What to Read on Pakistan

How Dare They Bomb Pakistan, That’s Our Job — Scott A. Hill

According to the Brookings Institution, for every militant that is killed “10 or so civilians” can also consider themselves victims. It is a little known fact that President Obama has drastically increased these attacks since taking office.

For too long now, the West has been murdering innocent Pakistani civilians…whilst criticizing Taliban or al-Qaeda attacks that have killed analogous numbers…

Playing the China Card: Has the Obama Administration Miscalculated in Pakistan? — Dilip Hiro
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To supply the 100,000 American troops now in Afghanistan, as well as 50,000 troops from other NATO nations and more than 100,000 employees of private contractors, the Pentagon must have unfettered access to that country through its neighbors. Among the six countries adjoining Afghanistan, only three have seaports, with those of China far too distant to be of practical use. Of the remaining two, Iran — Washington’s number-one enemy in the region — is out. That places Pakistan in a unique position.

Obama Troop Surge Decision Ignored Pak-Taliban Ties — Gareth Porter

…Pakistan was determined to avoid an Afghan government “led by a Pashtun sympathetic to India” — i.e., Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The conclusion was that the Pakistanis would continue to aid the insurgency the U.S. was trying to defeat.

The NIE on Afghanistan concluded that the United States was unlikely to succeed in Afghanistan unless Pakistan changed its policy to take military action against insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan. But the estimate on Pakistan made it clear that no such change in Pakistani policy could be expected.

But Obama approved a plan for 30,000 additional troops anyway…