It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
why is the US droning PAKISTANI Taliban in PAKISTAN????? anyone wanna hazard a guess? 'cuz it beats the heck out of me,,,,
In other words, are we now in the bizness, of securing Pakistani's government?
how about this:
which is contradited by this:The strike against Baitullah Mehsud reportedly came after repeated complaints by Pakistani officials that the Americans were not hitting militant groups who attacked targets in Pakistan
what are we doing ? Is Afganistan's (AfPak apparently) sucessful transition determined by The Pakstani Taliban?Pakistan's government has issued a statement strongly condemning the drone attack, saying such strikes were a "violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integity
Apparently so, and if it is so, we got a hopeless task ahead of us..unless we want perpetual war in that region.
Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ
Pakistan's interior minister has said the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has destroyed the country's nascent peace process
This is not just the killing of one person, it's the death of all peace efforts," Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said.
Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest over Friday's drone strike that killed Mehsud.
It came a day before a Pakistani delegation had been due to fly to North Waziristan to meet Mehsud.
But BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says that however weakened the Taliban may be by this loss, they will fight on under a new leader.
In a rare interview two weeks ago, Mehsud told the BBC he was open to "serious talks" with the government but said he had not yet been approached.
Mehsud denied carrying out recent deadly attacks in public places, saying his targets were "America and its friends".
He had loose control over more than 30 militant groups in Pakistan's tribal areas
BBC News - Hakimullah Mehsud drone strike: 'Death of peace efforts'
So you can say striking the head of the Paki Taliban is a good thing; I think it is not - because the peace procees in Afg,
depends on co-operation by the Paki Taliban; at least those based in N.Wazi.
We cannot kill our way to peace, we cannot war our way to peace - all we can do is war and kill with the drones.
It might be helpful (mindful) to recall that Afg.'s path towards any reconcilliation is not helped by our warring.
Then again I am quite sure the Taliban are not going to cooperate in any meaningful "power sharing" by the Afg. gov't
All of which means we are irrelevant, except the fact we believe we are not.
Afg. will do as it please, US Superpower status or not.
Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ
Even if there was a positive correlation, would it prove in any way that drone strikes cause the Taliban to grow?
What other methods would be nearly as effective in dealing with the al-Qaeda ilk?
Then hide in the shadows while protecting our enemies.