The US and Pakistan in the War on Terror

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Standing at the White House with President Pervez Musharraf today, President Bush said he was "taken aback" to learn that a US official threatened Pakistan after September 11. Despite that warm embrace, there are serious questions about what's been called a crucial alliance in the war against terror. Afghanistan has complained that Pakistan's recent deal with tribal leaders is a green light for the Taliban. Musharraf took power in a military coup and he's now caught between a drive for westernization and Islamic extremism. Pakistan is getting massive amounts of American aid, but will his divided country allow Musharraf to be a reliable partner?

Credits

Guests:
Julie Hirschfeld Davis - New York Times - @juliehdavis, Mansoor Ijaz - Commentator on South Asian affairs, Hassan Abbas - Senior Advisor, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Elizabeth Sullivan - Foreign Affairs Columnist, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Host:
Warren Olney