A US bull in a Pakistani china shop!

ISLAMABAD: A confused America has the mentality of an improperly castrated, horned wild bull. That’s America. Pakistan right now is a china shop – politically, economically and diplomatically. These are both facts.

Obama, with his popularity rating down to 35 percent, is confused. Secretary Clinton’s Department of State is all about talk, talk, talk. Secretary Panetta’s Department of Defence is all about fight, fight, fight. The White House comes out with talk, fight, talk.

In Pakistan, at the political level, Nawaz Sharif has launched his “Go Zardari Go” street campaign. All other Pakistani politicians are at each other’s throats. On the economic front, Pakistan Railways has collapsed. PIA has crashed. Our government is bankrupt. And we have neither oil nor electricity. At the diplomatic level, we cannot even count three friends out of the 193 member-states of the United Nations. Pakistan is isolated like never before. To top it all, Maulvi Fazlullah, regrouping in Nuristan, is now vowing a “new war” on Pakistan.

Are we misreading the American bull? Pakistani narrative is that Afghanistan has castrated America. And, embedded in that castration is Afghanistan of our dreams; ruled by the Commander of the Faithful, Mullah Mohammed Omar. Based on the same narrative are Paktia, Paktika and Khost of our dreams; ruled by Maulavi Jalaluddin Haqqani, the one-time asset of the CIA.

The fact is that we are the only one sleeping with the dream of a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. China, our ‘all weather friend’, has tried to wake us up-more than once. The United States, Iran, Russia and India all have their own dreams-their dreams clash with our own. Surely, dreams are nothing more than ‘imaginary transactions, wild conceits and idle fancies’.

This time around, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton brought along with her biggest of Washington’s big guns including General Martin Dempsey, the highest ranking military officer in the United States, David Howell Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Lieutenant-General Douglas Lute, President Obama’s ‘war czar’. They were all in Islamabad to demonstrate that Washington’s political, policy and strategic establishments are now all on the same page. Yes, the page still reads: talk, fight, talk. But the bull should never be taken by his horns. What we need to do is to save our china shop from the bull’s eye.

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