Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Greg Palast

Hillary’s Musharraf

Mrs. Clinton’s forgotten fling with the Killer of KarachiHillary and Musharraf
by Greg Palast

He was the other man in Hillary’s life. But it’s over now. Or is it?

You’ve seen all those creepy photos of George Bush rubbing up against Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, the two of them grinning and giggling like they’re going to the senior prom. So it’s hard to remember that it was Hillary and Bill who brought Pervez to the dance in the first place.

How that happened, I’ll tell you in a moment.

But first, let’s get our facts straight about the man in the moustache. Musharraf, according to George Bush, The New York Times, NPR and the rest of press puppies is, “our ally in the War on Terror.” That’s like calling Carmine Gambino, “Our ally in the War on Crime.”

Musharraf’s the guy who helped the Taliban take power in Afghanistan in 1996. And, through his ISI, Pakistan’s own KGB, he is still giving the Taliban secret protection. And this is the same Musharraf who let Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Osama’s operations chief for the SeptemberBush and Musharraf 11 attack, hang out in Quetta, Pakistan, in the open, until Khalid embarrassed his host by giving a boastful interview to Al Jazeera television from his Pakistan hang-out.

And this is the same Musharraf who permitted his nation’s own Dr. Strangelove, A.Q. Khan, to sell nuclear do-it-yourself bomb kits to Libya and North Korea. When the story of the flea-market in fissionable materials was exposed, Musharraf (and Bush) both proclaimed their shock - shock! - over the bomb sales. Musharraf didn’t know? Sure. Those tons of lethal hardware must have been shipped by flying pig.

But, unlike Saddam and Osama, creations of Ronald Reagan’s and George Bush Sr.’s Frankenstein factories, Musharraf was a Clinton special.

And it all began with an unpaid electricity bill. In 1998, Pakistan wouldn’t pay up millions, and they owed billions, to British and American electricity companies. And for good reason: the contracts called for paying insanely Continue reading ‘Hillary’s Musharraf’


Killer of Karachi! Funny how the "loyal bushies" cozy up to fellow despotic dictators isn't it?

Could it be they have something in common? You bet! Both finance brutality and are merchants of death in the Middle East. But wait there's more, the Clinton connection was made. That brings us to the most evil despotic dictator today, Bush.

Why the generosity toward a fellow despot that would suspend his countries Constitution?

Maybe he wants to see how well it works.



DEN said...

Bit slow getting going today, too many computer restarts for updates.


micki said...

Some earlier photos of CITIZENS DOCK

Hey, Alan! I laughed out loud when I read your comment on the dearth of UFO photogs! Good point!

Thanks for the B'ham photo!

micki said...

March 26, 2000


In an effort to defuse tensions in a region that he has described as the most volatile in the world, President Clinton today asked the military leader of Pakistan to show restraint in Kashmir, where Pakistan and India most recently battled last summer, and to reopen a dialogue with his Indian neighbors.

But after more than an hour and a half with Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Mr. Clinton received no assurances, said a senior administration official who participated in the meeting.

''We broke no new ground on Kashmir,'' the official said after the session. ''We heard no new assurances from the general.''

Administration officials had expected little if any immediate progress from the talks with General Musharraf. Pressed on terrorism, the spread of nuclear weapons and when he would return Pakistan to democracy at the national level, the general offered nothing new, the White House official indicated.

Pakistan and India, the world's two newest nuclear powers, regularly skirmish in Kashmir, which has been the main issue between overwhelmingly Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India since the two nations were created from the British Raj in 1947, leaving the status of the Himalayan territory unresolved. The Clinton administration believes that incursions by Pakistani-backed militants into Indian-held Kashmir have the potential to escalate.

Last summer, battles in the Kargil region of Kashmir were regarded as the first direct combat between two nuclear powers -- fighting that was halted after Mr. Clinton persuaded Nawaz Sharif, then Pakistan's prime minister, to back down. Three months later, Mr. Sharif was ousted by General Musharraf.

Mr. Clinton, who decided to come to Pakistan after intense disagreement within the administration, spent barely six hours in this country, arriving from an extensive five-day tour of India under some of the most elaborate security precautions ever devised for his travels.

After his meeting with General Musharraf, Mr. Clinton made a direct appeal to the Pakistani people in a live television broadcast in which he addressed them as friends of the United States. Instead of looking toward a future of economic collapse and potential war, the people should choose the path of economic security and peace, the president said.

