July Surprise?

Ackerman, Spencer; Ansari, Massoud; Judis, John B.
July 2004
New Republic;7/19/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 3, p15
Reports that the United States President George W. Bush administration increased pressure on Pakistan to kill or capture terrorist Osama bin Laden and others in order to bolster Bush's public opinion ratings prior to the 2004 presidential elections. Visits made to Pakistan by top Bush administration officials to urge General Pervez Musharraf's government to do more in the war on terrorism; Report that the pressure was accompanied by an insistence that Pakistanis deliver the terrorists prior to the elections; Report that Secretary of State Colin Powell designated Pakistan a major ally, a status that allows its military to purchase more U.S. weaponry; Risk of civil war in Pakistan; Reference to the book "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror."


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