Friday, December 28, 2007
Personal Aside: Not to Intrude with U. S. Politics but Bhuttos Death Shows Whos On Top of Foreign Policy (McCain) and Whos Not (Huckabee).
She was a patrician, rich, educated in tony Western schoolsRadcliffe, Harvard and Oxfordwho capitalized in a male-dominated Islamic society as the child of the charismatic founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged by a military dictatorship. She felt she was born to lead and probably even welcomed martyrdom which she received when she was shot to death yesterday after cycles of exile, jailing, house arrest and huge notoriety. But Benazir Bhutto was a kind of international Jane Byrne (which will signify much to Chicagoans) a fiery political leader who failed as leader of Pakistans government.
Tragic as the assassination was, the U.S. media raced for comments to the presidential candidates. On the Republican side there was one significant comment from someone who proved that he is an adult and has the capacity to react quickly to such events as is called for in the presidency. He was John McCain who gave sober, calm and reassuring assessments all round. One who stumbled badly was Mike Huckabee who suggested that the chaos in Pakistan was time for the U.S. to intervene with troops. Running second to McCain was Mitt Romney with an unexceptionable but not goofed-up statement. Far down the list of acceptable responses was that of Ron Paul who surprise thought we ought to cut off any more foreign aid to Pakistan.