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It’s make or break time for Pakistan

The remains of the mainstream media earns its keep today with a good piece by Fareed Zakaria arguing that this is the moment for Pakistan to straighten up and fly right. I don’t think it is going to happen, but if it did, he lays out how it would. McClatchy has a story in which ...

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The remains of the mainstream media earns its keep today with a good piece by Fareed Zakaria arguing that this is the moment for Pakistan to straighten up and fly right. I don't think it is going to happen, but if it did, he lays out how it would.

McClatchy has a story in which an American official goes all Rodney King on the situation. "At the end of the day, a relationship with Pakistan is critical.… Wherever this goes, we have to find some way to get along with the Pakistanis." State Department officials saying "end of the day" is like baseball writers using "iconic." It means they are not really thinking.

Interesting to see the Indian PM in Kabul for the first time in six years. Are we seeing the future taking shape?

The remains of the mainstream media earns its keep today with a good piece by Fareed Zakaria arguing that this is the moment for Pakistan to straighten up and fly right. I don’t think it is going to happen, but if it did, he lays out how it would.

McClatchy has a story in which an American official goes all Rodney King on the situation. “At the end of the day, a relationship with Pakistan is critical.… Wherever this goes, we have to find some way to get along with the Pakistanis.” State Department officials saying “end of the day” is like baseball writers using “iconic.” It means they are not really thinking.

Interesting to see the Indian PM in Kabul for the first time in six years. Are we seeing the future taking shape?

And I loved the comments on this item, especially the pseudo-spam. (HT to Starbuck)

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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