…said the commander-in-chief

20Dec10

Right now, I’m reading George W. Bush’s memoirs. Here’s a passage that jumped out at me, which takes place in March 2006 when Bush visited Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf:

My meetings with President Musharraf focused on two overriding priorities. One was his insistence on serving as both president and top general, a violation of the Pakistani constitution. I pushed him to shed his military affiliation and govern as a civilian. He promised to do it. But he wasn’t in much of a hurry.

Presumably, Bush’s biggest problem with Musharraf was that he was violating his country’s constitution. After all, he certainly couldn’t have disagreed with Musharraf’s desire to serve simultaneously as Pakistan’s head of state and commander-in-chief.

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