Monday, May 23, 2011
Pakistan can huff about the violation of its sovereignty but it has a major communications and credibility problem with this event. Pakistan's citizens can question legitimately whether their armed forces are ready and capable to take on the Taliban. It would seem not with a military base takeover in the heart of the nation's population center on the edge of the sea and nowhere near the mountains where there is disputed territory. In one sense, the Taliban have done Pakistan a favor. They have spotlighted the lack of military security and preparedness. Pakistan's allies don't need to preach. The incident is jawboning enough.