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The Retrogressive Perspectives of Barack Obama on Countering Terrorism

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 26, 2012, No Comments

Regular readers of my OpEds know that I do not make a habit of quoting myself.  However, I will make an exception this time by reminding my readers of a column that I posted on my website on October 1, 2012 entitled, "Why Do Ex-politicians Make So Much Sense After Leaving Office?"  In that column, I stated: "I challenge anyone to provide a persuasive answer to this question. I have one, but I don't claim that it is any more persuasive than the one provided by any other person. My take is that, once free from the burden of office, ex-politicians can speak their mind. The burden of being in the government forces all smart politicians (and even the dumb ones) to toe the government line–like a parrot–no matter how much they disagree with various policies. However, once out of office, they seem to relocate their previous lost wisdom and insight."  One can also make the same observation about politicians who make very thoughtful observations earlier in their career on complex issues o
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Book Review: Ahmed Rashid’s Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 14, 2012, No Comments

Allah, Army, and America used to be catchphrases to describe the internal political dynamics, as well as the foreign policy behavior, of Pakistan in the previous several decades.  That reality has undergone palpable erosion regarding the influence of the United States on Pakistan under the presidency of Barack Obama.  That is certainly not good news for him, since his political stakes are high.  The Afghan war is a "war of choice" for him as much as the Iraq war was a war of choice for George W. Bush.  Obama cannot lose the war in Afghanistan.  However, for him to win, he needs Pakistan's cooperation and help, which has been getting increasingly hard to come by in the past several months.  Since the support for the Afghan war is steadily in the American domestic arena, Obama has deftly set a date of withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.  He is hoping that such a decision would help him win his reelection campaign. However, wars have their own logic, in determining the winner
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Say It Again, Jim, About Pakistan!

by Ehsan Ahrari on December 7, 2011, No Comments

I watched former General James (Jim) Jones, Jr. on the Charlie Rose Show.  He was President Barack Obama's ineffective National Security Advisor; not ineffective because he was not fit for the job, but because he was not one of the Obama groupies. As such, he remained in the outermost circle of the concentric rings established every time a new president enters the White House. Frustrated about his lack of effectiveness, he resigned after serving the administration for two years. (more…)
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Why Al-Qaida Never Was an Enduring Organization or a Movement

by Ehsan Ahrari on September 2, 2011, No Comments

Two themes that emerge from the material that the US Special Forces captured when they killed Usama Bin Laden (UBL) in Abbottabad, Pakistan, are worth considering.  First, we are told that the al-Qaida (AQ) leader was obsessed about carrying out another major attack on the United States.  He might have concluded that that might be the only way his organization could regain its rapidly dwindling popularity among Muslims.  Second, it seems that UBL also came to the conclusion that AQ's goal of establishing an Islamic Caliphate was too idealistic and impractical, even under the best of circumstances, for its continued operation.  He might have also concluded that, because of the sudden and awesome popularity of the Arab Awakening in bringing an end to two of the oldest dictatorships of the Arab world, his organization also faced a bleak future in the context of regaining popularity or gaining relevance among Muslims.  (more…)
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Pakistan is not Suicidal; It is Only Playing the Bizarre Power Game of South Asia

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 3, 2011, No Comments

One bloody rule of South Asian strategic affairs–and there are many more such rules–is that when your enemy is down make sure that you start kicking it hard because it will the same when its turn comes. Pakistan is down right now, its ISI is coming under frontal attack from all sides, including the United States, which is leaving ample room for equivocation but is still leaking ample "evidence" of Pakistan's duplicities in its fight with the war on terror. In this duration, India is doing all it can to escalate its strategic profile in Afghanistan, something that infuriates Pakistan to no end. (more…)
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Who is “Humiliating” Pakistan, Really?

by Ehsan Ahrari on May 24, 2011, No Comments

Reading the headlines on Pakistan these days, it seems there is no end to the "humiliation" of that country. It was humiliated when Usama Bin Laden was found to be living in Abbottabad, only a half-mile from Pakistan's military academy. The government claimed that it was unaware of the world's most wanted terrorist's presence. Its Army was embarrassed when reports of an audacious raid carried out by the U.S. Special Forces flew in on helicopters, killed Bin Laden, and took his body as a "trophy." The Pakistani Army was caught napping during that entire operation (or so we are told). Pakistan's military was disgraced again when its naval base was attacked by the Islamists, which has been a frequently occurring phenomenon for the past few years. The list of embarrassments seems to be getting longer. Who is really responsible for those humiliations and what is wrong? (more…)
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The (Probably) Never to Be Resolved Mysteries about UBL’s Death

by Ehsan Ahrari on May 7, 2011, No Comments

Those who live a mysterious life may die under mysterious circumstances and also leave a lot of mysteries behind.  For the last ten years, Usama Bin Laden lived a life of mystery and under ample speculation.  No one really knew for sure whether he survived the Tora Bora campaign or perished along with his faithful fighters.  Looking at the videos of the ferocious U.S. bombings of those mountains, his survival was almost miraculous.  The United States invested millions of dollars attempting to find him since. Then on May 2, 2011, the world was shocked to find out that he was living almost next door to Pakistan's military academy in Abbottabad.  The Pakistani government denies harboring him there, while the United States is convinced that such, indeed, was the case. (more…)