BTS 10/8/07: Pakistan Elections; "Personality Disorder" Misdiagnoses; Presidential Campaigns

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On tonight’s Beneath The Surface we talk to Tariq Ali about Pakistan – Gen. Musharraf easily won the election on Saturday, though questions of legitimacy remain, as does the constitutionality of the election given Musharraf is still Commander in Chief of the Army. Pakistan is 60 years old and still unstable: we’ll ask Tariq what keeps it together.

We then turn to part two on the continuing scandal of mis-diagnosing soldiers with “Personality Disorder” a pre-existing condition that lets the military off the hook for long-term medical treatment, but casts the suffering troops to the wind. Joshua Kors updates us on this continuing hypocrisy from an administration that pretends to support its troops.

And finally, we speak to Harold Meyerson about the state of the presidential campaign.

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1. Tariq Ali is a novelist, film-maker and Political Writer, author of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Axis of Hope (Verso 2006), A Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (Verso 2003), Bush in Babylon (Verso 2002). His newest book, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power will be out next year.

2. Joshua Kors is a freelance journalist based in New York. His article “How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits” appears in the April 9 issue of The Nation.

3. Harold Meyerson is Editor-At-Large for the American Prospect. He also contributes regularly to the Washington Post. His articles on politics, labor, the economy, foreign policy and American culture have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The New Statesman; the op-ed, commentary and book review sections of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and in numerous other publications. He is a member of the editorial board of Dissent, to which he is a frequent contributor of political analyses.