Pakistan
A Dictatorship in Drag
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  • lukelea

    American policymakers, who are demonstrably poor at understanding the motivations and outlooks of the many leaders around the world who do not share the liberal internationalist worldview of the American political elite,

    Ain’t that the truth. When will they ever learn? It didn’t used to be this way, did it? Couldn’t this be considered a failure of the Ivy League to properly educate our governing elites? Might political correctness have anything to do with it, as part of a general unwillingness to look facts in the face? Ideological blinders, or something like that.

  • Pointed, hard hitting analysis. What would you recommend the US do? India? Are there any good choices other than muddling through?

  • FriendlyGoat

    Because they have nukes, the West is not going to attack and occupy. Because it hasn’t been working ANYWHERE, we’re probably not going to see Islamic populations vote away Islam—-even though secular elections were not something to scoff at until at least tried again and again.

    All parties are most likely best served in Islamic places such as Pakistan and Egypt by military governments for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to criticize this, but we do know that Islam under a pragmatic chain of command is better than willy-nilly Islam running wild, don’t we?

    The long-term hope may still reside in wireless digital tools which help people stop believing in Islam.
    Yes, there is a L-O-N-G in “long-term”.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “American policymakers, who are demonstrably poor at understanding the motivations and outlooks of the many leaders around the world who do not share the liberal internationalist worldview of the American political elite, have a hard time understanding Pakistan.”

    Why should we care how a backward culture thinks? It’s not like they are suddenly going to become strong and a threat. And while we would like to have many strong trading partners, as this increases the size and efficiency of the American Global Trading system, which benefits everyone. Pakistan is hardly a big strong trading partner, and even if they were gone would have only a tiny effect on the market. Their entire economy is $574 billion which is 0.65% of the world economy, so if they were to disappear tomorrow, the world economy would barely notice.

    Every time I hear someone saying we should do something, it makes me want to slap them upside the head. What do these idiots expect us to do, sprinkle them with magic fairy dust, and suddenly they won’t be a backward ignorant Islamic culture anymore?

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