Is Pakistan Too Big to Fail?
Arvamus 16 Dec 2009  EWR
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Harlan Ullman | New Atlanticist

The best-known sound bites from the George W. Bush presidency ranged from "mission accomplished" to "you are either with us or against us." For the moment and given the financial crises, the equivalent slogan from President Barack Obama's young administration is "too big to fail." And his widely acclaimed acceptance address for this year's Nobel Peace Prize – more a major academic lecture than a speech – suggested that this phrase should be relevant to Pakistan.

Is Pakistan too big to fail?

At West Point, Obama declared Afghanistan to be a vital American national interest. Many question that proposition. Moreover, if defanging al-Qaida is job one, why are 40,000 additional NATO and U.S. troops needed to hunt down possibly as few as 100 al-Qaida terrorists?

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