Does Yemen Really Distract from Pakistan?

From Instapundit:
ADVICE TO OBAMA FROM TUNKU VARADARAJAN: Don’t get distracted by Yemen. The real threat is elsewhere.
Well, with all due respect to Mr. Varadarajan, the 'War On Terror' (as the Obama Administration is quickly finding out) is not a zero-sum game when it comes to focus.

I think the new Administration, as opposed to the Obama campaign rhetoric, has discovered that there are lots of terrorist rat nests around the world, many of which require focus. If you do focus your priority of effort on only one, then those others will fester to the point that they will require attention later on.

I am not a big fan of the current administration, but I am pretty sure that the nation's national security administration can follow more than one rat nest at a time.

Yes, Yemen is the current rat nest dejour, and yes Pakistan is even more important in the overall scheme of things, but that doesn't mean they necessarily distract from each other. And just because Yemen is getting more mention in the Washington Post that is delivered to Mr. Varadarajan's doorstep doesn't mean we aren't focusing adequately on Pakistan.

1 comment:

Mike said...

We seem to be suffering from a continual case of the media embodiment of jedi mind tricks. "This is not the (war|terrorist|enemy) you are looking for."