Obama, Clinton May Have Missed The Pakistan Transition Into a Terrorist, Islamic State

It’s difficult to identify “terrorism” when you don’t even use the word — and pretty much don’t allow others in your government to use it.

On March 8, 2009, AFP reported: “US President Barack Obama said, in an interview published Sunday, that the United States is not winning the war in Afghanistan and hinted at possible talks with moderate elements of the Taliban.”

My former U.S. Marine Corps friend said, “The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban.”

Which sort of highlights the abyss between U.S. military people and the current administration.

Now add to that, the CIA and the current administration.

How Obama Hurt the CIA and National Security

Why?  Because President Obama has thrown them under the bus.

So today, Hillary Clinton worries that the taliban might be gaining too firm a grip on Pakistan.

Too late Hillary.  Most learned Pakistan watchers say: your father’s Pakistan is gone…..

Pakistan on course to become Islamist state, U.S. experts say
Obama First 100 Days: What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Gained?


From Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday Pakistan’s government had abdicated to the Taliban by agreeing to Islamic law in part of the country and that the nuclear-armed nation posed a “mortal threat” to world security.

Clinton was asked by U.S. lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee about Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, under pressure from conservatives, earlier this month signing a regulation imposing Islamic law in Swat, once one of Pakistan‘s main tourist destinations.

“I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists,” she said.

Earlier she had told the committee that Pakistan “poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world.”

Clinton said the Pakistani government had to deliver basic services to its people or it would find itself losing ground to the Taliban, whose influence has spread in northern Pakistan and has raised concerns about the stability of the country.

“The government of Pakistan … must begin to deliver government services, otherwise they are going to lose out to those who show up and claim that they can solve people’s problems and then they will impose this harsh form of oppression on women and others,” she said.



From Associated Press Writer Zarar Khan

 Taliban militants have extended their grip in northwestern Pakistan, pushing out from a valley where the government has agreed to impose Islamic law and patrolling villages as close as 60 miles from the capital.

Police and officials appear to have fled as armed militants also broadcast radio sermons and spread fear in Buner district, just 60 miles from Islamabad, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.

Pakistan’s president signed off on the peace pact last week in hopes of calming Swat, where some two years of clashes between the Taliban and security forces have killed hundreds and displaced up to a third of the one-time tourist haven’s 1.5 million residents.

Critics, including in Washington, have warned that the valley could become an officially sanctioned base for allies of al-Qaida — and that it may be just the first domino in nuclear-armed Pakistan to fall to the Taliban.

“The activities in the Swat do concern us. We’re keeping an eye on it, and are working daily with the Pakistan military,” Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker told Pentagon reporters in a 35-minute videoconference call from Afghanistan.

Supporters of the deal say it will allow the government to gradually reassert control by taking away the militants’ rallying cry for Islamic law. Many residents are grateful that a semblance of peace has returned. A handful of officials are back in Swat.

The agreement covers Swat and other districts in the Malakand Division, an area of about 10,000 square miles near the Afghan border and the tribal areas where al-Qaida and the Taliban have strongholds.

The provincial government agreed to impose Islamic law in Malakand, and the Taliban agreed to a cease-fire that has largely held.

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