But on Steroids
I already linked to the Juan Cole Salon article, but this observation is certainly worth more emphasis:
The question is whether President Musharraf now most resembles the shah of Iran in 1978. That is, has his authority among the people collapsed irretrievably?
If that IS the case, then things could go to hell in a handbag and in a real hurry. At least Iran didn't have nuclear technology then (despite the very foolish attempt by our country to provide him with it)...oh, and Pakistan is more than twice as populous.
And, dealing with this, is the Bush administration...which is sort of like having someone who failed basic algebra taking the calculus exam for you. Ouch.