The utterances of Vice President Biden have been known to drive friends and foes crazy. But along with the blossoming U.S. alliance with India, Biden's assertions that Pakistan's nuclear program is an American problem has positively driven Islamabad to distraction.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
has made it clear that Pakistan's nuclear weapons should be the prime focus of
U.S. policy in the Middle East. In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, he
declared, "our focus should be Pakistan and al-Qaeda in Pakistan and
Pakistan's nuclear weapons." [see video below].
Now that the U.S. leadership
has admitted to targeting Pakistan's nuclear assets, it's time to seriously
reconsider our cooperation with that country, particularly in terms of military
and security matters. After all, if the American end game in this region is to eliminate
Pakistan's nuclear capability, how can any of Pakistan's state organizations be
party to their agenda?
If some of the
blinkered people in the establishment and government continue to fail to grasp
America’s anti-Pakistan agenda, what, one wonders, do they think of Mullen's
comments in Islamabad that the "Indo-U.S. nuclear strategy" is for the
good of our entire region?” This is the
first time we've heard of a joint "Indo-U.S." nuclear strategy. What
exactly is that? [Editor’s
Note: Mullenis Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff].
The Indian nuclear doctrine,
which advocates a first strike against "any WMD threat" from
"anywhere," encompasses a highly aggressive nuclear war-fighting
strategy. Is this to be a joint Indo-U.S. strategy for the region and beyond?
If so, then Pakistan is under
direct threat. Given how the U.S. and India are cooperating on missile defense,
it follows that the U.S. would embrace Indian designs for the Middle East as
well. Translated into simple strategic language, this means rationalizing nuclear
war rather than merely deterring it.
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Also, if the U.S. has adopted
a joint nuclear doctrine with India, then it is violating its international
obligations under the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty, which forbids the United States
from nuclear cooperation, not to mention military cooperation, with a
non-signatory to the Treaty.
Given the joint U.S.-India nuclear
agenda, it's clear why at the official and media level the U.S. has failed to
move against the proliferation activities of India that have been
well-documented by many sources, including U.S. think tanks.
For Pakistan, the threat from
the United States is now clear. The threat lies in Washington's attempt to cripple
Pakistan's nuclear capability by all means possible. They can't do it through
military means, so they're attempting to identify target areas, and then, with the
help of the U.N. Security Council, move in with al-Qaeda as a pretext for taking
If we think our main security
threat is from extremist militants, then we need to think again. The American
threat to our existence is becoming critical, not only in the form of now-threatened
drone attacks on Baluchistan, but also in the form of targeting our nuclear
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There is also an unholy and
growing alliance between militants and their foreign backers, which is why we
need to delink ourselves from the United States and devise our own holistic
strategies for combating multiple-level threats.