United States as Helpless Giant
Tony Blankley makes a chilling observation:
News item No. 1 concerns the testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 22. She said deteriorating security in nuclear-armed Pakistan “poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world.”
News item No. 2 is this headline on the front page of the May 4 edition of The Washington Post: “U.S. Options in Pakistan Limited.”
News item No. 3 is a quote in Jackson Diehl’s May 4 column in The Washington Post from a senior Obama administration official: “It’s not good when your national security interests are dependent on a country over which you have almost no influence.”
In a matter of two weeks, we have gone from witnessing the U.S. secretary of state testify to Congress that a nuclear Pakistan run by Islamist radicals would be a “mortal threat” to America to hearing the administration admit that we have limited options to avoid such a threat.
What are we to make of such a development? I and many others had previously warned of the dangers of a nuclear “Talibanistan” (which have been obvious and talked about for years). Experts I have talked to in the past week do not believe Clinton is overstating the case. Nor do I. She is very careful with her words — and they fit the danger.
Blankley isn’t blaming the Obama administration (“not yet”), but he does want to see a plan for increasing our ability to address military matters around the world (in his view, by increasing troop counts). The American political landscape is not likely to be such that effective plans will be forthcoming for quite some time… hopefully not too late.