Afghanistan and American Power-Lite
October 24, 2011 4 Comments
Afghanistan President Karzai said recently that his country would support Pakistan if it ever went to war with the United States.
Really? The country that has devoted abundant blood and treasure to a free Afghanistan and your administration takes a back seat to the country that has actively supported insurgent groups in Afghanistan?
Well, we could get worked up about that, but how silly.
The inspiration here is that America invaded a country, toppled a horrible, terrorist regime — and the new regime nevertheless enjoys the autonomy of picking its foreign policy interests — even if those interests are hostile to the United States.
That is a profoundly new paradigm for military powers, never mind superpowers. In the rich history of military conquest, never before has a conquered nation enjoyed this magnitude of autonomy. It is a credit to America.
There are sound reasons for Afghanistan to mollify Pakistan — so soon after accusing it of harboring its country’s enemies and signing a strategic partnership agreement with India.
Tricky business in southern Asia — I’m just proud of America.