What is up in Waziristan?
OK, I'm going to assume you read all four of these articles.
Let's look long and hard at Pakistan. Pakistan is run by a ruthless military dictator, and religious extremists have long had a great deal of influence. They have nuclear bombs, and they are suspected of passing nuclear technology to Iran and to Muslim terrorists.
Pakistan was the one of the few countries to have diplomatic relations with the Taliban in Afghanistan, which means (de facto) with al-Qaeda as well. Pakistan has thousands of madrassas wherein hatred, bigotry, and violence are taught to entire generations of Pakistani youngsters. Pakistanis are a large and active element in al-Qaeda and formed the backbone of several of their plots.
Musharrif got a phone call from George Bush a little less than 5 years ago, and it was obvious. All of a sudden, he was our bosom buddy, a 'critical ally in the War on Terror'. Pakistan's government let us use their airspace and ports and blahblahblah.
Now Pakistan is opting out of supporting the War on Terror in Afghanistan, providing the Taliban with a de facto 'safe zone'. Any one with any iota of historical understanding of the practice of guerilla warfare knows how vital a safe zone is for an insurgency.
I'm not a terribly big fan of the United States supporting crappy little dictators. I believed that supporting Pakistan's crappy little dictator got us an ally of convenience in the War on Terror. Since that has changed, I believe a new approach to Pakistan is necessary.
To wit, someone needs to call up General Musharrif and explain that unless he wants to be the question for the Jeopardy answer, "Until last week, the prime minister of Pakistan", he needs to get back on the ball. Not a penny of foreign aid for his Taliban-supporting military, and all the support his democratic domestic opposition has the stones to ask for.
Doubt he's got democratic opposition?
If they have a women's rights movement, I'm sure someone in that outfit is also pro-democracy.