Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Old Times Redux
As so often happens, just after clicking the "Publish" button to send this post through the tubes, I found these remarks from former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto:
I would hope that I would be able to take Osama bin Laden myself without depending on the Americans. But if I couldn't do it, of course we are fighting this war together and (I) would seek their cooperation in eliminating him.
Ms. Bhutto also told the BBC that were she to win Pakistan's upcoming elections, she would be willing to allow the IAEA to question Pakistani nuclear godfather AQ Khan.
My understanding is that the reason Pervez Musharraf has backed off both of these options is that they're wildly unpopular with the Pakistani street. In particular, they're seen as caving in to American influence. So it will be interesting to see whether or not they harm Ms. Bhutto's chances.