The description in the New York Times today of Pakistan-based assassination squads operating in eastern Afghanistan is disturbing. It is further evidence of how difficult it is to prevail in a war when your neighbor next door provides a sanctuary for the insurgents. Another press story quoted an American official as whining that “we were just starting to crawl back” from the Pakistani reaction to the killing on their soil of Osama bin Laden.
The administration has to adopt a tough, transactional negotiating posture with Pakistan.
— Bing West is author of The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.