mute.jpgFrom Dana Milbank, we learn that President Bush “spoke of his Freedom Agenda spreading democracy across the globe: “We are standing with those who yearn for liberty.”"

Except, of course, when we don’t.

Yesterday, the Bush administration unveiled a pragmatic new foreign policy: The Stand by Your Man Agenda.

In the intervening period, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a U.S. ally, had suspended his country’s constitution, arrested Supreme Court judges, closed media outlets, and beat or imprisoned demonstrators by the hundreds — using some of his billions of dollars in American military aid to impose martial law.

Bush’s Freedom Agenda frowns upon these activities — and yet Bush and his aides acted yesterday as if Musharraf had made an illegal right on red, or perhaps parked in a handicapped space….

Maybe he’s taking his cues from Joe Lieberman.

(Photo via Big-E-Mr-G.)