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PakAf: Sickest Story of the Month

As we pour money into Pakistan, Pakistan apparently is pouring money into producing more nuclear weapons.  I've been inappropriately calling this rumbling volcano the "AfPak" war, when it should more accurately be called "PakAf."  Afghanistan per se is tantamount to being irrelevant, but is made relevant due to its proximity to the real battlefront: Pakistan.  The PakAf war stands every chance to overshadow anything we saw in Iraq.  It can be argued that our primary reason for this war no longer is al Qaeda, but Pakistan's nuclear arsenal that we are, in essence, helping to fund.  The Indians must be fuming, and rightfully so.  Of course the Chinese and Russians and Iranians and many others are watching.  Einstein was quoted as saying that he didn't know with what weapons World War III would be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.  This would sit well with the Taliban and al Qaeda. At this rate, the meek truly shall inherit the earth.

Please read:
Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says
By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: May 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan’s nuclear program.

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