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    George did it again...

    They really should consider grounding George to his room and locking him in. He only makes a mess of things when he's allowed out. They aren't happy in Pakistan, you aren't surprised are you?
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    ‘Bush has upset the balance of power in the region’

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    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-3-2006_pg7_12

    LAHORE: American President George Bush has disturbed the balance of power in the region by signing a nuclear deal with India, said Punjab Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Iqbal at a press conference on Sunday.

    Javed said the American president’s visit would bring strategic changes to the region and India would play the leading role instead of Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances. He said Bush had delivered a clear message that ‘India’s friends would be America’s friends’.

    India’s nuclear ties with the US showed that the Pakistani foreign policy had failed, therefore the Pakistani president should resign immediately and elections should be held, he said, adding that only political parties could govern the country and make decisions of national importance. He said the government should allow Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto and Altaf Hussain to return to Pakistan and play their role in the country’s politics.

    Javaid said Bush had clearly indicated that he wanted Indian domination in the region and Pakistan would now have to follow Indian instructions to please America. He said he doubted if Musharraf would take off his uniform or hold free and fair elections in the country. The opposition would tender its resignation from the assemblies at an appropriate time, he said and added that a campaign against the government had been launched, which would be expedited with the passage of time.

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    Re: George did it again...

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    They really should consider grounding George to his room and locking him in. He only makes a mess of things when he's allowed out. They aren't happy in Pakistan, you aren't surprised are you?
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    ‘Bush has upset the balance of power in the region’

    Staff Report
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-3-2006_pg7_12

    LAHORE: American President George Bush has disturbed the balance of power in the region by signing a nuclear deal with India, said Punjab Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Iqbal at a press conference on Sunday.

    Javed said the American president’s visit would bring strategic changes to the region and India would play the leading role instead of Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances. He said Bush had delivered a clear message that ‘India’s friends would be America’s friends’.

    India’s nuclear ties with the US showed that the Pakistani foreign policy had failed, therefore the Pakistani president should resign immediately and elections should be held, he said, adding that only political parties could govern the country and make decisions of national importance. He said the government should allow Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto and Altaf Hussain to return to Pakistan and play their role in the country’s politics.

    Javaid said Bush had clearly indicated that he wanted Indian domination in the region and Pakistan would now have to follow Indian instructions to please America. He said he doubted if Musharraf would take off his uniform or hold free and fair elections in the country. The opposition would tender its resignation from the assemblies at an appropriate time, he said and added that a campaign against the government had been launched, which would be expedited with the passage of time.
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't India the ONLY country in the middle east that hasn't doled out the "secrets of peaceful nuclear power" willy-nilly to the highest bidder? Should India be respected and held in a higher regard than say Libya/Pakistan/Iran?

    I say "Yes". Until we learn that India has divulged or sold the secrets of peaceful nuclear power, then they should remain on the "trusted" list! Libs have been haunting these boards over the Iran confrontation that's coming. They really need to look to India as a perfect example of what a non-proliferating country looks like, then replace India with Iran, and see if the story still looks the same.

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    Re: George did it again...

    Mr. Bush's Asian Road Trip

    There is a lot of good a president can do on a visit to another country: negotiate treaties that enhance American security, shore up a shaky alliance, generate good will in important parts of the world. Unfortunately, President Bush didn't do any of those good things on his just-completed visit to Pakistan and India and may have done some real harm.

    The spectacularly misconceived trip may have inflicted serious damage to American goals in two vital areas, namely, mobilizing international diplomacy against the spread of nuclear weapons and encouraging Pakistan to take more effective action against the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters operating from its territory.

    The nuclear deal that Mr. Bush concluded with India threatens to blast a bomb-size loophole through the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It would have been bad enough on its own, and disastrously ill timed, because it undercuts some of the most powerful arguments Washington can make to try to galvanize international opposition to Iran's nuclear adventurism.

    But the most immediate damage was done on Mr. Bush's next stop, Pakistan. Washington is trying to persuade Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani military dictator, to defy nationalist and Islamic objections and move more aggressively against Pakistani-based terrorists. This is no small issue because both Osama bin Laden and the Taliban's leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, are now believed to operate from Pakistani soil.

    But sticking Mr. Musharraf with the unwelcome task of explaining to Pakistanis why his friend and ally, Mr. Bush, had granted favorable nuclear t.erms to Pakistan's archrival, India, while withholding them from Pakistan left him less likely to do Washington any special, and politically unpopular, favors on the terrorism front.

    It's just baffling why Mr. Bush traveled halfway around the world to stand right next to one of his most important allies against terrorists — and embarrass him. India and Pakistan are military rivals that have fought each other repeatedly. They have both developed nuclear weapons outside the nonproliferation treaty, which both refuse to sign. When India exploded its first acknowledged nuclear weapons eight years ago, Pakistan felt obliged to follow suit within weeks.

    So when Mr. Bush agreed to carve out an exception to global nonproliferation rules for India, it should have been obvious that Pakistani opinion would demand the same privileged treatment, and that Mr. Musharraf would be embarrassed by Mr. Bush's explicit refusal to provide it.

    Mr. Bush was right to say no to Pakistan. It would be an unthinkably bad idea to grant a loophole to a country whose top nuclear scientist helped transfer nuclear technology to leading rogue states. Granting India a loophole that damages a vital treaty and lets New Delhi accelerate production of nuclear bombs makes no sense either.

    Mr. Bush should have just stayed home.

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