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The United States is destabilizing Afghanistan — and Pakistan!

That’s the view from the other end of the telescope. The governor of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province says that Afghanistan is the problem, not his country, and that it is the Americans who are the threat in Afghanistan. Pay no attention to what you may have heard about Taliban offensives in Swat and al Qaeda ...

That's the view from the other end of the telescope. The governor of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province says that Afghanistan is the problem, not his country, and that it is the Americans who are the threat in Afghanistan. Pay no attention to what you may have heard about Taliban offensives in Swat and al Qaeda hanging out in the autonomous tribal area on the border, advises Gov. Owais Ahmad Ghani:

That’s the view from the other end of the telescope. The governor of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province says that Afghanistan is the problem, not his country, and that it is the Americans who are the threat in Afghanistan. Pay no attention to what you may have heard about Taliban offensives in Swat and al Qaeda hanging out in the autonomous tribal area on the border, advises Gov. Owais Ahmad Ghani:

We are successfully moving forward to handle the law and order problem in certain areas of the province."    

Good luck with this guy, Ambassador Holbrooke!

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 ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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