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.
Unless the US can understand the Pakistan-India dynamics from Islamabad’s perspective, it can never create the trust it needs to further its contentious regional agenda.
Barack Obama may not see eye to eye with Pat Buchanan, but in many respects he also does not share the vision of Dr King — whose fate may well have been sealed once he decided it was immoral to keep silent on Vietnam and began deriding his nation, quite accurately, as the biggest purveyor of violence in the world. More than 40 years later, that fact remains unchanged.
If today Pakistanis are being asked to cough up more and more for utilities and tolerate the lawlessness perpetrated by the US on its territory, it is because of the choices that our government made and it should be taken to task for it.