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It’s awfully hard for the world’s greatest power to admit its high-tech military forces are being beaten in Afghanistan by a bunch of lightly-armed mountain tribesmen. But that’s what’s happening. Washington is blaming everyone else for the bloody fiasco in Afghanistan, the “Graveyard of Empires.” Right now, the chief whipping boy for US fury is Pakistan, still officially called a “ strategic US ally.”

Last week, outgoing US chief of staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, of being behind recent high profile attacks against US targets in Afghanistan staged by the Haqqani network, one of Taliban’s coalition fighting foreign occupation. The Pentagon accused the Haqqani network of being “a virtual arm” of ISI. Pakistan strongly denied US charges.

The US is reacting with blind rage rather than careful thought. The example of the Soviet 1989 defeat in Afghanistan increasingly haunts Washington.
Ironically, as I saw myself in the 1980’s, the US created the Haqqani network, arming and funding it these “freedom fighters.”
One of the US Senate’s dimmest members, influential Republican Lindsay Graham, threatens US attacks on Pakistan “to defend US troops” from “terrorism.”

That’s pretty rich. The US invades a country, brands any who resist as “terrorists,” then must invade Pakistan to “protect” its invading troops. Meanwhile, the US is paying bankrupt Pakistan \$7.5 billion over five years to sustain the war in Afghanistan.

自从乔治·W·布什(George W. Bush)时代以来,美国对穆斯林世界的政策一直受到帝国自大与深刻无知的双重推动。

When the US was preparing to invade Iraq in 2003, I had dinner with three of Bush’s most senior advisors. “Tell us about Iraq, Eric,” they asked. As I spoke of Kurds, Sunnis, assorted Shia, Yazdis, their eyes glazed over. “Just give us the bottom line,” snapped one Alpha Republican. “The bottom line,” I replied, “is don’t get involved in a messy country you don’t understand at all.”

好吧,我们又回到了巴基斯坦。 几乎没有任何奥巴马政府的高级成员了解复杂的巴基斯坦。

But these bulls in South Asia’s china shop are ready to charge in, heedless of the facts. Threatening war against Pakistan, a nation of 180 million with a tough military is the height of folly. Pakistan controls most of the supply routes essential to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Most Pakistanis now consider the US a bigger enemy than old foe India.
更疯狂的是,华盛顿正在对拥有核武器的巴基斯坦进行战争威胁,巴基斯坦是中国的亲密盟友,也是一个重要的核大国。 迄今为止,北京一直谨慎而坚定地支持老盟友巴基斯坦。
但是,美国对巴基斯坦的袭击超出了中情局无人机目前的袭击范围,可能会使中国与美国对峙。 中国已悄悄明确表示,不允许美国为夺取伊斯兰堡在中国的核武库而分裂巴基斯坦。

更加疯狂。 在布什和巴拉克·奥巴马(Barack Obama)领导下的美国一直试图使印度从军事上介入阿富汗。 但是印第安人太聪明了,无法派遣作战部队进入阿富汗。

华盛顿随后为印度开了绿灯,将情报人员和资金倒入阿富汗,以支持反塔利班塔吉克,乌兹别克和哈扎拉少数民族。 美国极大地帮助了印度建立核武库-印度只有两个目标,即巴基斯坦和中国。

All this, of course, has set off alarm bells in Islamabad, which sees Afghanistan as its strategic back yard. Russia is also watching this drama with growing unease.

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The strategic interests of Pakistan and the US are different, often in conflict. Yet the US “put a gun to our head,” in the words of a former ISI director (confirmed by former President Pervez Musharraf) and forced Pakistan to join the war against Taliban, a close Pakistani ally and strategic asset.

Why should Pakistan forsake its own strategic interests for those of the United States, whose confused, erratic foreign policy is largely run by domestic special interest groups?

巴基斯坦与其美国赞助人之间的一场爆炸对所有有关方面都是一场灾难。 将战争扩大到四个核武装大国利益的交集是高度不负责任和狂躁的行为。

埃里克·马戈利斯[给他发邮件]是的作者 世界之巅的战争 还有新书 美国拉杰:解放还是统治?:解决西方与穆斯林世界之间的冲突。 看 他的网站.

(从重新发布 LewRockwell 经作者或代表的许可)
 
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“美国在中东和穆斯林世界的战略和经济利益正受到...
本·拉登已经死了,但他的策略仍然使美国流血。
埃及人反抗美国以及穆巴拉克的统治。
布什的朝鲜盲点开始产生威胁。
阿富汗远非成为“解放”伊拉克的典范,而是向人们展示了美国如何陷入苏联式的困境。