January 12, 2008

YOU AREN'T A SOVEREIGN...:

Pakistan's al Qaeda alarms Pentagon (Sara A. Carter, January 12, 2008, Washington Times)

The Pentagon is "extremely concerned" about the emergence of al Qaeda in Pakistan, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said yesterday. [...]

Adm. Mullen added, however, that "Pakistan is a sovereign country and certainly it's really up to ... President Musharraf and certainly his advisers and his military to address that problem directly."

Pakistan's large tribal region, situated along the border with Afghanistan, has long been a serious concern for U.S. intelligence officials who suspect al Qaeda is establishing training camps in the region and recruiting fighters from as far away as Europe and Africa.


...if you don't exercise political control over a territory. These are, by law, free fire zones and we could hardly ask for a better outcome than that the enemy cluster in them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2008 9:51 AM
Comments

I must admit, Musharraf's chest-thumping of the past few days (about Americans possibly crossing the border) has been downright funny.

He'll 'expel' American troops trying to kill his worst enemies, but he won't fight those enemies directly?

Actually, there was an excellent article in the WSJ this week (Weds. or Thurs.) about the four
main divisions in Pakistani society (the radicals weren't even classified), showing how the Punjabis are holding down the other groups, even where the other groups are in the majority. Pakistan is really 3 or 4 separate countries, divided by language, class, even religion.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 12, 2008 2:14 PM
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