April 29th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

U.S. officials: Multiple insurgencies overwhelming Pakistan

U.S. officials say Pakistan is a “nation under siege” and faces a “herculean” task in dealing with multiple insurgencies — but better co-operation between Washington and Islamabad is reaping dividends.

That was the message from senior Administration officials and U.S. military officers at a committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Lt. Gen.  John Paxton Jr., Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Pakistan was a “nation under threat or a nation under siege … and they realize that they have to respond now.” Without a sense of urgency, he said, "things could conceivably get worse, and get worse quickly.”

Pakistan’s army has been involved in a series of offensives against militant groups in the tribal territories that border Afghanistan, diverting about 100,000 soldiers from its border with India in the process. Last summer’s offensive to remove the Pakistani Taliban from the Swat Valley was followed by a bigger campaign in South Waziristan.

Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy told the House Armed Service Committee that the U.S. must help Pakistan to move resources rapidly into areas cleared of extremists. Reports from the region suggest there is disenchantment among civilians in the tribal territories — thousands of whom are still displaced — with efforts to rebuild infrastructure. Flournoy also acknowledged that U.S. officials in Pakistan had reported militants returning to the cleared areas.

The United States has a $5.7 billion civilian assistance program spread over five years, but officials have admitted that getting the aid to where it’s needed is often difficult.

Flournoy stressed that attitudes within Pakistan towards the extremists have changed radically in the past year. Once major cities were targeted by the Pakistani Taliban, she said, "the threat came home to the Pakistani people and it galvanized their political will.”

Questioned about a Human Rights Watch report that documented up to 300 extrajudicial killings by Pakistani security forces during and after the operation in the Swat Valley, Flournoy said the United States was "engaging our counterparts in Pakistan on these allegations."

She said one of the major changes in Pakistani perceptions was that “you have people waking up to the fact that the U.S.  isn’t leaving this region anytime soon.”

Photo at top: A Pakistani soldier observes a destroyed mosque after a suicide car bomb attack on the outskirts of Peshawar on Wednesday. 

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  1. alan

    i wud lyk to tell dan dat wtever terrorists r doing is wrong but he iz no 1 to say dat sharia lawx r outdated wt ever day tell us z correkt obeyng or not obeying dem depndx on da persn but v shud respkt dm nywayx

    May 5, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bhatti

    Americans and NATO allies are are being pushed into a blind alley.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. James

    You think if the U.S. didn't support and prop up Gen. Pervez after his coup in 1999, there would be as much a backlash against the government today? We (the U.S.A.) have a long history of supporting corrupt regimes with no regard to human rights. This backlash has not only caught up to those regimes, but to America itself. Our interventionist foreign policy is leading us the way of ancient Athens and Rome

    May 4, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. qaisullah

    i couldnt agree more with the comments left by hameed (10th ) on the 30th of april.
    honest and accurate !

    May 4, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    Pakistan is a rabid animal always seeking attention. Ignoring it is probably the best option. Nukes falling in wrong hands will doom Pakistan. I think they are atleast smart enough to realize that.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    Seems like it is high time for India to directly and actively be involved with dealing with the increased problem on their border. If Pakistan becomes any weaker to Muslim militants which have virtually no compassion nor mercy for the Nation of India, it would be in India's best interests to stop having American soldiers operating as their proxy agents and be in the forefront of taking active measures to isolate the possible fallout of Pakistan falling entirely into the hands of Muslim militants.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bledsoe

    @Jack Daniels.You said it all!!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Daniels

    WW2 = Russia was the main reason Germany lost

    May 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jack Daniels

    America making the world safe? You're watching too many movies. The US has not ever won a war by itself.
    WW1 = alliance won,
    Korea = stalemate,
    Vietnam = lost,
    Gulf War 1 = allies,and didn't go into Iraq,
    Afghanistan = Enemy didn't really have a military (no jets or armor), Insurgency still on going
    Gulf War 2 = Most of the enemy military surrendered, insurgency still on going, and winning it wont result from us military but Iraqi reconciliation
    All US military might is a waste, they can't succeed. Instead they dominate the world economically to get their way.
    Stop believing movies.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gord

    Islam is not an issue here ... culture is. People are quick to point their finger at the religion as the root to all evil but it is not. The issues here are cultural differences and misunderstandings as well as an over eager west pushing western democracy down on cultures that are not ready for it. It is a mistake we in the west have repeated over and over and once again insist on doing in pakistan. Democracy is not the solution for all the problems in the world, no matter how good the intentions are.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bledsoe

