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A Trail of Failed Policies and Lost Battles

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It gets better; the bill says that civilian government (installed by CIA) will monitor key appointments in the Pakistan Army and 'Intelligence Agency' of Pakistan. The bill doesn't mention the name of the Intelligence Agency because Pakistan has six agencies and they are trying to hide the identity of their cohort in this crime. But of course any kid on a Pashawar or Islamabad street would tell you it is the ISI. Previous attempts to clip the wings of ISI have resulted in dismal failure and the results of this plan remain to be seen. These are just some of the highlights among the imperialist clauses in the bill.

The tactic can be summarized thus: Plan a crime but before you carry it out, decriminalize the plan through corrupt legislation.

The Pakistan Army

We think that the Pakistani Army is in no mood to allow this drama to unfold. They have drawn a line in the dirt which, in our view, will not even be breached under direct US pressure.

While Zardari was in the US, the Pakistani opposition parties learned from the Pakistani establishment that Zardari will come home with the Kerry-Lugar bill. The opposition were also informed that the bill contains clauses that are outright disastrous for the national interests of Pakistan and that it must be stopped. Now the bill will be presented to Pakistani parliament and we will be very surprised if they ratify it, at least in its present form. Gen. Kayani met with Prime Minister Gillani on Sunday and informed him of the serious reservations that the Army High Command has with this bill. Earlier, it was also reported the Gen. Kayani had met with Shabaz Sharif, brother of opposition leader Nawaz Sharif. After this meeting PML-N and PML-Q (party of former president Musharraf), came out more openly against the bill. This political opposition to the bill was something that the US was not expecting.

It doesn't stop here, the High Command of the Pakistan Army high is meeting in its closed doors, a secretive corps commander meeting to discuss the Kerry-Lugar bill. [9]

On Tuesday Gen. McChrystal met Gen. Kayani at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. According to Kamran Khan of The News, "General McChrystal returned from the GHQ with an unambiguous message that the terms set in the Kerry-Lugar Bill on the national security interests of Pakistan are insulting and are unacceptable in their present formulation".

A concerned citizen of Pakistan has also filed a petition in Sind High Court of Pakistan against the KL bill. The bottom line is that even if President Zardari and his corrupt cronies are willing to tag along with this US dictate, they will run into the growing domestic resistance against U.S. imperial designs.

It appears that the US objectives in Pakistan and Afghanistan are on a collision course with Pakistan's national interests. Zardari, being an able servant of Uncle Sam realizes this, hence his meeting secretly with former President Musharraf in the USA to learn some tricks to appease his masters. Musharraf is also in a fix at the moment and wants to get back into Pakistani politics (apparently he learned nothing from the assassination of Benizar Bhutto). He advised Zardari to try and maintain control over the army. That is also what the US would like, i.e. a Pakistani President who has control of the army.

Zardari would really like to remove Gen. Kayani but the questions are how and what would be the result? During the last couple of weeks the Pakistani Prime Minister seemed to express disagreement with the direction being taken by the government. But we all know that the words are not his own; rather, he is receiving some guidance and support from opposition parties and members of the Pakistani establishment.

The US was trying to bring opposition party chief, Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) under their umbrella as well; however, a former Pakistani ISI official once disclosed that Nawaz had met with Bin Laden on at least on three separate occasions during the early nineties. So Nawaz is out of that picture. The US can't really be seen supporting someone who has met with Bin Laden in the near past. The internal politics of Pakistan are complex, as always.

The Media and the People

The US policy makers have always seen the world through idealistic lenses that lets them see what they want to see. There is absolutely no contact between the U.S. public and the Pakistani public. In all honesty, under the current environment, it's not possible to have people to people contact because anti-US fervor is increasing in Pakistan, just as is happening in the rest of the Muslim world. The U.S. doesn't want their public to know the truth about what is happening and thus the Muslim-bashing continues in their corporate media. This bourgeoning antipathy is fed on the Muslim side by what they have seen in the wars, occupations, and misery caused by the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and now, Pakistan.

Among the public in the west, it is fed by the propaganda machine of mass media. Currently, the US is trying to micromanage every single detail of Pakistani internal politics. This is the same foolish idea that the US once tried in Iran during the Shah's dark era. The result of that effort is plain to see: a potentially nuclear weaponized, Russia and China-backed Iran.

Obama's Decision

The next few weeks are going to be crucial: Obama will decide whether to continue watering the deadly plant that Bush planted in the White House Lawn or to pull it out by the roots and plant a new peace plant in its place. The choice should be his but it may be a choice he has already sold for "a mess of pottage" - to the neo-cons and hawks that surround him.

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Talha is a Sr. Analyst of (PKKH). Pakistan's first independedt media from Pakistan. Talha is wireless communication engineer by profession. Has studied, lived and worked in USA. Talha follows current affairs and history (more...)
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