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To: mplsconservative
What are the implications of this attack?

While Musharaff has helped a good amount in the fight, he's walking a razor edge with enemies of his own inside Pakistan. Anything that looks like Musharraf is "allowing" the U.S. to operate inside Pakistan's border is something his own islamic militants can use to turn more popular support away from M and toward them. He's looking at a potential civil war, and we'd rather not cause it. If we lose him in Pakistan, it is unlikely that whoever replaces him would be friendly to the U.S. ~at all~.

So, we're not going to overtly act inside Pakistan, but of course there's been much speculation that we are doing some black ops in there looking for Al Queda. The AQ thugs have been using Pakistan as a sort of "safe house" that they run into, while they re-supply and conduct ops in Afghanistan.

This missile is a somewhat harder to hide operation, if indeed it was us. Which it probably was. So... it's a signal that we really, really wanted that target to blow up. But its a risk, too.

25 posted on 01/29/2008 10:41:44 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

Thank you, Ramius.

Your words have helped me better understand the situation. It’s a dangerous world we live in today.


28 posted on 01/29/2008 12:03:35 PM PST by mplsconservative
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To: Ramius
While I generally agree with your comments, I believe that we are very active in this region. It has all the earmarks of the “Anvil and Hammer” strategy, with our troops only kilometers from the Pakistani border. The Pakistani’s drive the Taliban north and west towards the border and we provide the heavy hitting. Musharif has to publicly claim that no foreign troops will be allowed in his country, unless he wants an open revolt from the masses. Our Special Operators are clearly in combat in this region...one of our local Illinois Green Berets was killed in this region just days ago. This tells me we are playing in Pakistan’s backyard.
31 posted on 01/29/2008 12:24:35 PM PST by TheBlueMax (A nation that believes in nothing will always lose to an enemy that believes in something.)
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