no surprise

Im just getting caught up on the news, so you may have already seen this article from The New Republic on the Bush administrations big push to get Pakistan to bring in a High Value Target (HVT), like bin Laden, before the November election, but I thought that it was worth sharing. For what its worth, Im just happy that theyre finally making bin Laden a priority now, over three years after he attacked our country Fucking pathetic. The Bush crew wont go after the guy in a serious fashion after he attacks our country, but theyll sure as hell go after him once an elections at stake. It makes me want to puke Here’s a quote from the article:

This spring, the administration significantly increased its pressure on Pakistan to kill or capture Osama bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman Al Zawahiri, or the Taliban’s Mullah Mohammed Omar, all of whom are believed to be hiding in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan. A succession of high-level American officials–from outgoing CIA Director George Tenet to Secretary of State Colin Powell to Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca to State Department counterterrorism chief Cofer Black to a top CIA South Asia official–have visited Pakistan in recent months to urge General Pervez Musharraf’s government to do more in the war on terrorism. In April, Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to Afghanistan, publicly chided the Pakistanis for providing a “sanctuary” for Al Qaeda and Taliban forces crossing the Afghan border. “The problem has not been solved and needs to be solved, the sooner the better,” he said.

This public pressure would be appropriate, even laudable, had it not been accompanied by an unseemly private insistence that the Pakistanis deliver these high-value targets (HVTs) before Americans go to the polls in November. The Bush administration denies it has geared the war on terrorism to the electoral calendar. “Our attitude and actions have been the same since September 11 in terms of getting high-value targets off the street, and that doesn’t change because of an election,” says National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack. But The New Republic has learned that Pakistani security officials have been told they must produce HVTs by the election. According to one source in Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), “The Pakistani government is really desperate and wants to flush out bin Laden and his associates after the latest pressures from the U.S. administration to deliver before the [upcoming] U.S. elections.

And heres another quote from later in the piece that references Pakistan’s recently uncovered role in the proliferation of nuclear technologies to rogue nations and how that might be tied up in this new hunt for HVTs:

…But Powell conspicuously did not commit the United States to selling F-16s to Pakistan, which it desperately wants in order to tilt the regional balance of power against India. And the Pakistanis fear that, if they don’t produce an HVT, they won’t get the planes. Equally, they fear that, if they don’t deliver, either Bush or a prospective Kerry administration would turn its attention to the apparent role of Pakistan’s security establishment in facilitating Khan’s illicit proliferation network. One Pakistani general recently in Washington confided in a journalist, “If we don’t find these guys by the election, they are going to stick this whole nuclear mess up our asshole.”

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  1. Posted April 30, 2005 at 11:03 am | Permalink

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  2. mark
    Posted May 7, 2005 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

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