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The Pakistani ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy November 16, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in World Politics.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22051495/

Apparently the Pakistan and American Governments have had a tacit undertanding for several months that the U.S. would strike in borderland territories in Pakistan when they had actionable intelligence agains Al Qaeda.  The tradeoff was that the US would limit ground action within Pakistan.

For the U.S., this is a win-win.  Necessary actions within Pakistan must take place to win the war in Afghanistan.

For the Pakistanis, and President Asif Ali Zardari in particular, it may be wholly a different matter.  Their feeling is that the anger from these attacks is largely attributed to Pres. George W. Bush, and will abate with the inauguration of Barack Obama.  This doesn’t seem to correlate with recent polling in the country.  For example, Pakistan was one of only four countries polled in the Economist to feel that the election of Barack Obama will lead to worsening of relations with America.

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