Wednesday, December 08, 2004

IS THIS MAN SERIOUS? Via Noam Scheiber, here's President Bush during his recent meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf:
One of the interesting lessons that the world can look at is Pakistan. You see, there are some in the world who do not believe that a Muslim society can self-govern.

Some believe that the only solution for government in parts of the world is for there to be tyranny or despotism. I don't believe that. The Pakistan people have proven that those cynics are wrong.
Either Bush doesn't know that Musharraf seized power in a military coup or he thinks military coups fall under the category of "self-governance."

The more charitable interpretation--I think we can all agree--is that President Bush literally does not know how Musharraf rose to power in Pakistan.

Not exactly encouraging, but that's where we are.

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