The commander of American and Allied forces in Afghanistan began two days of testimonies before congress today. General David Petraeus called the gains fragile and reversible, but he said the US had stopped the Taliban momentum.
During a meeting today with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at the White House, President Obama said "he is looking forward to visiting Pakistan later this year," the White House announced a few minutes ago.In a statement, the White House also said that the two leaders' "discussion focused on ou
For now, at least, dire predictions of a collapse have been proved wrong (as we thought might happen):"The second-largest member of Pakistan's ruling coalition reversed its decision to join the opposition Friday, averting the potential collapse of the government in this nuclear-armed nation," the
Already deep into yet another of its recurring political crises, Pakistan was rocked today by the "most high-profile assassination of a political figure [there] since the slaying of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December of 2007."The victim: Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer.
In trying to make some sense out of the news from Pakistan about the crisis in the government's ruling coalition, here are a couple important lines:-- "The shift in the political landscape is not expected to lead to a collapse of the fragile government."