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The U.S. Role in Pakistan

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When Barack Obama assumes the Presidency in January, Pakistan will be one his administration's biggest foreign policy challenges. During the campaign, Obama favored the use of more aggressive anti-terrorism tactics in Pakistan , rejecting the Bush administrations' warm relations with the country.

Obama claimed he would make hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on the country closing down Taliban camps inside its borders. His policy in Pakistan will be just the latest of the United States ' half-century long involvement in Pakistan 's politics and military.

Tariq Ali is a British-Pakistani writer and historian.  His most recent book is The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power.

The Bush Administration's policies in Pakistan were built around the U.S. relationship with Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf. 

One of the reasons Musharraf was forced to step down this August was the strength of the lawyer's movement in Pakistan against him. The movement protested for over a year against Musharraf's dismissal of the Chief Justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. 

Former Chief Justice Chaudry is in the United States now to receive an award.  But his visit is getting almost no press here.

Tariq Ali explained the United States ' complex relationship with Chaudry…

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