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Pakistani Journalists Call for End to U.S.-Pakistan Partnership…..

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Continuing with the message I have posted this morning in the open thread….

The US and NATO’s chief problem in Pakistan is political will…

That countries political leaders are worried about a population that simply does not believe that Afghanis is it’s chief problem…

The US and maybe India is…

In the Woodward book the problem is laid out starkly in back and white…

This linked piece also explains it….

This is no way to win a war…..

You ally cutting off supplies to your troops because you go after bad guys on his doorstaep…

Not good….

Not good at all……ses…..

For better or worse, Pakistan has been the single most important U.S. partner in Afghanistan since the 1979 Soviet invasion. That relationship today hits what may be an all-time low, as Pakistan shuts down one of only two overland supply routes into Afghanistan in retaliation for an overt military incursion (probably by the U.S.) into Pakistani territory. But that’s not even the most alarming indication that Pakistan is losing interest in its generation-long, heavily subsidized partnership with the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. Pakistani journalists, part of the country’s vibrant, vocal, and typically pro-Western free press, are now openly wondering if allying with the U.S. may be no longer worthwhile.

Pakistani newspaper The Nation ran a staff editorial on Tuesday with the headline, “By Helping America, Pakistan Kills Itself.” The editorial called for Pakistan to “delink” from the U.S. “misguided ‘War On Terror'” for the “growing murder of Pakistanis by U.S. and NATO forces.” They cite the recent incursion as well as the rapidly accelerating program of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, which are widely perceived as killing more civilians than militants. The paper lambastes the Pakistani government’s “eternal shame” for tolerating the U.S. behavior, which they say has “embolden[ed]” more killings of Pakistanis.

The Frontier Post, which is a less prominent daily but is mostly distributed in the strategically crucial Pakistan border region, called U.S. and NATO behavior “naked aggression against Pakistan.” They criticize the Pakistani government for not resisting the U.S. more, writing, “It’s high time that the Pakistani government wake up to the potential costs of its trickery with its own people.” Public opinion in Pakistan’s frontier “tribal regions” along the Afghanistan border is increasingly anti-American. According to a New American Foundation report, 90 percent oppose U.S. incursions into Pakistan and 70 percent say that Pakistan should not join with the U.S. in fighting militants. As anti-Americanism there rises…..More…

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