“A New Pakistan Policy: Containment” by Bruce O. Riedel (TIMES, 10/15/11)


     The plea by this former CIA officer to contain the Pakistani Army’s “aggressive instincts” makes sense.  For too long the United States has been tolerating the behavior of its Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), even at great peril to our own strategy in this region.

     Does that containment policy require the continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan, that graveyard of invading armies?

     It is time to end this “necessary war,” as President Obama unfortunately identified it in 2009, and change the date for the U.S. withdrawal.  Keeping our troops in Rumsfeld’s quagmire for another three years is irresponsible.

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