Drone Strikes Will Continue Until Alliance Improves

Aftermath of drone attack

“The beatings will continue until morale improves” is a famous quotation of unknown origin. It pretty much describes the state of U.S. diplomacy in Pakistan today. From The Guardian:

The frequency of US drone attacks [in Pakistan] has stepped up considerably since last month’s NATO conference in Chicago.

…Bill Roggio, an analyst who runs the Long War Journal website, said the recent attacks underlined “just how bad Pakistan and US relations are at the moment”.

“These last eight strikes all occurred after the NATO summit,” he said. “The strikes were halted in an attempt to get the Pakistanis on board to reopen the supply lines but when they didn’t happen they turned the programme back on.”

…Pakistan closed its borders to NATO supply vehicles in November after US forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in a border incident.

Despite several false hopes that Islamabad would relent, including in the run-up to last month’s NATO conference, Pakistan continues to demand an apology for the killing of its soldiers, an end to all drone attacks and a sharp increase in the tariff paid by NATO for moving cargo across Pakistani territory as conditions for reopening them.

Glenn Greenwald points out the very ugly tactics now being employed, including secondary missile strikes on rescuers trying to help victims, and the killing of mourners attending funerals. Yet our government insists that “the terrorists” are the other guys.

Without going into an analysis of the very complex situation in the region, suffice it to conclude: As long as the USA stays in Afghanistan, our relations with Pakistan are going to be rocky. It’s important to be realistic about what, if anything, there is to gain by continuing to fight what is already the longest war in U.S. history — and what we have to lose. From an American foreign policy standpoint, Pakistan is a far more important country than Afghanistan. If their status goes from “frenemy” to enemy, the consequences could be significant.

Any thoughts?

UPDATE: Pakistan: Drone Strikes Are Violations Of Sovereignty

  1. #1 by cav on June 4, 2012 - 11:36 am

    The old devils are at it again.

  2. #2 by Nelg on June 4, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    End stage Parthia is always a terminal proposition, prepare for (more) tears, desperate measures are employed by the interlopers, but the place swallows them up.

    Reality is we do not have what it takes to make friends, just about anywhere, so we act out in anger and bitter impulses. Nice going, and oh so predictable..it’s growing a “never forget” movement we have no hope of riding roughshod over. After 12 years, we’re going to make the list of losers who show up in Parthia with evil dreams..

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on June 4, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    No, Americans have friends and admirers all over the world. The only way to turn people against us is if we commit war crimes in broad daylight — like we’re doing.

  4. #4 by Nelg on June 4, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    It’s a dun deal, the hatred is that is held by those with the will, will resonate..The residual image of what an American is, is just what we could be. We haven’t been that for decades.

    Dun deal…shade of brown that brings to mind some other forms of offal besides our foreign policy..

    Try not to kid yourself Richard..

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on June 5, 2012 - 9:05 am

    It’s not too late, however President Nobel Peace Prize is more worried about what right-wing Republicans think than about our long-term security interests. There is no appreciable difference between Obama’s foreign policy and what Romney says he wants.

  6. #6 by Nelg on June 5, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Absolutely a pipe dream Richard, and whistling past the graveyard of Empires. I don’t know what you are made of, but by now if I had been conducting myself as we have and do I surely wouldn’t want to running around Parthia in a goon suit.

    The policy now wholly belongs to the clown puppet, there might be some who would move forward and forgive, but they don’t anything but their mouths.

  7. #7 by Nelg on June 5, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Of course there isn’t!! Why would there be? We are still operating under bush’s neo con policy, and obama whatever his running mouth says, has fulfilled the neo con orders to the letter.

    Now that romney is going to be president we will simply see the continuation of the standing policy, which has tremendous consistancy over the past 12 years,

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