- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A French official who conducted investigations in Pakistan adds more weight to charges that Pakistani intelligence officers are in bed with the Taliban and even with al Qaeda.
In a new book, What I Could Not Say, to be published next week in France, Jean-Louis Bruguiere says that he came away with the impression that some Pakistani officials don’t even consider al Qaeda to be a terrorist organization, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. He is quoted as writing, “The central government has lost control of certain elements of the army and the ISI, an intelligence service that no longer has the trust of its foreign partners.” French investigators in Pakistan also were physically intimidated, he charges.
Bruguiere now works in Washington on terrorism financing issues, the newspaper said.
(HT to Barnett Rubin)
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |