Did the US Do Enough for Bhutto?

American officials too trusting of Musharraf security, say critics
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2007 4:58 AM CST
A portrait of Pakistan opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, is seen amongst flowers at a table for a condolence book at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007. Bhutto was assassinated...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Finger pointing has begun in the wake of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto—and several fingers are pointing at Washington, reports Time magazine. Critics say the White House is so committed to supporting President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the war against terror, that the US has been too trusting of his administration and failed to pressure the Pakistan leader to give Bhutto adequate security.     

"Washington will have to answer a lot of questions," said a former Bhutto aide and professor. "People like me have been making specific requests to American officials to ask that particular security arrangements be made for her." Senator Joe Biden said he also asked Musharraf to step up security for Bhutto.