Bitter Irony

4 comments September 27th, 2007at 11:50am Posted by Eli

By way of ellroon, Asia Times is reporting on al Qaeda’s plans to take over Pakistan, which, as you may remember, is where they and the Taliban ended up after an inattentive and Iraq-obsessed Dubya failed to finish them off in Afghanistan.

So, in other words, because Dubya falsely claimed that we had to invade Iraq to prevent Saddam from acquiring nuclear weapons, al Qaeda is now in a position to acquire nuclear weapons.

Heckuva job, Bushie.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Terrorism,War


  • 1. Charles  |  September 27th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    That story caught my eye as well, Eli.

    The real problem is not that Al Qaida is so strong in Waziristan. It’s that Pakistan is in disarray. Musharraf is widely seen as illegitimate.and the military is seen as an extension of Musharraf. There is deep resentment in the tribal areas over encroachment by the central government.

    Meanwhile, the leaders of the opposition parties carry some heavy baggage and are probably incapable of resolving the situation, even if they were to gain power,

    None of this is helped by the fact that Pakistan is deeply fragmented ethnically, with two dominant groups sharing power and, of course, the national wealth, and the minor groups scratching to get by. Nor is it helped by the polarization of wealth even within the dominant groups.

  • 2. Eli  |  September 27th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I had an earlier draft in my head where I would have pointed out that we chased al Qaeda into a nuclear-armed Muslim country *with a very unpopular dictator*, but not any of the rest of the context you provide. I very much agree that Pakistan could be ripe for the plucking, and certainly *some* kind of coup or revolution, which is a very scary thought.

  • 3. PoliShifter  |  September 27th, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Exactly. Been saying this for a while. Even Obama alluded to it a while back on the TV. Pakistan has nukes and their government is very fragile.

    Our own country can’t keep track of its nukes. Imagine the heckuvatime Musharraf is having.

    Some are already calling the region that takes up part of Pakistan and part of Afghanistan as Talibanistan where Bin Laden and Al Qaeda frolic freely as Bush convinces America that Iraq is the “central front of the war on terror”

    Who the hell knows what’s going on any more. I’m growing more and more cynical every day. It seems we are inviting another terror attack, not trying to prevent one.

  • 4. Charles  |  September 28th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    Eli says, “we chased al Qaeda into a nuclear-armed Muslim country *with a very unpopular dictator*”

    That’s actually a brilliant summary.

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