On Pakistan and American foreign policy.
Don’t worry… I don’t think anybody realistically expects reasonable behavior from an islamic led government. And seriously, what would they do with the those nukes?
Who would they use them against and not expect a full retaliatory strike that would most assuredly annihilate the entire country? Whose going to risk that?[/quote]
I’m not worried. Pakistan doesn’t have a history nor the resources of attacking other countries. Their problems are local. A good deal of the country lives in abject poverty.
I would have been worried about the US attacking them, but the country has got nukes (and is overt about it). So unless the next American president is totally clueless, the US will leave Pakistan be.
Not that the country isn’t an Islamism hotbed (compared to pre-2003 Iraq, the place is Benladensville), but can you do about it? I don’t think there’s any argument that Washington can sell this time around? You can’t quite say you’re spreading “freedom and democracy” when a few days earlier, you were the toppled dictator’s main backer.
You can’t say they’re hiding WMDs. And you can’t sell the idea that triggering a nuclear war is inevitable, when the alternative is to accept that US influence over the region goes down a notch or two.
Of course, the above assumes the White House resident consults the people. And that’s never been the president’s forte.
The big question here isn’t whether the next government of Islamabad will distance itself from Washington. That’s a given. Rather, it’s how closer it’ll become to Tehran.