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Did the Obama Administration Warn Pakistan?

It is no wonder the Obama administration sent a “warning” to Pakistan’s leaders.

11:30 AM, May 24, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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It is also eerily reminiscent of the way the alphabet soup of Pakistani terror groups came together to murder Daniel Pearl. (Members of the JEM, LET, and various other terrorist organizations, all with ties to the ISI, were involved in Pearl’s murder. The best account of this is Who Killed Daniel Pearl?, by Bernard-Henri Lévy.)

This isn’t the first time that a Pakistani terrorist with such establishment ties has made news in the last few years. Shenon reminds us that David Headley, the Chicago-based terrorist who changed his name from Daood Gilani so that his travels would be easier, has “deep” ties to the Pakistani elite. Headley has pled guilty to not only conspiring with the LET to attack Mumbai in November 2008, but also to plotting an attack on the Danish newspaper responsible for the notorious Mohammed cartoons.

In December 2009, Bill Roggio provided still more examples of the ties between the Pakistani “establishment” and the terror network.

In April, the United Nations reported on the establishment’s duplicity in the context of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. And earlier this month, while appearing on 60 Minutes, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rightly highlighted the same problem, even saying that she is sure that some parts of the Pakistani government know where Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden are hiding.

All of which is to say that it is no wonder the Obama administration sent a “warning” to Pakistan’s leaders concerning their sons and other relatives. Shenon's intriguing account deserves additional attention from the press.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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