The War in Afghanistan and the fight in Pakistan are both part of a larger fight, in which the ISI is opposing American-Indian influence on both sides of the border.Â In Afghanistan, this takes the form of supporting the Taliban, attacking the Indian embassy, and supporting those who kill Americans.Â in Pakistan, this takes the form of supporting the Taliban, attacking the regular government of Pakistan, and supporting those who kill Americans.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan â€” Taliban fighters forced Pakistani soldiers to retreat from a militantsâ€™ stronghold near the border with Afghanistan over the weekend, after a three-day battle sent civilians fleeing from government airstrikes.
The pullback from Bajaur, an area of Pakistanâ€™s tribal region where the Taliban and Al Qaeda have forged particularly close ties, came after the military began an offensive there late last week.
Dangerous stuff.Â Our goal must be to defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan-Afghanistan, while using general counter-insurgency principles to turn our enemies into their enemies. To the extent that we can move “ownership” of the situation to India, the better.
What is the best way to do this in light of other important priorities?Â I am particularly thinking of that other Central Asian dictatorship, Russia.