The AP reports from Pakistan:
Musharraf May Quit Army by Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - President Gen. Pervez Musharraf could quit as chief of the army and take oath as a civilian president by Saturday, a senior official said.
That would meet a key demand of the US, a demand with which the Times had some fun:
“The President will call on President Musharraf to take off the uniform as he said he would do.”
– Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman, Nov. 5
‘’My message was that we believe strongly in elections, and that you ought to have elections soon, and you need to take off your uniform.'’
– President Bush, Nov. 7
“He was willing to take off the uniform, he said, and have a civilian government.”
– Former Senator Fred Thomspon, “Meet the Press,” Nov. 4
“The overarching concern is making sure President Musharraf takes off his uniform and holds elections as soon as possible,”
– Geoff Morell, Pentagon spokesman, Nov. 13
“Who cares if General Musharraf takes off his uniform? It’s time for him to go.”
– Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, Nov. 7
So, will Gen. Pervez Musharaff follow through? I can picture the phone call from George Bush late on a Saturday night - "So, Perv, what are you wearing?"