Friday, July 30

TIME columnist Joe Klein on Pakistan

Joe Klein's column for TIME's August 9 issue is on solid ground when it sticks to a summary of David Kilcullen's testimony earlier this week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ("We need to kill a lot of Taliban," explained Dave) and Matt Waldman's paper on the control that Pakistan's military has over Taliban killing ISAF troops in Afghanistan. After that he gets lost in the Great American Fog about Pakistan, created by Pakistani influence agents plying propaganda in Washington and the American think tanks and reporters that drink in their every word. On Monday I will try as best I can to untangle Mr Klein's thinking on Pakistan.

Here's my August 3 reply to Klein's column and my August 9 answer critics of the TIME cover.

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