If this article is correct, we are really irritating the Pakistanis with our actions in Afghanistan, spilling over into Pakistan — those bombings from on high by drones. They are bugged also by our go it alone military approach without consultation with them. Simply pouring money their way raises suspicion as to our motives and resulting conflicts with their best interests. They do not want to be a vassal state to the U.S. Once again we are letting ourselves be distracted from the real problems — Iran and Pakistan — with our Afghan ‘Iraq’. I wonder whether Obama can hold off our too willing warriors with the pressures building for us to play the tough guys? Check out the maps and see who is where in this scene. We just lost 8 good men on the boarder — and probably will lose far more with the Taliban being free to roam and hit us where and whenever. Once again we cannot be the policeman of the world. Playing that game only wins us resentment and opens the doors wider to the terrorists. No way we can win such a ‘war’.

What do you think?

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U.S. Push to Expand in Pakistan Meets Resistance
By JANE PERLEZ
American efforts to increase aid, as well as the footprint
of the U.S. Embassy and its security contractors, are
aggravating an already volatile mood among senior Pakistani
officials.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/world/asia/06islamabad.html?th&emc=th

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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