    Pakistan would do far better without all this foreign interference which is only destroying the country.It needs to declare it's independence from the West and elect a government of it's own and then start trying to solve it's internal problems.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. tom

    With a national poverty rate of 34%, a corrupt government trying to ride the fence on how it deals with the Taliban and nearly 84% of the population living on approximately $2.00 per day I’m not surprised that they are not winning the hearts and minds of the population. Let’s hope that someone somewhere at the very highest levels can build trust, foster an environment of cooperation and collaboration resulting in a comprehensive plan that effectively and efficiently drives goal congruence while eliminating those fanatical elements with total disregard for human life, indifferent to what is right or wrong, that does anything and everything from bombing women and children to murder to achieve what they really want which is to drive out the current government and gain control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark Overstreet

    To mick for free australia: Thanks mate all way's new you can count an the wssie's.May God Bless you all.

    May 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. back to common sense

    If US created monsters like Osama, Al Queda and Taliban, I wonder whether they were kids or mindless gorrilas who could be manipulated into something as serious as war within its own bounderis. Pakistan since its independence been interferring in the business of its neighbours, even though as a soverign country, it never had constant and civilian govt. for a longer time. even when they had one, the govt. could never control its tribal regions.

    Pakistan as a country is in state of denial WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS IN OUR BOUNDRIES, and always play VICTIM card. They suffer from ideaoligical dualism. There is good terrorism and a bad one. The religius leaders arround the world propogate that thier faith Islam is under attack and therefore they need to kill non believers.

    When would they realise that no religion is above GOD. Religion is only our conviction in believing GOD's existnance.

    I do believe, a normal pakistani would just want to go about thier normal lives, but the problem is a few hundred thousands who have created havoc arround the world. And this suits so many peopole in various governement.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Onesmallvoice

    @mick for free Australia 2010.It's kind of funny that for thousands of years that the rest of the world did quite well without the presence of U.S. troops and according to you the world suddenly can't do without them.I'm quite sure that if the U.S.troops were to vacate Germany tommorrow Germany would continue to do quite well without them as I find it quite dubious that the Germans need to be protected from themselves and that goes for Japan,too.

    May 2, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. smc

    if pak dont go in north washastan then we should just invade and take them out,

    May 2, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. mick for free Australia 2010

    The world does not know and certainly does not appreciate the sacrifice Americans make to keep this planet safe.Pack your bags and go home America.let the world and these non appreciative countries look after themselves and see how they go.I know as well as you do that they will all fall into civil wars and violance bbut stuff them.Take your children home and let these ungrateful fools feel the full wrath of not having the US looking after them.I for one thank you for the sacrifices your children have made trying to keep this planet safe.I understand that mistakes have been made and that people have lost their lives in some of the mistakes made.So buggar them,go home,put up a fence and tell the rest of the world to take care of itself now.Im sure they will all come running when the true nature of their peoples and the violance it brings comes to a head.So let them defend themselves,we'll see how long they last.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  18. Getwise

    Saul Carpenter, you are categorically misinformed.
    So much nonsense being spitted out by the enemies of Pakistan. They seem to hold a never ending hatred of lies and thirst for blood.. They are the ones . . finally who have teamed up with India in killing the indeginous village and mountain people of Pakistan to create hate and terrorism with a deep down and dirty desire to destabalize Pakistan and use the precious American blood for their war of hate by fear mongering. A common Pakistani can only shake its head and wonder. Centuries of some old and ancient stories of hatred that no Pakistani is even aware of ! Harboring hatered and comiting crimes under such belief is deplorable. Surely the devil is at play. If any entity is genuinely interested in peace and security, then India needs to be pressured in closing its terror offices in Afghanistan – cause from thats where the terrorists are being funded, hatched and dispersed off. So it appears that logically, the enemies of Pakistan who wanted to destabalize Pakistan are also the ones who may have had the evil hand in causing 9/11 and not at all possible from Pakistan. More than likely, their evil goal was to frame Afghanistan and Pakistan and then have a contrived reason for war and killings to satisfy some age old hatred of who knows what in this century !!
    LISTEN TO #25 and #26- Will Gate's words of wisdom. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Hope people will read and appreciate what it is saying

