Pakistan army perhaps is the only army in the world who have lost all their battles they have fought.
Mr. Musharaff's game plan is simple. Try and be in the news, and in that he's had part success until now. Can understand his dilemma though. Top man in a large army, top executive in the country, a history maker, just a phone call away from the other history makers around the world to a man without a home or a voice. Not an easy fall for anyone.
And truth be told, with his kind of CV, he really cannot talk about democracy or institution building or any uplifting vision. Victory at Kargil and 300 sq. km. is the best he can offer, and after 10 years of reflection! As Arun said, the leadership in Pakistan and it's state of affairs make ours look good.
They lost half their nation to Bangladesh. And this bum of a general is gloating over 300 sq miles? And he thought the Indians were wearing bangles to let him get away with that?
Nawaz Sharif saved his bacon from getting scorched because the Indians were mobilizing big time to stick it to Musharraf and Pakistan in a big way. And to do this Sharif had to crawl on his knees all the way from Pakistan to Pres. Clinton, begging him to ask the Indians to call it off.
Mush is in such a denial mode and still so tied up in self-delusions of grandeur, he betrays his utter underlying stupidity which goaded his actions: A mohajir outsider from Delhi, out to impress his Punjabi Pakistani army masters, that he can deliver Kashmir to them, something no previous Punjabi general could ever do.
And he got badly scalded in the process and it could have been worse for him had it not been for Sharif's intervention. And he still doesn't get it.
Congratulations Mushraff and Pakistan for this stupendous success and wish more success in future.
Thank God again for Pakistan (and Pakistanis) they make Desh (and us Desis) look so good. So this guy thinks Losing is Winning. He is supposedly a leader of this place, albeit in-exile for now - no wonder the place is a mess. Of course, it is weirder that we in Desh grant him this status too even in-exile and invite him to assortment of leadership summits, rather than treat him as a person no-grata. I guess all of South Asia has a very skewed notion of "leadership".
Or, is this about a great military strategy of "lose the battle to win a war" but I am not sure which "war" would he be hoping to win. For now, if Pakistan can save itself, it will be a miracle.