An anvil of clay: Pakistanâ€™s military balks at Obamaâ€™s Afghan surge
13 January 2010
“Pakistanâ€™s cooperation is crucial to the success of the current US and Nato strategy in Afghanistan. Yet the Pakistani military not only has misgivings about the Nato surge but also its own agenda. Central to the discord is the militaryâ€™s view of the Afghan Taliban as assets to counter rival Indiaâ€™s spreading Afghan footprint.
The military views the US surge and the 18-month timeframe as acts of desperation by the Obama administration â€“ as well as a vindication of Pakistanâ€™s strategy of keeping its options open through a â€œselective counter-insurgency approachâ€. Thus, there is little indication that Pakistan is willing to undertake campaigns against militants in the tribal areas. Or play the role of anvil to the US hammer along the Afghan-Pakistani border."
2010-01-15 19:40:13 UTC