I get mail. This morning's batch included this map from The Institute for the Study of War.
Nothing quite spells war out like maps. And this one shows which armies are where. What is quite obvious here is that the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has American forces staring down Pakistani forces. We've got the Frontier Corps in brown and the regular Pakistan Army in green.
Long ago during campaign season, Barack Obama made all kinds of threatening noises about Pakistan. Back then, Musharraf was in trouble but how much was anybody's guess. Bottom line was that Bush had been making friendly noises in support of that military leader. But all sorts of chaos has destabilized Pakistan, and nobody has really controlled this border area. The ISI of course has been playing both sides and it must be said with certainty that OBL is holed up somewhere in there with lots of outside help. Obviously, it's in the interest of many countries to keep us tangled up and looking for Bin Laden. So how ugly does this situation get, and to what extent is Obama going to push? It's beginning to be interesting enough for me to look closer.
My kind of president would be very clear on the war aims and transcendant goals for the region. And I think he would be doing so with some large public military alliance with India.