Today’s NYT story “U. S. Seeks Aid from Pakistan in Peace Effort” says that Pakistani leaders “are confused by a lack of clarity in the administration’s long-term goals in Afghanistan.”
Our long-term goals are to get our troops the heck out of there and let the Afghanis go back to enjoying the seventh century. The British learned they couldn’t bring Afghanistan into the nineteenth century, the Russians learned they couldn’t bring it into the twentieth century, and we have learned that we can’t bring it into the twenty-first.
We really have no interest in Afghanistan qua Afghanistan. We just need to use a little bit of their territory so our drones and special forces can attack terrorists in Pakistan.
I hope that’s clear now. You’re welcome, Pakistan.