Sunday, May 20, 2007

Terrorist Prop

If you ever wondered just what propping up a dictator looks like, it's this:

The little-known monthly support payments to Pakistan total $5.6 billion since the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. The Bush administration has no plans to cut off the cash or tie the payments to Pakistan's performance, despite the resurgence of terrorists in the past year, and growing evidence that the Pakistani military often looks the other way when Taliban fighters take refuge inside their country. Why? Unnamed officials tell the Times that Washington is fearful of further destabilizing President Pervez Musharraf.
You know that a significant portion of this cash in being put into Swiss bank accounts by Musharraf and his supporters against the day when they're thrown out by a popular revolt. The cash certainly isn't going to fighting terrorism.

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