Musharraf’s bet

I don’t know what Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is thinking but something must have broken down between him and the Americans:

The US Central Intelligence Agency paid Pakistan millions of dollars for handing over more than 350 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists to the United States, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly said.

Even before that he was already saying that the US has threatened him of sending his country back 20 years in the past if he fails to help them in their so-called war on terrorism (Richard Armitage being the one who threatened him). Hey wait a minute, Israeli PM Olmert said the same to the Lebanese but publicly! So no wonders these guys have the same affinities…

In any case, is this another American political mismanagement or something else is cooking? I remember Seymour Hersh telling me that Pakistan is next on the list. Even before they neutralize the “Shiites”? Isn’t this like burning steps? If anyone has any thoughts on the issue please comment on that post, because I still see no interesting analysis on Musharaf’s moves.


4 Replies to “Musharraf’s bet”

  1. I have no idea what it is all about, but Musharaff’s press conference with Bush was downright comical and doubled as a release party for Musharaff’s new book … Off the top of my head, I would think that Musharaff would make such statements for two reasons: one because he is trying to divert US pressure by publicly shaming the Americans or two because it makes for good politics back home … Again, though I have no idea … Undoubtedly, US Special Forces conduct military operations in Pakistan and there are those in the US administration who would like to see expanded military operations in Pakistan, but I think some notion that Pakistan is “next” is not right … Just my two .02 …

  2. Maybe a combination of both Apokraphyte. Here’s an excerpt from a Tariq Ali New Left Review piece published in Feb ’03:

    “Washington is pragmatic and knows that Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were just as serviceable agents of its designs in Kabul as Zia himself. Should he falter domestically, Musharraf will be ditched without sentiment by the suzerain. The Pax Americana can wage war with any number of proxies. It will take an uprising on the scale of 1969 to shake Pakistan free of them.”

  3. I don’t think anything major will happen between Bush and Mush. Remember all the hammering on Chalabi byt he US press, as if he were the Devil? They’re probably just trying to “unbrand” him.

    Met Mush yesterday in NYC btw, was quite unimpressed.

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