Pakistan’s president has warned George Bush that since his nation is an ally of the United States he will not accept any further American attacks on his soil. Ali Zardari promised to do all “by any power” to prevent any nation from attacking inside his nation and killing its citizens and that includes the American military. “We will not tolerate the violation of our sovereignty by any power in the name of combating terrorism.” Foreign Minister Qureshi insists his nation was not warned about this week’s American raid which resulted in the death of more Pakistani civilians. Pakistan has about 100,000 troops in tribal areas where they are doing the best they can to fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces.
George Bush is angry because his failure to use American troops in 2001 to completely crush the Taliban allowed them to regroup and become a major source of terrorism in tribal regions of Pakistan. Part of the president’s anger is because Pakistan should have known he was incompetent and they should have made adjustments and worked much earlier to destroy the Taliban the Americans refused to destroy. Zardari still doesn’t get the point–George Bush is never wrong, its always the fault of liberals in Congress or incompetent Pakistanis.