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The cacophony coming out of the Obama Administration on Pakistan is ear-shattering — and nerve-wracking for some of us who remember the old slogan mounted on the U.S. National Archives portal, “the past is prologue”.
Instead of recognizing the Bush Administration’s disastrous mistake of agitating and intriguing for the dumping of Pakistan’s benign dictator, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the State Department is getting deeper into the briarpatch of Pakistan’s tribal, ethnic, linguistic, religious, a
One test was seeking to “restore” democracy to Pakistan. It helped rescue decrepit, corrupt, discredited, incompetent politicians from Pakistan’s recent past to try to create Westminister-on-the-Karakorum.
Take a look at what the American Establishment has produced in recent weeks under the Obama rubric of “change”. Ambassadors to the three countries — always askew with a surfeit of young, relatively inexperienced, female emissaries whom the denizens discount habitually — are not enough. A coordinator for the area, Richard H.A. Holbrooke, with a notorious reputation for boorishness, is nominated. A constant flow of VIPs from Washington to and from follow these up. Then there are the military, not only the local US and NATO commanders, but star quality representatives such as Gen. David Petraeus of Iraq fame, and the chairman of the joint chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen, almost as much in evidence in Islamabad as in Washington. Now another addition is to be added: a tsar for the huge economic aid programs that are being put in place, not a businessman or a former high government executive or even an economist, but an FSO with no administrative experience.
He makes a great point here
The people he is brining in are at most complete idiots
Or at least not very competent in the area they will be managing.