    May 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Saul Carpenter

    You cannot use one poison to stave off another poison. Pakistan is a terrorist country – period. When 9/11 attacks took place , Pakistanis neighbors living nearby in Union City NJ , hosted a "free lunch" to "celebrate the martyrs"
    KSM was the brain behind the logistics of 9/11 was a Pakistani. Osama simply blessed the operation.
    The govt has been towing a line of appeasing the Pak govt in power to curb militancy whereas the very same Musharaff govt. and its intelligence is responsible for their existence and training.Where do Taliban get their arms ..? In Open street auctions that are allowed and supported by Pakiistani government.
    Pakistani appears like a "popper" ripped from decades of internal conflict and militancy . But it is not so . It has a lot of "underhand money" through drugs/ prostitution / extortion rackets it runs prominently in India ( thanks to the Congress govt that it directly puppets under the guise of secularism ) and other "encouraging" countries like Bangladesh and Middle East ( Dubai esp. ). The very same govt. that Obama and previous administrations help support against apparently the Taliban sold off Nuclear Secrets that it smuggled across 40 years to Iran .Why ? Aren't they US allies ? Is that how a US Ally behaves ?
    This is more deep waters than you think. However our past governments only kept a very short sight , no bothering to do a full investigation or chose to ignore the intricacies involved to as if "outsource" Taliban hunting to Pakistan Forces since that's a lot "cheaper"?
    But their destination is not India which they already control by supporting the terrorist tolerant Congress govt ,its not China which has been traditionally oiling it with Nukes now and often to keep Indian influence in check – its primarily the West – America and Israel. During the previous regimes of Zia and Bhutto , Jews in Pakistan where hanged and slaughtered. Not well publicized but nonetheless a fact.
    Tame a snake by feeding it more poison and one day it WILL snap on you. Wait and Watch !!!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. snadjafinia

    Already hinting about the next target after Iran huh? How sad..

    May 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lennybaby

    @Iraq Paramedic.I noticed at blog #14 how you laughed at blog#13 about "suing for peace".That tells me that your knowledge of English is almost as limited as mine is of Greek and Greek is an extremely difficult language.Like Respect said as he blogged #15 suing for peace is tantamount to negotiating for the most favorable settlement possible,which is what we currently have a moral obligation to do instead of listening to the right-wing thugs in Washington D.C.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  22. CANUCK

    And why is Washington sticking their nose in other people's business again?????????What is wrong with you people !!!!! Please ask yourself why? YOU HAVE AN IMMENSE OIL DISASTER OF THE CENTURY GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN YOUR COUNTRY...WHAT THE HECK ?????
    Wake up people please !

    May 1, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  23. Robb44

    Saddam had vastly more wealth and resources than Osama so don't anyone tell me Osama can't be found...
    the same military troops that found Saddam in a hole could have found Osama the same way. But Afghanistan was not locked down. The troops needed for the border were somewhere else in 2003... some genius pulled the US military out of Afghanistan, left the coalition countries there high and dry and went off on another boondoggle...

    May 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  24. Robb44

    Let's see.... the Taliban was on its last legs in 2002... the finest military in the world was about the destroy it completely.... kill Osama and wipe them out... Suddenly, more than half of the troops needed for such a cleanup were pulled out... and sent... guess where, people? Yep, the brilliant geniuses who are supposed to be "strong on defense" pulled out the military's support system and committed it into a boondoggle and a witch hunt... Everyone who naysayed Iraq was shouted down and declared "unpatriotic"... or maybe now memories are conveniently changing... so who screwed Pakistan by allowing the Taliban to cross the border and live?
    Who allowed the cancer to spread to a nuclear state???

    May 1, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. John D

    Some people are suprised that other countries aren't doing more to help Pakistan but don't you think that these countries are just happy that it isn't them? It isn't realistic to think you can beat terrorism but you can herd it into certain regions and do little enough to stoke it up and keep it ticking over. Post 9/11 the west (my own country included) have persued a policy that as human beings in the year 2010 we should all be ashamed of. The shameful policy wasn't to invade, which I support, but to invade without the intention of destroying our enemy and coming home. The policy the west has adopted is to create a battlefield for 10-20yrs far removed from our cities and cilivians. As long as our troops are in the middle east the militants don't need to plan attacks on our homelands because the fight is on their doorstep. When you adopt this policy you can't blitz the enemy and come home because the cycle starts again and you begin an invisible countdown until you're attacked at home. The negative results of this policy are that more of our service personnel get killed, more civilians in the overseas theaters are killed, personal strain on service members and families is increased, vast amounts of money is spent on everything except construction and worst of all – we've decided that in the West we and our children are too good to die because somebody doesn't like our politics but the average Pakistani, Afghan or Iraqi and their children is worth less that us and more of them can die over a longer period if it reduces the chances of an attack on our home. If we had any morals our campaigns would've been to sweep away the non-complients, come home in victory and do more to protect our homelands than to smash other countries to little bits to enforce the perception of our own safety.

