The unraveling of Pervez Musharraf’s presidency has dealt a severe blow to Bush’s fatally flawed policy in the region.
by Juan Cole
"The party that slavishly supported Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf went down to a humiliating defeat in Monday’s election, and took the failing fortunes of the Bush administration to a new nadir. Musharraf’s main political rivals, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League 1-N, together gained a solid majority of seats. Amid a chorus of calls for Musharraf to step down, the two major victors are scheduled to begin talks Thursday on forming a new government. Although George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have built their war on terrorism on a close alliance with Musharraf, that entire hollow pillar of Bush administration policy has been dealt a severe, perhaps fatal, blow....."