Missing the Point on Pakistan
Commentary by Najum Mushtaq
The recent missile strike inside Pakistan’s terrorist-infested tribal areas revealed that despite the millions of dollars spent by the United States to improve security in the country, the situation is one of spiraling instability. But pumping millions into Pakistan to prevent the nightmare scenario of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons, a policy pushed by conservative think tanks and many Bush administration officials, misses the larger issue. Washington’s time and money would be better used to persuade Pakistan’s entrenched nuclear-military establishment to let go of its nuclear weapons entirely and concentrate on fighting terrorism.
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Foundation for Defense of Democracies
A supposedly nonpartisan think thank aimed at fighting the causes of terrorism and promoting democracy, many of FDD’s Democratic supporters resigned recently after it targeted House Democrats in misleading attack ads.
Defense of Democracies
When its tax-exempt status got in the way of aggressive lobbying, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies created a brand new organization. Its first project was a controversial ad campaign that has raised concerns about partisanship.
A longtime supporter of hawkish groups like the Committee on the Present Danger and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Kampelman, an arms control negotiator under Reagan, has more recently advocated global nuclear disarmament.
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