ISLAMABAD, Pakistanâ€”Even without Cheneyâ€™s assassination squad, Washington bears moral and legal responsibility for her murder. She was enjoying life between Dubai-London-New York with wealth accumulated during two stints in power. She was enjoying a life of luxury and was in no hurry to return. Her party stagnated back home but she refused to delegate power as party chairman. The only reason she returned to Pakistan is because Washington convinced her she will be restored to power in Islamabad and that her safety will be guaranteed. To do this the Americans brokered a deal between Musharraf and her. Her Pakistani adviser in Washington counseled her to make public statements toeing the American line [Allow US boots on the ground in Pakistan; will permit CIA access to Dr. A. Q. Khan, etc.] Musharraf was told his job will be secure if he helped bring an alliance of pro-American parties [MQM-ANP-PPP] to power to execute the American agenda in the region that consists, among other things, of emasculating the powerful Pakistani military. Pakistan was already facing a wave of terrorism organized by Indian and American intelligence elements in Afghanistan. Her assassination could have started a fatal civil war in the country which would have weakened the militaryâ€™s grip. Killing Bhutto ensured Zardariâ€™s and PPPâ€™s rise to power on sympathy vote and ended the chances of the Pakistani military standing in the way of a puppet American government in Islamabad. All objectives achieved.-Ahmed Quraishi.