Thursday, July 31, 2008

How much worse can Bush administration foreign policy get?

Just when you thought the Bush administration had botched nearly every foreign policy crisis it has a hand in, the New York Times reported Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistani spies helped plan the July 7 bombing at India's embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to the Reuters international news service, U.S. officials told the Times that the U.S. had intercepted communications between Pakistani spies and militants who carried out the attack that killed 54. The officials also said new information showed that members of Pakistan's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence had provided the militants with details about planned U.S. missile strikes against them. Pakistan is reputedly an ally of the United States and the beneficiary of more than $10 billion in U.S. aid in the past 10 years, mostly to the government of President Pervez Musharraf to fight militants along its border with Afghanistan. But Pakistan has become overly concerned about the power of Aghanistan and India, its neighbors, and has maintained contacts with some of the militant groups, according to Reuters. What's the term for a situation in which the United States is funding Pakistan's fight against militants but Pakistan is actually aligning itself with militants fighting U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. Incomprehensible? Unthinkable? Ridiculous? Plus, India is one of the United States' closest allies and the two countries are considering a nuclear technology deal that will draw them even closer. This is a region that is desperate for some actual diplomacy, not just more weaponry.

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