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Holbrooke on Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Glenn Kessler
During today's briefing on President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, a reporter asked a question that elicited an unusual nonanswer from Richard Holbrooke, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Q: Can I ask about the question of corruption with regard to Pakistan? The President alluded today to some problems in getting Pakistanis to respond when we have high-level intelligence -- or have intelligence about high-level terrorists, and he said, "We will insist that action be taken." Does that mean if the Pakistanis will act, we will not -- and if they do not, we will?

AMBASSADOR HOLBROOKE: I just don't think we can answer that question. It's speculative, it's hypothetical, and it would be deeply injurious to our national interest to speculate. But I appreciate the importance of the question, and that's all we're ready to say.

Q: Can you say something about what the President meant by that?


In other words, the answer was "yes."

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"Afghanistan is shaping up to be another Vietnam."
We've already been there longer than Vietnam

Posted by: JRM2 | March 28, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse


• Remember the Bay of Pigs...

Afghanistan is shaping up to be another Vietnam.

It's time for Team Obama to show the door to the saboteurs and the Dr. Strangeloves...

...the "long war" advocates who threaten to bring down his presidency.



Google it.

YOU, or someone close to you, could be the next victim.

Unless Team Obama/AG Holder takes action.

Now. Before it's too late.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 28, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

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