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I have been reading your remarkable research on the ongoing war on terror in Pakistan. We as a nation are actually not taken into confidence about this war. We have frequentally been briefed about the ambitions of terrorists. Our society totally agrees with our goverment on this policy. But we do not know much about the dictation of American forces to our destabilized ruling elites. We strongly condemn the barbaric actions of US officials regarding Dr. Afia Sadiquee, how America, the champion of human rights, has treated this woman. No Western country is interested to ask US authorities if the Pakistani government is not worthy to ask them. The presence of Blackwater in Pakistan is true. But we do not know what harmful effects there are, what they actually are doing. If Pakistan is a nuclear power and declared as a terrorist nation, then why is only Iran targeted for nuclear sanctions? Doesn't the US government feel the danger of nuclear expansion? We are suffering a lot of problems since the war began. Economically, we are getting weaker day by day. Our corruption rate is increasing, as US masters have more to give our hungry leaders.

Please tell me: internationally, Pakistan is standing where? What is the future of our country?

sana iqbal malik

Lahore, Pakistan

Feb 8 2010 - 10:06am

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I've been hearing this buzzword "collapse" from the same political stratum as informed me in 2004 that my presence in Iraq was "surreal."

If the key element in that collapse is the loss of reserve currency status by the US dollar, then it would seem, in my colorful imagination, that this will be a giant puffball collapse. In Maine there are these little mushrooms that (used to, at least) turn up in the yard, white wrinkly balls an inch or two or three in diameter. If you stepped on one, it would belch out a little cloud of dust through its ruptured papery skin. Generally, it looked pretty edge-of-life, pretty low on the evolutionary tree.

China would love to find some other place to spend its dollars, and oil nations would like to be paid in something other than dollars. All right, imagination, how does that look? I can't trace that economics, but yeah, I guess it feels like a giant puffball collapsing. If these are toxic spores that would be belched out of it(retool imagery), then the world might be hesitant to step on us in the short term, but in the medium term would be rational if it devised a giant plastic bag or a giant shovel to sequester our inflated edge-of-life "global presence" with.

So the collapse will be rather slow-motion-ish. We have before us the splendid example of the United Kingdom.

Christopher Rushlau

Portland, ME

Feb 7 2010 - 4:21pm

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It is the nature of the Taliban and Al Qaeda that they rely on violence to obtain their goals. Since mainstream Islam is peaceful, it is not surprising that most Muslims react negatively to such attacks. The sheer scale of the Pakistani Taliban's attacks within Pakistan pushed ordinary people to support the Pakistan army's operations against them. The Pakistan army already has more troops on the ground than we could currently deploy in that country. They do not need US troops on the ground.

They may need some training or technical support, but such aid should be a "white" operation. The people of Pakistan have a right to know, and make their opinions known about a relationship between the Pakistani and American military forces.

There is a deficit in trust between the US and the people of Pakistan. Our relations with Pakistan must be open and transparent in order to regain that trust. Any military actions involving cooperation between our respective military forces must rest on the consent of the Pakistani people. As Chairman Mao noted, "The people are like water and the army is like fish"!

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Feb 5 2010 - 4:17pm

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More of that "Change" thingee!!

By now, it should be clear even to the clueless that the Obama presidency is just an extension of GW Bush's tyrannical ways.

Obama has started more wars and killed more civilians his first year in office than Junior did, but that fact seems to elude outfits like Code Pink, who was known to raise hell about W every chance they got, but have taken a vow of silence about Obama's war mongering because he's a Democrat.

IMO, the gangster outfits that picked Obama to be prez, like the CFR and the Bilderbergs, are just thrilled at his performance.

The CFR got more wars and the Bilderbergs got their Wall Street casino losses covered for the indefinite future, thanks to Obama putting Bernanke back in charge of the henhouse.

Can we click our ruby slippers together three times and wish for real "Change," or will we continue down this murderous path to oblivion?

Greg Bacon

Ava, MO

Feb 5 2010 - 5:22am

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This is just one more nail in the coffin of the Democratic Party. The euphemism that the White House "acknowledged" that troops are on the ground in Pakistan could accurately be substituted by "confessed to lying"--but we're used to that by now, and the news that this is now the third official war of the US, one more than Bush, signals once again that Obama has morphed completely into Bush.

And we have provocative ships and missiles in the Gulf, no doubt at the behest of Israel.We have him arrogantly provoking China, the hand that feeds us. This is a nightmare. Obama, as always, pretends to be concerned about our national debt, but keeps making it umore and more unsustainable.

If one pays attention to Ron Paul, this is only the beginning of the end, with the inevitable collapse of the dollar and ultimately social unrest and martial law, unless countermeasures are taken immediately, which seems preposterously unlikely.

stanley hersh

New York, NY

Feb 4 2010 - 9:25pm