When it comes to Pakistan, the United States is between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they are clearly working against U.S. national security, but on the other hand, American officials don’t want Pakistan to sink completely because they are a nuclear power.
Against this backdrop, however, two things astound me: First, the Obama administration appears willing to allow Pakistan to play a role in Afghanistan. We should not transform Afghanistan into strategic depth for such an untrustworthy country. Rather, if the United States is intent on withdrawal, it’s time to encourage India to step up to the plate and become more involved in Afghanistan. Simply put, we should not coddle Pakistan, we should quarantine it.
Second, the Obama administration, willing to embrace the fiction Pakistan is an ally, seems willing to turn over control of some Predator operations to the Pakistani military. If we want Pakistan’s cooperation, it’s time to play hardball: Rather than give Predators to Pakistan, we should give them to India. If Pakistan does not want India to increase its qualitative military edge, it’s time that all elements of the Pakistani state compromise. It’s inane that when Pakistan plays hardball, we respond with kid gloves.