The Two Way Street

Politics for a New Generation

What Obama Only Touched On

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Obama barely mentioned the dilemma Pakistan poses to defeating the Taliban and Al Qaida. Because Pakistan is a “sovereign nation,” even though they will not take action to defeat either extremist group, we cannot cross the border and eliminate their safe haven. Last spring, taliban forces invaded south Waziristan, occupying much of the region. Even after most have been driven into hiding in the mountains, Pakistan is still struggling internally, and threatens to split into separate states. Overall, the government is unpopular, and has little control. Worst of all, Pakistan has nuclear weapons. If the government were to fall into the hands of the Taliban, Pakistani nukes could end up in the hands of Al Qaida, and almost definitely be used against us. But every political dealing is double-sided: there is a public and a furtive discussion. Lets hope Obama is more in tune in the latter than his speech demonstrated.


Author: Julia

I'm a seventeen-year-old college student at Simon's Rock of Bard in Western Mass. I'm a writer and an aspiring journalist.

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