Thursday, September 11, 2008

7 Years After 9/11, What Awaits in Pakistan?

BY TAYLOR MARSH



President George W. Bush has failed this country miserably in the most important job of a president. Securing the safety of the American people. What awaits us over one future sunrise is frightening.

Seven years after the September 11 attacks, the US government gets mediocre grades for work to prevent a future attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a bipartisan panel said Tuesday.

In a report card to be formally issued on Wednesday, the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) said the government had failed to do its utmost to curb such a threat on its soil and check the spread of WMD overseas....

Bush hasn’t a clue, but he’s worried enough to have shifted his policy dramatically. Once Musharraf’s demise was certain, panic set in. According to the New York Times, raids into Pakistan:

President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.

The classified orders signal a watershed for the Bush administration after nearly seven years of trying to work with Pakistan to combat the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and after months of high-level stalemate about how to challenge the militants-?? increasingly secure base in Pakistan-??s tribal areas.

What was it Obama said? Oh, right: "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will."

Feeling any safer yet? McCain’s Iraq centric obsession won’t get that job done.

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