12:17 pm September 29, 2009, by ctucker
Here’s news that highlights the difficulty that President Obama will have making a decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan: U.S. intelligence sources are reporting that the Taliban has established a safe haven in Pakistan, from which they are planning attacks on Afghanistan.
The Washington Post reports:
As a result, Pakistani and foreign analysts here said, Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, has suddenly emerged as an urgent but elusive new target as Washington grapples with the Taliban’s rapidly spreading arc of influence and terror across Afghanistan.
Obviously, the U.S. doesn’t have enough troops to “clear and hold” both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The report also reinforces the view of Vice-President Joe Biden, who believes that Pakistan represents a greater threat to U.S. interests than Afghanistan does. After all, Pakistan has nuclear weapons. And if that country should fall to the Taliban, then nukes would easily end up in the hands of al-Qaida.
Political commentary from Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker of The AJC
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