''With the right vision rooted in tomorrow's promise, not yesterday's pain -- rooted in dialogue, not destruction, Pakistan can fulfill its destiny as a beacon of democracy in the Muslim world,'' Mr. Clinton said. If Pakistanis choose this path, he promised, ''The United States will walk with you.''

The administration official said the president had stressed to General Musharraf that there could be no military solution in Kashmir by incursions across the Line of Control, the de facto border between Pakistani- and Indian-held territory.

Mr. Clinton had asked specifically for ''restraint, respect for the Line of Control, rejection of violence and return to dialogue,'' the official said.

There was not much movement on other issues, either.

Mr. Clinton asked the general to take action against terrorist groups operating in Pakistan and to help pressure the Taliban government in Afghanistan to bring to justice, Osama bin Laden, the terrorist whom the United States believes is responsible for the bombings of two American embassies in East Africa.

The general, as he has in the past, said he would work with the Taliban leadership on the Osama bin Laden case, the official said.

Speaking to reporters as Mr. Clinton was leaving Islamabad, General Musharraf said he and the American president got along very well.

There were, however, no photographs of the two leaders together, and the general -- as planned -- held a news conference alone.

When asked whether he had given Mr. Clinton assurances that Pakistani-backed infiltration into Indian-held Kashmir would cease, the general replied: ''There were no assurances because there was no question. We are not involved in sending any kind of people across the Line of Control.''

On the Taliban, the general said he assured Mr. Clinton ''that I would like to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan and take up the issue of any sanctuaries for any terrorists or training that might be going on in that country.''

On the question of nonproliferation, the general pledged Pakistan would not be a source for the export of nuclear technology, the administration official said.

As the official ticked off the list of items on the president's agenda, it was clear there was a recitation of long-held views on both sides.

Still, said the official: ''We've made an effort to make our position clear at the highest level. We didn't expect to come in an hour and persuade the leadership of the wisdom of our position.''

Indeed, one point of the hotly debated stop in Pakistan, White House officials said, was to try and keep the lines of communication open. Should the situation deteriorate sharply in Kashmir -- as the administration fears -- President Clinton is now in a better position to deal directly with General Musharraf, they maintain.

Mr. Clinton also brought up the trial of the former prime minister, Mr. Sharif, who is accused of hijacking, treason and attempted murder. If convicted, Mr. Sharif could face the death penalty, and Mr. Clinton today asked the general not to execute him. The general explained that he was not vindictive, but that the matter was up to the courts.

As he did in New Delhi, Mr. Clinton made clear to the general that the United States would not mediate in the Kashmir crisis, the White House official said. This was also a message that General Musharraf did not want to hear: unlike the Indians, the Pakistani leader would like the Kashmir dispute to be settled by international mediation.

The signals from General Musharraf in the days before Mr. Clinton's arrival were not promising. The Pakistani leader missed an opportunity to send a positive message on his national day on Thursday when he made a major speech.

Instead of announcing that local elections would be held this year, as he had indicated earlier, the general pushed the date back to next year.

Also, the general has consistently talked in recent weeks about the Islamic militants in Kashmir, who the administration says are backed by the Pakistani regime, as freedom fighters committed to a jihad, or holy war. The administration regards several of these groups as terrorist.

Pakistan asserts that Kashmir, with a large Muslim majority, should have the right to vote on whether to join India or Pakistan. Secular India claims Kashmir as one of its states.

The emotions behind the issue were vividly on display in some of the banners along the route taken by Mr. Clinton's motorcade. ''You were fair in Kosovo,'' said one, referring to NATO's bombing campaign to deter Serbian repression against Kosovo's largely Muslim Albanian majority. ''Be fair in Kashmir.''

It is politically untenable for a Pakistani leader to appear as though he is bending to an American diktat. Mr. Sharif's decision to pull back behind the Line of Control last summer is thought to have been one factor behind his ouster. And behind the general stands another, perhaps even tougher, commander, Gen. Mohammad Aziz, the chief of general staff of the Pakistani Army, who Clinton administration officials assert was the brains behind the fighting in Kargil last year.

Mr. Clinton arrived from Bombay under elaborate security precautions. At the Bombay airport, he walked to the door of a military C-17 aircraft, shook hands with dignitaries as though he was going to board that aircraft, and then slipped around the front of the plane to board an unmarked, smaller white jet that was parked nearby. This aircraft, an Air Force version of a Gulfstream, known as a C-20, flew Mr. Clinton, his national security adviser, Samuel R. Berger, the secretary of state, Madeleine K. Albright, and several other advisers to Islamabad.

