Carlos Pascual joins Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations to assess the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). The NIE reports that al Qaeda has reconstituted itself in the federally administered tribal areas along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and Pascual notes that there is a “limit to how much the U.S. can push Musharraf” to both go on the offensive against al Qaeda with his finite military assets, and to move the nation back to a democratic footing. He argues that to “work effectively we need to maintain cooperation” but questions that policy’s ultimate effectiveness given the unfortunate reality that there is widespread sympathy for the jihadist elements within the Pakistani military and serious anti-American sentiment within the country at large.
[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.