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26 April 2011


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William R. Cumming

IMO neither the US nor Pakistan understands the other or where the relationship between them is headed. IMO again that end state will be a disaster for both and warfare. But hey perhaps as PL suggests in his comment the US could just turn away and watch the Islamic world battle the Communist world. My problem is that these two rival "religions" at the core are about power and control over their populations having little to do with voluntary submission to some higher being in a truly religious context. I think both systems are at their high tide but could be wrong.


The divorce in becoming more evident each day with reports like the following:

(WSJ)Pakistan is lobbying Afghanistan's president against building a long-term strategic partnership with the U.S., urging him instead to look to Pakistan—and its Chinese ally—for help in striking a peace deal with the Taliban and rebuilding the economy, Afghan officials say.

The pitch was made at an April 16 meeting in Kabul by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who bluntly told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the Americans had failed them both, according to Afghans familiar with the meeting. Mr. Karzai should forget about allowing a long-term U.S. military presence in his country, Mr. Gilani said, according to the Afghans. Pakistan's bid to cut the U.S. out of Afghanistan's future is the clearest sign to date that, as the nearly 10-year war's endgame begins, tensions between Washington and Islamabad threaten to scuttle America's prospects of ending the conflict on its own terms.


FB Ali

Col Lang,

Fully agree.

The WSJ report (link by PS) confirms what was reported here earlier this month.



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