Sunday, December 05, 2004

Bizzaro World Part III

Thump. Thump.

Is this thing on?

Testing 1, 2, 3.

All right, let's see if this shit works.

In another clear indication that we descended through a massive irony wormhole when the Supreme Court appointed Shrubby president in 2000, Bush is now praising Pakistan and president Musharraf for their work in this whole "war on terra". We here at What We Know are not surprised given the outstanding job Musharraf and his soldiers have done rounding up Osama Bin Laden--

Wait a second...we've just been handed an update...Osama remains at large.

And what's this?
The global investigation into Abdul Qadeer Khan's black market trade in nuclear technology has stalled in a clash of national interests that threatens a full accounting of his secret partners and clients, according to interviews with diplomats and officials from several countries.

International authorities fear the full scope of the Pakistani scientist's ring may never be known. Senior investigators said they were especially worried that dangerous elements of the illicit network of manufacturers and suppliers would remain undetected and capable of resuming operations once international pressures eased.

Investigators also said that records obtained in Libya and elsewhere showed that some nuclear equipment purchased or manufactured by the network had yet to be found, raising the possibility that it was diverted to still unidentified customers.

"We are far from knowing everything," a senior European diplomat involved in the inquiry said. "I'm frustrated by the lack of cooperation. We are losing a lot of time."
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Pakistan has not permitted investigators to interview Khan, and his closest confidant is being held in Malaysia under that country's restrictive security act. Investigators also are concerned about the level of cooperation of former Soviet republics and China.
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Not everyone is eager for full disclosure, however.

Amid speculation that Khan may have operated with the knowledge or assistance of other high-ranking military officials in Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf pardoned Khan early this year and has refused to permit investigators from the IAEA or the United States to interview the scientist.
Is there any doubt why Bush publicly praised this committed partner in our fight against all things terror-ible? So from all of us at What We Know:

THANK YOU MUSHARRAF.

You're the best.

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