Audio: Greta Van Susteren interviews Benazir Bhutto

posted at 1:08 pm on November 9, 2007 by Bryan

Former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto remains under house arrest as Pervez Musharraf’s state of emergency wraps up its first week. There’s breaking news that her house arrest either has been lifted or will be lifted tomorrow. But while Bhutto’s house is ringed by 3,000 troops and barbed wire, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren managed to reach her by phone. The interview runs about 17 minutes and is posted in full on GretaWire.

In this exerpt, Van Susteren asks Bhutto about the effect that Musharraf’s actions may be having in the war against Islamic radicals and on the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

Update: The house arrest has been lifted.

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Why? She’s not dead.

JiangxiDad on November 9, 2007 at 1:18 PM

This is far from over, but it should get up a glimpse of Al Quaeda’s influence and strength in the region. For them the time to attack is now. If nothing happens, then it could be seen as a weakness on the AQ terrorists.

The next few days and weeks will begin to spell this out a little better I think.

Scorched_Earth on November 9, 2007 at 1:21 PM

Ya, I kinda hope they are safe as well Benazir.

oakpack on November 9, 2007 at 1:22 PM

I think that it may be time for the U.S. to switch Pakistani horses.

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 1:23 PM

MB4,

Do you know Bhutto’s corrupt past? There are those in the West who love her, but not a lot of Pakistanis do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benazir_Bhutto

bnelson44 on November 9, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Here is a Pakistani poll taken in Sept. She fares better than I thought she would.

http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/oct07/PakAlQaeda_Oct07_quaire.pdf

bnelson44 on November 9, 2007 at 1:31 PM

bnelson: I’m not real certain that Wikipedia is a good source for any information now.

mimi1220 on November 9, 2007 at 1:37 PM

Is Bhutto in Aruba ??

redrock on November 9, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Do you know Bhutto’s corrupt past? There are those in the West who love her, but not a lot of Pakistanis do.

bnelson44 on November 9, 2007 at 1:26 PM

From what I hear she is a lot more popular in Pakistan than Musharraf is.

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Bhutto has always seemed to have her head on straight and is a brave person. A pearl before the swine.

Hening on November 9, 2007 at 1:44 PM

Our influence should not be overestimated. But we need to make clear our choices. The best among the awful ones Musharraf has presented us is to try to broker a truce between the two forces before the blood starts to flow, keep Musharraf to his promise of holding early parliamentary elections — which Bhutto will win — and then guarantee him a dignified and gradual exit that assures his protection while Bhutto and her allies claim legitimate authority and try to reach accommodation with Musharraf’s successor as military chief.
– Charles Krauthammer (November 09, 2007)

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 1:44 PM

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 1:41 PM

She gets about 27% in that World Opinion poll, with Musharraf getting about 21%. But the poll was taken prior to the crackdown, so Musharraf has probably slipped and Bhutto has probably benefited.

Bryan on November 9, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Do you know Bhutto’s corrupt past? There are those in the West who love her, but not a lot of Pakistanis do

Thank you. She is their Hillary. She also managed to “get along” with the Taliban, just as Mush is. At least Mush has the power as head of the military to keep things in even this reduced state of order. With Bhutto in, and Mush out of the picture, she wouldn’t last 6 months. Another coup, and god knows who ends up coming out on top to fill that power vacuum.

That being said, I don’t know what we should do. If we pressure Mush too much, he is cast as a Bush stoogie (almost the prevailing opinion in Pakistan rightnow) and it
threatens his tenuous hold on power. But if we don’t push him, the wackjobs will slowly gain prominence anyway, until they push him out or take him out. Tough spot, think it will end badly for everyone. Maybe another occupation in our future.

RW Wacko on November 9, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Is Bhutto in Aruba ??

and missing?

Hening on November 9, 2007 at 1:45 PM

But while Bhutto’s house is ringed by 3,000 troops and barbed wire, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren managed to reach her by phone.

I’m surprised Greta didn’t climb the barbed wire. That lady’s tough…

From what I hear she is a lot more popular in Pakistan than Musharraf is.

