Without a moral compass it is amazing that President Pervez Musharraf was able to straddle the forces of light and dark as long as he has. Eventually one force will win over the other, but in a time of weakness it is the forces of darkness that normally will claim victory over a leader's soul. Pakistan's soul might not be for sale, but Pervez Musharaf's is.
President Pervez Musharraf's manhandling of the nation's chief justice is the beginning of the end.
Over the past few years, President Pervez Musharraf's perfidy was only matched by his intransigency. President Pervez Musharraf has played the United States and the West for fools taking billions in aid to "combat terrorism" and then releasing and providing safe haven for thousands of Taliban militants to unleash their fury on Afghanistan. Go ahead and guess where the money went.
President Pervez Musharaf's 2004 pledge that Al Qaeda either surrender or be eliminated was for merely for the gullible Western media consumption. When asked just today why he has failed to rid Al Qaeda from Pakistan Musharraf fubbles for words and gives his typical lame excuses. So much for Musharaf's pledge to rid Pakistan of extremism. The reality is that Al Qaeda and the Taliban have found a new home.
America's official response seems to be supportive of Musharraf which I found interesting, because it is not the same story that I heard from two State Department officials visting the region just last month. Our sources tell us that "President Pervez Musharraf is out" and that despite the calls for democracy, the reality is that Pakistan ain't quite ready yet for "prime time" and that talks are now taking place for Musharraf to pass the reins to one of his trusted subordinates.
Whatever President Pervez Musharraf's decision is, staying on for him is not an option. It's time to go.