp?] by Saudi Arabia and US intelligence services.

Ti-Guy said...

Big ol' clusterfuck. Too bad the US has no moral authority left.

I think Prime Minister Steve is well aware of his own shelf-life, although I believe it really only sunk in recently. Remember, Stevie changed approach shortly after his political masters were tossed overboard in last year's mid-term elections. Poor Harpy; he thought history was going to vindicate neoconservatism.