August 13, 2007
WHO NEEDS THE BRAIN WHEN YOU'VE GOT PINKY?:
Bush Takes Right Stance on Pakistan: For Democracy (Mort Kondracke, 8/13/07, Real Clear Politics)
President Bush seems to have decided -- and rightly so -- that truly "free and fair elections" are the best way to maintain crisis-plagued Pakistan as a stable ally in the war on terrorism.
That's what Bush said last week in a press conference, and the administration backed it up with a phone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warning him off a plan to stay in power by declaring a state of emergency.
The administration apparently is encouraging a deal between Musharraf and Harvard- educated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that would allow Musharraf, America's problematical ally in the war on terror, to remain president if he allows free elections, which polls indicate Bhutto would win.
One of those delightful counterintuitives comes into play here: democrats wage war more fiercely than generals do. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2007 9:48 PM