THE CURIOUS CASE OF A BAD MARRIAGE
Pakistan, America: You guys give bad marriage a bad name.
I have run out of options. I have tried everything. Joint military exercises. Task forces. Military contractors. Spies to spy on spies. Taliban. Anti-Taliban Taliban. The US gave Pakistan Sesame Street as a kiss-and-make- up present and it turned out that like everything else about this relationship, Sesame Street was also a pile of intrigue, kickbacks and ultimately disappointment.
Do you really need a few more generations of Taliban to bring you back together?
Aren’t you embarrassed of yourselves? There is a mini literary industry out there following your marital troubles. Someone just published a tome called Deadly Embrace. Last year, it was Pakistan: Hard Country. We have had Descent Into Chaos, On the Brink, Playing with Fire, Deep Inside the World’s Most Frightening Marriage. There is even a self-help book called How Pakistan Negotiates with the United States. The second part of the title is called Roller Coaster Ride.