Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pakistan's complaints

Bill Keller of the New York Times has an interesting piece describing Pakistan's perspective on the United States.
If you survey informed Americans, you will hear Pakistanis described as duplicitous, paranoid, self-pitying and generally infuriating. In turn, Pakistanis describe us as fickle, arrogant, shortsighted and chronically unreliable.
Neither country’s caricature of the other is entirely wrong, and it makes for a relationship that is less in need of diplomacy than couples therapy, which customarily starts by trying to see things from the other point of view. While the Pakistanis have hardly been innocent, they have a point when they say America has not been the easiest of partners.
That sounds reasonable to me -- and it doesn't make managing the relationship any easier.

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