It appears that Pakistan’s newly elected leader, Imran Khan, has a mind of his own when it comes to the US campaign in Afghanistan.
I can’t say I blame him. As I’ve said many times before in these pages (most recently just last week), there is no military solution possible in Afghanistan. If that’s the case, why are we still fighting there? Better to cut our losses and leave, rather than lose more American lives in a hopeless cause.
Yes, there are those who’ll argue that by being there, we prevent other powers from moving into the vacuum that would be left by our departure. They point to Iran as wanting to draw Afghanistan into its sphere of influence, to control it, to use it (and its fighters) as a springboard for expansion into the Middle East and Asia. Well, good luck with that! Let’s see what happens when Pashtun meets Persian. Past history suggests it won’t be pleasant – or productive – for either side. As for possible Chinese intervention . . . they’ve got enough problems with their Uighur population. If they want to add Afghanistan to that, they’re crazy – but perhaps we should encourage them, if only so they can find out that some games aren’t worth the candle.