"In the weeks before Benazir Bhutto's assassination [on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan], the Bush administration directly provided her with intelligence on dangers she faced from militants in Pakistan, as U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf resisted pressure to expand the scope of her security detail, U.S. lawmakers and other officials and Bhutto supporters said Friday December 28, 2007," according to Paul Richter, a Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
"Yet," Mr. Richter wrote, "as the slain former prime minister was laid to rest, questions mounted about both the adequacy of the U.S. efforts and shortcomings on the side of the Pakistani government."
I'm sure Ms. Bhutto knew the dangers she faced in Pakistan without hearing it from U.S. intelligence. The greater question is: why did she let the Bush Administration persuade her to return to Pakistan spouting rhetoric about cracking down on Al-Qaeda and the Taliban? If Mr. Musharraf couldn't wipe them out, what would make Ms. Bhutto think she could?
In Ms. Bhutto, was the Bush Administration looking for someone to give U.S. troops permission to openly operate in Pakistan? Just asking.
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