A Balancing Act?

Business days wasted in strikes.

Bomb Blasts; innocent people killed.

ONE meeting between Bush and Musharraf….

Bush seeking to balance his delicate ties with India and Pakistan., appeared to offer comfort to both on Friday by giving New Delhi the responsibility to build democracy in Afghanistan and assigning Pakistan the role of a moderator in the turbulent Arab world. (DAWN)

In a farewell speech in New Delhi, Bush ran into trouble when he praised Pakistan as “a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.” The White House hastened to correct Bush’s reference to Pakistan as an Arab nation, and said he meant to say Muslim. (Forbes)

All of this, due to touching base with Pakistan? And for what? Bush didn’t even know which part of Asia he was visiting? (Ergo the Arab mixup.) Maybe his mind drifted while in Airforce One?

So, except for giving the nuclear toy to India, increasing their clout, what was the point of coming here–only to save face?

What do you all think about this?

6 Comments so far

  1. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 4th, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

    And your point is?
    Of course you all would be whining if he did not come.
    Are you tring to blame Bush’s visit for the blast and the strikes? Please, just stop passing the buck and accept the facts.
    And no, it is not a ‘nuclear toy’ he has given to India, it is a major deal and really shows you what being the largest democracy and an economic power house can do for a country.

  2. Gibran (unregistered) on March 4th, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

    God what a moron…

  3. DarthVader (unregistered) on March 4th, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    i would agree with original-anon who has summed up quite nicely this “blame it on everyone else” mentality that is afflicitng us pakistanis forever. Questions you are putting forth are rhetorical in nature and do not beggar serious thought. If Bush , or someone else in the world for that matter(and there are quite a few), does’nt know where pakistan is please remeber its not their fault it’s our fault, and for those who would jump to point out a lack of Geogrpahical knowledge as the reason, please know that everyone in the world knows where India is.
    There is absolutely no arguing the fact that some of Bush’s foreign policy is seriously flawed but please also keep in mind that when it comes to pakistan this administration has been nothing short of a fairy godmother . And lastly, to suggest that he came to “save face ” !!!!! from what , i ask you ???
    oh i know ..i think you are refering to those millions of dollars that he poured in to help those godforsaken people up north ..right??

  4. Default (unregistered) on March 5th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    From what I’ve read, this visit from Bush has basicly shut down the community, and brought about more violence. He had to land in the dark under massive security, and what has he accomplished; besides angering more people.
    It’s just more innocent lives, lost to the actions of this man.

  5. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 5th, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    Yeah right default, it is always someone else’s fault. Why was Islamabad shut down but not Delhi or Bombay? Think on that for a while.

  6. Moid (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 2:52 am

    if u think about it, US-Pak relationship has always been based on defence cooperation. From flying spy planes to USSR, making in-road to China, fighting USSR in Afghanistan, and then fighting Al Qaeda in Pak/Afgh, there has never been any other facet to this relationship.

    So, what else we want? Bush is supporting a military dictator, whose past with nukes proliferation and Islamists uprising has always been very suspicious.

    Whats his purpose this time in Pak? To twist Pak Army’s ears, and butt slap them few times, just to motivate them to fight more vigorously in Afghaistan and Pak. I think Bush did pretty well this time. No US president has been that frank about distnguishing Pak and India based on “different countries and fifferent histories”.

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