From the Islamabad airport, Mr. Clinton drove in a motorcade through deserted streets to the presidential palace.

Mr. Clinton's unmarked plane was accompanied by another Air Force Gulfstream, which was painted with the familiar blue and white of Air Force One and marked ''United States of America.'' This was the decoy plane with Secret Service agents on board and arrived first, followed soon after by the president's plane. Many of Mr. Clinton's staff and reporters covering his trip were flown in on a military C-17 aircraft.

Carey said...

Okay, this is the third time. Is it going to post?

Carey said...

Talk about problems with computers. Deletions, deletions. I wrote a funny one too.

Oh well. Today I'm going to get my hair done for the holidays. I'm ecstatic. My hair stylist is also a dear friend and a joy to be with. She's from Iran and drop dead gorgeous. All natural too. I think her family left when the Shah was deposed. I can't remember. I've known her a long time, through the marriage debacle.

Micksters, I slept all night to the smell of lavender. I was in heaven. I'm keeping it on the other side of my bed under a pillow. It is so lovely.

Micki's a dealer now you guys. She deals lavender.

I woke up so happy. It was like the night was filled with good dreams.

micki said...

It is my opinion that (in this case), Greg Palast decided to conflate his concern about bush's cozy relationship with Musharraf into a Clinton-connection because it would make his article edgier. I'm pretty damned weary of all the fusing of current problems with "it was Clinton's fault."

Say what you may about Bill Clinton, but one thing he did -- and did well -- was to keep people talking even at the 11th hour. As I recall when Bill when to Pakistan to meet with Musharraf, he made it clear that his visit should not be seen as an endorsement of the military ruler.

Clinton went there to talk about Pakistan's links with terrorist groups, that country's nuclear ambitions and the need to restore democratic rule. The visit was not too long before the end of Clinton's 2nd term -- then bush comes riding in on his high horse!

Clinton administration officials thought if Bill snubbed Musharraf, the country could become even more belligerent. Clinton did work closely with Mushy's predecessor in getting him to pull back from Pakistan's dangerous military saber-rattling with India. Clinton was at his best when he tried to get longstanding enemies to come to the table for discussions in hopes of avoiding armed clashes.

Greg Palast is right to point out how ineffective bush is on the Pakistan front, but to bring in the unpaid electricity bills to bolster his case is a stretch, IMO.

micki said...

Carey -- I thought the lavender-colored organza bag was adequate camouflage, eh?

Glad you like it. I made sachet bags from my lavender harvest for the family get-together. Everyone was mellow! Which is unusual in my family where everyone has an opinion and is eager to share it! :-)

DEN said...

7.7 Quake hits Chile, followed by a 6.0 and a 5.3 off the coast of Guatemala. @ USGS

Alan said...

Thanks for the B'ham photo!

Your welcome Mickster. I spent about an hour at that site last night. After checking out Texas (he only had panoramas of west Texas, one of 7 distinctly different areas), I checked out some of Washington state and Hawaii. I was disappointed in the Hawaii panoramas because it was more tourist sites than mountains and landscapes.
Oh yeah, the first thing I looked at in west Texas was Marfa. Y'all heard of the "Marfa lights"? That was in honor of the UFO topic discussed earlier. haha

Alan said...

The last two days I've been getting error messages when I first try to make a post here. The first time it ate my post and I had to retype/repaste the links, I learned to copy the whole post before trying to send. Sure enough, it ate my post again last night, but I was able to paste it after I backed out of the 'error message' page. It just now did the same thing. Glad I had it copied to my clipboard so I could one-click and retry.

David B. Benson said...

Photographic evidence?

Photograph from film Victor Montana Spring 2007

I suspects an internal reflection in the lens, having read and seen several of these "we didn't notice anything until the film was developed" stories.

David B. Benson said...

But here is one in which the photographer claims to have seen the UAPs:

Laurel Springs, North Carolina 2006

DEN said...

Photo developing has it's own issues.

UFO's have their own issues also.

micki said...

Vitrually Strange Network

Some people have a whole lot of time on their hands!

micki said...


micki said...

Tom Hewitt, the actor, was born in Victor, Montana.

micki said...

Anti-Bush Sign Has Bridge World in an Uproar

This is toooooo funneeeee...well sort of.