    May 1, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. WILL GATES

    ANOTHER THING, THE DEVIL IS AN ANGEL WORKING FOR GOD. THE DEVIL IS SENT HERE TO TEMPT MANKIND ON A DAILY BASIC. THE DEVIL WAS SENT HERE ON EARTH TO TEST MANKIND NOT MAKE HIS/HER LIFE A LIVING HELL; IS THE DEVIL REAL YOU ASK? OF COURSE! WAS THE DEVIL AN ANGEL YOU ASK? OF COURSE! THE DEVIL TESTED ADAM AND EVE AND COUNTS NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE BIBICAL, QURAN, TOHRAN TEXTS. SO, I WANT YOU TO LOOK BACK AT THE COUNTLESS WARS FOUGHT AROUND THE WORLD……..EACH TIME LIFES HAVE BEEN LOST, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED, AND INDIVIDUALS FAITH HAVE BEEN SHATTERED. THE DEVIL IS DEFINATE WORKING OVER TIME AND WINNING COUNTLESS NUMBER OF SOULS. SO, STOP THE BLOOD SHED.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. WILL GATES

    WELL, I SEE, THERE ARE MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO COMMENTS ARE CRAZY IN MIND STRUCTURE.

    I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN, NOR JEW, NOR MUSLIM BUT HAVE BEEN ON THIS PLANET FOR YEARS.

    FROM THE CREATION OF MAN, MANKIND HAS BEEN DESTRUCTIVE IN EVERYWAY IMAGABLE. BEFORE THERE WERE MUSILMS, JEWS, AND CHRISTIANS; THERE WAS A GOD. WHEN GOD CREATED MANKIND, HE COULDN’T FORSEE THE DESTRUCTION THAT MANKIND WOULD PLACE ON “EARTH”! GOD DIDN’T CREATE MAN BY WAY OF MAGICIAL POWERS; GOD CREATED MAN BY THE WAY OF SCIENCE, THE UNIVERSE BY THE BIG BANG THEORY, AND EARTH BY WAY OF A COMET (ASTERIOD). ANYWAY, THE POINT I AM TRYING TO GET AT IS BOTH SIDES ARE WRONG IN WHAT THEY PERCIEVE AS RIGHT AND JUSTICE IN NATURE.

    GOD HAS SENT COUNTLESS ANGELS TO EARTH TO FIX MANKIND MESS, SOME AS PROPHETS AND OTHERS AS PEACE MAKERS.

    NOW, GOD IS GETTING TIRED AND SOULS ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED. NO MATTER IF YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN, JEW, MUSLIM, OR ETC; YOU WILL BE JUDGE BY YOUR ACTIONS.

    IT IS STATED IN A BOOK UNDISCOVERED BY MAN: "BEFORE YOU WERE A JEW, I WAS HERE, BEFORE YOU WERE A MUSLIM, I WAS HERE, BEFORE YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN, I WAS HERE, AND AFTER MANKIND HAS GONE AWAY; I WILL STILL BE HERE. WHO AM I, GOD. SO, MANKIND TAKE HEED TO WHAT I SAY, GOD HAS NO RELIGIOUS AFFLICATION AND TAKES NO SIDES.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  28. truthywood

    @Iraq Paramedic

    Were you talking about the Israeli regime, that is only regime which is oppressive, thugish in nature.
    they steal land , ethnic cleanse Palestinians and than make American fools like you fight for them.

    May 1, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  29. truthywood

    Biased Americans have become very used to truth of convinience, They forget it was same mujahideen forces you helped and gave weapons to them, You trained Osama and many of his associates.

    May 1, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  30. Adolf

    Pakistan has complex problems, allowing the US to roam freely in that country would make matters worse. The US is concerned about Pak nuclair weapons and will soon fabricate an excuse to enter the country and secure Nuk. weaponary,

    May 1, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. roland

    I pray for the inocent civilian victims in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is called casualy of wars. No war is good. But defending one's freedom is a heavy sacrifice.

