US AID agency left leaderless Here’s one appointment that should be made immediately. 25 Billion in Foreign Aid worldwide, and no leader? Let’s ask “Why”?
Pakistan Taliban: ‘We are prepared for a long war’ Azam Tariq, a Taliban Spokesman told an Associated Press reporter by telephone. “The areas we are withdrawing from, and the ones the army is claiming to have won, are being vacated by us as part of a strategy. The strategy is to let the army get in a trap, and then fight a long war.” Pakistan has effectively sealed off the tribal areas, semiautonomous regions where the central government in Islamabad has long had only minimal authority. Journalists have only been allowed near combat areas on carefully choreographed military trips. What is actually happening, though, is impossible to confirm.
‘Army trying to remove Zardari’ The Pakistan military, the think tank Stratfor said sees the alignment of the Obama administration with Zardari as further undermining its position at a time when its power within the country already has weakened because of the rise of civilian forces and a raging Taliban insurgency.
Some History: From Prison to Zenith of Politics in Pakistan In a March 2008 NY Times story: “Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of the slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, now sits at the pinnacle of Pakistani politics. It is a startling comeback for a man who, though never convicted here, spent 11 years in jail here on corruption and murder charges as one of Pakistan’s most ostracized figures. The election victory last month of Ms. Bhutto’s party, which he now leads, has left Mr. Zardari, 51, Pakistan’s kingmaker. He came closer than ever to official rehabilitation last week, when a court here dropped many of the corruption cases against him. Read the story HERE.
US allowed Al Qaeda to enter Fata: Hillary “US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has conceded that the United States was also responsible for allowing Al Qaeda to enter Pakistan. Clearly, Al Qaeda left Afghanistan. And we let them out, she told Greta Van Susteren of FOX News. You know, we should have taken them out when we had the chance back in 2001 and 2002 and they escaped. And they escaped into Pakistan.”
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