Seems our ally in Pakistan is complaining, yet again, that the double standards we each deploy against terrorism must be more engaging.
America, having attacked the Taliban, must be sure they don’t end up retreating over the border to Pakistan. Pakistan, having helped to create the Taliban, wants to be sure they stay on the right side of the border, which would be in Afghanistan, making as much trouble as possible for Karzai and his Western puppeteers.
What’s necessary in Islamabad is that terrorism must be fought, but the fighting not actually be seen, or conducted by foreigners, or far removed from the border with India.
In Washington, the view is that terrorism must be fought, but the fighting not actually lead to the defeat of the Taliban, or the capture of al-Qaeda leaders, or to a defense budget somewhat less than the rest of the world’s combined.
“Exit strategies depend on where you’re leaving”, says Gorilla, “we’d really rather be in Pakistan, and the Pakistanis would prefer being in Afghanistan. Guess we’ll both need Somali pirates to make that happen!”