Foreign Relations chairman, Senator Joseph Biden, lashed out against President Bush’s latest statement in support of Musharraf in Pakistan when he said, “And I do believe he is going to end up getting Pakistan back on the road to democracy.” Biden asked: “What exactly would it take for the president to conclude Musharraf has crossed the line? Suspend the constitution? Impose emergency law? Beat up and jail his political opponents and human rights activists?” Of course, these are the very things Musharraf has done in Pakistan. The political opponents cited by Senator Biden are moving toward a boycott of the upcoming elections because it is doubtful that President Musharraf will actually allow a democratic process to unfold, despite Bush’s hopes. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif is urging Benazir Bhutto, to go along with her Pakistan People’s Party executive committee which voted for a boycott.
Hopefully, the American public has finally understood the underlying weakness of their president, he is incapable of learning from experience. One again, Bush is placing all the chips on a failed pseudo-dictator who is now an outcast in his own nation. Just about every major political party in Pakistan stands opposed to the rule of Musharraf, but Bush is confident the reverse is true. Former political enemies like Benazir Bhutto and Nqaz Sharif are banding together in a coalition, but Bush is oblivious to the obvious– Musharraf is no longer a respected leader and the last thing he desires or can accomplish is placing Pakistan back on the road to democracy.