Archive for Sunday, November 4, 2007

Rice urges quick return to democracy

November 4, 2007


— The Bush administration said Saturday it was deeply disturbed by the state of emergency in Pakistan and urged a swift return to a democratic and civilian government. The Pentagon said Gen. Pervez Musharraf's declaration does not affect U.S. military support of Pakistan, however.

The stakes are high and Defense Secretary Robert Gates is closely monitoring the fast-developing situation, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

"Pakistan is a very important ally in the war on terror," Morrell told reporters aboard Gates' plane as he traveled to China.

The emergency declaration "does not impact our military support of Pakistan" or its efforts in the war on terror, Morrell said of the country that's a key U.S. partner in the fight against al-Qaida militants.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is taking the U.S. lead in dealing with the situation, Morrell said. Rice said that, to her knowledge, Bush administration officials had yet to hear from Musharraf since his declaration Saturday.

"The U.S. has made clear it does not support extraconstitutional measures because those measures take Pakistan away from the path of democracy and civilian rule," Rice said after attending an Iraq neighbors conference in Istanbul. "Whatever happens we will be urging a quick return to civilian rule."

Adm. William J. Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command, met with Musharraf and other top generals on Friday to discuss the security situation in northwest Pakistan. But Fallon did not threaten to cut off U.S. military aid to the Pakistani government, Morrell said. And he said he has "no sense at this point that there is an imminent review" planned to look at whether aid should be affected.


JohnBrown 10 years, 7 months ago

Bush likes to talk up fear among voters (Google: 'Rumsfeld' and 'snowflakes' for details). Create fear among voters that the 'other side' (Democrats) can't handle National Security.

So let's see:

9/11 happened on Bush's watch, The US had Bin Laden surrounded at Tora Bora, and Bush failed to capture him; instead, Bush attacked Iraq, thereby taking pressure off Iran and Bin Laden; this allowed Iran to afford stirring up more troubles in Lebanon and Palistine; meanwhile Rove and Cheney disclose the name of a covert CIA operative working on terrorist WMDs (an act punishable by death because it's called treason); meanwhile Bin Laden moves to Pakistan and sets up a clandestine government in the unruly hinterlands (while Bush cancels the Bin Laden Search Group); secure again, Bib Laden foments unrest in Pakistan leading to today's news story.

I am afraid. I'm afraid that what Bush has done, combined with what he has failed to do, could place Bin Laden as the godfather of the next Pakistani nuclear-armed government.

OH- and by the way Pakistan ALREADY has nuclear bombs. OH- and by the way, the front organization our CIA WMD operative worked at was outed too; OH- and by the way, because we spent so much on the Iraqi war, we didn't have the money (or manpower) to secure our boarders OR ports.

Fear? A great man once said, "The only thing we have to fear is 'fear' itself."

Bush used fear to garner power and look at what he's done to America with that power: our treasure, our blood, and our nation's reputation have all been depleted, abused or debased.

And it all happened during George W's Watch.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 7 months ago

If we had concentrated on the Taliban and Al Queda, and let the Iraqi people worry about Sadaam, Pakistan would probably still be fairly stable. Instead many of the Taliban has entered Pakistan and converted more than a few. We've been fighting terrorism in the wrong place.

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