WEIRD STORY OF THE DAY….Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declines to talk to the press today:

President Bush said today he was surprised by reports that a former top State Department official threatened heavy U.S. bombing of Pakistan if it did not cooperate with the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and Pakistan’s visiting president declined to comment on the purported threat, citing a book deal.

….Musharraf said he would like to comment, but that he was launching a book on Sept. 25, “and I am honor-bound to Simon and Schuster not to comment on the book before that day.”

Let me get this straight. The military dictator of Pakistan can’t comment on a comment he’s already made because he doesn’t want to spoil the marketing campaign for an upcoming book? Sheesh. Today’s dictators are either a lot dumber or a lot smarter than they used to be. I just can’t figure out which.

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