After all these years, all the billions spent, all the U.S. counter-terror money funneled to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, all the outrage over the killing of bin Laden, all the Pakistani duplicity, the Washington establishment is still hoping that the Pakistanis will come around. This is self-delusion on a massive scale.
“US still want Pak to expand counter-terrorism efforts,” AFP, October 26, 2015:
Monday, October 26, 2015 – Washington—United States State Department Spokesman Mark Toner in a press briefing on Friday said the US wants to see Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism expand.
“We want to see those efforts expand. But it’s such a complex dynamic,” Toner said. “You’ve got Afghanistan and the Taliban’s continued presence there on one side. You do have tensions with India, and those need to be addressed.”
After a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama last week, both sides agreed on Thursday to take effective action against all terrorist groups, including Lashkar-e-Taiba. According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, Pakistan also agreed to ensure that all Taliban groups, including the Haqqani Network, “are unable to operate from the soil of Pakistan”….