With the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan upon us, you have already started to see a lot of media hand-wringing introspection on whether the war was worth it, whether we should remain in Afghanistan, and what the historical …Continue reading →
One important factor the Czar omits in the excellent post above is that since Partition, almost all attempts to forge a pan-Pakistani identity have focused on the common denominator of religion: the large majority of Pakistanis are Muslim, and the …Continue reading →
Gotta love a letter that opens like this: Dear Dread and Wonderful Czar, From what you wrote about Pakistan in Bit 3 of your “Four Little Tidbits” post, it sounds like Pakistan could be described as the Yugoslavia of the …Continue reading →
Four quick items for you: On the Obama administration’s changing stories about the raid: This is not a surprise. All of this news is based on after-action reports compiled from the guys on the scene. If you have ever read …Continue reading →
You know Confucius takes issues of war, peace, strategy, diplomacy, and so forth seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Defeats and bad press for the U.S. depress him mightily. Still. He can’t stop laughing at this. We’ve apparently be negotiating …Continue reading →
So the President is maintaining his foreign policy status quo. By that, he will enrage 1.14 billion people in order to attempt to appease 167 million people. Actually a 7:1 enraged-to-unimpressed ratio is better than he does on most days. …Continue reading →
What a relief. I don’t know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they’re capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn’t scored that …Continue reading →
Political ownership of the war on terrorism now rests with the people of Pakistan. Says their prez. Well, he would, but still…Confucius says: the thought comforts not. Confucius, Œc. Vol.Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu. gormogons.com
Wow. In addition to having a website, the Taliban now have a playbook, laying down rules for their military code of conduct. Curiously, it reads very much like an American guide to military operations in civilian populations: be polite, do …Continue reading →
Your Czar and Your Mandarin have a conversation: A tasteless title up there, but the Czar could not get it out of his head any other way. Your inscrutable Mandarin and your Czar were surprised that what should really be …Continue reading →
Your Czar has not forgotten about Pakistan, and the rising Taliban threat there. Consider this: the Taliban are in some respects closer to gaining nuclear firepower than Iran. The situation is so serious that even our current State Department is …Continue reading →
The Czar has long predicted that SoS Hillary Clinton reads this website. Her recent warnings to Pakistan are a pretty good synopsis of the Czars own concerns. If she would be kind enough to give us a two-word pull quote …Continue reading →
Pakistan has been at a crossroads for her entire existence. As soon as she makes one turn, she finds herself at another. Today, in the otherwise amiable city of Lahore, 11 (or more) people were killed and almost 100 injured …Continue reading →
Shocking. Reports of the ISI’s aiding the Taliban are nothing new Uh, yeah, considering they were the Taliban’s primary foreign backers since before the Russians left. Confucius, Œc. Vol.Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu. gormogons.com
Well, turns out Pakistan is now putting its notional territorial sovereignty above its participation in the War on Terror. While we may paper over this diplomatically given the return of an elected government in Islamabad, this effectively moves Pakistan into …Continue reading →
This may be an overdue reckoning, or it may just be the inevitable result of Musharraf’s downfall. The more public opinion—not to mention the military and ISI—comes into play in Pakistan, the less well we’re going to do in in …Continue reading →
…here, here, and here, Peter Pham has a very good piece in the National Interest on what the U.S. should do in the post-Musharraf era.* Anyway, here’s the kernel for those of you too tired to click. First, America must …Continue reading →
…cobbled together by European powers in the twentieth century, Pakistan is a front-runner for the most inherently unstable and, if you’ll pardon a soupçon of hyperbole, flat-out craziest. Given that it was stitched together from four major provinces with little …Continue reading →
Like Peter Pham at NRO’s Tank, the Œcumenical Volgi has long had an eye on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, stemming from his long interest in Central Asian affairs (which interest led to one of the most painful incidents in his …Continue reading →
‘Puter’s never been a fan of Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. Anti-democratic, too accepting of Islamic extremism, unwilling (or unable) to control his tribal borderlands. His resignation of Pakistan’s presidency leaves ‘Puter worried though. With Musharraf’s departure, ‘Puter fears the rise …Continue reading →
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