February 26, 2007

OUTSOURCING ISN'T ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION:

Cheney Warns Pakistan to Act on Terror (DAVID E. SANGER and MARK MAZZETTI, 2/26/07, NY Times)

Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced trip to Pakistan on Monday to deliver what officials in Washington described as an unusually tough message to Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, warning him that the newly Democratic Congress could cut aid to his country unless his forces become far more aggressive in hunting down operatives with Al Qaeda.

Mr. Cheney's trip was shrouded in secrecy, and he was on the ground for only a few hours, sharing a private lunch with the Pakistani leader at his palace. Notably, Mr. Cheney traveled with the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Steve Kappes, an indication that the conversation with the Pakistani president likely included discussion of American intelligence agency contentions that Al Qaeda camps have been reconstituted along the border of Afghanistan.

The decision to send Mr. Cheney secretly to Pakistan came after the White House concluded that General Musharraf is failing to live up to commitments he made to Mr. Bush during a visit here in September.


It's obviously preferable if the hostilities in Western Pakistan are red on red, but if the Pakistanis are balking we can do them ourselves now that Mr. Musharraf has gotten them to cluster in a free-fire zone.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2007 7:30 AM
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