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Pakistan blocks fuel supply route to Western forces

Discussion in 'Middle Eastern Politics' started by The Scotsman, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. The Scotsman

    The Scotsman Well-Known Member

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    This is the sort of action that Obama was promising back in August 2007 and was ridculed for it by the press. His opponents claimed such actions would be counter-productive and could jepordise the US/PakDef relationship!

    So Obama was right after all then?
     
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    Compare situations in 2007 to today. Somewhat different in terms of the domestic situation in Pakistan.

    Remember that the Musarreff government also said that incursions such as these would be viewed as an "act of war".

    Given that Pakistan is imploding at the moment, now is the time to take any action, because the consequences of said action are lessened by the current domestic situation in Pakistan.
     
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    I think it was a bad move on our part but that's only because the information on WHO we killed is not available. If we took out worthwhile targets, then it was worth it... Just want to point out one other thing from the Reuters (Anti-American Press) story:

    Point being, just because we are said to have killed women and children in the raid DOES NOT mean they were murdered in cold blood... as the story certainly tries to imply.
     
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    Indeed it is! Which is why one would expect US forces to have liased with their PakDef counterparts prior to launching the operation and seek their and indeed Ministerial approval - otherwise you are invading! Whilst US Rules of Engagement allow cross-border operations even airbourne assult these are only in situations of "hot pursuit" which this was not.

    This is exactly the sort of incident which will rattle the Pro-US moderates and cause them to question their support!

    Slapped wrists and......DON'T DO IT AGAIN! :D
     
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