By overstating what he thinks are facts Admiral Mullen has all but destroyed the US-Pakistan relationship—a relationship that was already on the rocks after the Davis episode and the Osama attack deep into Pakistan. Mullen’s statement is being downplayed now as is evident from the article in the Washington Post September 27 but the damage has been done. The question everyone in Pakistan is asking is why did he do it and was it his solo effort or was it part of an ongoing orchestrated campaign against Pakistan to pressure it into attacking the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan. Here is a sampling of what the street is saying.
“It is a manufactured crisis, intended to give justification for the evil that has been planned all along. They have created sufficient justification for the incursion into Waziristan they have been planning. If both sides do not pull back from the precipice, then a major clash is almost inevitable. Kayani and what passes for a civilian government there must find a way to resist what is coming and to separate from American and British institutions.”