Monday, December 14, 2009

The batshit crazy U.S. government wants to attack a city in Pakistan with 850,000 people

No other way to describe this:
"Senior U.S. officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in Quetta.
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The concern has created tension among Obama administration officials over whether unmanned aircraft strikes in a city of 850,000 are a realistic option. Proponents, including some military leaders, argue that attacking the Taliban in Quetta -- or at least threatening to do so -- is crucial to the success of the revised war strategy President Obama unveiled last week.

[Then at the end of the story]

The province of Baluchistan, however, has a distinct ethnic identity and its own separatist movement. It is one of Pakistan's main provinces, and strikes against its main city, Quetta, would probably be seen as a violation of the nation's sovereignty."

No shit. Too bad it took paragraphs of apologias and justifications of declaring war on Pakistan to point that out. As always, the LA Times shows itself as truly fair and balanced.

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