Saturday, November 17, 2007

Beware the Deputy

When was the last time a bald Deputy Secretary of State showed up in Pakistan armed with forceful words? The first time Richard Armitage threatened consequences if Pakistan didn't line up with the U.S. in the war on terror. John Negroponte's trip is clearly intended to get the dictator back in line with "freedom as the tonic to hopelessness that breeds terror."

Of course, it's important to note Pervez Musharraf's implied threat of loose nukes told to the BBC just before meeting with the current bald deputy. But I'm not worried about John as he's fully capable of delivering veiled threats of his own.