Pakistan is a textbook example of a disaster of biblical proportions in the making. Its hyperactive nuclear expansion, weak central government, impoverished, radicalized population, and pro- Islamist military and intelligence arms are sources for major concern. That concern becomes all-out alarm in light of the Taliban/al-Qaida’s control over anywhere from a quarter to a third of Pakistani territory and the widespread public support for them throughout the country.
Since taking office, the Obama administration has failed to conceive of a strategy for contending with the situation. One of the main obstacles to the formation of a coherent US strategy is the Obama administration’s move to outlaw any discussion of the basic threats to US interests. Shortly after entering office, President Barack Obama banned the use of the term “War against terror,” substituting it with the opaque term “overseas contingency operation.”
Last April, Obama banned use of the terms “jihad,” “Islamic terrorism” and “radical Islam” in US government documents.
In the midst of the political turmoil engulfing Egypt and much of the Arab world, last month’s revelation that Pakistan has doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal over the past four years has been largely ignored.