Monday, May 09, 2011

The Problem of Pakistan

There is a case to be made that Pakistan is our most dangerous enemy in the world right now.  It is a major sponsor of terrorism in its own right, has nuclear weapons, and has sold the technology to our other chief foes, Iran and North Korea.  It hides and aids our foes the Taliban and al Quaeda.

Nonetheless, they feel safe against our retaliation because they have nuclear weapons and sit astride our supply lines to Afghanistan.  Our choices:

  • Get out of Afghanistan
  • and, forget about them - let India and China deal with them
  • or, try to pull the nuclear stinger.  That would be a very risky course.
  • or, continue on, punishing perfidy in subtle ways.