It’s hard… 30 November 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pakistan, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
The White House hasn’t had success brightening relations between the two countries. | AP Photo
It’s hard out there for a pretzel. Especially one in the “brightening” business (who made up that line?!).
From the Politico article… firing on all engines it seems:
[“W]e have shown the limits of what carrots-only can do” as an approach, former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said Monday during an Aspen Institute forum in Washington. “In early 2010, under the energetic leadership of Richard Holbrooke, the United States put together a very large and comprehensive assistance program for Pakistan. … It turned out to be too much. Pakistan choked on some of it and didn’t believe the rest.”
Blair said the carrots the Obama team offered to Pakistan coincided with some progress — followed by substantial backsliding. . . . .
Covers all the bases: We tried for the ungrateful Pakis, but too hard… too many carrots no sticks. We were too good for them! Who knew. Our man in Islamabad died from the effort but before he died, he was very energetic (what a fucking crock).
We’re not believable – because we try too hard! – but we did manage to slap some sense into the renegade Pakis. Then, somehow, it was all sloppy muddy at the top of the mountain and we slid back down to a ruined base camp.
Makes about as much sense as the quotes in the report.