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May 6, 2009

A stool with three legs, at least for now

Filed under: Strategy,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on May 6, 2009

Today President Obama will host President Karzai of Afghanistan and President Zardari of Pakistan at the White House. The three leaders will focus on more effective cooperation in the fight against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and their allies.

How this fight proceeds is crucial to US counterterrorism efforts at home and abroad.  Consider, for example, this morning’s story from Reuters, printed in one of Pakistan’s most respected newspapers, “Foreign militants yearn for Pakistan’s training camps.”

There will be extensive media coverage.  But given this blog’s ongoing attention to the Hindu Kush, following are a collection of links for your further background. As Harry Truman cautioned, “You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.”

Pakistan’s Nukes in Safe Hands: Zardari (Times of India)

Is Obama’s Concern Justified? (Dawn)

Afghan Pakistan Summit set for US (Al Jazeera)

Pakistan attacks Taliban bases in the Swat Valley (The Guardian)

Where the Taliban Roam (The Independent)

The War for Pakistan (Wall Street Journal)

Obama’s War: A new approach to Karzai (Washington Post)

Karzai: Taliban gains in Pakistan threaten peace in Afghanistan (CNN)

Obama Juggles Afghan and Pakistani Allies (The Los Angeles Times)

The map below is provided courtesy of the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research.


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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 6, 2009 @ 7:48 am

Okay please make this (today’s meeting) of the three Presidents a baseline for any progress in the US interest in establishing exclusive protectorates in AF-PAK!
Let’s measure progress by another meeting on September 11, 2009 and September 11, 2010 and see if the theory that the US MUST be involved in AF-PAK continues to make sense. What I wonder is what offers to help in AF-PAK the US has turned down or the AF-PAKS themselves have turned down. Instead of a largely Christian force how about funding an ISLAMIC force to assist these countries say paid for by the US and the Saudis and Iranians (I know it sounds strange but the Iranians did help US take down the Taliban after 9/11 in Afghanistan–largely forgotten now).

I think the US is going astray in AF-PAK but my own ignorance means that this is just my instinctive reaction to the largely propaganda campaign by Central Command as it continues to get more troops.

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