Burning bridges!

Ms. Martel said the action by the team, which had won the Venice Cup, the women’s title, at the Shanghai event, could cost the federation corporate sponsors.

That pull-out quote says it all! It's all about CORPORATIONS!

Alan said...

Here's a good one on global warming. It's the top ten counters to the wingnuts' arguments.

Climate scepticism: The top 10

What are some of the reasons why "climate sceptics" dispute the evidence that human activities such as industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and deforestation are bringing potentially dangerous changes to the Earth's climate?

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finalises its landmark report for 2007, we look at 10 of the arguments most often made against the IPCC consensus, and some of the counter-arguments made by scientists who agree with the IPCC.
I got the error message again... and this is a repaste/retry. The thing is... it accepted my log-in but not the post. *weird*

Alan said...

Yeah Micki, the 'bridge' article was in the Chronicle today, but NOT the picture. haha

David B. Benson said...

A melting Alaska draws visitors

DEN said...

Yea Micki, don't piss off the fascists, you will be cast out.

Isn't Bridge what the Stepfords' do while their hubby's tour the links?

Exposed to ridicule and humiliation for voicing ones opinion, must stop dissent at all costs?

Nice bunch.

DEN said...

Doc, You better get up there and buy land to build condos.

They will come, the rich, trying to escape the city heat.

micki said...

I went to Shishmaref one time when we lived in Alaska. The residents are beautiful. Welcoming. Gracious hosts. Open their doors to one and all. The village is built on permafrost -- or what used to be permafrost -- but now it's melting. Senator Landrieu's comment about charity and non-governmental organizations really pisses me off. No! Senator! Make government work! The Inupiaq Eskimos have lived there for centuries and she talks like it's no big friggin' deal that their homeland is melting away under them -- just get some charities on board!

I can't explain these things like Dr. B can, but I can tell you this, that rising temps have reduced the sea ice, that weakens storm surges before they reach shore. Shishmaref may not be where you or I would want to live, but others call it home.

micki said...

Den -- I dunno, but I don't think that bridge players are all Stepford Wives. Full disclosure, my mother played bridge and she was definitely non-Stepford, nor was she elite. So, I'm stickin' up for mom!

But...maybe it is viwed as elite in some circles, read this:

Who Plays Bridge

Given the elite status of the game and its players, it is not surprising to find leading figures in business, government and entertainment among the avid participants.

“Bridge is a great way to learn from inferences. A lot of decisions in life are made by inferring from what you know,” says Warren Buffett, the legendary Oracle of Omaha who has turned inferences into billions of dollars.

He and Microsoft’s Bill Gates are two of the most active proponents of the game and regular tournament competitors. They believe in the benefits of bridge so much that they have committed $1 million to a youth bridge initiative.

Joining the line-up of leading corporate advocates are James Cayne and Alan Greenberg of Bear Stearns, Peter Lynch of the Magellan Fund, and Erik Olsen, former head of Delta Dental and current president of the AARP Board of Directors. The late Malcolm Forbes went so far as to encourage readers of his magazine to play.

A leading fan from the entertainment industry and an international bridge champion is Peter Schneider, Tony Award-winning producer of “The Lion King.” Omar Sharif’s name remains above one of the nation’s leading newspaper bridge columns, and Charles Shultz drew Snoopy playing bridge in several of his comic strips. Snoopy is the ACBL’s only Honorary Life Master.

From the writing field come regular players Dave Feldman, whose “Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?” is the latest in the “Imponderables” series of books; James Gleick, author of the best-selling “Genius” and “Chaos;” and children’s author Louis Sachar, whose novel “Holes” was produced as a film by Disney.

U.S. District Court Judge Amalya Kearse competes on an international level, while in Washington D.C., you might find Supreme Court Justice (and ACBL Life Master) John Paul Stevens at the local bridge club.

World leaders at the highest levels also have been known for their passion for the game, among them Deng Xiao Peng, Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill.

Alan said...

I watched this on Versus while ago. Maybe not most you guys' 'cup of tea', but something I didn't know is... one of these fighters dad is Bill Richardson's Chief of Staff. Least that's what they were saying before he (Carlos Condit) defended his world welterweight title. That's him at top left of the picture and he submitted (arm bar) the guy at top right, in the first round. ie... a tough mo/fo.

WEC 29: Two titles on the line tonight in Las Vegas

"WEC" stands for World Extreme Cage Fighting.