The Next American Invasion
With Bin Laden eliminated, Abbotabad is now recent yet painful history. Wounds of a relationship that continue to fester and refuse to heal even in the immediate future have now been exposed for all and sundry to behold.
It was Leon Panetta, the CIA Director who initially decided to blow the cover on the famous American-Pakistani-I-fund-you-to eliminate-them strategy. The fact that Pakistan cannot be trusted anymore as an ally on the war on terror is now in black and white ink for the world to see!!
Surprisingly, this American rage was soon to be followed by behind closed doors parleys to repair the seemingly unworkable relationship. The underlying assumption is that engagement with Pakistan is the only viable path ahead for the US and its allies (voluntary/involuntary) to consider as it is the road of least collateral damage.
However, there is yet another alternative course of action, not presently on the table on the merits of its sheer implausibility - but one that would seize the bull (terrorism) by its horns with the potential to blunt it permanently!! This can only be the American Invasion of Pakistan !!
This option could speed up the war on terror on many fronts: -
1. An American Invasion would give it the CIA/its cohorts the means to seek and wipe-out, (if not inflict severe damage upon) the Haqqani Network of tribals in the Wazirstan belt (NWFP) which have been claiming countless American lives in the war on terror in Afghanistan.
2. With the Americans in Islamabad, the ISI would be under the microscope and their operations closely monitored. It would hence be impossible for them to use American Aid for their covert operations of arming terrorists.
3. Pakistan has been accelerating its nuclear weaponization program for quite sometime now and much of the funding for this has come from the billions of dollars in aid that an overdebted US has given it to purportedly fight terror. With Americans in the house, misuse of such funds can easily be tracked.Continued on the next page