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First Presidential Debate: Exercise In Futility, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the analysis of Friday night’s Presidential Debate.  Part 1 was posted on Saturday.

Iran

Lehrer asked for a “reading” of Iran by the candidates.  Are they a threat?  Both candidates made it very clear that nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran was not acceptable.

McCain did a good job of highlighting both the big risk against Israel, and the risk to the entire region if Iran has nuclear weapons.  McCain also pointed out again the need for thoughtfulness in diplomacy when dealing with countries whose leaders are as evil and wicked in their comments against America and her allies, specifically Israel.  He pointedly criticized Obama for making just such comments.  McCain also promoted his “League of Democracies” as a …


First Presidential Debate: Exercise In Futility, Part 1

Here’s Part 1 of my assessment of Friday night’s Presidential Debate.  Part 2 will come on Sunday.

All I can say is, I was wrong.  Jim Lehrer does want to be the next Tim Russert.

I will say, I did not sense any partisanship on Lehrer’s part, but he sure dug into follow up questions, including a lot quizzical looks in reaction to the answers.  Making matters a bit worse was his oafish attempts at turning the debate into a conversation, almost as if McCain and Obama were seeking marital counselling.  “Say that to Senator McCain”.  “Direct yourself to Senator Obama”.  “Do you agree with Senator Obama?”.  I don’t know if that was part of the original ground rules that was set prior to …


Pakistan Elections Delayed

From the WSJ:

Pakistani authorities announced that elections will be delayed until Feb. 18 because of unrest following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The vote had been scheduled for Jan. 8. Opposition parties alleged that authorities are postponing the polls to help the ruling party, which is allied to President Pervez Musharraf. Many believe Ms. Bhutto’s party would get a sympathy boost if the vote were to take place on time.

More at WSJ.

I’m not particularly surprised.  I think the motivation behind this is purely selfish on the part of Musharraf, but at the same time I think tensions need to be settled down before the election is held.  I’m not a big fan of the current government, but I’m also not a …


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Officials: Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Bhutto killing

This may be an interesting day.  DHS says this information is still unconfirmed. 

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Thursday citing an alleged claim of responsibility by al Qaeda for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, a DHS official told CNN.But such a claim has not appeared on radical Islamist Web sites that regularly post such messages from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

The source of the claim was apparently Italian news agency, Adnkronos International (AKI), which said that al Qaeda Afghanistan commander and spokesman Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid had telephoned the agency to make the claim.

"We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen," AKI quoted Al-Yazid as saying.

I …


21 Murdered in Pakistan … Bhutto Among the Dead. Not Good.

I was not surprised but I was not expecting to start my day like this.  Pakistan is going to be a mess.  Obviously, Bhutto was the target, and the others are collateral, but I didn’t want to minimize all of the lives lost in this action.

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan —Fox News- Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a homicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally.Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she was entering her vehicle, and then the bomber blew himself up, FOX News has confirmed.The former prime minister died in Rawalpindi General Hospital, where she had been rushed to surgery. She was 54.”At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member


The Yunus Book got me Thinking… About Musharraf’s Current Problems

One thing that might be interesting (though only briefly touched on) in the Yunus book is the story of his involvement in the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan.  Although I confess I am not completely in tune yet regarding all of the political details of events leading up to this weekend’s state of emergency declaration in Pakistan, I think the history of internal military action in this region (Pakistan, India and Bangladesh) makes the current events not so surprising, yet concerning for a country yet experimenting with democracy.  I’m thinking I may start having fodder for a bit of a rant on how countries can succeed at building democratic forms of government … could be a long one (and not so optimistic, either).  Hopefully this …


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