...Or Smoke and Mirrors. The fraught relationship between Pakistan and the United States seems to have come acropper according to this story in the NYTimes. If the story is true than we should pack up in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. But with the Pakistanis who knows what is true, what is spin, what is bubble, etc. about the CIA or the drone attacks or the two "intelligence" services.Still, thekey paragraph may be: "The Pakistani army firmly believes that Washingtons real aim in Pakistan is to neutralize the nations prized nuclear arsenal, which is now on a path to becoming the worlds fifth largest, said the Pakistani official closely involved in the decision on reducing the American presence."
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.