- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Problems with Pakistan

With reference to the story “Nuclear scientists quizzed on leaks” (World, Dec. 23): Is there any nefarious act Pakistan could do that would make the Bush administration lift its head out of the sand and accept facts relating to that troubled nation?

First it was Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s dual game of cracking down on Arab terrorists while letting the Pakistani groups slide. Later, there were reports of the Taliban regrouping openly in Pakistan. Now, we find that Pakistan is suspected of proliferating nuclear technology to “axis of evil” charter members North Korea and Iran.

In December 2001, when American officials wanted to interrogate two Pakistani scientists for possible al Qaeda links, Pakistan whisked them off to Burma. Later, the Wall Street Journal revealed that those same scientists were helping Burma with its nascent nuclear program. A few weeks back, Arnaud de Borchgrave broke a story on a Pakistani nuclear deal with a fellow Islamist hot spot and “stalwart” U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia.

If rogue individuals in Pakistan can use state resources such as transport aircraft to transfer nuclear material to other states, is it not likely that they could transfer, say, a small nuclear warhead to terrorist groups? Besides, what happened to the “tight grip” the Pakistani army supposedly has on the nukes when they somehow found their way to the axis of evil charter members? Whether Gen. Musharraf sanctioned the proliferation or not, the fact that groups in Pakistan were crazy enough to transfer nukes to other rogue nations after the “with us or against us” position of the United States was made clear after September 11 only highlights the severe threat posed by Pakistan’s “in your face” nuclear profligacy.

Whether the administration spin doctors like to admit it or not, the current Pakistani policy is in shambles. Persuading Libya to give up its weapons programs, though a welcome move, pales in front of every shocking revelation of Pakistan’s perfidy. Stripping Libya’s nukes while letting Pakistan proliferate is akin to arresting the person who buys the drugs but letting the dealer walk free.

With Pakistan as an ally, the United States has been spending more time covering up Pakistan’s misdeeds than fighting the war on terror. I’m sure the State Department and White House spokesmen will come up with innovative tap-dance moves to gloss over this latest Pakistani violation, but rest assured that when the history of the American war on terror and weapons of mass destruction is written, there will be a full chapter on the failed U.S. policy on Pakistan.



Stadium fever?

Where does Christina Bellantoni get her facts? She reported Monday that “most residents and lawmakers in Northern Virginia support bringing a team to the region” (“Legislators divided over baseball plans,” Metropolitan).

Has there been a vote? I don’t think so.

As for a stadium in the commonwealth, it is my opinion that more Northern Virginia residents oppose using state dollars for construction of a major-league stadium than favor such use of tax money.

It also is my opinion that Northern Virginians do not want a multimillion-dollar playground for rich owners and players pushed at them by a stadium authority that operates somewhat in secrecy.

Should The Washington Times have the facts about “most residents and lawmakers,” I ask that it print them.



Buying snake oil

According to Zev Chafets, as quoted by Greg Pierce in Monday’s Inside Politics item “Humoring the yokels” (Nation), some Northern politicians believe “Dixie is … a vast county fair where a slick Yaleman can sell 5-gallon jugs of snake oil in return for votes.” That’s not entirely wrong — after all, Slick Willie Clinton from Arkansas went to Yale and sold lots of snake oil, and the entire country bought it, twice. Unfortunately forformerVermontGov. Howard Dean, and fortunately for America, Mr. Dean is not nearly as slick as former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, and most people recognize Mr. Dean’s snake oil for what it is.

The South is a better place to get a political education than Yale, or anywhere else in the Northeast. Even though I grew up in New Jersey and live in Connecticut, living four years in Texas turned me into a lifetime conservative. Yalies and other “educated” Yankees should never “mis-underestimate” Southerners — they’re much smarter than liberals think they are. Any politician who underestimates them will miss their votes.


West Hartford, Conn.

The Redskins in review

I’m a Redskins fan. To admit that, in a literal sense, however, places me in a self-incriminating position. Assuming that fan is short for “fanatic,” Webster’s describes me as: “Unbalanced as though possessed by a demon or one affected by extreme enthusiasm” or “One who indulges in wild and extravagant notions, or a visionary zealot.” Webster further says, “Fanatics are governed by imagination rather than by judgment.” Well, that explains it exactly to my wife.

I have held Redskins tickets since 1969, when Vince Lombardi came in. The new bleacher section in the end zone of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium became my assigned location to enthusiastically show my allegiance. And root I have over the years. Since then, I have purchased club seats. The amenities have come a long way, from the aluminum bench seats and port-a-potties under the stadium at RFK to the plush areas in the club section at FedEx Field.

When Dan Snyder purchased the Redskins, he did a lot of good things in trying to make coming to FedEx Field an excellent entertainment experience. I felt people didn’t give him credit for the good he did. It’s easy to talk trash and spew negativity about “rich” owners. Mr. Snyder continues to try his best to field a winner and gets very little credit for his obvious efforts.

On the other hand, this “entertainment experience” has problems that, if fixed, would greatly improve things. Here are two major examples:

• The cost of going to a game is enormous. I’m a big believer in the concept that if you put yourself on the line and take risks, you should make big bucks. I would suggest, however, that making a trip to FedEx Field more affordable would produce big returns in fan allegiance. We want Mr. Snyder and the team to make money, but, as Gen. George S. Patton said many years ago, “Loyalty begins at the top.” Dan, don’t gouge.

• Do something about the parking. I arrive at my orange parking area to find few parking spaces available because of tailgaters. Even though the parking ticket specifically says the holder is entitled to one space, tailgaters take two, and sometimes three, spaces. I’m all for tailgating, but preventing other parking-ticket holders from finding a space doesn’t make sense. Perhaps establishing an area with deeper spaces specifically designed for tailgaters is one possible solution. Tailgaters would have room, in one space, to set up and party.

People without reserved parking have a maze through which they must negotiate to get to the various parking areas. Then they must ride the bus. There has to be a better way. Can more parking spaces be provided within walking distance?

In my relatively unschooled opinion, the poor performance of this year’s team is the direct result of poor coaching. To be successful, coaches should excel at the following:

• Providing a sense of organization and discipline that the players respect. The head coach must exhibit high moral and strong leadership qualities.

• Choosing the best assistant coaches available to teach and motivate.

• Creating effective game plans and midgame adjustments of game plans.

• Managing the individual players.

In my judgment, our current coaching staff has not been effective in those areas. It’s time to fix that.

Go, ‘Skins.


Gaithersburg, Md.

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