With the visit only a couple of days away there are of course ever increasing stories on the Presidential visit to India and Pakistan. Again this roundup is in no way comprehensive, and some mutineers may or may not cover one or more of these articles in greater detail.
- Roundtable Interview of the President by Pakistani Journalists (official transcript: whitehouse.gov). If the president can’t keep his meetings with Jack Abramoff straight, how is he supposed to remember how many times he has met President Musharraf? Interview of the President by PTV (Pakistan) (official transcript: whitehouse.gov)
- The President’s Address to the Asia Society (official transcript: whitehouse.gov). President Bush jokes about India’s economy proving the world is flat. Thank you Thomas Friedman.
- He’s Welcome in Pakistan (Ahmed Rashid op-ed in the WP 2/26) Rashid, author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism…, writes about the 6 million dollar question from 2001 using the presidential visit as backdrop- – where is Osama?
- Elisabeth Bumiller writes in the Sunday IHT (via the NYT) about the influence of Bush’s Texas connections on the India trip. She references the immigrant-success stories that Bush became aware of while governor of Texas, i.e. rich doctors that worked hard and gave Bush lots and lots of money. Bumiller, it seems also has learned of MSingh’s daughter Amrit, the ACLU attorney.