    May 1, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bhatti

    We need more mental asylums than police stations and post offices in villages and towns of Pakistan.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  33. John80

    After 9/11/01, George W. Bush promptly declared certain states enemies, and certain states friends. Unfortunately, the world isn't so black and white. Declaring Pakistan as our ally meant that we were about to send them all kinds of support – money, intelligence, and political backing. In return, we got nothing but excuses and stalling tactics from Pakistan. They refused to fight these terrorist groups themselves, and refused to let us in to do the job. The result has been an ever-weakening Pakistani government as the Taliban gains a stronger foothold. A good example of what this leads to is in Sudan, where we turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed there because they are our "allies against terror". Enough is enough.

    April 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Iraq Paramedic

    Hey Respect & Daniel, I just got off of google & you are right. I had never heard of that term before, my appologies Daniel. But I still don't think it would work with the Taliban but who knows. I say lets send in president Kharzi & let him take a try at it, heck his brother Wali there in Helman is a drug lord & a friend of some Taliban.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Iraq Paramedic

    Hey Respect, that just goes to show everyone, that no one is ever to old to learn something. Thanks I will google it & find out. And if that is what Daniel meat then I was wrong but, there for a while it was a real good laugh. I still say though if you haven't experianced it over here somewhere you should not put down the people who are trying to bring these people some kind of human rights, education, medication & good honest goverment while ridding the area of some very cruel, oppressive & down right violent thugs. And instead of always screaming some cruel stuff at the soldiers & America try telling the Taliban & drug dealers & corrupt Afghan government officials what you think of them. I still say grab a plane & come on over, I hold an open invitation for anyone, here in Iraq or with my comrades in Afghanistan. Again thanks for the info Respect, hope to see you soon.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. demetrius frogswain

    Suing for peace with Islamists....hmmm....try that and let me know how it goes, Chief. Right-wing thugs? Um....Obama...is not right-wing. And can I remind you that we didn't start this war, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban did. And just because we walk away doesn't mean they will stop. They are going to keep attacking the world until either they take over or they all die.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Respect

    Iraq Paramedic - you're laughing at your own ignorance, Daniel wasn't talking about a court case; google for 'sue for peace":

    Suing for peace is an act by a warring nation to initiate a peace process in which the peace terms are more favorable than an unconditional surrender. Suing for peace is usually initiated by the losing party in an attempt to stave off an unconditional surrender, and may sometimes be favorable to the winning nation, as winning a war in a complete or unconditional surrender may be costly.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  38. Iraq Paramedic

    OK I am up off the floor from laughing so hard so let me just say #13 Daniel got 1st place this time for his "sue the insurgents" remark. Hang on let me clear my eyes & catch my breath. Do you really think you can file a law suit against a terrorist organization like the Taliban. They appoint there own mulas, judges, clerics, ect. Not the people's choice, their choice & bad ones at that. Catch a plane & come on over here with the rest of us & get the real story.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  39. Daniel

    I just wish that the Pakistnis would stop fighting this civil war at the behest of the United States and sue these insurgeants for peace and tell these right-wing thugs in Washington where to get off,but I guess that's impossible since Pakistan is totally dependent on foreign aid.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  40. melvin

    i read many commente and i cannot believe some of them,the people of pakistan has been sold out by there government,they are killing there own people for money,the people in the tribal areas of pakistan are been killed displaced,homeless.the us and its allies go around the world talking about demorcay and peace,but all they do is cause suffering for millions of people .why cant they let people live in peace?if some religon dont want there children to go to school or the women to drive a car that is there choice,the us is dictating how people must live there lives,everyone wants to live in peace but the us will not let that happen war and conflict brings in dollars.shame shame shame

    April 30, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  41. sense

    Common sense, dedication and security for its citizens is what is needed.

    April 30, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  42. Hameed

    What an irony! As you sow, so shall you reap – that is what is happening in Pak. Pak trained thousands of mujahideens under various names like Hizb-ul-mujahidin, Lashkar-e-toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad etc etc to create trouble in neighbouring countries like India, and Afghanistan but now these very terrorists have come to roost. Pak ISI covertly or overtly helped these terrorist organizations and is deeply in bed with them – so they must know how to shut them up. Maybe they want to keep this going so that US will pour in Billions od $$$$ to fund the deep pockets of corrupt Pakistani leaders – both civilian and military. While majority of Pakistanis are peace-loving and progressive, it is the leadership that wants the turmoil to continue so that they can hold on to their ijobs by creating a fear psycosis and holding on to their power. Pak army until now used issues like Kashmir and Indiya and now it is the taliban. But who created taliban – it was Pakistani ISI – you created it – you know how to detroy it – so get up and do it!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  43. Mahalo Mann

    According to the article Pakistan is "nation under siege." When was that not the case. Since it's inception as a Muslim country Pakistan has been under siege from one outside actor or another. India, Afghanistan, Iran, US, Russia etc. etc.

