France Takes Harder Line on Pakistan Than U.S.
At least we have the French to count on when it comes to calling Pakistan to the carpet on its support of the Taliban.
1:09 PM, Aug 3, 2010 • By BILL ROGGIO
The government of France is joining Britain in taking a tough stand on Pakistan for its double-dealing with the Taliban in Afghanistan. From Reuters:
The U.S. response, on the other hand, has been underwhelming. Just one day prior to the release of the WikiLeaks documents, which provide more evidence of Pakistan’s collusion with the Taliban, the Department of Defense issued a preemptive press release praising Pakistan’s fight against the Taliban. Further releases praising the Pakistani government have since been published. Yesterday, President Obama praised Pakistan for its fight against al Qaeda. And the U.S. is now preparing to open up the channels to allow Pakistan to import an export version of the unmanned predator.
Washington continues to operate under the assumption that by praising and buying off the Pakistani government and its military (the real power in Pakistan), it will somehow lead the Pakistanis to do what it hasn't done for nine years: End its support for the Taliban and eliminate it once and for all.