March 23rd, 2010
08:57 PM ET

Around the Web: Pakistani, U.S. meeting could be pivotal, report says

A meeting between Pakistani and American officials on Wednesday could “help redefine one of America's thorniest foreign-policy relationships,” report the Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg and Peter Spiegel. They write:

“Pakistan sent a 56-page document to the U.S. ahead of strategic talks scheduled for Wednesday, seeking expanded military and economic aid in what some American officials believe is an implicit offer to crack down in return on the Afghan Taliban.

The previously undisclosed document includes requests ranging from U.S. help to alleviate Pakistan's chronic water and power shortages to pleas for surveillance aircraft and support in developing the country's civilian nuclear program.

U.S. officials say the document and the talks surrounding it could help redefine one of America's thorniest foreign-policy relationships, if it leads to a serious Pakistani clampdown on the Taliban.”

Over at the BBC, Chris Bowlby looks at what might be included in a deal with the Taliban.

“In a speech earlier this month British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said, while violence had begun the Afghan conflict, ‘politics will bring it to an end’,” Bowlby writes.

“But how would Britain and the US get a deal with an enemy not only opposed to their occupation of its land, but also diametrically at odds with many of its values?”

Some other news reports and perspectives:

- C. Christine Fair (Foreign Policy): “Should Pakistan get a nuke deal?"

- Candace Rondeaux and Nick Grono (International Herald Tribune/New York Times): “Prosecuting Taliban war criminals

- Robert Mackey (New York Times): “Bin Laden’s daughter allowed to leave Iran

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. bobby

    War in Afghanistan cannot be won without the help of Pakistan....

    March 31, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Daniel do you not realize that these animals are killers and must be killed before they kill even more people? Or are you such a pacifist that you would let these killers keep on killing people? These terrorists don't care for themselves let alone those they kill with their suicide bombings. When they ruled Afghanistan they would mutilate and kill people in public to terrorize the population. NO Daniel these people if you want to call them that, should be killed until they renounce their insane ideology!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    The only result of this will only be the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan in the West's sinister plot to dominate the region.More bloodshed and right-wing fools blogging in their sickening bravado about what a good thing it is to kill people.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Lafayette,IN

    The only way we should give the Pakistani's anymore assistance is if they give up bin Laden, al Zawahiri and Omar the leader of the Taliban. They could easily be apprehended and tried for their terrorist activities then sent to God for his judgment!

    March 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |