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Pakistan is stepping it up

February 19, 2010

More than a dozen Taliban leaders have been arrested. The question at Hot Air is why?

The $64,000 question remains why Pakistan is suddenly so intent in rolling these guys up. I’ve been speculating about sticks and carrots that Obama might have used to get them to cooperate, but maybe neither are the case. Maybe instead Pakistan feared that the Taliban was about to go rogue by striking a peace deal with Karzai that would have reduced Islamabad’s influence inside the country to an unacceptable degree. (Baradar is reputed to be open to negotiations.) For more on that possibility, I recommend J.E. Dyer’s post this morning in the Greenroom. If his/her theory is correct, we’ve now reached a surreal moment in which Pakistan is pursuing the Taliban for possibly being too friendly to the United States.

At this point I am sticking with Occam’s Razor. The Taliban threatened the government, the government responded in it’s own self interest. The fact that Pakistan’s interest and America’s interest are coinciding at the moment in coincidental.


A debate at the NY Times on an idea to allow 10th graders proceed to college if they pass an American equivalent to the GCSE. I like the idea, but the one I like better is to do away with high school as we know it entirely and replace it with something approaching a community college. General college work for those that are interested and vocational training for those who wish to go that route. Make the last two years really mean something.

Hot Air points out that the media is deliberately misleading people into believing that the pilot of the plane that hit the building yesterday was a Tea Partier.

Follow the link and note the parts of the manifesto quoted by Capehart. Yes, of course the anti-Bush rhetoric and screeching about health care is omitted, but something even more revealing is omitted too. Here’s how Stack’s manifesto actually ended:

Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)


Another Black Conservative has more. The comments I saw at Capehart’s post are mostly calling him to account. Good. If you don’t think that is enough the contact info for the Washington Post ombudsman is The telephone number is 202-334-6000 or 800-627-1150. Personally I think polite well reasoned disagreement with Capehart’s hatchet job would probably be more than welcomed at a fine institution like the Post.

Former CPAC chair on CPAC – “Ronald Reagan would not have been welcome at today’s CPAC or a tea party rally, but he would not have wanted to be there, either. Neither do I.” Of course the arguments are reductio ad absurdem and not very well reasoned at that but then again it’s the Atlantic, home of Andrew Sullivan.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2010 10:02 am

    “The fact that Pakistan’s interest and America’s interest are coinciding at the moment in coincidental.”

    Rule 29 – The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. No more. No less.
    The Seven Habits of Highly Effective PiratesSchlock Mercenary

    Always an important thing to remember.

  2. Portlandic permalink
    February 19, 2010 6:54 pm – Homophobe booed off stage at CPAC.

    Bob Barr also said ‘torture is torture’ – guess he really may be a Libertarian. Hmm.

    CPAC attendees also booed at Professor Viet Dinh of Georgetown when he started defending the Patriot Act.

  3. Liz permalink
    February 21, 2010 1:27 pm

    I agree with the idead that Pakistan is only going after the Taliban leaders who want to start peace talks. After all, their secret service sees the Taliban as an “asset”. The country is bankrupt and dependent on the aid the US sends in for the War on Terror. If that war stops, or even improves for our side, they lose their money. So they occasionally capture one or two to be seen to do so, but make sure that they’re messing up the effort to keep the situation going. The Times of London had a really interesting article on the topic by Christian Lamb and Daud Khattak.


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