Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Washington has just about had it with Pakistan however Pakistan can fall back into the arms of its "all-weather friend," China
Analysis: Pakistan's double-game: treachery: Washington has just about had it with Pakistan however Pakistan can fall back into the arms of its "all-weather friend," China, the energy-hungry giant that is the biggest investor in Afghanistan's nascent resources sector. Pakistani officials heaped praise on Beijing this week as a Chinese minister visited Islamabad. Among them was army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, arguably the country's most powerful man, who spoke of China's "unwavering support." In addition, Pakistan has extended a cordial hand to Iran, which also shares a border with Afghanistan.
U.S. Missile Strike Kills Three in Northwest Pakistan: Washington has fired scores of missiles into northwest Pakistan since 2008 to target Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked operatives. Some have hit their intended targets, while others have also killed civilians.
The latest strike comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Islamabad following a recent claim by top U.S. military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, that Pakistan's main spy agency backed militants who carried out attacks against American targets in Afghanistan.
Pakistani officials have denied the allegations and said Washington is trying to use Pakistan as a scapegoat for its troubled war in Afghanistan. In a bid to beef up ties with other world powers, Pakistani leaders met with visiting Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Sadly the ISI has been complicit with the Haqqana's, Mullah Omar and other anti Afghanistan and anti American extremists from the beginning. The CIA was complicit with the ISI. The killing of 7 CIA agents by a suicide bomber changed this for the CIA. However you are not going to get the ISI to "switch sides" They have had a relationship with the Haqqani's since they were helping them fight the Russians.
Anyway you look at it we are viewed as temporary and the violent convoluted backstabbing tribal relationships will always be a way of life in the border area especially. We can only be very concerned how this is going to turn out between NATO, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It won't be translucent or good!
We know for a fact the ISI or at least some there and in Pakistan's Government are complicit with the Haqqani's the thing to do now is to stop making it an issue, be more vigilant, and even though Pakistan threatens us if we try another Bin Laden move, kill the Haqqani's any way we have to. The Taliban think they are getting away with something but they are being watched closely by JSOC ready to pounce and take them out when given the command.
I say let the chips fall where they may and give it now and save lives. My guess is the command has been given because the Haqqani's have been going down en-masse. The network is important but I think "they" should take out the Haqqani's first. I wish we would quickly kill the Haqqani's, both Jalaluddin and Sirajuddin and go home and leave the rest to Pakistan.