The CIA appears to be trying to topple Musharraf and replace him with some more clearly pro-American figure.
A news story in the Financial Times, 27 December 2007, shows us how things may be being planned by the CIA. (Exit hope? Bhutto’s killing leaves Pakistan on the brink)
"If street violence in the Bhutto stronghold of Sindh spreads to Punjab, a province that is home to a large proportion of the country’s army personnel, it could have serious repercussions for Gen Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999.
"Analysts warn that the army would be highly reluctant to use military force to suppress a popular movement in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, and might be compelled to force Gen Musharraf to withdraw from political life to appease Bhutto supporters.
The Financial Times refers to the "palpably dwindling level of support Gen Musharraf enjoys in Washington."
According to the Washington Post, 26 December 2007, ( U.S. Troops to Head to Pakistan )the new head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. Eric T. Olson visited Pakistan in August, November and December 2007.
Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte visited Pakistan in November 2007. He held three meetings with General Ashfaq Kiyani, the deputy army chief. (US appears to groom possible Musharraf army successor - The Boston ...)
In June 2007, the New York Sun reported that "American intelligence officials see one possible successor to General Musharraf in the current vice chief of staff of the army, General Ehsan Saleem Hayat... Another possibility is the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the Pakistani military, Ehsun ul-Haq, a former chief of Pakistan's intelligence service." (Military May Pull the Plug On Musharraf - June 12, 2007 - The New ...)
The New York Times reported on 14 November 2007 that "army generals are unlikely to move against General Musharraf unless certain 'red lines' are crossed, such as countrywide political protests or a real threat of a cutoff of American military aid to Pakistan." (U.S. Is Looking Past Musharraf in Case He Falls - New York Times)
So, a CIA organised assassination of Bhutto could be meant to lead to riots leading to the Pakistan army's decision to replace Musharraf with a more pro-American general.
So, who killed Bhutto?
"Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, 54, was shot at and killed by at least two snipers before a suicide bomb attack on the periphery of her carcade.
"Police confirmed that the snipers fired five bullets from AK-47 assault rifles. Two of the bullets hit Benazir in the neck, while a third hit her forehead." - reports
"Remember the concept of ‘triangulation’ from the “JFK” movie. Some reports ... are claiming multiple snipers firing at Bhutto, and multiple snipers also attacked a Nawaz Sharif rally. This appears to be standard American military procedure for a can’t-fail assassination, and is what the Pentagon (probably) used against JFK." - Xymphora permanent link
Benazir Bhutto was no fan of the USA as she believed that the USA may have killed her father. - (Kissinger Threatened Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: That threat and his ...)
The CIA may have been behind the death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
In Benazir Bhutto’s autobiography The Daughter of Destinty, Benazir Bhutto says that Henry Kissinger tried to persuade her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to stop his nuclear programme.
Kissinger reportedly warned Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that he was going to be made a horrible example of.
In 1977, General Zia, believed to be a tool of the CIA, toppled Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and had him sentenced to death.
General Zia visited the U.S. ambassador about 12 hours before the 5 July 1977 coup. - Cached
Former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark, addressing Stanford University in California, stated that the CIA may have been behind the toppling of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. "The similarities in the staging of riots in Chile (where the CIA allegedly helped overthrow President Salvadore Allande) and in Pakistan are just too close," he said. ( `CIA Sent Bhutto to the Gallows´ DesPardes.com)
There are powerful people in the USA, UK and Israel who want see Pakistan split up.
"The strategy of fragmentation suggested by Yinon in 1982 is not confined to the Arab world, or even the Middle East. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are all part of Yinon's strategic thinking... Israel wants all other countries in the region to be restructured along sectarian, ethnic, doctrinal or racist lines." - Manifest colonial domination
According to Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, (Jewish Chronicle of 9 August 1967): "The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan."
Why does the USA apparently want to topple Musharraf and replace him with a more clearly pro-American general?
In September 2006, CBS produced an interview with Musharraf. In this interview, Musharraf claims that after the 9/11 attacks, then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened Pakistan's military intelligence chief that the U.S. would bomb his country 'back to the Stone Age' if Musharraf didn't cooperate with the USA. (Bush and Musharraf: Friends Again - TIME)
In 2006, Musharraf wrote a book in which he stated that Omar Sheikh, one of the primary financers of the 9/11 attacks, may have worked for British intelligence during the 1990s. (xymphora: Omar Sheikh and British intelligence)
From US turns against Musharraf, Asia Times Online, January 12, 2006:
"According to a contact who spoke to Asia Times Online, a person close to the US Central Intelligence Agency paid a low-profile visit to New Delhi in the third week of December and briefed strategic planners on Washington's plan to try to curtail the role of the Pakistani army."
According to dnaindia.com the CIA is in the process of trying to find a replacement for Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf. Reportedly, the CIA hopes to replace Musharraf with a military officer.
DailyNewsAnalysis India's source is 'a well placed diplomat'. http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1086625 / Musharraf next "regime change" target? (Robert Dreyfuss)
The US sent head-of-state hunters from the Central Intelligence Agency to scour the Pakistani military apparatus to identify a suitable replacement for General Pervez Musharraf.
The extraordinary recruitment mission — reflecting the seriousness of purpose and urgency with which the Bush administration wants to oust its ‘most valuable ally’ — was disclosed recently by a well-placed diplomatic source...
A team of CIA operatives was subsequently sent to the country to sort out pro-US army officers, one of whom could be considered Musharraf’s successor as the commander-in-chief.
Musharraf to be toppled like Suharto and replaced ...