After the departure of Bush from the White House, there has been a rapid decline in America’s India pampering trend.
Indeed, the fastest way to close a conversation in Pakistan is to accuse the opposing side of being backed by, or pandering to, Americans.
The United States of America and their allies are faced with a situation in Afghanistan, similar to the one the Soviets faced in 1989. Having suffered defeat, the Soviets asked for a safe exit, which was provided by the mujahideen and the Pakistan government. Obama’s new strategy in fact, is a veiled request for their safe exit.
Stripped of the finery of unctuous rhetoric, the infatuation between the US and India is based on something more basic. Muslim-baiting neo-cons in the US discovered that India, though poor, was rich in its depth of anti-Muslim prejudice, therefore, making it a useful ally.
How could he miss the fact that the previous government was forced into the war literally at gunpoint by Mr Bush who had warned us categorically that either we stood with him or with the terrorists. The policy of the use of force in the tribal areas, which was forcibly preached to us by the US, was a flawed one, as it has landed us in a great deal of trouble..
Even the best military plans are doomed to fail in the absence of an all encompassing national strategy. So far the entire might of ISAF and USA with full international support and massive resources has only resulted in ceding more areas to Taliban.
One unkind and hard to swallow theory put forth by foreign commentators not truly enamoured by Pakistan is that it is the dependence which provokes the present Pakistani ‘hatred’ of the US, that it is also a form of self-hatred that develops between client states and their paymasters.