In­tent vs. Cam­paign Rhetoric

2011 has been a dif­fi­cult year for the PAK-U.S. re­la­tion­ship. Will Re­pub­li­can rhetoric man­age to dam­age 2012 or will the re­la­tion­ship sur­vive?

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Rizwan Zeb

The year 2011 has been a dif­fi­cult one for Pak­istan-us re­la­tions. In­creas­ing dis­trust be­tween the two coun­tries and a strong be­lief that Pak­istan is a ma­jor thorn in re­la­tion to Afghanistan, has de­te­ri­o­rated re­la­tions to stan­dards un- seen be­fore. Many an­a­lysts draw a par­al­lel with the Viet­nam-cam­bo­dia sit­u­a­tion in this con­text. At the heart of the mat­ter is the war against ter­ror and the fu­ture of Afghanistan.

A decade af­ter Washington launched its war against ter­ror by at­tack­ing Afghanistan, it finds it­self mov­ing fur­ther away from vic­tory. Hav­ing de­clared a with­drawal timetable and putting Afghans in charge, U.S prom­ises of sta­bil­ity in the coun­try re­main weak rhetoric. An­a­lysts have con­tin­u­ously raised ques­tions

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