The Pakistani Cauldron is About to Boil Over
With a success equal to that of our achievements in Iraq, the latest installment of Shock and Awe is turning Pakistani hearts and minds against the United States.
Barack Obama's plan of withdrawing most U.S. troops from Iraq is
The feeling of helplessness and revenge is prevalent among a young generation of Pakistani males who have great difficulty determining why they deserve to be struck regularly by the scorpion-like foreign policy of the United States.on the slow track (284,000 military boots are still on the ground there--142,000 troops). Obama has also had some tough talk of late about Pakistan. Are we going from a two-theater fight to three areas of operation?
Yesterday another suicide bomber attacked in Peshawar, Pakistan--this time at a police checkpoint. At least seven people were killed. In his book Dying to Win, author Robert A. Pape notes that nearly every suicide bombing incident occurs in a country that is occupied by a far superior military force. Pape says:
...what nearly all suicide attacks have in common is...to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory the terrorists consider to be their homeland.Barack Obama, essentially then, will create more suicide bombers--and more terrorists--with his continuation of a failed policy toward Pakistan. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto died by suicide attack, and the occurrence of such attacks in Pakistan is mounting.
Dying to Win, page 4
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently stated that
the militants' expanding reach in the northwest of Pakistan posed an "existential threat to the democratic government of Pakistan."Is that amounts to a Democracy these days? A
Is that amounts to a Democracy these days? A puppet government that is largely in power because of overwhelming economic and military support from the United States? No, that's not a democracy.puppet government that is largely in power because of overwhelming economic and military support from the United States? That is not a democracy. It is becoming more and more of an occupation--so far only by American materiel and clandestine forays by special forces. Soon, however, if Obama gets his way, it will be a third full-fledged occupation. And you thought Bush's defense budgets were huge.
Some of that American materiel, in the form of missiles, has destroyed much of the Pakistan hinterlands. In the process, American actions have, similar
It is becoming more and more of an occupation--so far only by American materiel and clandestine forays by special forces. Soon, however, if Obama gets his way, it will be a third full-fledged occupation. And you thought Bush's defense budgets were huge.to what we did in Iraq, bred a whole new generation of al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
A recent PBS Frontline series visited with some of the new young Pakistani fighters. One young man talks of having several members of his extended family killed by a U.S. missile strike. This is why I have become a member of the Taliban, the young man said. The feeling is prevalent among a young generation of Pakistani males who have great difficulty determining why they deserve to be struck regularly by the scorpion-like foreign policy of the United States.
Barack Obama is far more intelligent than George W. Bush ever seemed to be. Yet he and his daft foreign policy seem to be beholden to the same Establishment puppet masters who seem to be wishing and willing for the Pakistani cauldron to boil over.
Update 5/5/2009: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talks about U.S. troops on Pakistani soil:
Gates said the U.S. was willing to provide all the training and equipment Pakistan's military needed to help combat the growing threat.
"There has been reluctance on their part up to now. They don't like the idea of a significant American military footprint inside Pakistan. I understand that ... but we are willing to do pretty much whatever we can to help the Pakistanis in this situation," he said in the interview. CNN released the transcript to The Associated Press.
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