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Terror Plot Prompts U.S. to Weigh Military Option in Pakistan


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Mar 7, 2009
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FOXNews.com - Terror Plot Prompts U.S. to Weigh Military Option in Pakistan

"In response to a report that the U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strike in the United States that can be traced to them, a U.S. official said it makes sense to thwart terrorists "in the most aggressive ways possible."

Interesting. This highlights not only Pakistan's inability to effectively deal with terrorism within their borders, but also raises questions as to whether an option like this would create too much blow-back for the strikes to be beneficial. . The U.S would no doubt marginalize and enrage the Pakistani populace even more than they have with drone strikes across the Afgh-Pak border.

I am in full support of the drone-strikes within Pakistan. Pakistan obviously maintains deniability to keep the hard-liners and nationalists happy, but there is no doubt approval for nearly every one of those drone attacks come from the highest level of the Pakistani government.

On a related note, this also raises concern of how deep the ties between the ISI and other agencies with in the Pakistan government are related. The Taliban is basically the result of ISI meddling in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion, and Pakistan's need to install a pro-Islamabad regime within Afghanistan. Ever since then they have been involved in some fashion of keeping this ‘step-child’ alive.

I guess the big question would be the extent that U.S would use unilateral action. If they are thinking and planning helicopter borne Special Forces, then such action would go mostly unnoticed. I suspect that any strike would ultimately be carried out with some sort of physical support of the Pakistani-military, but this again leads back to the concern of how much intelligence we can responsibly share with their military in fear of the information being leaked to the target, which has undoubtedly happened numerous times in the past.
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