Pakistan, they used to joke, is a Triple-A country, meaning power is held by Allah, the Army, and the Americans. Pakistan is in the process of being downgraded to a 2A country, which is good for no one.
It is …
Impromptus: Oslo Journal, Part IV
Editor’s Note: Last week, the Oslo Freedom Forum took place. It is the annual human-rights conference in the Norwegian capital. Jay Nordlinger is touching on sundry matters in this journal. The previous parts are at the following links: I, …
Don’t Blame Drones for the Tragic Deaths in Pakistan
Warren Weinstein, an American development worker, was kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2011. Aged 73, he was, according to reports today, killed in an apparent U.S. drone strike in January 2015. Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker, was …
New Revised, Morally Nuanced Drone Policy Gets Familiar Results
Hey, check out our new new, morally nuanced, totally different drone policy:
A U.S drone attack early Wednesday killed seven people and injured four others in volatile North Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani security officials and local tribesmen said. It …
The Time Obama Made Political Attacks Hours After Islamist Violence
President Obama and his team would never seize upon the news of a deadly attack in the Muslim world to attack a political opponent, right?
Eh, let’s look back to December 2007, when Benazir Bhutto’s assassination became a big …
The U.S.-Style Liberal–Conservative Divide Doesn’t Translate to Pakistan
While reading the Washington Post’s coverage of Pakistani politics, I noticed that reporters Pamela Constable and Shaiq Hussain describe Imran Khan’s Pakistan Justice Movement as “liberal.” I’ll admit that this surprised me a bit, and I thought I’d …
Pakistani Occupational Hazards
In some jobs, timing really is everything.
Romney Was Right to Oppose Negotiating with Child-Killers
The news out of Pakistan is horrifying: More than 126 dead, mostly children, in a Taliban attack on a school.
Back in 2012, the entire foreign-policy establishment, inside and outside the Obama administration, thought Mitt Romney was a fool for opposing negotiations …
Pre-Sequestration, an Extra $15 Million in Pakistan Aid
On February 21, with sequestration looming, the U.S. Agency for International Development expanded a contract with Deloitte Consulting for an extra $15 million, to $37 million, to support “the implementation by the government of Pakistan of recent important and very welcome trade …
Our Men Have Been Fighting and Dying in Pakistan For Years Now
A fascinating detail from Marc Ambinder’s piece on the raid in Pakistan:
Several dozen JSOC operatives have died in Pakistan over the past several years. Their names are released by the Defense Department in the usual manner, but with …