mr. zilla goes to town

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

a stand-up guy

Via The New Republic, we discover that Bush's second term agenda includes Steven Wright-like deadpan comedy hours in the Oval Office:

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. And where President Musharraf can help in world peace is to help remind people what is possible.

Fair suck of the sav, guvnor. Granted Musharraf is doing some admirable work: on the odd days of the month he avoids assassination attempts, on the even days he keeps the command and control of his nuclear-armed state out of the hands of bug-eyed fundamentalists and doesn't launch said nukes at New Delhi. However about the best you could say of Musharraf is that he has a relationship with democracy similar to Winston Churchill's with the church:

"I could hardly be called a pillar of the Church; I am more in the nature of a buttress, for I support it from the outside.”

Update. Did I say that Musharraf occasionally did some admirable work? Via Road To Surfdom we can see he sure doesn't have the White House writing his talking points like some other people we could name:

BLITZER: Was the U.S. justified to go to war and remove Saddam Hussein?

MUSHARRAF: Well, we were against it initially. Pakistan was against going into Iraq. And now, with hindsight, one can say that we've landed ourselves into additional problems.

But having said that, I would like to say that Saddam Hussein was certainly not a person who was loved in Iraq. He was a hated man. He was very cruel. Those are the realities.

But when we go inside and when we are now inside as foreigners, people at the lower level don't like the visibility of foreign troops ruling their country.

BLITZER: So the bottom line, is the world safer today as a result of the removal, the invasion of Iraq, or is the world less safe?

MUSHARRAF: Oh, I think it's less safe, certainly. We are...

BLITZER: So it was a mistake for President Bush to order this invasion, with hindsight?

MUSHARRAF: Yes, with hindsight, yes. We have landed ourselves in more problems, yes.

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