It has become increasingly clear that many of the terrorists involved in last week's Mumbai attacks came from Pakistan and belonged to the Kashmir-focused terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). While it seems unlikely that there was any official knowledge or connection between the Pakistani government and these specific attacks, Pakistan does bear significant responsibility.
This week, events around the world confirmed many of the arguments that progressives have long been making about foreign policy. These are all positions that progressives have held for years– positions that the Bush administration chose to ignore.
It may not have seemed possible for things to get any worse for the Bush administration after last week, when the world witnessed the full-circle collapse of the Bush’s personality-driven approach towards Putin’s Russia and Musharraf’s Pakistan. Yet not only did the extent of the President’s failed policy toward Pakistan and Russia become more clear, but the events of the week also demonstrated the bankruptcy of the conservative approach toward Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe.
In another stinging blow to the Bush administration, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf resigned from office today. It has been a disastrous ten days for the Bush administration, which has seen the complete collapse of its Russia policy and now the failed end of its Pakistan policy.
More than seven years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda has found a safe haven in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) – a remote, mountainous region along Pakistan’s northwest border.
News that President Musharraf will step down as the head of the Pakistani military is a welcome development, but for the sake of US national security and international credibility the American response must be stronger.