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Hit & Run Job

I came across this op-ed in the Guardian today (for those not familiar – it’s a liberal British newspaper). The columnist, Simon Tisdall, argues:

Pakistan was already under the American hammer before the WikiLeaks crisis blew. But leaked US diplomatic cables published by the Guardian show the extraordinary extent to which Pakistan is in danger of becoming a mere satrapy of imperial Washington.

I tend to disagree with his analysis. I don’t believe Pakistan is a mere puppet of America’s. On the contrary, I feel that a good amount of Americans are frustrated precisely because Pakistan won’t position itself under the American thumb, so to speak. Americans haven’t been successful in convincing the Pakistani military to pursue the Haqqani network of terrorists more vigorously and to date I believe the CIA hasn’t been granted permission to operate drones in and around the city of Quetta, the supposed base of operations of the Taliban Shura and Mullah Omar. Other exmaples come to mind too. In all of this I’m not advocating that Pakistan merely fall in line with whatever the United States deems expedient. I just feel the author does a kind of hit and run job on American foreign policy that’s superficial at best and dishonest at worst.

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