Best Defense

Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Holbrooke is gonna fix Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India?

I woke up thinking I was too optimistic in my post yesterday about Pakistan. I don’t know what got into me. This morning I have on my mind about the best take I’ve ever seen on attempts by westerners to alter the ways of South Asia: Now it is not good for the Christian’s health ...

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I woke up thinking I was too optimistic in my post yesterday about Pakistan. I don't know what got into me.

This morning I have on my mind about the best take I've ever seen on attempts by westerners to alter the ways of South Asia:

Now it is not good for the Christian's health
To hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles and the Aryan smiles,
And it weareth the Christian down.
And the end of the fight
Is a tombstone white
With the name of the late deceased
And the epitaph drear: 'A fool lies here
who tried to hustle the East.'"

I woke up thinking I was too optimistic in my post yesterday about Pakistan. I don’t know what got into me.

This morning I have on my mind about the best take I’ve ever seen on attempts by westerners to alter the ways of South Asia:

Now it is not good for the Christian’s health
To hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles and the Aryan smiles,
And it weareth the Christian down.
And the end of the fight
Is a tombstone white
With the name of the late deceased
And the epitaph drear: ‘A fool lies here
who tried to hustle the East.'”

I am feeling very focused on Pakistan right now. I don’t see any good answers, but I think the Obama administration is going to spend a lot of time and energy just managing the issue and trying to keep a lid on it.

So today I’m doing a Best Defense Special All-Pakistan issue. 

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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