Friday, December 28, 2007

Bhutto Should've Read the NYT

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"This is Pakistan. And Pakistan is a very dangerous and violent place." Wendy Chamberlin, former US ambassador to Pakistan

So, this is another one the Bush administration didn't see coming?
U.S. Officials See Waste in Billions Sent to Pakistan - New York Times
Published: December 24, 2007
Money intended to bolster Pakistan’s military effort against Al Qaeda and the Taliban has been diverted toward weapons systems to counter India, officials said.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — After the United States has spent more than $5 billion in a largely failed effort to bolster the Pakistani military effort against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, some American officials now acknowledge that there were too few controls over the money. The strategy to improve the Pakistani military, they said, needs to be completely revamped. ...

There is at least one area of agreement. Both sides say the reimbursements have failed substantially to increase the ability of Pakistani forces to mount comprehensive counterinsurgency operations.
Read the whole article. Your hair will stand on end.

Does Pakistan's current President Pervez Musharraf also bear responsibility for Bhutto's assassination? Yes. His government didn't protect her.

Free elections in Pakistan? Not a chance. A Pakistani leader with ties to the US and no time for terrorists? Now gone. So the US is still between a rock and a hard place. Salvaging U.S. Diplomacy Amid Division

And what's the most popular article in the New York Times online today?
Skin Deep: Fountain of Youth? Go Wash Your Face

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