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Yes, well, Clinton’s more popular than Bush, too. Not that I’m comparing Bush to a dictator, but you get my point.

amerpundit on November 9, 2007 at 1:46 PM

I clicked on the link to gretawire but the mp3 hasn’t been posted yet or is down for some reason. I remember reading some time ago the Benazir Bhutto and her government ministers were corrupt when in office years ago. Any honest conservative republicans running over there ? ha ha ha.

2theright on November 9, 2007 at 1:48 PM

2theright on November 9, 2007 at 1:48 PM

It’s working fine for me. It’s over on the top right.

Bryan on November 9, 2007 at 1:59 PM

But while Bhutto’s house is ringed by 3,000 troops and barbed wire, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren managed to reach her by phone.

Regarding any alleged efforts to confront and destroy al qaida, what’s wrong with this picture?

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Looks like big problems in NorthWest Pakistan.

bnelson44 on November 9, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Regarding any alleged efforts to confront and destroy al qaida, what’s wrong with this picture?

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Maybe Musharraf thinks that OBL is hiding in Bhutto’s house?

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 2:19 PM

Maybe Musharraf thinks that OBL is hiding in Bhutto’s house?

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 2:19 PM

That can’t be. Bin Hidin’ is drivin’ a taxi in Dearborn, MI.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2007 at 2:38 PM

So what’s Bhutto’s take on OJ, Natalie, the Peterson case (both of them), etc? Having this female version of Geraldo jump into serious news after all the tabloid crap makes as much sense as CBS thinking that Katie Couric could jump from fluff television into the anchor’s slot.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-Greta (other than I don’t respect her style of journalism) but what is going on in Pakistan is a very big deal. In all the coverage I’ve seen on all the networks, not one outlet is covering this story as closely as they should. Greta would not be my first choice as a reporter involved with covering it.

highhopes on November 9, 2007 at 2:39 PM

highhopes on November 9, 2007 at 2:39 PM

Nice.

But, always remember, after the Greatest Generation, every generation of Americans has become more ignorant and more illiterate – by design. The seeds of Socialism are ignorance and illiteracy. Exhibit A – Public Schools.

Tabloid journalism rules the day.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2007 at 3:04 PM

That can’t be. Bin Hidin’ is drivin’ a taxi in Dearborn, MI.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2007 at 2:38 PM

They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Special Ops seek him everywhere
If you should see him, please do give a yell!
That damned elusive OBL
They seek him here, they seek him there
The Special Ops seek him everywhere
Oh, Binny, how the Special Ops do implore you
Simply to come out from your taxi or from under your bed
With all your hiding
It’s a chore to smash your head!
They seek him here, they seek him there
The Special Ops seek him everywhere!
He gives the Special Ops nothing but frustration
Sink me! He’s a spoilsport
Each and every damned capture
He cuts short
They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Special Ops seek him everywhere
Is he in Miami or is he in Dearbornstani?
One thing we know for sure
Hes going to Hell!
– Percy

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 3:12 PM

She is probably safer under house arrest.

It wouldn’t look good for Musharraf if Bhutto suddenly turned up dead in the next few days/weeks/months.

Lawrence on November 9, 2007 at 4:38 PM

MB4 on November 9, 2007 at 3:12 PM

LoL… Well done.

Lawrence on November 9, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Greta would not be my first choice as a reporter involved with covering it.

highhopes on November 9, 2007 at 2:39 PM

That’s what I first thought, but I’m wondering, maybe Ms. Bhutto called FOX News and Gretta was the only one hangin’ around the newsroom who could do the interview at “absolutely gotta get it done this second” notice.

Ordinary1 on November 9, 2007 at 6:03 PM

I wish Musharraf and Bhutto could find a way to team up and consolidate their constituencies into one Turkey-like secular government and military leadership. Turkey wouldn’t be my personal favorite example of a stable government, but it sure beats what Pakistan is demonstrating now. I thought that was why they let her back in and offered her protection. So much for wishful thinking… Shall I continue to hold on to hope…?

Rugged Individual on November 11, 2007 at 1:43 AM

OBL may want to reassess the situation that is developing in the area. Bhutto taking back Pakistan and with some hope Aung San Suu Kyi gets a say in Burma then OBL and Iran may be facing the wrath of women scorned.

MSGTAS on November 11, 2007 at 10:22 AM