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 Post subject: Bush Expresses Approval for Musharraf's Totalitarianism
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:54 pm 
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Yesterday, Bush publicly announced that jailing thousands of political opponents, dismantling the Supreme Court, and declaring martial law does not "cross any lines".

Bush More Emphatic In Backing Musharraf

President Bush yesterday offered his strongest support of embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, saying the general "hasn't crossed the line" and "truly is somebody who believes in democracy."

Bush spoke nearly three weeks after Musharraf declared emergency rule, sacked members of the Supreme Court and began a roundup of journalists, lawyers and human rights activists. Musharraf's government yesterday released about 3,000 political prisoners, although 2,000 remain in custody, according to the Interior Ministry.

Several outside analysts and a key Democratic lawmaker expressed incredulity over Bush's comments and called them a sign of how personally invested the president has become in the U.S. relationship with Musharraf.

"What exactly would it take for the president to conclude Musharraf has crossed the line? Suspend the constitution? Impose emergency law? Beat and jail his political opponents and human rights activists?" asked Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a presidential candidate. "He's already done all that. If the president sees Musharraf as a democrat, he must be wearing the same glasses he had on when he looked in Vladimir Putin's soul."

Bush was asked in the interview if there is any line Musharraf should not cross. "He hasn't crossed the line. As a matter of fact, I don't think that he will cross any lines," Bush replied, according to an ABC transcript. ". . . We didn't necessarily agree with his decision to impose emergency rule, and . . . hopefully he'll get . . . rid of the rule. Today, I thought, was a pretty good signal, that he released thousands of people from jail."



Of course, last May Bush signed Presidential Directive 51, which gave him the same dictatorial powers he has shown so much admiration for in his friend General Musharraf.

NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51

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US knew Musharraf planned to institute emergency rule: report

The Bush Administration knew that Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf planned to institute emergency rule but did not act or speak out about the plan, according to officials with knowledge of the discussion who spoke anonymously in Friday's Wall Street Journal.

"In the days before the Nov. 3 announcement, the general's aides and advisers forewarned U.S. diplomats in a series of meetings in Islamabad, according to Pakistani and U.S. officials," the paper said.

Because the US response was "muted," Pakistan interpreted American silence as a green light to instituting martial law, quickly deposing an intransigent Supreme Court, which had ruled against the general in the past.

"One of Gen. Musharraf's closest advisers said U.S. criticism was muted, which some senior Pakistanis interpreted as a sign they could proceed," the Journal said. "'You don't like that option? You give us one,' the adviser says he told his American interlocutors. 'There were no good options.'"

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Of course the Bush administration knew that Bush's best friend and confidant, the brutal dictator General Musharraf's plans. What is happening in Pakistan is just a dress rehearsal for the coronation of George Caesar in 2008.

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Just like Germany in Spain before WW2, they see the testing of their theories come to life. Pakistan is a mini-version of what is to come. 2008 and 2012 will be interesting years of transition, I fear.

If you're a constitution lawyer, who knows- you might be a target too!

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