We appear to be treading a strange a troubiling knife edge path with Pakistan, and it makes me wonder what sort of breakdowns we are having in coordinated commuications between the White House and the DoD and the CIA, and the US and Pakistan militaries, and whether the mix of differing duplicities in what each of these two governments portray to their populations and what they need to do to A) maintain power and B) avoid the wrath of either the international community or the popular support of the people.
This current attack, which may or may not have been effective, and may or may not have been handled well, and may or may not have been coordinated with Musharraf's government, is still going to be a mess for the simple reason that the intended target for assassination was not killed. With each attack, and each event which has the appearance of presumptive breach of Pakistani sovereignty, we have less leverage to pursue the goal of cooperation and containment of this most volatile nation.
"But the attack in Damadola was the latest in a string of incidents on Pakistan's side of the border in recent weeks that many people suspect were U.S. assaults that violated this Islamic country's sovereignty.Pakistanis Condemn Purported CIA Attack
Last Saturday, U.S. helicopters reportedly attacked a house in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing eight people. Two days later, Pakistan lodged a protest with the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
In December, a senior Egyptian al-Qaida suspect, Hamza Rabia, was killed in what appeared to be a missile strike, also in North Waziristan — although Pakistan's government maintained that Rabia died in a bomb-making accident."