Tag: Barack Obama

Three cheers for Obama and status quo!

Barack Obama is a one lucky guy who happens to be a presidential candidate at a historical juncture when America is transforming fast demographically from mostly a white nation to a more diverse country where women, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians are able to determine the outcome of national elections. For the first time in…

Outrage and the political fallout!

The instigators who provoke Muslims through hateful messages either have a politically motivated agenda or they want to flare up tensions. But surprisingly, every time they do it, they are successful in achieving their goals. Insulting Muslim icons in Western media and the resulting outrage in the Muslim world is becoming a routine with the…

The last(ing) tango

If abused patience runs the risk of turning into fury, has American patience with Pakistan finally run out and should we expect a major falling-out? By Monday, it was clear Pakistan had been shipwrecked on the rocks of its own intransigence, reduced to a hangdog at a summit at which it had thought it was…

A post-9/11 state with a pre-9/11 mindset?

For Pakistan, every year of the 9/11 decade has been harsher than the last. But ten years after worlds collided over New York City, has Pakistan learnt the right lessons? Did it fully understand the flux of strategic opportunities and threats that 9/11 produced and undertake the long-term course corrections necessitated by a post-9/11 world?…

Netanyahu: Offering Old Cliches in a New Wolrd

Last week witnessed, yet again, a visit by yet another Israeli prime  minister to the capital of the United States to offer the same age-old cliches to a group of fawning American lawmakers. It seems when it comes to the actions and the statements of the state of Israel, one ought to apply an out-of-the-world…

The Osama Kill: A New Era of Hi-tech Death Squads

In a spectacular night operation US gunship helicopters flew to Abbottabad, Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden: This has been the biggest story in the last week and if you are not aware of it you probably do live in a cave. I have no qualms about Osama’s death: He was a mass murderer of…

Osama Killed: In a House in Abbottabad

As per the latest news, Osama bin Laden was killed by the US special forces in a highly protected “custom-built” house in Abbottabad. This raises a few questions about the role of Pakistani intelligence agencies, especially since Abbottabad is not a remote mountain town: the town houses, of other important things, The Pakistan Military Academy…