Skip to comments.A battle lost in the War on Terror
Posted on 09/27/2006 5:48:49 AM PDT by RDTF
With little reporting, and almost without media or governmental comment, the United States has suffered a substantial defeat in the war against radical Islam. Three weeks ago, Pakistan signed the terms of the Waziristan Accord with the northern region of its country called North Waziristan. It was, effectively, the terms of surrender by Pakistan to the Taliban and al Qaeda, which dominate North Waziristan. Pakistan has negotiated a separate peace the eternal danger to any wartime alliance.
With the exception of a superb article in the Weekly Standard by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and the redoubtable Bill Roggio and a few blogs, such as Flopping Aces, The Fourth Rail and The Belmont Club (apologies to some other blogs I surely have missed) there has been little comment. This column is based largely on the reporting from those sources.
The event itself was reported by the major newspapers, but the abject nature of the surrender passed with almost no comment. But surrender it was.
According to intelligence sources cited by The Fourth Rail and other sources above, the Accord includes: (1) Pakistan to abandon its garrisons in Waziristan, (2) Pakistan military to not operate in or monitor actions in the region, (3) Pakistan to turn over weapons to Waziris, (4) Taliban and al Qaeda to set up a Mujahideen council to administer the region, (5) region to be called "The Islamic Emirate of Waziristan, (6) unknown but substantial amount of money paid by Pakistan to the Taliban, (7) al Qaeda and other jihadis to be allowed to stay in region, (8) 2,500 foreign fighters linked to al Qaeda and Taliban released by Pakistan from their prisons (this fact also confirmed by London's Daily Telegraph), and (9) Taliban to refrain from violence in Pakistan only; the agreement doesn't stipulate refraining from violence in Afghanistan.
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might make it easier to conduct covert operations...
This might be a good thing if Pakistan now no longer claims sovereignity of the new country.
Forget covert, I'm thinking overt -- if Pakistan declares that this region is no longer a part of Pakistan, but an independent state, what's to stop the US or other allied force from invading?
So, it seems like Pakistan, like Saudi Arabia before, has made a deal with the devil. We will pay you and concede to you and pay you if you do not attack us. The old feed everyone else to the alligators in hopes that the allegators eat you last. Sad. But at least they are concentrated now for an easy bombing run!
Exactly, I'm betting Rumsfeld is quite pleased over this.
I speculated something similar on Wretchard's Belmont Club: turning the area over to the locals and removing the Pakistani military gives the government some cover for not stopping our hot pursuit of terrorists from Afghanistan and our covert operations in the area. By abandoning responsibility, it makes the locals responsible for what happents to them: don't want to be attacked? Don't harbor Taliban terrorists.
I agree. Let's isolate these murderers and then bomb the hell of them.
Think of it as a hunting preserve.
Perfect. Since the Pakis have surrendered that region it opens a new front just in time for the elections. Since it will be the Taliban that we are attacking we get to kill terrorists and pound the Dems at the same time.
simple math question....what is a crapload of terrorists in one location, divided by a single B-52 strike with 25 fully loaded aircraft equal?
I don't see it that way. It was a chess move. Now Pakistan has even less of an excuse to keep us out of the Tribal areas. Frankly I think that is where the war on terror should go next. NO EXCUSES, NO APOLOGIES.
Exactly. Makes it easy to drop a Daisy Cutter!
Waziristan?............Think Spock said that was in what system?.....LOL....Not part of the civilized world lately.
One golden opportunity.
The US did not loose that battle, Pakistan did. It is a mistake to think that the United States is responsible to win the war with terrorists globaly. Though it is understandable as the United States is about the only country not surrendering in mass. Each country is responsible for its own survival, and Pakistan will pay a very heavy price for its surrender.
Besides, the US is mainly in Pakistan to keep its thumb on the "Islamic Bomb". If Pakistan wants to chop of its arm and hand it to terrorists, that is their problem. As long as the part we control has the bombs, suicide is ok.
There is that bit of wiggle room...but I don't know if it's going to work...Don't know how Pak would react...