Bruce Riedel writes that the election of Asif Zardari as president of Pakistan creates an opportunity for the U.S. to rethink its policy toward that nation and the surrounding region. Riedel argues that Zardari may be Pakistan’s last best hope to build a free and stable country and that, given those circumstances, the United States should offer the new Pakistani government both increased economic aid and other means of support during the period of political transition.
...I think there's something else going on here, and it's that using this phrase, 'radical Islam,' has almost become a stand-in for anti-Muslim bigotry. Trump has invested these words with new meaning, regardless of what they may have meant four or five years ago. So in that sense, Trump is correct - words do matter, and we should be concerned that he's using these words as a kind of dog whistle that really feeds into anti-Muslim bigotry that is unfortunately becoming more prevalent in the U.S. ...