The Iranian regime has decided to play the ‘Islam card’ with Pakistan
The United States appears on the verge of being strategically out-maneuvered
Pakistan is not shy about stating its interest in joint naval operations
The Taliban is a bunch of hired thugs who extort villagers at gunpoint
U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is not only illogical, it is being overtaken by events
They had the motivation and opportunity.
The Afghan Taliban may only be the tip of the Islamist iceberg in South Asia.
Exploiting fractures in the ideology could allow the U.S. to achieve its goals with less blood.
The countries are making a huge bet that economic development can coexist with the infrastructure of terrorism.
By destabilizing Afghanistan, Pakistan ultimately may be destabilizing itself.
There is leverage — potential paint points — that U.S. analysts should consider exploiting.
One North Korea is enough.
A longer term solution will follow
‘A Pakistan-supported Taliban government would be in control of Afghanistan within twelve months’
An independent, secular Balochistan, free of religious militancy may be the solution for the region.
Pakistan perpetuates the war in Afghanistan. We can do something about it or get out now.
An independent Balochistan could dampen regional terrorism and strengthen U.S. interests.
It is an opportunity for the U.S. to exert leverage.
It is less about absolute troop levels than how an agreed-upon strategy is being executed.