News and Analysis: Pakistan
As the United States enters the 10th year of its occupation of Afghanistan, it is concerned about the stability of its client state in Pakistan. The U.S. relies heavily on Pakistan as its main supply line from the Indian Ocean to Afghanistan, which is a landlocked country.
Massive flooding has taken place across Pakistan for nearly two weeks. Provincial Information Minister Mian Hussain has called it "the worst ever calamity in our history." The devastation has been amplified by covert and overt imperialist intervention.
U.S. Military drones killed four people in northwestern Pakistan on Feb. 24. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. has carried out 69 drone attacks on the country, with 15 strikes in the first two months of 2010 alone.
One of the vile byproducts of the "global war on terror," now in its ninth year, has been the "commodification" of intelligence gathering. Information is needed, President Obama stated in a major policy speech in May 2009, not just to prosecute those who commit attacks but to prevent attacks before they happen.