It is another characteristic of official life that you are discouraged from applying lessons from experience and history (in the military case, before that experience has been incorporated into field manuals and regulations placed in front of you).
This rumination is motivated by the scarcely believable news that the people who are running the war in
The idea is for
A reported American threat is not just one of sending drones over this city of 850,000 people, with missiles meant to kill Mullah Omar, leading figure in at least one branch of the Taliban; senior al-Qaida figures also supposedly in Quetta; and
Haqqani is also, as it happens, a major and longstanding Pakistani strategic asset and ally. He will be a vital factor in the regional reconciliation and strategic settlement that will follow America and
The Pakistanis believe that the
After the foreigners leave,
The American generals seem to be saying to
Why, according to the
Coming up Short on Pakistan
President Barack Obama's strategy approving a U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan called success there 'inextricably linked to our partnership with Pakistan.' But the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is riddled with problems. Five independent Pakistani experts assess Obama's strategy, explore the largely negative response in Pakistan, and discuss the military and political pitfalls of the plan.
Barack Obama has had an exceptionally lucky first year. All newly elected U.S. presidents arrive in office hoping to avoid the unforeseen foreign-policy crises that upend their domestic agendas. President Obama has avoided the foreign-policy blowups that push an administration off balance. His luck isn't likely to last. Here's why ...
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