Beyond the Khyber pass
President Bush has vowed to hunt bin Laden even in Pakistan, according to a news story from Breitbart. "US President Geoge W. Bush said in an interview said he would not hesitate to track down and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and other terror operatives even if it meant hunting them down on Pakistani soil. "We would take the action necessary to bring them to justice," said Bush in an interview with CNN television. Very well, but did the peace deal between the Pakistan and the Taliban offically condone sanctuary for Osama? Bill Roggio has been warning for some time that while the media keeps warning that the sky is falling everywhere the US has deployed troops, the floor may have actually collapsed in Pakistan, which is safely protected by the subtle webs of diplomacy. CNS reports:
President Bush said Thursday the U.S. will keep a close eye on a peace agreement signed between the Pakistan government and Islamists in a remote frontier region where fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to be located. At the same time, the president said in an ABC News interview, he did not believe the deal would provide "safe haven" to terrorists. ...
But critics of the agreement are worried about such a scenario. The deal signed earlier this week in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan region is interpreted by some as allowing foreign terrorists to remain in the area on condition they remain peaceful.
Counterterrorism consultant Daveed Gartenstein-Ross said the deal "essentially cedes authority in the North Waziristan tribal region to the Taliban and al Qaeda." ...
The agreement, which aims to end two years of violence in the area, was signed between President Pervez Musharraf's government and seven Islamists representing a Pakistani grouping which calls itself Taliban and has close ties to the Taliban in Afghanistan.Dawn reported that the venue for the signing ceremony was "heavily guarded by armed Taliban."
The signing ceremony was guarded by the Taliban? That sure looks like a good sign. One thing that near-myoptic focus on Iraq has deprived us of is perspective. The key question which those who advocate a return to containment have never answered fully is if propping up "stable" regimes is such a good idea, as opposed to "democracy", how come the Jihadis describe local dissatisfaction as their primary recruiting tool? Maybe the universe of solutions is a number larger than a bit.