The War in Pakistan
|America has been at war against Pakistan since 20 August 2008, and did not bother to tell anybody about it. The latest U S strike in Pakistan killed 20 people in the tribal areas. There have been 11 confirmed cross border attacks since August 20.
The objective is to flush out Osamo Bin laden and other Taliban insurgents who are suspected of hiding in the mountains linking Afghanistan to Pakistan and also indicates that the American lead coalition in Afghanistan is losing control by taking the war into Pakistan.
Things are not going well in the war against terror that George Bush introduced into the world post 9-11. It’s costing the taxpayer 162 billion dollars a year to fund the war/s in Afghanistan, Iraq and what now looks like a new front – Pakistan.
There has been no victory in Iraq and there will certainly be no victorious exit of US troops from Iraq one day either.
The Pakistani government has been restrained in their approach to American intrusion on their sovereignty. However, the prospect of civil war in a country that is very fragile politically is edging ever closer.
Hopefully the situation will not escalate as America gears to vote in their next president. This is what Senator Obama had to say about the war in Iraq.
“I have said throughout this campaign that this war was ill-conceived, that it was a strategic blunder and that it needs to come to an end,” Obama said, while reiterating his support for a sixteen-month timeline for the withdrawal of combat troops, contingent on the US measure of security and stability in Iraq.
He has supported the presence of residual troops, which could number as many as 80,000, to guard a militarized embassy, combat terrorism and provide training and assistance to the Iraqi government
In 2002, as the majority of Democrats in the Senate voted to authorize the Iraq War, Obama, then an Illinois state senator, warned against “a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.”
One of the consequences is the more than 4 million Iraqis who are refugees or internally displaced persons as a result of the Bush Administration’s war of choice.