Democracy

November 4th, 2007at 04:58pm Posted by Eli

As one might expect, the Bush administration which is oh-so-committed to democracy wasted no time in denouncing Musharraf’s constitution-spending power grab:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the U.S. will review its aid to Pakistan after the country’s military ruler suspended the constitution. Her announcement puts in question some of the billions in U.S. assistance to a close terrorism-fighting ally.

On a Mideast trip now overshadowed by the unfolding crisis in nuclear-armed Pakistan, Rice suggested that the Bush administration would not suspend aid wholesale.

The U.S. has provided about $11 billion to Pakistan since 2001, when Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, made a strategic shift to ally with the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Some of the aid that goes to Pakistan is directly related to the counterterrorism mission,” Rice told reporters traveling with her. “We just have to review the situation. But I would be very surprised if anyone wants the president to ignore or set aside our concerns about terrorism,” Rice said.

BAM! Take that, Pervy! Here’s my favorite bit, though:

“I’m disappointed in his decision, sure,” Rice said. “I think his decision sets Pakistan back in the considerable progress it made toward democratic change.”

The what in the what now?

Seriously, does anyone really expect the Bushies to do anything about this? They’ve been perfectly happy to limit themselves to the occasional tsk-tsk (if that) while Pakistan has sold nuclear secrets to North Korea and stood idly by while al Qaeda and the Taliban consolidated power in Waziristan, all while making absolutely no substantive moves towards democracy.

Besides, I don’t think Dubya is really all that interested in sending the message that constitutions should be held sacrosanct. I think his secret, honest reaction to Musharraf’s clampdown is one of admiration and envy.

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