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Whither Pakistan’s Hearts and Minds; Profiles on Max Boot, Joshua Muravchik, and James Roche.

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Losing Pakistan’s Hearts and Minds—and the “War on Terror”
By Najum Mushtaq & Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai

Pakistan is facing one of the worst internal crises in its history. The turmoil, which is intimately tied to the antiterror war being waged by the Bush administration, is pushing Pakistani citizens against the tenuous U.S.-Pakistani alliance, the volatility of which was recently underscored when U.S. and Pakistani forces exchanged fire. As U.S. strategists focus their military campaign on cross-border strikes against Taliban elements in Pakistani territory, they seem to be neglecting the plight of the average Pakistani. Without the hearts and minds of the population, Washington stands no chance of winning its war on terror on any front. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Max Boot
Boot, a Los Angeles Times columnist and Council on Foreign Relations fellow, worries that human rights standards prohibiting torture could be a “suicide pact” and that closer U.S. relations with Syria would threaten Lebanese democracy.

Joshua Muravchik
A scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former head of the Young People’s Socialist League, Muravchik wants the United States to bomb Iran.

James Roche
After leaving his top Air Force post under the cloud of scandal, the former Northrop Grumman executive and advisor to the Center for Security Policy returned to the defense industry.

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