Were Musharraf and Bhutto Secretly Arranging a Detente?


Harlan Ullman is a defense strategist best known as the conceptual architect of the “shock and awe” military strategy. He is also a strident critic of the Bush administration. And he was one of Benazir Bhutto’s closest friends and advisers in Washington.
I can’t share the essay he has written for the Washington Times and which will run next week, but I can say that he has a tidbit in his tribute to Bhutto and commentary on the implications of her death that needs to be revealed now.
Ullman shares that he had two long phone conversations with Benazir Bhutto on December 23rd. Ullman had been approached by a Musharraf emissary to encourage Bhutto to “tone down her attacks on President Peverz Musharraf.” The message was that such a gesture might lead to a “final reconciliation” between the two.
In an earlier conversation, Bhutto had already confided to Ullman that she and Musharraf “might meet privately over the Christmas holidays” to work out the details of their Abu Dhabi agreed government roles following the elections.
In other words, despite Bhutto’s rhetoric, Musharraf’s recent imposition of martial law, and the much-reported decision by Bhutto not to collaborate with Musharraf in any way, she apparently was keeping her options open with him.
I will post the Ullman article titled “Death of a Very Great Lady,” after it appears in print.
More later.
— Steve Clemons


4 comments on “Were Musharraf and Bhutto Secretly Arranging a Detente?

  1. Dirk says:

    POA, I can’t comment on the ISI general but A.Q. Kahn is revered by almost all segments of Pakistani society, not the least of which is for providing the technology to mount a defense against India. Even if relations are a bit friendlier now for GWOT purposes.
    It was always untenable to give him to more than a token sentence – which is what house arrest was – for the proliferation of nuclear secrets. It should not be surprising that he is now free, and probably a lot of people don’t think he even committed a crime. Not that I agree with that.


  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    And how convienient to ignore the ISI general, Mahmud Ahmed, that is known to have financed Atta in the months leading up to 9/11. Despite all the spew drooled by this monkey Bush, Ahmed was never pursued, named in an indictment, or punished for his role. And lets not forget Kahn, who was recently freed from house arrest, despite having sold nuclear weapons technology to Bush so called “axis of evil”.
    Anyone still buying this bipartisan con job called the “GWOT” is a complete and utter damned fool.


  3. easy e says:

    Bhutto assassination peels back more of the 9/11 “onion”.
    Benazir Bhutto: Bin Laden Murdered (by Omar Sheikh)
    Who is Omar Sheikh?
    This only supports the notion that 9/11 was the most sophisticated black psycho-op orchestrated by the globalist aims of the Western/U.S./Anglo powers through the Military Industrial Complex using select intelligence services and renegade contractors.


  4. Pernicious Pavlovian says:

    Circles within circles and the tangled webs woven by political spiders. Perv Musharraf lives and Benazir Bhutto is dead. Ms. Bhutto was an incredibly brave woman. That being said, she martyred herself and she had to know the dangers of what she was doing. Pakistan like the entire Middle East, will boil until the pot boils over on all of us. Toss in those Pakistani nukes and mercy, the equation takes an ominous turn.


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