Friday, December 28, 2007

U.S. Brokered Bhutto's Return to Pakistan

Robin Wright and Glenn Kessler of WaPo offer VERY important background for analyzing the impact of Bhutto's assassination.

(After reading clips, click through to the entire article)

White House Would Back Her as Prime Minister While Musharraf Held Presidency

For Benazir Bhutto, the decision to return to Pakistan was sealed during a telephone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just a week before Bhutto flew home in October. The call culminated more than a year of secret diplomacy -- and came only when it became clear that the heir to Pakistan's most powerful political dynasty was the only one who could bail out Washington's key ally in the battle against terrorism.

Bhutto's assassination leaves Pakistan's future -- and Musharraf's -- in doubt, some experts said. "U.S. policy is in tatters. The administration was relying on Benazir Bhutto's participation in elections to legitimate Musharraf's continued power as president," said Barnett R. Rubin of New York University. "Now Musharraf is finished."

1 comment:

Peter Duveen said...

Bhutto's death was another tragic consequence of the secular humanism that drives U.S. foreign policy. She became the symbol for this new secular humanism that the American government seeks to propagate throughout the world. People will resist this movement as long as they have a soul.