John Aravosis (DC) , AmericaBlog.com: No, there is one huge difference. Pakistan has the nukes that we only fear Iran may have some day. Things are getting bad. They arrested Bhutto last night. And we've been supporting the regime for years. I hope the rumors of us having a contingency plan to grab Pakistan's nukes in case of a revolution are true. Otherwise, we're going to have our own revolution here at home if Bush is responsible for letting Islamic fundamentalists get nukes after all - by taking over Pakistan.
Buckets of Cash, Bradford Plumer: Both the Center for Public Integrity and Spencer Ackerman point out that Musharraf's government in Pakistan has received some $10 billion in U.S. aid since 2001, and no one really knows where it's going. Most of that money—around $6 billion to date—flows through a Defense Department program, the Coalition Support Funds (CSF), which was set up after September 11 to "reimburse" countries for various counterterrorism activities. Unlike most aid programs, this one gets little congressional oversight. According to CPI, Pakistan gets the vast, vast bulk of CSF funds. (Jordan gets a fair bit, too.) (Read more here.)