Posted on Wed, Jan. 02, 2008
Commentary: Sins of omission and sins of commission haunt Bush in
Joseph L. Galloway | McClatchy Newspapers
last updated: January 02, 2008 03:36:46 PM
In the real world, there are consequences. For every action there’s a reaction, and often even inaction triggers a reaction.
The unfolding disaster in
Bush and Company took their eyes off the ball and became preoccupied with the sideshow of their own creation in
After the attacks on
A relatively small group of
So far, so good, or so it seemed. But the administration declared victory prematurely — a bad habit it would repeat elsewhere — and turned many of its resources and most of its attention to invading
Benign neglect is a dangerous policy in the badlands along the Afghan-Pakistani border, where the bleached bones of invading armies litter the mountain passes and the inhospitable deserts. Rudyard Kipling, the poet laureate of the British Indian Army, had this to say on the subject:
“When you’re wounded and left on
And the women come out to cut up your remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.”
Job One was
Never mind that we'd chased a bunch of fanatical terrorists into a part of
Now both Afghanistan and Pakistan are coming unraveled, and are likely to become two more disasters added to the growing list of “things to do” in the disaster department that President George W. Bush will hand to his unlucky successor in the White House a year from now.
The Taliban guerrillas, operating from safe havens in
The administration's solution: Force Musharraf to take off his uniform and enter into an unholy alliance of sorts with the long-exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, whose time in power was marked mainly by an explosion of corruption remarkable even in a country where corruption is endemic.
It’s no surprise that she was killed. She was buried next to her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, another smooth talking, Western-educated darling of the foreigners, who was hanged by a previous military dictator.
All this might be of little interest if only
All of it is so complicated it must make George W. Bush’s head hurt.
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