This won't tamp down those Rick-Perry-for-president rumors: The Texas governor met with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Austin today and said he hopes the strained ties between the US and Pakistan will improve. Perry lamented the two countries' poor relationship but did not directly criticize current US policy toward Pakistan—including the White House's recent suspension of $800 million in US aid to the Pakistani military.
During a speech yesterday at Rice University, Musharraf said the decision to cut the aid could hamper anti-terror efforts. Musharraf requested the meeting with Perry, who is considering a run for president in 2012. Musharraf said he wanted to talk about "the Texas success story" and to get tips on how to make an economy thrive. (Read more Pervez Musharraf stories.)