Crooks and Liars just gets better every day and here is further proof.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few weeks, you should know that the Pakistani president dictator has declared martial law and assumed power, imprisoning opponents and so on, as these mad despots are bound to do from time to time in these tinpot democracies. So what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, as stated previously, geopolitics is everything. Everything. From the demise of colonialism to the days of the N.A.M., Pakistan has always been America’s preferred South Asian stooge, as a bulwark against Soviet-influenced India. From cheap F-16s to innumerable other preferred partner subsidies, Pakistan has always been America’s darling in South Asia.

Then the wall fell, there was no giant Stalinistic bear behind the Iron Curtain and the States looked a little harder at its special relationship with its ally. When India beckoned with its 400 million strong consumerist demographic, eager to purchase everything the States could throw at it, from cheap irons to clothes to anything American, it suddenly got a lot tougher to justify these preferential treatments to Pakistan, a country with its own brand of fundamental Islam. But no one could ever accuse the Pakistanis of being dummies in a geopolitical war. Quick to capitalize on the “War on Terror”, they promised to fight Afghanistan and the militants therein and thus remained in the good books of the Evil Empire.

So why is this embarassing? Well, for one, this goes against the military industrial complex is working very hard at to make you believe. The war in the Gulf is to spread democracy etc..etc….all that doesn’t go down too well when one of your biggest allies himself seizes power in a markedly non-democratic fashion. But does the average North American even know where Pakistan is? Or care? Don’t they have America’s Next Top Model or some other bilge to watch, thereby programming themselves to be utter stooges to mediocrity and suburban despair. But that is a rant for another day. Anyway, the one good thing out of this situation so far is the delicious irony cake below.

In what has to be the biggest irony of the Bush administration, a regime known for its substantial faux pas’ and gaffes, the White House tells Pervez Musharraf to “never restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism.” If this isn’t laughable, I don’t know what is.

Read the full story here:

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She said that the administration is “deeply disappointed” by the measure, which suspends the country’s constitution, and believes it is never “reasonable” to “restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism”:

Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?

MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.

For more analysis and so on, consult the media and draw your own conclusions once you’ve learned the facts. This video clip taken from here.

Philby, anyone?

After reading up on Philby, Maclean and Burgess, I looked up some more information on British spies and espionage in general. The image of the British secret service as genteel men in tweed persists, despite the obvious change in times. At present, most espionage probably conjurs up images of crackers hacking into vast computer networks for the benefit of their paymasters, or some other equally technologically saturated scenario.

Reading up on Philby reminds of me The Great Game by Kipling, and in one of those twists in which life mimics art, Philby was indeed named after Kim, the character in Kipling’s world famous novel of the same name.

Here is a book that the British tried to suppress. It is by Richard Tomlinson, a former spy in MI6 and is available online for free. Read it if you’re interested in this sort of thing.

The Big Breach