General Islam Goes to Washington
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  • If anybody in Washington had the least amount of sense, they would put General Islam in irons and send him to Gitmo straight away. Pakistan is our enemy and needs to be treated as such.

  • Anthony

    “…A sign that Pakistan’s top brass judge the new chief to be one of them.” Another indication perhaps that Pakistan views its long term interest relative to Afghanistan, India, and Haqqani network as strategically different from ours (or at least perceived to be different – which for all intents and purposes is what matters). So we continue the dance and keep a wary eye on our disengaged dancing partner while conscious of our limited moves…

  • gracepmc

    Perhaps we could detain the good general until Dr. Shakil Afridi is released. Admittedly difficult our relationship with Pakistan is one big fail.

  • Riki Tiki Tavi

    To say that Pakistan needs the US more than the US needs Pakistan is nice propaganda. It may be the only thing you can openly say, but it’s rather obvious that Pakistan is the west’s hedge in South Asia against India. Of course, the word “hedge” is never used in polite conversation. Instead, euphemisms like “regional stability” are used to justify western support for Pakistan. There must be a reason why Pakistan has been mollycoddled for over 60 years in spite of repeated bouts of bad behavior? Pakistani strategists know that the west will never punish them too severely for their bad behavior.

    The problem of course is that by neither punishing Pakistani bad behavior, nor seriously investing in its transformation, the west is essentially condemning this nation to perpetual immaturity and stunting. And possibly its demise or dissolution.

  • Kris

    “while there are real limits to what we can get the Pakistanis to do”

    A situation that is undoubtedly ameliorated by trumpeting to the NYT that even if dozens of American soldiers get killed by a ISI surrogate, the US won’t do anything intemperate for fear of offending Pakistan.

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