Dropping Another H(illary)-Bomb
They aren't ignorant of the problems with the accord. Rather, it seems that their concern is Musharraf's retreat from Waziristan and release of prisoners suggest he may be losing his grip on power. And as bad as Musharraf has been of late, things would be far worse if, in a critical Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, a relatively pro-Western leader were replaced by al Qaeda-linked fundamentalists.In my previous post, I mentioned the dangers of not supporting the Musharraf government. The death of Bhutto does not help Musharraf, but only brings Pakistan closer to the brink of civil war and chaos. If the country does go this route, then those who planned and executed Bhutto's murder will have successfully brought about the Pakistan equivalent to the bombing of the Golden Mosque of Samarra.
Musharraf's leadership is like a car precariously balanced on a cliff, teetering on the edge. Irresponsible statements from U.S. leaders- especially U.S. presidential candidates- is the equivalent of throwing rocks at the car. It may not topple the car off the cliff....but it certainly doesn't help keep the car from going over.
As James Lewis at American Thinker writes,
Suppose you're a Pakistani Army commander. You now know that a major candidate in the United States hates your boss. But the Pak Army is the only thing holding the country together.Every world leader is walking on tippy-toes for fear Pak will explode. But Senator Hillary Clinton just exploited the tragedy of Bhutto's death in the most cynical and self-serving way, by tossing a smoking bomb at President Musharraf and cheerfully yelling "Catch!"