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