When push comes to shove, I'm a realist. I don't like what Musharraf is doing, but we can't afford to lose him, or can we?
It may well be that a Bhutto restoration will be the happy ending foreign-policy “realists” predict. But it’s more likely that a return to traditional levels of democratic corruption will cramp the economic interests of much of the military and lead key factions to make common cause with the Islamists — as Pakistan’s intelligence service did with the Taliban. I don’t know for sure, and nor does anyone else. But sometimes it helps to bet on form.