A Nation Up for Grabs - Thomas H. Henriksen, Washington Times opinion.
Pakistan is in political and military play. And the stakes in its struggle against Islamic extremism could not be higher for the South Asian country or the United States. Until the past few weeks, Pakistan was viewed by President Obama as a sideshow to the main event in the stiffening Taliban insurgency within neighboring Afghanistan. Now the outcome of the US-led counterinsurgency in Afghanistan hinges on the fate of Pakistan's conflict with Islamic militants. The Taliban and the allied terrorist network al Qaeda have proved themselves more adept practitioners of a quickly executed strategy than the Obama administration.