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So, Is There Anyone Who DOES Know?

Sunday, Mar. 05, 2006 1:01 AM

The latest entry in the, "I don't think anyone knew," parade is Secretary of State Condoleeza "Ferragamo" Rice, whose comment about the outcome of the recent Palestinian elections ignored the fact that the State Department conducted a poll showing 52% of respondents believed Hamas was more qualified to address concerns about corruption within the Palestinian Authority, as opposed to 35% favoring Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas' moderate party (whom we were backing with funding).

The Missouri State Legislature has a joint resolution before it.

The bill designates Christianity as the "majority" religion in the state. Voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays on public property are not a conjoining of church and state, but, "... the justified recognition of the positive role that Christianity has played in this great nation of ours, the United States of America."

And to the rest of you, we respect your beliefs. *Ack* Pffffbbbbbttttt.

Really, we do.

Pakistan can't, but India can. That's what President Bush told Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, in a face-to-face meeting on Saturday.

Bush explained that, "Pakistan and India are different countries with different needs and different histories." (Given that the Buckaroo-in-Chief can't remember the word hurricane, I'm sure his dialogue with Musharraf was um ... well uh ... um ... well well um ... really doubleplus good).

Yet when it came to the Dubai Ports World deal, we were told specifically that, as a trusted and valued ally in the war on terror, we should not discriminate against them.

So, in short, we don't trust Pakistan. (But we're still playing kissy-face and telling Musharraf what a wonderful guy he is.)

While India has strategic value for any U.S. deployment to the Gulf or even into China, I wonder if the brain trust that is the Bush Administration has even considered whether or not Musharraf will be in power after 2007, when elections are slated to take place. Waiting in the wings are the remnants of the Taliban, who already have several seats in parliament.

I've been saying this since we booted the Taliban out of Afghanistan and they all dutifully trotted back home to Pakistan, all it takes is a believer with a key, and we'll have a fundamentalist Islamic group with nukes. What would be even more embarrassing would be an outcome in keeping with recent trends, and the Taliban unseating Musharraf.

Considering that in 2004, Congress told the Pentagon to stop research and design of shiny war pretties like the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (burrowing bunker-busting bomb), here's the conspiracy theory of the day: the geniuses at the Pentagon plan on outsourcing the weapons development to India.

It should be noted that the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW)program, alluded to in yesterday's post, is the replacement for the Advanced Concepts Initiative (ACI), the mated pair to the RNEP, which the Pentagon has tried to restore funding for.

He who dies with the most toys ... is still dead.

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