In a move seen as the latest fallout from Wednesday morning’s US attack on South Waziristan, the Pakistani government has ordered that supply lines to NATO troops in Afghanistan be immediately severed for an indefinite period of time.
The move comes as thousands of protesters marched through South Waziristan’s capital of Wana chanting “death to America”. Officials cited repeated attacks which had made it difficult to provide security for transportation across the only border crossing, but Pakistani media cited other sources who said the move came as the government feared retaliation from South Waziristan tribesmen if they didn’t respond to the US attack.
Looks as though we're now at war against Pakistan. How the blazes did that happen?!?
It's simple: this administration suffers from the kind of arrogance which makes it blind to the potential consequences of any of its actions.
And here's the irony: with this closure of supply lines to NATO in Afghanistan, the US and NATO will have to depend upon Russia even more intensely now for transport of non-military supplies.
This is really going to prove an interesting time, considering that NATO and the US have appeared to do everything in their collective power to tick Russia off over both the nuclear shield in Eastern Europe, and in their response to Georgia's military aggression against Southern Ossetia.
Sane, far-sighted foreign policy analysts would have seen situation in Pakistan coming from miles away. However, sanity and far-sightedness have never been the hallmarks of this administration, as the last 8 years have so clearly and painfully demonstrated.