NYT reported In the six years since Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, joined President Bush in the fight against Al Qaeda, it has been an unlikely partnership: a president intent on promoting democracy and a military commander who seized power in a bloodless coup.
At least it was bloodless. The Islamists who have tried to kill Musharraf have killed a lot of people,Mr. Bush has repeatedly called Gen. Musharraf “a friend.”
What would the NYT prefer. That he turned his back on him, like Carter did for the Shah of Iran, and give the Islamists atomic weapons immediately so they don't have to build them.In 2003, the president invited the general to Camp David, a presidential perk reserved for the closest of allies. Last year, at the general’s insistence, Mr. Bush risked a trip to Pakistan, jangling the nerves of the Secret Service by spending the night in the country presumed to be home to Osama bin Laden.