July 19, 2007


Hamilton: Time for US to get tough on war-on-terror allies: The former co-chair of the Iraq Study Group said the US's relationship with Pakistan needs to be reevaluated. The US also needs to be firmer with Iraq's prime minister on meeting deadlines for benchmarks (David Cook, 7/19/07, CS Monitor)

"I think that our relationship with Pakistan needs to be reconsidered, reevaluated.… What has driven our relationship with Pakistan has been the fear that the alternative to Musharraf would be a radical government with a nuclear bomb. I think that fear is overstated…. I believe it is necessary for the United States to be able to go after the sanctuaries in Pakistan," [Lee Hamilton] said.

When he was asked whether such action could cause the Musharraf government to fall, Mr. Hamilton responded, "It is a risk, and it is a risk I would be willing to take."

Indeed, from a purely military perspective the alternative is welcome because it just makes everything in country a legitimate target.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 19, 2007 8:59 PM
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