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Intelligence report: U.S. antiterror ally Pakistan 'on the edge'
McClatchy on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/08 | Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott

Posted on 10/15/2008 12:26:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON — A growing al Qaida -backed insurgency, combined with the Pakistani army's reluctance to launch an all-out crackdown, political infighting and energy and food shortages are plunging America's key ally in the war on terror deeper into turmoil and violence, says a soon-to-be completed U.S. intelligence assessment.

A U.S. official who participated in drafting the top secret National Intelligence Estimate said it portrays the situation in Pakistan as "very bad." Another official called the draft "very bleak," and said it describes Pakistan as being "on the edge."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ally; alqaeda; antiterror; bleak; intelligence; nato; pakistan; taliban

1 posted on 10/15/2008 12:26:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 10/15/2008 12:28:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... Donate to FR ... Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121)
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To: NormsRevenge
Not a problem.

As soon as The One takes office, we're gonna invade Pock-e-stawn. That'll fix it. Besides who cares about all of that stuff, anyway - I want free health care!

3 posted on 10/15/2008 12:28:47 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (This is no time to go wobbly.)
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To: NormsRevenge
AQ’s last last stand?

Get the nukes out.

4 posted on 10/15/2008 12:28:56 PM PDT by ryan71 (My hockey mom bitch-slapped your soccer mom)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obammy will push them right over that edge, too.


5 posted on 10/15/2008 12:29:33 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: TonyInOhio

yes we will be invading Pakistan...barry has already telegraphed that...he’ll do it as a ruse “looking for obama”....


6 posted on 10/15/2008 12:31:03 PM PDT by cherry (go Sarah...beat barry...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe 0bama should go there again (and threaten to invade them again)...


7 posted on 10/15/2008 12:35:07 PM PDT by null and void (Socialism doesn’t work because of people./People don’t work because of socialism...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I have been beating this drum for a few weeks now:
When empires collapse, their colonies weaken and the enemies begin chipping away. Rome and England lost their colonies as they lost the ability to keep them.

We don’t have colonies per-se, but we have pseudo-colonies - countries we protect and have very favorable trading relationships with. I expect them to experience shooting wars and this could actually lead to a “shooting war” on US soil.

Part of this comes from a realization that our enemies are also getting desperate in the global meltdown. Desperate countries can take desperate measures. I think of things like North Korea attacking SK, China and Taiwan, Russia in Georgia, and now we have issues in Pakistan. India? It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Maybe obama could go over there and talk with them.


8 posted on 10/15/2008 12:39:11 PM PDT by RobRoy (This is comical)
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To: NormsRevenge
Pakistan is nearing civil war. The new civilian government will not be able to govern the county, or control the army and the security services.

Many in the army and security services are now quietly allied with the jihadists, and they will only become bolder as the army as an institution begins to fragment. There will be a growing attempt to “talibanize” Pakistan.

Other Pakistanis will resist, and India, quietly, will assist them. It won't be long before these two sides will be at each others throats.

9 posted on 10/15/2008 12:46:17 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito
There will be a growing attempt to “talibanize” Pakistan.

Frankly, I'm worried that the Pakistan government will be controlled by the Taliban, just as they did in Afghanistan after the former Soviet Union went home.

If that happens, it won't be just a bunch of tribes feuding among themselves. Pakistan is a nuclear power, and I seriously doubt they will be using it just against India.

10 posted on 10/15/2008 2:31:35 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: mojito
the army as an institution begins to fragment

Yes and stopping the nukes in Iran becomes a moot point.

11 posted on 10/15/2008 2:40:20 PM PDT by JimSEA (just another liberal-bashing fearmonger)
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To: RobRoy

Think of it this way: Not only is the US the global economic engine of the world economy, but it is also the engine of world security. What happens to the US happens to the rest of the world.


12 posted on 10/15/2008 4:33:53 PM PDT by Sawdring
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