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How to handle Pakistan? 5 pointers

I have been reading Peter Tomsen’s "The Wars of Afghanistan."


One of youse recommended Peter Tomsen’s The Wars of Afghanistan, so I have been reading it. (No one told me it was the size of The Baseball Encyclopedia.)

I’m impressed at how much Tomsen lays at the feet of the government/military of Pakistan. Fittingly, he ends with a series of recommendations of how to be tougher with Pakistan. Among them:

– “Seek results, not assurances.”

– “Condition U.S. assistance.”

– “Place or threaten to place Pakistan on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

– “Pry Pakistan out of the Intra-Afghan peace dialogue.”

– “Maintain a bipartisan consensus on Pakistani policy.”

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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