Friday, March 27, 2009

ISI's "ambiguous" relation to the Taliban

Yesterday, listening briefly to an excerpt of the confirmation hearings for the lieutenant general who is the Obama administration's nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan, I took particular note of his acknowledgment that Pakistan's security service, the ISI, has an "ambiguous" relation with the Taliban. Was this fairly standard diplo-speak or a way of saying "we aren't really sure," or both?

Update (added 3/28): Adm. Mullen and Gen. Petraeus have spoken recently on ISI links with Taliban and al-Qaeda.

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