Friday, August 10, 2007

Rice Phones Musharraf Over Emergency Fears: Today's Cartoon

Just because the U.S. State Department refused to give details of a phone conversation between Condoleezza Rice and Pervez Musharraf over the ongoing political situation in Pakistan, doesn't mean we can't speculate as to what was said to convince the General not to declare a state of emergency... My guess would be the same thing Condi tells President Bush during his morning briefings.

One might think that with all of her diplomatic fumbles in the Middle East as Secretary of State, the U.S. government would be more eager to highlight Rice's success at averting a larger crisis in Pakistan, to prove that she can actually be effective in the region (just over the phone and not in person).

Then again, how difficult is it really for the Bush administration to get President Musharraf to listen to them, when all it took the last time was a simple threat to bomb Pakistan back to the "stone age"?

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