WSJ Front Page: Pakistan Spy Agency Urges On Taliban

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Members of Pakistan's spy agency are pressing Taliban field commanders to fight the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan, some U.S. officials and Afghan militants say, a development that undercuts a key element of the Pentagon's strategy for ending the war.

The explosive accusation is the strongest yet in a series of U.S. criticisms of Pakistan, and shows a deteriorating relationship with an essential ally in the Afghan campaign. The U.S. has provided billions of dollars in military and development aid to Pakistan for its support.

The U.S. and Afghanistan have sought to persuade midlevel Taliban commanders to lay down their weapons in exchange for jobs or cash. The most recent Afghan effort at starting a peace process took place this week in Kabul.

But few Taliban have given up the fight, officials say....

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsDefense, National Security, MilitaryForeign RelationsTerrorismWar in Afghanistan* International News & CommentaryAsiaAfghanistanPakistan

Posted October 7, 2010 at 6:29 am

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1. Tired of Hypocrisy wrote:

What good has come out of Pakistan? For anyone? The best thing we could do for Afghanistan, for ourselves, for the world and for innocent citizens of this rogue state, is to destroy their nukes and spirit away their nuclear scientists. Pakistan is a cancer. Between Pakistan. Iran is a problem, it certainly loads the weapons that kill our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, but Pakistan is worse because it pretends to be an ally, thereby syphoning billions in aid from honest American citizens. Militants from all around the world are trained and staged in Pakistan, and dispatched in hordes across the Afghan border. Afghanistan is the host. Pakistan and its pirate Muslim proxies are the parasite. Kill the parasite to spare the host.

October 7, 10:45 pm | [comment link]
2. IchabodKunkleberry wrote:

As someone else recently opined ...

  “Pakistan - one of the 20th century’s really bad ideas !”

October 8, 12:08 am | [comment link]

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