Pakistan is not so much an ally as a co-conspirator and we are only in on a small number of the conspiracies they are running. It is not even accurate to say Pakistan is not an ally, there are many competing agendas within Pakistan and we have different deals with many of them including the government, the military and the intel agency among others. We have multiple interests in working with them, but I think the one reason we have to stay engaged is not the Taliban, it's nukes. They have them and they have proliferated them in the past. So you would think we have a good handle on what they are doing in the nuke arena, right? Well you'd be wrong.
Pakistan's nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world's most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts.
The Pakistanis have significantly accelerated production of uranium and plutonium for bombs and developed new weapons to deliver them. After years of approximate weapons parity, experts said, Pakistan has now edged ahead of India, its nuclear-armed rival.
A doubling of its stockpile over the past several years, WTF? So we are busy lobbing satchels of cash at them and they are using the money to build more freakin' nukes. Oh Hell No! I mean they do a lot of double and triple dealing, but this is amazing. I can't think of a more complete slap to our faces. We are busy chasing a bunch of medieval obscurantists around the mountains and these guys are building more nukes? And even worse we don't really have any choice but to take this and say thank you sir may I have another. This obviously spanned W and O's necessary but impossible attempts to have a coherent policy toward Pakistan. And I think it shows just how screwed we are over there.
There will be a peace made between some of the Taliban, Karzai and his allies and to some extent the Pakistanis. This seems to be the gathering wisdom and the question for us remains, so what did we get out of this?