Friday, May 6, 2011

Foreign Affairs Ain't Tiddliwinks

Withy's post expressing shock, shock at the revelation that Pakistan has been playing a double game for years reminded FLG of something that's been annoying him.

Seems like every journalist of late, and especially BBC reporters but that may just be a result of what FLG is listening to and watching, feel they must ask every interviewee whether they think Pakistan knew where OBL was and whether this will hurt the alliance with the US? These are stupid questions.

The US knew Pakistan knew where OBL was. And even if they didn't know everybody knew they could know in about 15 minutes. So, whether they knew or didn't is a semantic question and not one of plausible deniability. Everybody, with a fucking brain, knew Pakistan knew.

Given that everybody knew Pakistan knew, this won't change much. Sure, there's some people grumbling on Capitol Hill, but FLG, rather than appreciating their righteous indignation, thinks less of those figures. They were either woefully naive previously or grandstanding now. Neither is very reassuring of their ability to direct foreign affairs.

When it comes to foreign affairs, we expect our leaders to act in ways that wouldn't be tolerated in domestic affairs. Hypocrisy, truth-stretching, and sometimes outright lying, are necessary to further the interests of the nation. Our leaders and Pakistan's leaders both did what was in their nation's interests. Plain and simple.


Anonymous said...

Here's what I know :

Pakistan scrambled fighter jets -within seconds- they received a very simple phone call :

"You don't want to be doing this."

They called their jets back.

Cool, no?

Mrs. P

The Ancient said...

Meanwhile, that helicopter tail with evident stealth technology seems to be sitting in some Pakistani warehouse, where it can be measured and photographed by Chinese agents.

(Definitely uncool.)

P.S. Some days, I wish the Indians really were as irredentist as the Pakistani military likes to think.

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