Bhutto Assasination

Benazir Bhutto’s assasination and the government explanation of it are further called into question by the linked video from NBC showing a different view of the events. Link to the video here.
This assasination has left the Musharaff government teetering, and U.S. policy in disarray. I have included the below link to a New York Times photo slide. Link to the Times feature here.

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5 Responses to Bhutto Assasination

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor

    I was curious why a town mayor was reporting a foreign event thousands of miles away until I saw the statement, “US policy in disarray”.

    A partisan hit for political gain. partisan glee at American discomfort.

    Well, your honor, have a happy New Year.


  2. Bill Manzi says:

    Actually Jules I must (for once) plead not guilty. I actually believed that the Bhutto return was a good idea, and that the American concept of a power sharing agreement between Bhutto and Musharaff was also sound. I come from a realist point of view on foreign policy, and I believe that this move by the Bush Administration was reflective of more realism and less idealism. My realism leads to to the “American interests first” thinking, so I do not take any comfort from Benazir Bhutto’s assasination or the fact that such a heavy American investment in Pakistan’s political process was hurt so badly by this act. I have been a proponent of additional resources in this theatre (Pakistan and Afghanistan), and have said so on this blog. Jules even when I disagree with the political decisions made by George W Bush I never root against America. This assasination has left American policy in Pakistan in shambles, but I take no delight from that. I just wish that the Pakistani government had been more vigilant in providing security. Finally I really do not believe that naked partisanship in foreign policy is good for America. In any case please have a happy and safe New Year.


  3. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    I accept your explanation.

    However, it is a bad idea to define an event that has the complexity of 3 dimensional chess with 7 lines of comment.

    Your blog would have made more sense to me if you had couched it in terms of your response.

    We share your dislike of partisan criticism of American foreign policy.

    I hope you have a wonderful 2008.



  4. Bill Manzi says:

    Read the view from the right on this. Bob Novak’s column, and his proximity to Bhutto, make for interesting reading. Link to his column here. . He makes the case that both the Pakistani government and our State Department dropped the ball on security for Bhutto. Interesting point of view from the conservative right.


  5. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    I would have assumed she would be a target and that someone would blow her up (or assassinate her in some way).

    A Parades is not a secure way to show yourself. That country has always been a hornets nest.

    Without isolating her, there is no way to protect her. I don’t think she wanted to be isolated.

    Don’t foget it is not our country. We have limited influence. Even then what ever we do someone will hate us more (if that is possible).

    No disagreement here.

    Hey! How about those Red Sox?



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