Saturday, September 13, 2008


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On 10 September 2008, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, told the US Congress that he wants to open a new theatre of war in Pakistan.

Mullen said: "In my view, these two nations (Pakistan and Afghanistan) are inextricably linked in a common insurgency that crosses the border between them."

Mullen explained that he planned "to commission a new, more comprehensive strategy for the region, one that covers both sides of the border". - (Dissension in Pakistan's ranks)

On 12 September 2008, Pakistan's army issued orders to retaliate against 'invading' US forces.

In other words, Pakistan will try to kill American troops who invade Pakistan.

"The move has plunged relations between Islamabad and Washington into deep crisis..." -Pakistan order to kill US invaders

In July 2008, Bush is reported to have secretly approved orders allowing US special forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan.


Much will now depend on Pakistan's Army chief, the American trained Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani, and Pakistan's president, Zardari, who is reportedly a friend of the neocons.

One report suggests that the American neocons toppled Mussharraf and put Zardari into power.

In the Guardian, 7 September 2008, Tariq Ali wrote that "a hardcore neocon faction led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to the Security Council, was busy advising Asif Zardari in secret and helping him plan the campaign to oust the general (Musharraf)."
Asif Ali Zardari: the godfather as president


In the past, Kiyani and and Zardari have sided with the Americans (Dissension in Pakistan's ranks)

According to Syed Saleem, in Asia Times (Dissension in Pakistan's ranks), 13 September 2008:

"Much will depend on how the corps commanders react, given that they are aware that their chief (Kiyani) and the political leadership have agreed, if only tacitly, to the 'joint venture' with the US...

"Kiyani does not have a strong constituency in the military ...and he might stand with his military commanders and decide on a policy to limit cooperation with the US...

"In this delicate situation, the balance could be tipped by India, on US instigation, mobilizing forces on the Line of Control that separates the Indian- and Pakistan-administered sections of Kashmir, as happened in December 2001.

"And as happened then, Pakistan will be left with no option but to surrender to America's will in both letter and spirit..."


1 comment:

Ali.mostaque said...

They have been for quite few decades

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