Last week’s killing of two dozen Pakistani soldiers by a NATO airstrike shows why the war in Afghanistan will continue to weaken, not stabilize, neighboring Pakistan, contrary to what U.S. officials and analysts claim
"Perhaps the gravest outcome from this latest “tragic, unintended incident” will be the widening gulf between Pakistan’s senior military leadership and its junior officer corps, a chasm that opened under President-General Pervez Musharraf (1999-2008) and threatens to open far wider.
After 9/11, Musharraf forced the reassignment or resignation of those regarded as pro-Taliban or Islamist, because his decision to support U.S. counterterrorism efforts undermined his support among key military officials. In 2003, he narrowly escaped two attempts on his life—within 11 days of each other—that involved the collaboration of junior officers.
The attacks came two months after al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released an audiotape urging Pakistanis to overthrow the military general.
Washington risks losing the longer it prosecutes this ill-conceived quagmire in Afghanistan. “Imagine how we would feel if it had been 24 American soldiers killed by Pakistani forces at this moment,” said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Fox News Sunday.
Fanning public anger in Pakistan is Jamaatud Dawa, Hizb ut-Tehrir, and other organizations that stand to gain whenever anti-U.S. anger spikes. But is it any wonder why Pakistani streets and newspaper editorials were brimming with anti-American sentiment?
U.S. militarism has deprived diplomatic efforts of a key regional player. Absent the cooperation of Pakistan, the United States continues to dig its own grave.
Only America’s hubris can explain why officials continue to believe that they can win a war in which the neighboring state—with legitimate security interests—actively assists elements of the insurgency, denies transit routes for delivery of war supplies, and uses its leverage to increase the costs of America’s military presence."
Big Business Sides with Iran
"Earlier this week, on Monday, the advocacy group USA*Engage sent a letter to each of the 100 Senate offices. The organization’s intention was clear: to prevent the U.S. from imposing economic sanctions on Iran.
It’s a coalition of corporations, companies, and organizations, a subsidiary of the National Foreign Trade Council. Although USA*Engage does not reveal who their members are, here is the list of those who make up the National Foreign Trade Council’s board of directors
American International Group, Incorporated
Baxter International, Incorporated
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
DHL North America
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
Eastman Kodak Company
Ernst & Young LLP
Ford Motor Company
General Electric Company
General Motors Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
JPMorganChase & Co
National Foreign Trade Council
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Pernod Ricard USA
Procter & Gamble Company
Prudential Insurance Company
Ridgewood Group International
Rockwell International Corporation
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
United Technologies Corporation
Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated."
The Texas curse continues
NASA satellites have found that a historic drought parching Texas has depleted aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948
"Rodell says the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites detect changes in the Earth's gravity field caused by water redistribution on and beneath the Earth's surface.
NASA hydrologist Matthew Rodell said Wednesday that such low levels have been detected only 2 percent of the time since mapping began 63 years ago. He says it'll take months, and even years, to fully replenish the aquifers."
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