It was embarrassing enough for the people of Pakistan to find out that Osama bin Laden was living in their midst for years. Even more shameful was the realization that their politicians are incapable of questioning the security apparatus of the country. The masses rallied and protested and faced hardships for months to kick General Pervez Musharraf out of power. They voted the Pakistan People’s Party, the most widely-based and allegedly liberal party to power, believing that democracy has been restored.

Though the leader of the government, President Asif Ali Zardari has been blamed for everything going wrong in the country and is regarded as a corrupt individual, until now there has been a perceived upside that Pakistan is being led by an elected government and not a military dictatorship.

This illusion of so-called civilian supremacy silently burst like a bubble when the head of the ISI, General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, and the Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani were called before the parliament to answer for their incompetence related to the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. The agenda was to inquire about the U.S. attack and why the state security apparatus was unaware of Osama bin Laden’s presence.

But what happened during the closed door meeting revealed once again that the real power in Pakistan still lies with the army and the ISI, not the politicians.

It had been suggested that heads would roll, the foreign aid and the big chunk of national budget that the army receives would be scrutinized. The parliamentarians dropped the ball again and lost another opportunity to exert their authority over other institutions of the state. Once again it became clear who really runs Pakistan.

The last time a civilian government had an opportunity to put the army in its place was in 1971, following the Pakistan army’s defeat in the war that led to the loss of East Pakistan, which became Bangladesh. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s then-president and founder of the Pakistan People’s Party, got off to a promising start by placing former dictator General Yahya Khan under house arrest. He re-organized the Pakistan Armed Forces and boosted the military’s morale. But Bhutto also restored their hubris. Years later, his own appointed Army Chief, General Zia ul-Haq, would overthrow Bhutto’s government and send him to the gallows.

During Zia’s 11 year rule, the Russians invaded Afghanistan and withdrew. The army grew so strong that even after Zia’s death in a plane crash, the new chief of the military did not allow the democratically elected Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, to tour the country’s nuclear facility. She was labelled anti-Pakistan and an American agent.

It is ironic to witness that the opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), which was created with the support of the army to counter the PPP’s popularity, is now asking the tough questions about covert operations and the finances of the military.

By snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Pakistan’s ruling party, Bhutto’s PPP, is losing its chance to demonstrate leadership and moral authority. They failed to hold the army accountable for the thousands of civilians and security officers killed in the war on terror in Pakistan. They did not press the chief of the generously-funded army to explain how OBL could have lived in a military garrison town for six years.

These are the same parliamentarians who extended General Kiyani’s tenure. The same parliamentarians who extended ISI Chief General Pasha’s tenure. The boastful parliamentarians who had promised to leave no stone unturned roared like lions for the cameras but behaved like lambs behind closed doors.

It was reported that opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar tried to deliver a speech during the question and answer session, only to be snubbed by General Pasha in front of a full house. Pasha claimed that he ‘knew’ why he was being targeted by the opposition leader, alleging that Nisar had asked him for a personal favor, which he, as DG ISI, refused to extend. An embarrassed Chaudhry Nisar was said to have been taken aback as Pasha continued with his ‘counter-attack’.

Then the tail furiously wagged the dog. General Pasha reportedly offered to resign. Rather than demanding that the ISI chief step down immediately, apparently the parliamentarians did not accept his resignation.

The state run television channel could have returned to its heyday of running prime time programming that kept the country glued to their sets by recording that “closed door” meeting to broadcast later as a drama — or farce.

Some idealistic Pakistanis hoped that the U.S. would finally question the secretly played “double game.” After all, the U.S. supported extensions of Kiyani’s and Pasha’s tenures, claiming that keeping the chiefs in their positions would help to continue the war on terror in an orderly fashion. The U.S. abandoned the people of Pakistan by siding with the army once again, pledging support and failing to attach any strings or conditions to the military aid it provides.

Cowed by Kiyani’s and Pasha’s brazen displays, Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution that drone attacks should be stopped and that the operations like the one carried out on May 2nd won’t be tolerated in future.

The parliament has an obligation to explain to the public not only how and why Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, but why the Taliban continues to carry out its bloody operations, and why al Qaeda leaders have been given safe haven. The risk of allowing these questions to remain unanswered is that the military will gain more strength over the civilian government.

The parliamentarians who are supposed to represent the people of Pakistan abrogated their responsibility for the sake of staying in office for few more months, while at the same time making it clear who the country’s rulers truly are.

  • lurker

    John Ashcroft lost his senate seat in 2000. His opponent died before election day. Ashcroft lost to a dead man. That’s gotta be humiliating. I hope all you Cain enthusiasts are right. Maybe he’ll pick Michelle Bachmann as his running mate. The Democrats could sit the campaign out and not run a candidate at all and still win in a landslide against Cain. Go Cain!

  • strange very strange. 🙂

  • sowsear

    I have my tinfoil hat on,,,but can’t get my posts up.
    And another unreported 8.4 mag. earthquake in Libya on Thursday.
    Reports vanish:

    http://www.dailypaul.com/165321/84-earthquake-in-libya-was-all-over-all-the-siesmic-sites-now-gone

    Libya’s “secret” water project in the desert. Could we have blown it up, creating the 8.4 “earthquake” the reports of which have now vanished?

    http://twelfthbough.blogspot.com/2011/03/virtually-unknown-in-west-libyas-water.html

  • kinthenorthwest

    ok what is up with the posts…

  • well I was sceered I was banned..but it just takes a couple days for the posts to show up…lol..lol..

  • Onofre’s arm

    HA! I wasn’t mocking MOTUS posts, I thought that poking fun at the FLOTUS was the general idea at MOTUS. It’s not mocking, it’s “thematic continuity”. Am I confused about the MOTUS site?

  • sowsear

    Thanks Cindy…for the Erie Canal hint.
    I know nothing about a gala luau…Supposedly Onofre’s Arm posted it at MOTUS(hit and run) ..I doubt it is really OA, or if it is, he is mocking MOTUS posts.

  • Cindy

    sowsear—P.S. thanks for the WH Gala update…LOL

  • Cindy

    sowsear! So great to see you, young lady!
    This is OT: I only subscribe to one magazine, Country Living, and the June issue has an article entitled “80 Miles on the Eerie Canal”…..Gorgeous pics of canal, and interesting and quaint places along that stretch. Just FYI!

  • kinthenorthwest

    ok correct me if Im wrong..but isnt Pakistan the country that people are questioning which passport Obama used to gain entry..
    Isn’t Pakistan the country that Obama’s mother and stepfather had some working connections with…

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • sowsear

    Did you post this today at MOTUS?

    Onofre’s arm
    Oh dear, tragedy has struck at the White House. This might just be internet rumor, but apparently, at this weeks White house gala, with an Hawaiian Luau theme, Michelle regrettably passed out with an apple in her mouth. What happened soon afterward is too horrific to report here.

  • kinthenorthwest

    OK correct me if Im wrong but isnt Pakistan where Obama went with a weird Passport?
    Didn’t Obama’s mother and step father have some connections with Pakistan.

    Anyone going Hmmmmmm

  • Yes, kenosharmage: You are right…you get the number with your thumb and forefinger, forming an “O”.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    I wonder how many people will be reluctant to vote for another black candidate when it is apparent that you can’t disagree with one without being called racist. I think some would not vote for him not because they are “racist” but because so many others are. JMO.
    =====================
    KM: That’s only on the “progressive” side. They don’t take kindly to criticism of any kind, justified or not. The problem here is that this was NEVER about race but about competence. I don’t think Obama is a useless POS because he’s black. I think he’s a useless POS because he hasn’t a clue how to lead, how to work through a difficult process, how to bring citizens together. The fact that he’s half black doesn’t even play into the equation and is a fallacious argument designed to change the subject.

  • sure like the new comment thingy

  • indeed..don’t mess with the U.S.

  • indeed..

  • kinthenorthwest

    could someone tell me if this posts–test

  • Kenoshamarge

    Madam, he told the truth? :0 I must have missed it.

  • Kenoshamarge

    I wonder how many people will be reluctant to vote for another black candidate when it is apparent that you can’t disagree with one without being called racist. I think some would not vote for him not because they are “racist” but because so many others are. JMO.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    I also don’t think Cain has a chance. Obama, with his “Hopey-Changey” and his dismal performance has ruined it for any other Black man to succeed in becoming President at least for he next 50 years…and maybe longer.
    ======================
    Disagree. The only racists are the lefties who want to keep their tokens on the democratic plantation. The rest of us don’t care about color or any other irrelevant attribute that the illogical progressives insist upon emphasizing. Those of us who put country above party/ideology are only interested in competence and well thought out policy positions. Anything else is diversion, distraction, and manure.

  • BARBBF

    I also don’t think Cain has a chance. Obama, with his “Hopey-Changey” and his dismal performance has ruined it for any other Black man to succeed in becoming President at least for he next 50 years…and maybe longer.

  • But Seattle, he swears he had nothing to do with the gas prices and has no way to address it. Of course, you could count the times he’s told the truth on one hand…so…

  • Gas prices sill are going up here. I am Fedora, formally Hillary hand up in the rain. Visualize my avatar and hear me.

    Oh, heck. You don’t have to pay attention to me. I am just a citizen.

    The Obama campaign will spend millions destroying all possible GOP contenders. The more the better because it will cost O more. The eventual nominee will have Obama’s RECORD of words and actions to run against. I would not be pessimistic about the fact that the GOP faithful have not found a hero. If I were the Dems I would worry about the fact that the considerate independents will take anything the GOP offers, as long as it is not as far right as Obama is to the left.

