I'm not alone in my discomfort about the Pakistani dictator. According to this column (WSJ $) on his recent American tour, Musharraf was lauded by each side of the political spectrum, including the Council of Foreign Relations. WSJ editorial board member Robert Pollack cautions,
let's have no illusions about Pervez Musharraf. He took power illegitimately in a country with some history of democracy, however imperfect. And now he seems to be in no hurry to give it up. The Bush Doctrine can survive the Musharraf Exception over the short run. But over the longer term, the credibility of our efforts to address the root causes of terror will require nudging Pakistan, too, back toward the democratic path.