From a fascinating post by an American who knows Pakistan well
But what recent events demonstrate even more clearly is that the Bush administration’s policy of relying on a personal relationship with a megalomaniac manipulator like Musharraf to fight al-Qaida has strengthened that organization immeasurably and perhaps fatally damaged the U.S.’s ability to form the coalition it needs to isolate and destroy that organization.
Many, probably most or nearly all, Pakistanis don’t see the “War on Terror” as struggle of “moderates” against “extremists.” They see it as a slogan to legitimate the military’s authoritarian control.
Read the whole post. It also explains the precise mechanism by whichÂ the Musharraf regime steals elections in a way “not visible to foreign election observers.”