    Elections are about change. The country changed in 2008 and they want another change. These socks they put on in 2009 are now starting to stink worse than the old ones!

    I have hope that we will see a change in the minds and actions of the electorate in 2012.

  • BINKY

    I wanted to click the like button on several comments. . .

  • seattlegonz

    I just got it. Obama sacrificed Israel in order to get oil prices to drop. The price for gas is down 10c a gallon from the day before yesterday. It dropped last night and again today.

  • requiredreading

    Touche with an accent aigue on the e Ferd and thanks for being so punny! The only “letters” Obi-One has under his belt are “I”, and “M,Y,S,E,L,F”

  • seattlegonz

    That’s hysterical Ferd…dems never deliver so a mailbox is out. Perfect.

  • kinthenorthwest

    Obama’s campaign would have to come up with another tactic to shut up the investigators and questions.
    With Cain Obama would be able to shoot out the Race Card everytime Obama gets stuck in a jam.

  • kinthenorthwest

    Obama’s campaign would have to come up with another tactic to shut up the investigators and questions. With Cain Obama would be able to use the Race Card.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    I hope Cain is the Republican nominee too. The Democrats could run a mailbox against him and win.
    =============
    Speaking of mailboxes–democrats *never* deliver, so running something like a mailbox is out, although I’m sure the mailbox would be a nominee of more letters than That One.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    I hope Cain is the Republican nominee too. The Democrats could run a mailbox against him and win.
    =============
    You don’t get out much, do you? Cain can not only speak better but he has better command of facts. Flight of rhetorical hogwash like That One spews doesn’t come out of Cain’s mouth. That One is callow and shallow by way of comparison. Cain is a man; That One is a common thug who is all talk and no do. Cain is the opposite. The added bonus is that if Obamabots called Cain a racist or an Uncle Tom, the center would cave.

    For the obamacrats, Cain is the worst nightmare possible.

  • Buzz Latte

    B-Arafat Odumba is banned from my TV. Herman Cain has my attention.

  • Onofre’s arm

    @ Helenk: I also heard that Obama used the Imperial “I” multiple times in his address to the CIA, but there’s a logical explanation. Here’s some text from his speech:

    “I would lIke to thank the proud agents of the c”I”a, and theIr valIant efforts to brIng down Osama bIn Laden.I’m glad to poInt out that the c”I”a has a remarkable record of servIce to this county, and I personally have a deep respect for the c”I”a and all of the people who I know who assIst the c”I”a In theIr many operatIons. The c”I”a………..”

  • oowawa

    Lurker: “I hope Cain is the Republican nominee too. The Democrats could run a mailbox against him and win”

    Why? I have a dream: I Hope that a Change will come–a time when a black man with little experience can aspire to the Presidency of the United States and WIN!

  • HARP

    My guess is Cain will be in the top 4 before September.

  • oowawa

    Why are all the comments OT?

    Because we’re wandering around in the dark.

  • oowawa

    Herman Cain–He sure is a likable and intelligent person. I was disheartened but not surprised to hear Charles Krauthammer dismiss him as a joke today, much like he did Donald Trump.

  • lurker

    I hope Cain is the Republican nominee too. The Democrats could run a mailbox against him and win.

  • HELENK

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/20/remarks-president-cia-director-leon-panetta-and-dni-director-james-clapp

    Backtrack thanks the CIA and uses the words
    I – ME – MINE 35 times

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • guest

    Is this an open thread? Why are all the comments OT?

  • kinthenorthwest

    read where Cain is supposed to officially announce tomorrow his bid for President….
    Of all the people running I like him the best so far…

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Bet that can be arranged! For a price of course!

  • HARP

    Can we find Netanyahu`s birth certificate­ in Hawaii so he can run against Obama???

  • HELENK

    backtrack thanks the CIA while saying I ME Mine 35 times.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/20/remarks-president-cia-director-leon-panetta-and-dni-director-james-clapp

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • Samb

    Ferd-
    This is my hope too.

  • Samb

    I miss this HARP thanks.
    It is very nice to see Herman Cain speak about foreign policy.
    People need to get to know him.

    The man makes sense.

    I don’t believe he and I will always agree
    but I can be proud of him.
    I need to feel that way again.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    HARP, I agree with Cain and hope he becomes the Republican nominee.

  • HARP

    Herman Cain on Obama’s Anti-Israel Plan: “I’d Tell the World, If You Mess With Israel, You Mess With the United States”

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/05/herman-cain-on-obamas-anti-israel-plan-id-tell-the-world-if-you-miss-with-israel-you-mess-with-the-united-states-video/#comments