The assassination of Benazir Bhutto again throws US diplomacy into a tailspin because, not having any better ideas, US "experts" had placed all their bets on her, the way an inexperienced bettor would put all his chips on one number at a roulette table. Not having established any reliable political contacts within the country, they were obliged to almost literally parachute her in. US policy toward the country is a laughable French farce. It’s closer to a Three Stooges comedy. US policy planners are essentially seeing Pakistan through the prism of their own understanding, which is limited to life in the cushy precincts of Northern Virginia or Connecticut. They can’t understand why Pakistani politics should be any more difficult to manage than the New Hampshire primary. It’s like watching the idiots on Hardball or Bill O’Reilly coming to grips with the Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kurds in Iraq as though it were a football game. "Yeah, if our team runs around the end, the other team will respon

It's possible that the American psyche is due for a shift in the tectonic arrangement of its value system to bring it more into line with the realities of the modern world. French writer André Malraux once asked a Catholic priest what he had learned from a lifetime of hearing confessions.The priest immediately told him, "There is no such thing as an adult person." That considered opinion seems to have a fundamentally substantial basis in fact. People’s motivations are engraved in stone at a very tender age, and then they use whatever knowledge and sophistication they acquire to advance their childish agenda.And they expect to be humored and indulged. This theory of grown idiots subsuming humanity to their infantile illusions has never been more evidently showcased than in twenty-first century America, where a high-ranking administration official boldly proclaimed to an observer, "We are an empire. Reality is whatever we say it is."Whoa, Baby, You Better Be Sure You Can Ride That Horse!