My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Keep Our Eyes On the Ball, Please 

While the "professional journalists" all seem very happy to cover the Obama mini-scandal (someone once said "good writers borrow--great writers steal it outright), something actually important is happening in Pakistan:

Pakistanis dealt a crushing defeat to President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections on Monday, in what government and opposition politicians said was a firm rejection of his policies since 2001 and those of his close ally, the United States.

The actual meaning of this is difficult to assess. Benazir Bhutto was killed because Islamist militants thought she would make life harder on them; NYTimes writing aside, it's possible that a victory for her party--even in coalition--would be an incredibly good thing for the world.

And, perhaps, it would make it just a little bit less necessary for this sort of thing:

Officials say the incident was a model of how Washington often scores its rare victories these days in the fight against al-Qaeda inside Pakistan's national borders: It acts with assistance from well-paid sympathizers inside the country, but without getting the government's formal permission beforehand.

Then again, I suppose it's possible that Pakistan could deteriorate into a nuclear-fueled cesspool.

Either way, this is a helluva lot more important than Barack Obama borrowing a few lines from other liberal public officials.

But, I guess nobody gets to tell the "professional journalists" what really matters, do they?

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