For a Very Intriguing Analysis of the Davis Affair

Please see Col. Pat Lang’s blog, Sic Semper Tyrannis here

I’ve been meaning to write about the Davis case and its implications for U.S. policy in Pakistan over the last few weeks but haven’t had the time to do so. I always find F.B. Ali’s comments on Col. Lang’s blog very informative even if they rest, as in this case, on “deductions and speculation based on the public record.”

Jim Lobe

Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.



  1. Ali’s deductions and speculations are interesting, but how accurate they are is far from clear. The real point about Pakistan is that it is an unrealiable “ally” at best, in addition to which it’s not really a viable country.

    It’s absurd that a fourth-rate joke of a state like Pakistan has nukes. If my preferred national security strategy — a version of the old “Fortress America” idea — is not in the cards (though who can say, given the financial outlook?), then perhaps a US-Indian war to eliminate Pakistan from the map (but would India agree to take all of it back? — doubtful) should be tried. The US role in such a war would be to take out the nukes as well as the key scientists and technicians. A regional hegemon (i.e., India) is needed, as opposed to a mucked-up country that can’t support itself yet invests in (and sometimes shares with bad guys) nuclear weaponry.

    An honest US policy would see Pakistan as an enemy state, and deal with it accordingly. Instead of course we try to work with the ******s over there.

  2. Just saw on the ‘net that Islamists killed another Pakistani minister opposed to the outrageous blasphemy law. I’d like to see Lobelog (and Tomgram!) spend some time talking about this particular issue. You’ve weighed in on things like the “Ground-Zero Mosque,” castigating our local yokels for their purblind views. How about a little space devoted to condemning the vicious obscurantists who murder people devoted to freedom and tolerance?

  3. I’ll say that’s certainly unfortunate, but it’s not as vicious as your advocacy of “a US-Indian war to eliminate Pakistan from the map,” is a far more repugnant suggestion. That is I’ll argue that the murder of one is less evil than “a US-Indian war to eliminate Pakistan from the map.” I don’t know, lump me in with Bonhoeffer, call my ideas puerile, but you sound like a crazy old coot.

    We’ve demanded Pakistan do impossibly contradictory things, we’ve undermined their leadership–resulting in creating tyrants who must betray their people to serve at our pleasure. You cannot overlook that. Consider Jon, if someone stood up for religious tolerance here? You don’t think someone could shoot an elected leader that forcefully defended the Ground Zero Mosque, IF there were national politicians willing to defend that endeavor. It was the Jewish New York mayor who showed the most integrity.

    Jon, you ever read Jesus’ call to look at the log in your own eye rather than calling out the flaws of others? You know there’s no justification for our being on the other side of the Earth, stomping through people’s living rooms, dropping hell fire missiles. Though, we can’t get one over Ghaddafi’s head?

    I’ll tell you that Fortress America will happen in 3 years. The GOP budgets will break our economy, we’ll have the same deficits despite the layoffs. That, I predict will finally prompt people to look at the military budget.

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