Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Zardari Says Something Stupid, Keeps Grinning

From the NYT:

Mr. Zardari’s presentation, however, left some members confused and disappointed, according to a person who attended the meeting. He said little about how the Pakistani government planned to regain momentum in the fight against the militants. And when he asked for financial assistance, he likened it to the government’s bailout of the troubled insurance giant, American International Group.

The obvious follow-up question would be to ask if Zardari plans to skim a $165 million bonus off the top.

Update: And Zardari continues the begging in an interview in Salon:

What are you hoping will happen during your visit with President Barack Obama?

That is a million-dollar question. And I am hoping the answer will be billions of dollars, because that is the kind of money I need to fix Pakistan's economy. The idea is to request that the world appreciate the sensitivity of Pakistan and the challenges it faces and to treat us on par with General Motors, Chrysler and Citibank.

He might have used better examples. Bush gave GM and Chrysler $17 billion in bailout money but Obama has refused to give them anymore and Chrysler just filed for bankruptcy.

UPDATE (from Ahsan): Reader Nabeel sent me this photograph. Please check out the person on Mr. Zardari's left.

I can't tell you how much this dynastic bullshit pisses me off.

Photo credit: AP/Gerald Herbert


sabaimtiaz said...

"And I am hoping the answer will be billions of dollars, because that is the kind of money I need to fix Pakistan's economy."

- that just reminded me of what you say when your parents/relatives ask you what you want for your birthday/Eid.

NB said...

This guy is truly embarrassing.

Ahsan said...

I don't believe he compared us to car companies.

Khizzy said...

apparently Asifa is there too.
she's probably baby-sitting Sasha and Malia at this point.

this isnt long will we try to cover mortification with humor.

Anonymous said...

Good post, Bubs.

But be warned.

I know who you are.

-Me Again.

Anonymous said...

american media has been leading pakistan's media trial with their sensational and baseless predictions and assumptions about pakistan's intelligence, army, nukes, madrassahs and the list keeps going on.. NYT has played an important role in creating this hysteria. do you actually think that when NYT says "zardari said something confusing, kept smiling and likened pakistan's issue to AIG's bankruptcy" you can actually believe them??? if so, then there's not much i can say for your intelligence and critical eye.
as for the money... what would you rather that he ask for except for reimbursing the country's expenses on GWOT?

Anonymous said...

Ok, so if this crap happened in the US, what would it look like?

Malia is the co-chairperson of the Democratic Party.

Sasha is head of its youth wing.

Their new dog is head of the kutha division.

Barack Clinton-Obama is president of the US.

Anonymous said...

baseless predictions and assumptions about pakistan's intelligence !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

karachi khatmal said...


i LOVE zardari!

a million dollar question with a billions of dollars answer...

there is another great piece here as well in the original article -
"Nuclear weapons are not Kalashnikovs -- the technology is complicated, so it is not as if one little Taliban could come down and press a button. There is no little button."

one little taliban pressing one little button.

i think all of you who think he's an idiot are missing the point. this guy is some sort of a mystic. he is absolutely AMAZING.

Majaz said...

This is our own fault.

Serves us right for letting him be President.

Yawar said...

Amen to dynastic bullshit. Our so-called future leader doesn't even speak Urdu, let alone rule our country.

What a waste of a good country in the hands of these people.

bubs said...

Anon137: If the NYT has an agenda against Pakistan, it will show in the types of stories they run, the people they quote etc. They do not make up quotes.

Tan said...

Just saw this pic and it reminded me of this post...

Tan said...

Caption to the photo:
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari carries a book on his mother, assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, as he and his father, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari (L) arrive for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington May 6, 2009.

X Revealed said...

zardari is a dope worth shooting.I hate his gummy smile! burns me....