The Pakistani premier, Asif Zardari, has promised a statement by June 1st on his country’s position as the US considers the attractions of his rival, Nawas Sharif. As the US gives up on its hopes of control of the Khyber Pass, the battle shifts to Baluchistan, the slice of southern Pakistan on the Indian Ocean, especially the port of Gwadar, built by the Chinese for the Pakistanis, facing Dubai and the UAE, across a short body of water, underdeveloped territory with backward people, but east of Iran, south of Afghanistan, not only the ideal location for an attack on Iran from the east, not the west, neatly bracketing Iran between US troops in Iraq and those in Afghanistan, but the perfect substitute for the lost Khyber Pass, the easiest supply route for US troops in Afghanistan, and the neatest place to relieve the threatened Iranian choke hold on the Strait of Hormuz.
Obama’s promised war in Pakistan is only just beginning.
Meanwhile, Benny Netanyahu is due in Washington around May 18th to put the booga booga on Obama, and head off Obama’s suggested signing of the Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty by all countries with nuclear weapons. So it goes.