No way out
The Telegraph reports that although Benazir Bhutto wanted to hire foreign bodyguards, she wasn't allowed to. Who exactly did she want to hire?
Ms Bhutto's entourage discussed deals with the American Blackwater operation, this newspaper has learnt. ... A Blackwater spokesman confirmed the negotiations. "We were approached to provide prime minister Bhutto's security, but an agreement was unfortunately never reached," she said. She declined to go into the precise details.
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and former National Security Council director for South Asia [said] "She made it very clear privately and publicly that she did not have enough security. That was abundantly clear after the attack on her return. I can't explain why the Bush administration didn't pressure Musharraf to do more. Her death leaves the US with a Pakistan policy that is completely bankrupt."
The aftermath of the Bhutto assassination demonstrates why public criticism is the unavoidable consequence of being perceived as "responsible" for the world. The implied criticism in the article above is that "the Bush administration didn't pressure Musharraf" to let Bhutto hire Blackwater. But isn't Blackwater the diabolical "mercenary" company that is the root of all evil in the world? But if Blackwater had been hired to protect Bhutto and shot the gunman before he could kill Bhutto, there would still be no out. The headlines would probably read "mercenary company indiscriminately fires at Pakistani crowd just as in Iraq." And if he missed the headlines would read "incompetent American bodyguard fails to spot assassin. Was Cheney involved in plot to kill Bhutto?"
The next the time the world needs saving they should call Greenpeace.