case pits one of President Bush's stated top priorities, demanding that dictators begin reforms that would defuse support for Islamic extremism, against one of his key military concerns, securing access to bases to support Uzbekistan operations in U.S. . Afghanistan
Moreover, were Karimov to fall, he could be succeeded by a radical Islamic government that would be even less to
liking, analysts said. U.S.
is considering taking United States to the United Nations for a human rights investigation, State Department officials said. Uzbekistan
"We are considering all of our diplomatic options, including at the U.N.," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said last week.
I'm wondering if this kind of consorting with shady characters is what got us in to the mess we find ourselves in today.