Obama’s Drone War

My old friend Pratap Chatterjee has just written a piece comparing Obama’s bombing war in Pakistan with Nixon’s bombing of Cambodia. While I shy away from comparing past events to present ones as some sort of guideline to what the future holds, it is worth a minute to consider the possibility that the U.S.’s blundering interventions in Afghanistan and Pakistan could help pave the way for the Pakistani Taliban (as opposed to the Afghan Taliban) to come to power in that country.  One huge obstacle would be the very large Pakistani middle class, who aren’t too keen on having their country turned into a theocracy. However, in a country where Islamicists regularly stage simultaneous attacks across whole cities, anything may be possible.


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