Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Bad timing for Bush, bad news for America

Bush, today:
...we're determined to deny terrorists the support of outlaw regimes. After September the 11th, I laid out a clear doctrine: America makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those that harbor and support them, because they're equally guilty of murder.
Pakistani officals, today:
Osama bin Laden, America's most wanted man, will not face capture in Pakistan if he agrees to lead a "peaceful life," Pakistani officials tell ABC News.

The surprising announcement comes as Pakistani army officials announced they were pulling their troops out of the North Waziristan region as part of a "peace deal" with the Taliban.

If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden "would not be taken into custody," Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, "as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen."
How now, Georgie? You ticked off the allies we needed and threw your arms around those who, you probably should have guessed, wouldn't stick with us in the long run. After all, why would a military dictator with a tenuous grasp on power support your "democratization" platform?

This is terrible news because it proves the Bush administration's incompetence in the "War on Terror" has convinced the world we are too weak to back up his cowboy rhetoric. Nobody takes us seriously anymore. Consistent failure diminishes the ability to inspire fear.

Update: Crooks and Liars has the story from ABC News.

Update: Needlenose had this over the weekend. Sorry. It was news to me.

Update: Now the Pakistani official says he was misquoted, so ABC says "here's the transcript of our recorded conversation." I gotta say I hope this is b.s. That would mean Bush had screwed us up worse than I though.


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