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While I agree that fixing Pakistan is essential as is keeping nuclear weapons away from the Jihadists, The good doctor may not be as much of a fool as many think when one considers that the return of Ms. Bhutto was part of a plan by the Bush Administration to fix Pakistan - atleast if todayís New York Times Asia Pacific Section is to be trusted.
Bill Richardson is dead wrong. The US has a really poor track record with forcing regime change (recall the Iran Coup in 1953)
Let's face facts the only successes the US has had in the Middle East and Asia are when either a standing army is fought (non-guerrilla) and defeated or when aggressive actions like the Suez issue in the late 50's was neutralized by Eisenhower or trade relations are established and prosper like with what is happening in Vietnam. Other than those examples success is not easily found in our foreign policy forays.
Iím not sure that the Bush-Rice team is capable of fixing the problem. Is James Baker available?
add one more fool: Hucka-boom-boom shooting at quail over the heads of reporters yesterday. The guy is a nut job, "apologizing" for the Bhutto killing only the day before. What's next? Maybe he'll promise to work with Bill and Hill on restoring the USA image around the world if elected or something...