Yglesias

The Line

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CREDIT:

It sure was nice of the President to put the fact that he doesn’t believe in democracy or constitutional government out in the pre-Thanksgiving news dump. Seriously, wtf is this about:

President Bush yesterday offered his strongest support of embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, saying the general “hasn’t crossed the line” and “truly is somebody who believes in democracy.”

I can understand (though not, I think, agree with) deciding to ultimately take an “our S.O.B.” point of view on this. But that hardly commits us to embracing an up-is-down view of what it takes to be someone “who believes in democracy.” It should seem obvious that reacting to an adverse Supreme Court ruling by suspending the constitution, having the head justice fired and arrested, and then ordering mass arrests of political opponents and civil society leaders is not consistent with a “no line crossing” policy.