Re "Pakistan's problems start at the top," Opinion, Nov. 18
Pervez Hoodbhoy's article on Pakistan bears indirectly on U.S. foreign policy during the last 25 years, mainly its shortsighted pragmatism. President Bush's support of Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf's military dictatorship, like Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Bush's support of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein until his invasion of Kuwait, will end badly for us. While Musharraf and Hussein opposed Islamism and have seemed our allies, their repressive and unpopular regimes created instability and anti-Americanism. Our problems are not just moral but practical. Musharraf's military regime is going to fall. But as with our contradictory actions in Iraq, first supporting and then overthrowing Hussein, we seem to have little regard for the likely future.