abhijitm wrote:“In choosing to use violent extremism as an instrument of policy, the government of Pakistan, and most especially the Pakistani army and ISI, jeopardizes not only the prospect of our strategic partnership but Pakistan's opportunity to be a respected nation with legitimate regional influence,” he said.
I dont remember such blunt unambiguous official US statement directly accusing pakistan gov, army of using terrorism as an instrument of policy. It deserves a place on the first page of TSP dhaga.
Well, I am a skeptic here. In general, having become accustomed to the US sucking up to Pakistan we tend to view such words as a sign of hope that the US may change its 60 year old policy of assisting Pakistan. It is so easy to read Mullen's warning and shout with joy and triumph and yet miss the final words he said:
But he said he did not believe he had wasted his time by pouring so much effort into improving ties with Pakistan’s government.
“I've done this because I believe that a flawed and difficult relationship is better than no relationship at all,” he said. “Some may argue I've wasted my time, that Pakistan is no closer to us than before, and may now have drifted even further away. I disagree. Military cooperation again is warming.”
Other than a few strongish words spoken by a tired old man - whose efforts have failed. There is not much else here.