Subtlety isn't a feature of the Bush Administration.
The other day, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced that back in 2001 The U.S. threatened to bomb Pakistan if there was no cooperation with US anti-terrorism efforts. The comment was attributed to then-Deputy US Secretary of State Richard Armitage, the same man who supposedly let slip the covert CIA identity of Valerie Plame Wilson.
“In this situation,” Musharraf said, “I have to think and act to protect my nation’s interests, and so I did.”
Musharraf claims also that the US insisted on Pakistan allowing US troops to use its military bases and frontier outposts during the war in Afghanistan while forbidding the people to express support to militants who attack US military facilities during the war in Afghanistan.
This Musharraf refused, saying, “We cannot deprive our people of their freedom of speech.”
Would that we got such a clear declaration of free speech rights from our own government!
But I digress.
For his part, George W. Bush says he knew nothing of this threat, which is probable considering that Armitage is alleged to have made it to Pakistan's head of intelligence. Bush may not have known a thing about this, which isn't a good sign that he is in charge of the government he heads.
The fact that this story has come out now has some interesting implications.
Recently, Fidel Castro hosted a conference of non-aligned nations, which issued a statement vowing to oppose the United States as "a country [which] posed "a grave threat to world peace and security."
In addition, Asian investment funds are beginning to rise, which could lead to foreign investors to bypass Wall Street for capital – a move which would immediately weaken confidence in the dollar, and the US economy by extension.
As if that wasn't enough, the EU is moving away from the US position on the Iranian nuclear program, taking independent action against the wishes of Washington.
It appears that Bush's speech to the UN the other day was a day late and a dollar short. Being shown up as not leading the world anymore, Amercan leadership and control of foreign governments is being rejected by them, and even Pakistan is no longer in fear of the Armitage Threat. In fact, in a complete reversal of their extorted 2001 promise, Pakistan today vowed to not let foreign forces enter its territory despite Bush's recent vow to send US troops after Osama wherever he is.
Musharraf declined to speak to reporters about the Armitage Threat, claiming that "I would like to — I am launching my book on the 25th, and I am honor-bound to Simon & Schuster not to comment on the book before that day."
I guess we can wait until Monday to hear what else he has to say.Powered by Sidelines