Bush, Pakistan, and the "War on Common Sense"

The Administration is, once again, doing its best to win the "What the...?" award.

Although extensively covered in print press, the March 26th L.A. Times coverage of current U.S./Pakistan relations deserves notable mention. If for no other reason than because its placement of the stories (in close proximity to one another) brought humor, intended or not, into a move by the Administration that could prove unhealthy for every multiple cell organism on earth.

Dig out the duct tape and stock up on disaster doughnuts while considering the following headlines and snippets of the stories that all broke on the same day:

Illegal Nuclear Deals Alleged- Investigators say Pakistan has secretly bought high-tech components for its weapons program from U.S. companies.

...Pakistan made clandestine purchases of U.S. high-technology components for its use in its nuclear weapons program in defiance of American law.
...authorities say that the highly specialized equipment passed through the hands of Humayun Khan, an Islamabad businessman who they say has ties to Islamic militants.
...Khan said, "You don't know where these things are landing. They come through and they vanish."
...when the Commerce and Homeland Security departments asked the State Department to clear the investigators' trip, they did not get permission.
...The impasse is part of a larger tug-of-war between federal agencies that enforce U.S. non-proliferation laws and policymakers who consider Pakistan too important to embarrass.

Islamists Rally Against Pakistani President

...More than 10,000 protestors rallied here to demand that president Pervez Musharraf step down. The supporters of a coalition of radical Islamic groups chanted, "God is great" and 'Pakistan will not be allowed to become a U.S. colony."
..."Gen. Musharaff is not accepted by us neither as president nor as the army chief."

Citing Alliance, U.S. OKs F-16s to Pakistan

...the sale of 24 of the fighters in a package of aircraft and maintenance services worth $1.5 billion.
...The U.S. government has offered a package of $3 billion in foreign aid over the next five years to the government of Musharaff, who seized power in a coup.
...A State Department spokesman said the green light reflected U.S. gratitude for Pakistan's "invaluable support".



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