Thursday, December 27, 2007

Candidates, Bhutto Assassination is Not About You

A lot is being written in the few hours since news broke of Bhutto's assassination, but nothing so poignant as this:

To all the presidential campaigns trying to claim that the atrocity in Pakistan somehow proves that they have the right candidate — please stop.

This isn’t about you; in fact, as far as I can tell, it isn’t about America. It’s about the fact that Pakistan is a very messed-up place. This has very bad consequences for us, but it’s hard to see what, if anything, it says about US policy.

If you’re a tough guy (or gal) who believes in exerting US power — never mind, there are just too many heavily armed people in Pakistan for anyone but Norman Podhoretz to believe that we could throw our weight around. If you believe you can bring new understanding to the world through your enlightened outlook — sorry, there are too many people in Pakistan who don’t want to be enlightened.
The ramifications of this will effect us, obviously, and I agree with Bell, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Regardless, this is not a divining rod for presidential nomination. At most it shines light on the failure of Bush/Republican policy in making the world a better place.

$10 Billion US dollars to prop up the shell of democracy.

Brilliant.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think American politicians know very much about Pakistan. Expect them to blame Al Qaida or Musharraf for Bhutto's assassination.

    Probably no presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, knows about the Pakistani Islamist groups Lashkar e-Toiba, or the Jaish e-Mohammed. Yet TPM cites an unnamed former intelligence insider as saying those and similar local groups are the likely suspects with the most to gain and the least to lose.

    There is already a claim of responsibility by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but it could be a propaganda ploy.

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