By Alan Caruba
For 34 of its 64 years, Pakistan has been run by generals whose military intelligence presumably works in league with its Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), though both have their own agendas. It is unlikely that much civilian control over either exists.
Almeida wrote, “If we didn’t know, we are a failed state; if we did know, we are a rogue state. But does anyone believe they didn’t know?”
If the United States of America has learned anything from the war in Afghanistan, it must be that when America attempts to impose a one-size-fits-all “democracy” not shared by alien cultures, that ideology may not be compatible with the national psyche of that alien culture slated for change. Tribal societies owe allegiance to the warlord and the so-called “nation” of Afghanistan exists only to the outskirts of Kabul.
The latest report from Kabul is that the International Security Assistance Force, established by the United Nations in 2001, now numbers about 55,000 troops of which nearly half are U.S. military. If it cannot even secure Kabul, what are the odds it can have any success throughout some of the worst terrain for battle to be found anywhere in the world?