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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 5, 2011 / 1 Iyar, 5771

Is it time to de-friend Pakistan?

By John Kass

John Kass


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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is rather upset these days.

He's insisting that neither he nor his government had any idea that a compound in a suburb of Islamabad was the crib of wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Zardari says he was shocked it turned out to be bin Laden's home. He didn't know a thing. His advisers didn't know. His intelligence services didn't know. And the military officers who lived in bin Laden's quiet neighborhood didn't know.

"Some in the U.S. press have suggested that Pakistan lacked vitality in its pursuit of terrorism, or worse yet, that we were disingenuous and actually protected the terrorist we claimed to be pursuing," Zardari wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

"Such baseless speculation may make exciting cable news, but it doesn't reflect fact," Zardari continued.

It doesn't reflect fact? Well, hush my mouth, Mr. President, sir.

A home with a high wall that looks like a fortress, and no adults seem to care? Adults in the business of security and war, and they're not interested in a fortress with no Internet service? And nobody seems to care that it's off the grid?

Sure.

President Zardari had no clue.

Anywhere else, a nosy neighbor would have walked over to borrow a cup of sugar, or asked to see a monkey wrench, or needed some honey and walnuts for a quick snack.

That way, the friendly neighbor could sniff around.

But not in Pakistan.

And now Pakistan is in the midst of a public relations war, with the Obama White House taking a few PR potshots and various members of Congress throwing a few rhetorical punches at Pakistan.

The current theme is that if Pakistan couldn't spot bin Laden's fortress, perhaps we shouldn't be sending the nation billions in foreign aid. Pakistan's old nemesis, India, was sticking it to Zardari, saying the U.S. should get tough on the country that couldn't spot bin Laden hiding in plain sight.

Where do we go from here?

We might seek to immediately "de-friend" Pakistan, but then, playing foreign relations and counterterrorism isn't Facebook. Yet.

American politicians are complaining that friends don't keep secrets. But if you want a friend, get a dog. Nations do not have friends. Nations always work to advance their own interests.

So CIA Director Leon Panetta promoted U.S. interests by leveraging Pakistan a bit. He told Time magazine the U.S. did not talk about the planned raid with Pakistani leaders because the White House feared Pakistan would warn bin Laden.

"It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission: They might alert the targets," Panetta said.

Also, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said it was vital to determine whether the Pakistani government had helped the al-Qaida chieftain.

"Well, it's our information at this point that he had been there at least five years or so," Brennan told NPR. "And it is one of the most vexing questions that we are facing right now, how was he able to stay in a house 35 miles outside of Islamabad for so long and be undetected."

Indeed.

"But we need to dig deeper into this. And I know the Pakistani officials themselves are looking closer into this," Brennan continued. "Was there somebody within the Pakistani establishment that knew about bin Laden's presence at the compound and provided support and helped maintain the secret?"

Hmmm, let's see. In Chicago, we've had our chief of detectives working closely with the Outfit. In Washington, we've had a senior Soviet analyst on the Russian payroll. So is it possible that someone with Pakistani intelligence was protecting bin Laden? Of course it is.

If I were running counterintelligence, I'd round up the kids in bin Laden's old neighborhood.

Kids see everything, and they look at things from different, lower angles. They're closer to the ground. They know the shortcuts through the back yards.

And, according to The Australian, a newspaper from, well, Australia, they knew something was amiss on that block outside Islamabad.

"If a ball went into bin Laden's compound, the children would not be allowed to get it," local ice cream vendor Tanvir Ahmed told The Australian. "They were given money instead, 100-150 rupees ($2 to $3) per ball."

We've all known such neighbors, the kind who refuse to give the ball back to kids. For the most part, such adults are the meanest people in the neighborhood, perhaps the planet, grouchy trolls who hoard dozens and dozens of balls, keeping them there on their lawns, untouchable, the sight of the unattainable balls a constant source of torture to those kids.

Osama bin Laden, ball thief?

Add that to the terrorism, and you've got a real jerk on your hands.

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John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Comments by clicking here.



Previously:



04/12/11: China stretches the bounds of decency with cow-human-breast milk
03/23/11: No you're not in control; get over it
02/28/11: Chicago wanted a strongman, and it got one
01/26/11: Oh, c'mon, c'mon, Rahm-bo a victim? That's a stretch
12/13/10: WikiLeaks and Assange pretend there are no consequences
12/09/10: Trendy toys don't stand up to playthings of yore
10/11/10: Obama and his pals need some scarce Hopium for the next election
09/14/10: Obama gets a little bossy with tacit endorsement of Emanuel
08/18/10: Dead Meat walking, but heat to be applied again
07/28/10: No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers
07/26/10: Obama's fall guy in Shirley Sherrod case is Vilsack the Pooh
07/21/10: Loathing of Steinbrenner softens after his death
07/19/10: Summertime, and the race cards are easy
06/28/10: Does Congress have the guts to fix what court gutted? Honestly, no
12/17/09: Belt-tightening presidential aspirant leaves room for Spam
09/27/09: ACORN can teach the GOP a thing or 2
09/03/09: Blago as author gets it wrong yet again 06/22/09: Obama's latest political play should shock no one
06/17/09: Presidential satire takes Hopium break
06/11/09: E-Verify works, so, of course, let's not use it
06/09/09: First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem
06/02/09: Judge Sotomayor would think me most unwise
05/12/09: Parents, enjoy this time, in all its creepiness
03/18/09: Stem cell policy shift brings a sinking feeling
03/09/09: Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
03/05/09: Contest: Name Blagojevich's book
02/16/09: Dems undercut aid for U.S. workers
01/20/09: Let the carving begin on Tombstone's tomb
01/12/09: Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way
01/02/09: Jesters don't pick up the race card in a nationally televised news conference and slam it into the face of every Dem in the Senate, a palm heel strike to the tip of the nose, leaving all of them watery-eyed, their lips stinging
12/24/08: Governor waxes poetic, but Combine rolls on
12/23/08: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man
12/18/08: Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
12/15/08: Man behind curtain is wizard of Rod, Rahm

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