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.
[John Bolton’s statement that the North Koreans “have not lived up to the commitments” made in Singapore] totally cuts Secretary of State Pompeo and the special representative, Steve Biegun, at the knees. What is the incentive for North Korea to actually talk about the meat-and-potatoes of denuclearization with the special representative and with the secretary of state if the national security adviser has said nothing is happening so we have to go straight to the top?