It rightly angers Americans to know that roughly $3 billion of the money we borrow every year from the Chinese flows down the Pakistani rathole to buy questionable loyalty as we try to prosecute an endless, increasingly pointless war.
When you see such brazenly duplicitous behavior out of people who are supposed to be our allies, you are tempted to just walk away and let them rot in the political cesspool of their own making. Unfortunately, that would be worse than what we’re doing now.
Don’t forget that these two-faced military types are all that stand between Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and some guy with a backpack and a detonator. Yes, they smile with one side of their mouths and make pro-forma gestures toward helping us root out terrorists. With the other side, they curse us for being in the vicinity. They aid our enemies as they reach for our wallets.
They’re slimy, undependable, greedy and venal. In other words, “realists,” by their lights. Invading powers⎯like Alexander the Great, the British, the Soviets, and now the Americans⎯come and go, and the goal is to survive their incursions and maybe score a little profit off them during high tide. Some things never change.
It’s good old-fashioned protection money, pure and simple. Those unfortunate enough to get themselves involved in the region have been paying it for millennia. This time, though, the locals have nukes instead of those rusty old Enfields the British Army left behind. We’ll just have to suck it up.