As President Bush meets with Pervez Musharraf at the White House, has the President of Pakistan made a peace deal with the Taliban? Friday, the US is providing massive aid to this crucial ally in the war on terror. Is the money well spent? What can be expected from a leader caught between the push for modernization and Islamic extremism? Plus, President Bush and GOP Senators strike a deal on detainee interrogations, and recruiting Christian children for God's Army.
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President Bush and three Senators have reached an agreement on interrogating suspected terrorists. There are still questions whether the changes will be approved by the House. Both sides say the Geneva Conventions won't be changed, but the CIA will still be able to use harsh methods.
Adam Zagorin, Project on Government Oversight
Standing at the White House with President Pervez Musharraf today, President Bush said he was "taken aback" to learn that a US official threatened Pakistan after September 11. Despite that warm embrace, there are serious questions about what's been called a crucial alliance in the war against terror. Afghanistan has complained that Pakistan's recent deal with tribal leaders is a green light for the Taliban. Musharraf took power in a military coup and he's now caught between a drive for westernization and Islamic extremism. Pakistan is getting massive amounts of American aid, but will his divided country allow Musharraf to be a reliable partner?
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times (@juliehdavis)
Mansoor Ijaz, Commentator on South Asian affairs
Hassan Abbas, Senior Advisor, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Elizabeth Sullivan, Foreign Affairs Columnist, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jesus Camp, which opens today in New York and Los Angeles, has already won awards at film festivals. The documentary is about a North Dakota summer camp called Kids on Fire--now Families on Fire, which prepares Christian children, ages 7 to 13, to be part of God's Army. The film, which shows kids in camouflage and face paint, practicing war dances with wooden swords, captures a fervor that echoes that of the Madrassas in Pakistan and the Middle East that teach an aggressive form of fundamental Islam.