Americans tend to pay attention to hot spots around the world when we must. We too often play whack-a-mole with terrorists, enemies, and their associates.
Case in point. When the anti-president Joe Biden haphazardly pulled out of Afghanistan, we once again became concerned with this nation run by the 7th-century warlords in the Taliban.
However, the country just south of Afghanistan, Pakistan, continues to be of greater strategic importance in the region. What happens in Pakistan remains especially concerning to the primarily Hindu nation immediately south of it, India, which is positioned as the most likely rival to Chinese dominance in Asia.
Pakistan received $14 billion as payment for their support in Afghanistan, even after discovering that Osama Bin Laden was hiding 3⁄4 mile from the Pakistan Military Academy in Bilal Town, Abbottabad. But President Trump stopped this arrangement.
Pakistani Prime Ministers are too casually removed, executed, assassinated, or jailed if they become famous or influential. When Pakistan’s deep state stages a coup or a propaganda campaign, it targets people who threaten their entrenched control. Military, Intelligence or the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and Judiciary agents run the country like their own personal piggy bank. Some politicians offer bribes in exchange for exile to acquire enough money and pull off this stunt.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, Mark Milley is attempting to institute this system in the United States.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is run by an army, not unlike Egypt or Turkey, and has a problematic relationship with both Islamic terrorism and Chinese communist expansion.
Pakistan’s constitution is irrelevant to the day-to-day operation of the government.
But the current Premier Imran Khan is equivalent to a Pakistani version of Donald Trump in many ways. His success outside of politics led to his ability to run for PM. In 1952, he was an international cricketer and captain of the 1992 Cricket World Cup Champion Pakistan national cricket team. Between 2005-2014 he served as chancellor of the University of Bradford (UK).
He is attempting to walk the tightrope of reform and leadership while navigating the shark-infested waters of local politics. Khan recently aided Glenn Beck in the evacuation of American and local people from the war-torn country.
However, Khan said that the Taliban are “normal civilians,” meaning that the Pakistan Army cannot distinguish between terrorists and Afghani. He also stated that the Afghans were “breaking the shackles of servitude” by becoming independent of the US.
In Pakistan, media power is used to intimidate and immediately oust leaders who cause a problem. Reporters must become agents of the deep state, or they will be targeted and destroyed. Because the system is inherently corrupt, the stench of scandal can be cast broadly and quickly. Courts act as de facto rubber stamps on trials used to take down rivals to the deep state. Donald Trump would not have made it four years if the deep state in the US had this kind of power. But it is this kind of power the US elites are dreaming about.