    In 1971 half of the country was lost.

    Fast forward to present day quagmire. The nuclear weapons are at the top of the open issues. Word on the street is that it's in the interest of US to somehow control the cache of nuclear tipped missiles and neutralize them. The hawks at the Pentagon are having sleepless nights and they have not spared a moment to see that this Muslim country's defenses are weakened for good. The resistance within Pakistan continues, for now under the banner of national pride. National pride? Its matter of national survival. But, in the process lives are being lost and greater enemies are being created that will perpetuate the cycle of violence for years to come.

    In Afghanistan, after the election of Mr. Obama, US could have taken the high road to reconciliation while many factors play themselves out in the background. On the contrary, and against his better judgement while breaking his campaign promises, the Obama government decided to escalate and up the ante. He inherited the current crop of generals and they decided, at the military's recommendations, to continue the status quo: take no prisoners; make not peace with anybody; eliminate rather than integrate. In the process what is happening is that the insurgency is being pushed out of Afghanistan into Pakistan. Problem solved? Yes, of the nuclear arms since that will allow US to "create" the atmosphere to pressure Pakistan to give up its nukes. Pakistan without nukes is a sitting duck for any taker.

    Internal problems and strife abound in Pakistan. Anything and everything goes to the highest bidder.

    What Pakistan needs is open access to the most sophisticated arms and first rate training. The current crop of US operatives in Pakistan with their covert support for the Pakistani army, under the watchful eyes of Indian interests, is never going to do the job. The people of Pakistan, just like many times in the past, have bought the idea of Pakistan being an ally of US and want some action from US instead of empty promises.

    The second rate under secretaries of defense and that of the state department, the trainees, should be replaced with somebody who has some clout to push the process through congress for substantial and real aid at the right place. They need to select people from outside, Pakistanis who have lived in US, Europe, Asia, or the Gulf countries to spearhead the distribution of the money allocated for aid to Pakistan. To head the progress and see through the completion of projects. Anybody from the inside is too corrupt to make a difference.

    There is some hope for Pakistan and by proxy for Afghanistan but time is running out fast. As the article points out, the insurgency that was quelled is raising its ugly head back up and this time it will be twice as difficult to control it.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mark

    whats going on ,over there the USA invade Afganistan to trow the Taliban out of power
    and get OSAMA BIN LADEN almost nothing has been change

    April 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  45. DK

    They have their problems and we have ours, Bring some troops home to defend our boarder for change.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. JKF

    India,China, Saudi Arabia and a few other regional players need to step-in and directly help the current Pak gvmt. India can help by restarting all talks, potentially both India and Pak should pool resources and jointly patrol/secure their border areas. Chinese expertise in development, especially providing infrastructure services, could go a long way to change, for the better, the life of many uneder develope areas of Pak. I find it surprising to see that China, a friend of Pak, has done so little to better the infrastructure of Pak and help Pak..

    April 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Yes it does Abdulameer, and with it's outdated sharia laws from the 6th century they control the population. I'm sure some of these laws and their punishments are in violation of the peoples human rights. People should not be forced to live any certain way here in the 21st century.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Abdulameer

    Doesn't the ideology of Islam play a role somewhere in all of this? After all, this is a deeply religious Moslem part of the country. Islam motivates the behavior of most of the population. Why do we never hear about Islam? We are not dealing with a bunch of ordinary bandits.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dan Lafayette,IN

    The Taliban are nothing but a terror organization, they use terror and fear to control the people!

    April 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. F117

    Yes, I agree. There is nothing more complicated then the Taliban

    April 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. James Maloy

    It is very hard to tell much from such a brief comment. Issues are very complex and involve numerous groups and external actors. A lot of research is needed before one can make any comments that are really informative. Looking at just the question of the Taliban for instance I have found after reading 6 books I know nothing worth saying.
    It is important but before one presents views I feel they must do a lot of reserch and then go there hopefully able to communicate with the diverse groups involved and when doing so be able to judge somewhat the accuracy of what they think they learn.

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