This just in: FDR, Churchill invite Hitler to the Atlantic Conference. “NATO invites Pakistan to summit in Chicago,” by Chris Brummitt and Slobodan Lekic for the Associated Press, May 16 (thanks to Maxwell):
ISLAMABAD (AP) “” NATO has invited Pakistan’s president to the upcoming Chicago summit on Afghanistan, the strongest sign yet that Islamabad is ready to reopen its western border to U.S. and NATO military supplies heading to the war in the neighboring country.
President Asif Ali Zardari was expected to accept the invitation, a Pakistani official in Washington said Tuesday.
Pakistan blocked the routes in November after American airstrikes killed 24 of its troops on the Afghan border. The attack sent ties between Washington and Islamabad to new lows, threatening regional cooperation needed for negotiating an end to the Afghan war.
The developments signal something of a rapprochement between the two countries, but tensions are likely to bedevil what has long been a brittle relationship, scarred by mistrust on both sides. Many in Washington believe Pakistan is supporting the Taliban, making the Afghanistan war unwinnable….
Many are right. But of course the Afghan war is unwinnable anyway, because Washington doesn’t want to win, and doesn’t know what winning would look like.