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Mush’s Jon Stewart appearance

Posted by chakrabarti on July 20, 2011

Apart from the inevitable spin on why bin Laden went undetected lo all these all many years, and the attempted obfuscations of trying to distinguish between ISI activities in Afghanistan (the bad kind of terrorism) and against India (presumably the good kind of terrorism) that is expected of any Pakistani establishment persona, the more interesting comments were on the subject of the putative US withdrawal from Afghanistan currently set for 2014, when he claimed that setting an artificial deadline before demonstrated progress would be counterproductive and would simply cause the Taliban and allied parties to wait it out up until that date. It was as if the script had been pre-approved by John McCain, Lindsey Graham or the Weekly Standard editorial desk. Although I can see how a military general would be predisposed to such a worldview, one would think that those in the Pakistani political system would be relieved to be rid of a huge military presence next door, especially since the strategy has stifled grand “strategic depth” ambitions that were curtailed by 9/11 and the ensuing conflict.

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