Archive: Pakistan

Pakistan Shifts the War on Terrorism

What's going on in the counter-terror war in Pakistan? Last week we learned that the U.S. military's chief liaison, Maj. Gen. Jay W. Hood, has been pulled from the country, ostensibly because of his previous assignment as commander of the...

By William M. Arkin | May 12, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

Global Progress, or Global Whack-a-Mole?

The war on terrorism is multifaceted and complicated.

By William M. Arkin | March 4, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (25)

Fighting Terrorism Ultimately Means Getting Bin Laden

He's still International Public Enemy No. 1.

By William M. Arkin | February 27, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

The War in Pakistan: Mission Being Accomplished?

What the U.S. does in Pakistan is important.

By William M. Arkin | February 22, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (40)

Pakistan: Still The World's Most Dangerous Country

The election changes nothing.

By William M. Arkin | February 19, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (22)

Don't Open a Third Front in Pakistan

Al Qaeda is back. What to do about it?

By William M. Arkin | January 28, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (24)

Who Killed Benazir Bhutto, Round Two

We still don't know enough to know what we don't know.

By William M. Arkin | January 18, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (86)

The Surge Hits Pakistan

Could the U.S. ever take unilateral military action in Pakistan?

By William M. Arkin | January 17, 2008; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (29)

Pakistan's Political Theater

A deal to expand the presence of U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan seems to be in jeopardy. But is it really?

By William M. Arkin | January 15, 2008; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (40)

False Messiah of Pakistan

The U.S. needs to forge a different future in Pakistan and stop looking to Musharraf as a savior.

By William M. Arkin | December 31, 2007; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (68)

Bin Laden Killed Bhutto? How Blind Can We Be?

We should not let our al-Qaeda fixation blind us, just as the Soviet threat did in Iran in the 1970s, to the realities that Pakistan could implode of its own accord.

By William M. Arkin | December 28, 2007; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (192)

U.S. Troops to Head to Pakistan

Beginning early next year, U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units.

By William M. Arkin | December 26, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (135)

Don't Let Nukes Become Musharraf's Excuse

Loose nukes in the hands of terrorists would be a catastrophe. But it's wrong to suggest that the Pakistani government crackdown was in any way justified.

By William M. Arkin | November 14, 2007; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (50)

Bush Is Stuck on Iran

The president has to stop talking about how Tehran will spark World War III.

By William M. Arkin | November 8, 2007; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (68)

The Nuclear Effect

With Musharraf's declaration of martial law, the world has woken up to the potentially disastrous results of benign neglect.

By William M. Arkin | November 7, 2007; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (20)

What $10 Billion Has Bought in Pakistan

More than $10 billion in aid to Pakistan since Sept. 11, and the good news is that at least it doesn't look like the weapons we've provided to Musharraf's military are being used to beat back democracy or prop up the dictatorship.

By William M. Arkin | November 6, 2007; 05:28 AM ET | Comments (14)

Pakistan's Failure -- and America's

Emergency rule in Pakistan demonstrates not only Musharraf's failure, but that the joint U.S.-Pakistani approach to fighting terrorism is badly conceived and poorly implemented.

By William M. Arkin | November 5, 2007; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (43)

Al Qaeda Attacks Bhutto? Not So Fast

Yes, both the Taliban and al Qaeda are active in Pakistan, but so are many other home-grown terrorist groups.

By William M. Arkin | October 19, 2007; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (32)

A Counterterrorism Celebration

While this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting has gained a lot of press, another Asian confab, celebrating cooperation of a different sort, has gone under the radar.

By William M. Arkin | September 7, 2007; 06:59 AM ET | Comments (9)

Obama and Clinton Go Nuclear

Senators Clinton and Obama had another spat last week, this time over U.S. nuclear weapons policy. In her zeal to sound presidential, however, Clinton promoted the wrong option.

By William M. Arkin | August 13, 2007; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (36)

The Government's FAQ on WMD and NBC Terrorism

It has a sober subject (terrorism and nuclear weapons) and an excess of acronyms, but a new report is basically a plea for more government money.

By William M. Arkin | August 10, 2007; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (15)

Pakistan's Nukes: Worry or Excuse?

How is it that the government of nuclear-armed, military-ruled, non-democratic Pakistan has acquired a bipartisan troupe of Washington apologists?

By William M. Arkin | August 8, 2007; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (52)

Romney, Obama and Fonda

Mitt Romney's criticism of Barack Obama's statement about terrorists in Pakistan begs the question of what exactly Romney would do in a similar situation.

By William M. Arkin | August 7, 2007; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (27)

Obama Attacks Pakistan; Pakistan Retaliates

This week saw the unusual spectacle of a foreign government criticizing a U.S. presidential candidate. The government is Pakistan and the candidate is Sen. Barack Obama -- and while such criticism is rare, Obama's remarks were pretty strange, too.

By William M. Arkin | August 3, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (105)

Pakistan Protests, But What's the Secret Story?

U.S.-Pakistan relations seem increasingly headed for rocky waters. Last week's National Intelligence Estimate identified the country as al-Qaeda's headquarters and safe haven, and the White House has stated that the United States would take action, unilateral if necessary, to go...

By William M. Arkin | July 24, 2007; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (85)

Standing Up to Pakistan?

In nearly six years since 9/11, al- Qaeda has rebuilt its infrastructure in a mountainous and remote part of northwest Pakistan and gathered a larger set of affiliates around the world.

By William M. Arkin | July 18, 2007; 07:18 AM ET | Comments (59)

The Problem With Pakistan

In the you-are-either-with-us-or-against-us paradigm, the Bush administration has always had a difficult time dealing with Pakistan, a country that just happens to be both with us and against us. In testimony before the Senate yesterday, the new Director of National...

By William M. Arkin | February 28, 2007; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (185)


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