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Pakistan’s Nukes Are Safe ... or Are They?

Posted on May 7, 2009

With Taliban insurgents only 70 miles away from the capital city of Islamabad, Jon Stewart asks: What’s happening in Pakistan? How can we avert nuclear disaster? And why are you still here, President Zardari?

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By blogdog, May 11, 2009 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

RE: what is to be done about those damn NUKES.

Considering all the black-ops that have been executed to destabilize Pakistan, I’d have to conclude that ISI’s handlers (i.e. CIA) have a pretty tight lock on the arsenal - I urge you to take a look and listen for this: 1st clip: “...he’s your player.” 2nd clip: “...who murdered Usama Bin Laden.” Then, contemplate the “legend,” and its usefulness. The lack of follow up needs none.

Sunday on Meet the Press

2007 before his wife’s assassination

Imagine the public poise of John Stewart had he spent over 5 years in prison, had been tortured, had seen his most precious family member assassinated and were leading a nation trying desperately to salvage even a vestige of democracy in the face of such blatant external manipulation.

Sorry, that’s not fair, Stewart’s only a comedian, not statesman material, though some of his fans might be so deluded.

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By ardee, May 11, 2009 at 4:54 am Link to this comment

I watched this video agains, sparked by some criticism of Stewart’s position. I once more found his commentary to be hilarious, quite insightful and , while I might certainly agree with any who think humor is not a substitute for accurate profiling of the Taliban, his assertion that Pakistani leadership is seemingly useless to any sort of solution to the threat of Taliban control of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal seems spot on.

I am not a fan of religious extremism ,whatever the form, nor can I condone the refusal to educate all youth, the denial of basic rights to 50% of the population and the beheading of teenage girls for sexual encounters, among a longish list of Taliban games. But, in the end, the extremism of some within a particular nation is the sole business of that nation dontcha think?

But what to do about those damn nukes?

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By Some Guy, May 10, 2009 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment
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Has Jon Stewart gone nutz? It’s like he’s a puppet in some false dichotomy scheme to lull the young liberal left into thinking the Taliban is really a treat to Pakistan’s army or better yet, he seems to be suggesting the US needs to fear them. I used to respect this guy but recent interview have me really concerned.

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By blogdog, May 10, 2009 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

The president of Pakistan on MEET THE PRESS - 05-10-09

The host pressed him about the Taliban and what they were doing in his country? He said this:  “The Taliban was created by the CIA and our own intelligences service….” The host backed off as the Pakistan leader smiled broadly.

Later when pressed on, where Osama bin Ladin was hiding and why he   could not find him, the Pakistani leader said, ” I don’t know he’s YOUR agent,” and he smiled and then continued, ‘My wife called the first Bush in 1989 and asked why the U.S. was trying to destabilize her country?”

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By ardee, May 10, 2009 at 6:51 am Link to this comment

Russian Paul, May 9 at 7:27 pm #

I’ll keep an open mind, maybe I’ll check out some of his articles, but he seems like another wolf in sheeps clothing.

What more could one ask?

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By Russian Paul, May 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

I’m not saying the man isn’t capable of SOME insight, on a recent Bill Maher episode when Maher finally brought up Israel, Zakaria was certainly more empathetic towards the Palestinians than the other guests.
However, I have seen him numerous times on TV, not just once, and he almost always acts as an apologist for the US military in the middle east. He thinks the surge was a success, but fails to mention the ethnic cleansing that took place. He is in full support of escalating the war in Afghanistan. His exaggeration of the problem in Pakistan is dangerously off base too.
And the man runs Newsweek, for god’s sake, exactly how insightful can the editor of a revisionist piece of trash like that be?
And the secret meetings with Bush after 9/11 as well…

I’ll keep an open mind, maybe I’ll check out some of his articles, but he seems like another wolf in sheeps clothing.

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By ardee, May 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

Russian Paul

I suggest that you would do yourself a service by spending a few moments researching this man and his beliefs. You are simply leaping to conclusions I fear based upon a misinterpretation of one statement:


“September 11 was not mindless terrorism for terrorism’s sake. It was reaction and revenge, even retribution.” Why else is America’s response to the terror attacks so deeply constrained by fears of an “Islamic backlash” on the streets? Pakistan will dare not allow Washington the use of its bases. Saudi Arabia trembles at the thought of having to help us publicly. Egypt pleads that our strikes be as limited as possible. The problem is not that Osama bin Laden believes that this is a religious war against America. It’s that millions of people across the Islamic world seem to agree.
If you interpret this as war mongering instead of brilliant insight, well, then no amount of reasoning is going to sway you.

Zakaria has stated that he tries not to be devoted to any type of ideology, saying “I feel that’s part of my job… which is not to pick sides but to explain what I think is happening on the ground. I can’t say, ‘This is my team and I’m going to root for them no matter what they do.’

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By Russian Paul, May 9, 2009 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

I haven’t read his books, but judging by what the man says in his interviews, he supported war in Iraq, claims the surge a success, supports continuing the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and apparently he supports unmanned drones that kill hundreds of innocent Pakistanis. How is he a peaceful man?

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By ardee, May 9, 2009 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

Russian Paul, May 8 at 3:25 am #

Your characterization of the remarks by Zakaria seems to indicate a support for the comments, support that is totally absent. I would suggest that you fail to understand the man, his history and his passion for a peaceful solution to the problems besetting his former nation and region.

It would enlighten you to read his newest book , “The Post American World”.

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By Russian Paul, May 8, 2009 at 12:25 am Link to this comment

I think the more interesting clip to show would have been later when he had Fareed Zakaria on who made this particularly egregious comment;

”...I have some, you know, friends in Pakistan who used to always denounce the American drone attacks, you know, these Predator strikes on the al-Qaeda. And the last month, what I notice is, they’re all in favor of them…They’re saying, ‘You know what? If that’s the only thing that will work, kill those guys.’”

And only 2% of these attacks have actually hit their alleged Taliban target, with over 700 innocent civilians killed. And Jon Stewart is of course in complete agreement and nods his head repeatedly as Fareed beat the drums of war. That pretty much sums up this show: Stewart tossing softballs to rightwingers/neoliberals/zionists and obsequiously nodding and agreeing with them…

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