Maybe not even a timeout.
The lead article in the New York Times earlier this morning was Secretary of State Clinton’s announcement of a new strategy for bringing peace to
“Fight, Talk, Build” is the official name of this worthy initiative—I did not make that up—which slogan we predict will be proved to bore holes in your skull and infect your brain with microorganisms which will result in irreversible cognitive deficits.
F.T.B.’s paradigm-breaking advance is to enlist the assistance of
America’s good friends in Inter-Services Intelligence (I.S.I.), ’s spook agency. This is the same spook agency that the Obama administration blamed last month for deadly attacks on Americans going back to at least 2007. Pakistan
I guess this is a dance with the devil. Governments do that, right? When have they done that? Did the Americans—and the Israelis--dance with Yasser Arafat and the P.L.O., simultaneously fighting and talking? I guess. How did that work out? It doesn’t seem to me it worked out very well at all. I guess reasonable people can differ.
Or is this “good cop, bad cop” on the Americans’ part? Or the ascendancy of the State Department over the military and the other more hawkish elements in the administration who leaked last month’s stories?
I don’t know; it’s the most confounded thing.