U.S.-Pakistan Relations in Decline - By Daniel Pipes - MidEastTruth.com
 
MidEastTruth Forum Index
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
MidEastTruth Forum Index
MidEastTruth Forum Index MidEastTruth Forum Index  

Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in newspapers around the globe. His website, DanielPipes.org, is one of the most accessed internet sources of specialized information on the Middle East and Islam.

MidEastTruth Forum Index
MidEastTruth Forum Index

SearchSearch Homepage

Help us stay online!
donate

Jump to:  
RSSTwitterFacebookYoutube

Post new topic   Reply to topic    MidEastTruth Forum Index -> Daniel Pipes
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
editor
Editor
Editor


Joined: 24 Feb 2003
Posts: 3538

PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 1:40 am    Post subject: U.S.-Pakistan Relations in Decline - By Daniel Pipes    

Reply with quote

U.S.-Pakistan Relations in Decline

By Daniel Pipes
May 4, 2011

Although the execution of Osama bin Laden was mainly a symbolic and psychological act of counterterrorism, its most immediate consequence, ironically, affects U.S.-Pakistan relations.

* In response to Pakistani upset about their national sovereignty being trespassed, the Zardari government severely condemned what it called "an unauthorized unilateral action."

* Members of U.S. congress, already disappointed in the use of American aid to Pakistan, are so upset about apparent Pakistani government protection for bin Laden, they talk of cutting back on the annual assistance, which came to almost $4.5 billion in 2010.

This sudden crisis in relations may be unexpected but it culminates a process that has developed over decades. Pakistan is one of several Muslim-majority countries (Yemen is another; Turkey is becoming a third) where the U.S. government basically lacks any friends.

Although such a situation severely limits American options, here is a realistic policy recommendation that serves American interests:

Give up on the pretence that the two governments are allies and treat Pakistan – with its many madrassahs, its Islamist military leadership, and rogue intelligence service – as a danger zone. Adopt a policy of containment vis-à-vis the Islamism coming out of it, rewarding cooperation and punishing hostile acts. This approach permits Washington flexibly to collaborate or confront as circumstances warrant and needs change. (May 4, 2011)

Source

Facebook

_________________


Use your Facebook account to comment




Help us stay online!

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message



Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MidEastTruth Forum Index -> Daniel Pipes All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 








The MidEastTruth.com Forum | Powered by phpBB