Is it impossible to lose what you never had?
Slip sliding away, slip sliding away
You know the nearer your destination the more you slip sliding away (Paul Simon, 1988) or
If you dance with the devil you have to pay the piper (Unknown)
Through the years it has been painfully apparent to anyone that bothered to look that Pakistan was an AINO, or an ally in name only.
More than happy to take our aid in return for its cooperation in waging the global war on terror, the United States has all along faced the entrenched nature of terrorists and terrorist groups who move in and around the Pakistani government.
Additionally we have faced the constant double-dealing of the nuclear armed Pakistan government leaders themselves. And with it all we received limited amounts of help on any level.
The event that has moved the partnership between our two countries quickly south is of course when we needed to keep the Pakistani government in the dark about our operation to go in and take out Osama bin Laden.
Our meager relations have not been the same since.
Two interesting stories of note, neither one particularly reassuring:
Yankee go home!
"We don't need unnecessary people here. They cause problems for us instead of being helpful," said a Pakistani security official who declined to be identified. He said the withdrawal might start by early June.
Another Pakistani security official said the decision was made because of concerns over the Americans' security and because "resentment all around was very high." (Reuters)
Pakistan finds a new best friend
During Gilani's visit, China gave indications of how it is willing to underwrite Pakistan's sovereignty and stability. According to a May 19, 2011, Pakistani daily report, "China... warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China..." The report, citing highly placed diplomatic sources in Beijing, noted: "Beijing has advised Washington to respect Pakistan's sovereignty... and this was formally conveyed to the United States at last week's China-U.S. strategic dialogue and economic talks." (MEMRI)
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