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Obama's Speech: 'Servility' Toward America Has its Limits

 

"Our military needs a guaranteed say over how U.S. forces conduct themselves in areas of Afghanistan that border Pakistan. As for the increase in drone attacks, these need to stop now - and on this, Pakistan's government must come clean about where it stands. There must be a limit to our servility to a foreign power."

 

EDITORIAL

 

December 2, 2009

 

Pakistan - The Nation - Original Article (English)

 

In an address at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, President Obama lays out his plan for Afghanistan.

 

C-SPAN VIDEO: President Barack Obama announces his long awaited strategy on Afghanistan, calling for 30,000 additional U.S. troops, Dec. 1, 00:39:34RealVideo

PRESIDENT Obama's much-awaited policy on Afghanistan commences with more of a whimper than a bang. That's appropriate, because Obama appears to have opted with the old Bush policy, while at the same time, giving it a more realistic hue. Instead of grandiose expectations of military victory and the construction of a new Afghan nation, it's clear that America now seeks an honorable exit within eighteen months. The will obviously involve putting pressure on all sides to come to the table and make possible a situation that allows such a face-saving U.S. exit. This is why there's talk of whittling away Taliban support by providing jobs and incentives for local people.

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The electoral fraud and general corruption of the Karzai government was also part of Obama's discourse. Included was the already-revealed increase of 30,000 U.S. troops, which will only add to the instability and violence - and not only in Afghanistan, but Pakistan as well. After all, playing numbers games within the framework of an already-failed policy is hardly likely to alter the dynamics.

 

For Pakistan the message was clear: there will be more destabilization as militants, escaping U.S. forces in areas bordering Pakistan, infiltrate our nation. The problem is further aggravated because of the refusal of the U.S. and NATO to adopt any defensive strategies to stem infiltration across the porous Pakistan-Afghan border. Pakistan has suggested mining the border, fencing it, more U.S. and NATO checkpoints, and so on; but for reasons that defy all logic, these proposals have been rejected.

 

Another problem for Pakistan is Obama's ridiculous claim that al-Qaeda is after Pakistan's nuclear assets. The war they wage doesn't require nuclear weapons. Rather, it is certainly the U.S. which is targeting these assets. Ironically, Obama has admitted that without Pakistan, America's strategy for Afghanistan is a non-starter. U.S. despair regarding the Afghan War was clearly reflected in Obama's speech. It's time for Pakistan to renegotiate its cooperation and demand better terms for continuing as a front-line state for America.

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SEE ALSO ON THIS:  

The Nation, Pakistan : Pakistan Can't Allow U.S. Surge Along Afghan Border  

The Frontier Post, Pakistan: U.S. Swallows India's 'Lies' on Kashmir  

The Nation, Pakistan: Hillary's 'Unfortunate' PR Stunt Falls Flat  

The Nation, Pakistan: Hillary Clinton Should Mind Her Own Media!  

Pak Tribune, Pakistan: In Waziristan, Americans Must Now Stand Aside  

The Frontier Post, Pakistan: 'Rivers of Blood:' West Could Care Less for Afghan Deaths
The Frontier Post, Pakistan: Tell America to Stop Backing Terrorist Attacks on Iran
The Frontier Post, Pakistan: America Reveals Dark Side of the Human Intellect

The Australian, Australia: Before 9-11, Docs Show Split in al-Qaeda Over Attack on U.S.

Asia Times, Hong Kong: China Maps End to the Afghanistan War

The Telegraph, U.K.: Obama Reported 'Furious' at McChrystal Speech  

Gazeta, Russia: U.S. and Russia Share Responsibility for 'Afghan Anthill'

The Frontier Post, Pakistan: Americans Will Pay Dearly For 'Flirting' with Afghan War

The Frontier Post, Pakistan: This Time, the Americans Have Gone Too Far!  

The Frontier Post, Pakistan: It's Obama's Afghanistan Now

Der Spiegel, Germany: Editorial Roundup: U.S. 'Schadenfreude' Over Afghan Air Strike

Der Spiegel, Germany: Germany Pledges Full Probe as Pressure Mounts

 

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For starters, strategically, we need better access to markets, high-tech military hardware, nuclear parity with India, and an end to Indian infiltration of Pakistan through Afghanistan. Tactically, our military needs a guaranteed say over how U.S. forces conduct themselves in areas of Afghanistan that border Pakistan, and Islamabad must demand specific types of cooperation to stem the infiltration of men and material. As for the increase in drone attacks, these need to stop now - and on this, Pakistan's government must come clean about where it stands. What we don't need is for our foreign minister to insist that the U.S. remain in Afghanistan for five years more! There must be a limit to our servility to a foreign power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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