Saturday, January 14, 2012
Coup fears resurface: Is Pakistan's military angling for a favor? What about the nukes?
US drone strikes again. Is Pakistan's military angling for a favor?: Outwardly, US-Pakistan relations still look tense. But with Tuesday's US drone strike into Pakistan, ending a hiatus of nearly two months, some experts see some resumed cooperation – and say Pakistan's military may have good reason.
"My sense is that the two militaries were working behind the scenes to try to repair relations that remain crucial to both sides,” says Lisa Curtis, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center in Washington. “The resumption of drone strikes at this time does seem to suggest they were able to reach some kind of understanding.” The common point in any understanding may well be that the US drone strikes, despite the Pakistani public's extreme dislike of them, serve the interests of both governments.
Pentagon: No Assurances Against Pakistan Coup: The U.S. Defense Department has neither sought nor received assurances that the Pakistani army will not stage a coup even though there is near-open conflict between the civilian and military leadership, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.
"This is a matter for Pakistani officials -- their government leaders, military and civilian -- to work out," the spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, told reporters. It also is a matter of grave concern in light of Pakistan's status as a nuclear power and the risk that its arsenal -- said to be well protected now -- could fall into the wrong hands in the event of civil conflict.
We should be very concerned especially for the nukes in the long term. As you know I was dead against adding more troops as I thought we should concentrate on the border and help Pakistan who does want their sovereignty and I still feel that way but I now realize Afghanistan is important but not the way in which we all perceive it.
As you know, we have discussed many times JSOC is the military's chief terrorists hunting squad and has units now operating in Afghanistan on Pakistan's western border and in Pakistan. A secondary mission is to secure foreign nuclear arsenals.
As you know the mission has taken on added importance in recent months, as Islamic extremists have taken territory close to the capital of Islamabad and could destabilize Pakistan's shaky democracy. Pakistan appears to be holding off the Taliban threat thus the threat of the US too feel the need to act on defending their Nukes. Just in case the US Has a Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban
I now believe Afghanistan is just step a domino headed towards Pakistan and her nuclear weapons. That I believe is the threat of Afghanistan falling into extremist hands as it is increasingly obvious to me that getting Pakistan’s nukes is the ultimate goal of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, militants, whatever you want to call them.
That would put us in a situation the entire world better be extremely concerned about and why NATO if right to step up and Russia and China better step up.
* We are hearing we are on our way out of Afghanistan or so some might think but just wait to see what 18 months brings. I keep hearing a stupid saying attributed to the Taliban “you have the watches but we have the time” Hell most do not know what a watch is and we better make the time. Like it or not we are stuck with this fight not for Afghanistan’s Government but for the security of Pakistan’s nukes!