Pakistan policy is flawed

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Dec. 27 was a very tragic day for the future of Pakistan. The terrible assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto probably will mark the end of Pakistan's chance for a democratic, fair government for quite some time.

I cannot help but compare the situation in Pakistan to that in Iraq. If U.S. taxpayers are spending billions of dollars in Iraq to safeguard Iraq's inept, dysfunctional government, then why didn't the Bush administration give the same protection for potential democracy in Pakistan? Think about it.

I, as an American, would like to use this letter to say to all of our U.S. government officials: Stop, I repeat, stop backing and giving billions of U.S. dollars to hard-line officials such as Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and the dysfunctional officials in Iraq!

Perhaps the United States should start backing and supporting the right leaders rather than the politically expedient leaders.

Timothy M. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

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dani
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dani 12/30/07 - 12:39 pm
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Perhaps the President could

Perhaps the President could pray for God to give them the gift to see into the future so that they could satisfy the second-guessers and Monday morning quarterbacks. Oh, for perfection!

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jack 12/30/07 - 02:11 pm
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Bledsoe, there is no

Bledsoe, there is no similarity between Iraq and Pakistan. Iraq has it's first ever democratically elected government and is making progress toward democracy. Pakistan on the other hand, is a nuclear power and Mushariff has allied with the US against al Queda and the Taliban (though hasn't done a very good job destroying them). The billions we send to Pakistan is primarily for the training and modernization of the military/Army as that is the glue that binds in Pakistan and most depended on.

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jbohacheff 12/30/07 - 11:58 pm
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"Those who cannot learn from

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana

Tim obviously wants another Iran, but this one armed with several nuclear bombs. HOW CAN YOU EVER BE SO STUPID!!!!! Another product of public Democratic edumacation. Hillary has even blamed the Pakistani military and President Musharraf for the assassination. All this without a shred of evidence. Do you really want to vote for this "experienced" moron for president. We need stability in that area of the world. India has nukes also and is nervous. Musharraf is the only one to provide national stability even though he does not have a 100% human rights track record. NEWSFLASH - NO ONE HAS A 100% HUMAN RIGHTS TRACK RECORD AND WE DO NOT LIVE ON THE PLANET UTOPIA!!!!
Tim, go back to school and study the 1970's real close. Discover how Carter screwed the pooch on Iran. Discover how our spineless blubbering gave rise to the modern Jihadist movement.

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KSL 12/31/07 - 07:04 am
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Thank you!

Thank you!

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