U.S. commandos attacked an al Qaeda target in Pakistan this week in an operation that could signal more intense American efforts to thwart militant attacks in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Not that I would doubt the veracity of the claims of U.S. officials, seeing as how they've been right so often and told the truth so routinely and all. But what in the fuck is this all about? Suddenly America's permanent war has hopped the border and rained expensive death on the Pakistan side of the frontier. Can anyone say Cambodia? It does not matter if they are indeed popping their bombs on Al Qaeda bases and let's face it, we have only their word that that is what they hit. Hell, they blew the shit out of dozens of women and children, called them insurgents and pretended nothing was wrong and that was in an area that they can freely (barring, you know, armed objections from the locals) move about and verify.
The Pakistani government is justifiably furious. It occurs to me that after bungling, mismanaging and all around screwing up the entirety of this so called war on terror, that the stakes just got a lot more serious. Pakistan is not a little tiny place without military resources. Pakistan is a nuclear power and just who has been wheeling and dealing with the now ousted President General Pervaiz Musharif?
Pakistan was a major recipient of American arms sales in 2006, including the $1.4 billion purchase of 36 new F-16C/D fighter aircraft and $640 million in missiles and bombs. The deal included a package for $890 million in upgrades for Pakistan’s older versions of the F-16.
At the same time, the State Department’s own survey of global human rights in 2006 noted a variety of shortcomings in Pakistan’s record on human rights and democratization.
But the Bush administration has argued that it is important to maintain the support of a nuclear-armed Pakistan in the broader counterterrorism fight, in particular as Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders regroup in the rugged North-West Frontier Province along the Afghan border.
This isn't like Iraq, one of America's former arms buying pals. Pakistan has a population of over 170 million people and in 2006 alone they spent over $5 billion on armaments. Remember those hearts and minds that the lying liars prated about winning. I guess that's no longer operative. Not that America was popular in the region before but they just made armed incursions into the sovereign territory of a very big, well armed Muslim nation. I do believe that could be construed as an act of war.
According to the Reuters piece, the brave desk jockeys at the Pentagon are stroking off to their own mighty tune.
"We are going to pursue terrorists wherever they operate, plan their operations, try to seek safe harbor," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.
So that would be a declaration of what, that America is now officially a rogue state? Fuck your sovereignty, borders... I don't see no borders.
The United States and other allies are increasingly concerned about Pakistan's stability. On Wednesday, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
And how does one shore up stability in this age of detonation diplomacy? Well nothing says we're thinking of you quite like a commando raid and missile attacks by a red, white and blue drone. Those mangled bodies, militant and otherwise, think nothing of them.
But Thomas Fingar, U.S. deputy director of national intelligence, said Pakistan had limited abilities to fight militants on its own and that political sensitivities hurt its willingness to act.
"Pakistan is inherently unstable ... It's a weak coalition government and military operations inside Pakistan are not popular,"
And if domestic military operations are not popular, imagine how welcome an attack by American forces must be. Get Hallmark on the phone, call FTD... Cheney can use the rose petals to mop up the blood. If America wants to be a unifying force in that part of the world, they are well on track. They are busily uniting millions of people. Against America. It seems that America has set a course for permanent war and they just don't care how it happens. The pig ignorant maniacs in charge are still beating their geriatric breasts, inciting action against Iran and now this. The third world and the Islamic world don't hate America for her freedoms, hell those are in tatters and chains by now anyway. They hate America for what America does, for the bloodshed and violence, for the arrogance and disregard.
"It would be a serious mistake to risk the destabilization of Pakistan to try and avert failure across the border in Afghanistan," said Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations.
"If you think the No. 1 threat to U.S. interests at the moment is al Qaeda's acquisition of a nuclear weapon, far and away the likeliest scenario for that to happen is some sort of collapse of the Pakistani government into chaos."
God help America. Land of the... what's on TV?