Militants launched a daring midday raid on the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar on Monday, killing at least four people in a coordinated attack that included suicide bomb blasts, barrages of rocket-propelled grenades and automatic gunfire.
Hours before the attack, a suicide bomber walked into a political rally in northwest Pakistan's restive Dir region and detonated his explosive-filled vest, killing 36 other people and injuring more than 50 others.
The violence appeared to be timed to coincide with President Asif Ali Zardari's address to a joint session of parliament in the capital, Islamabad. Zardari endorsed proposed changes to Pakistan's constitution that would shift most of his powers to the prime minister and relegate the president to a figurehead role.
When are we going to start getting honest and realistic assessments of the situation?
At least when Bush was president, the media was critical of useless foreign adventures.