When you turn on Pakistani television, or hear the edicts of the politicized Supreme Court, or the anti-government, anti-American rantings of the right-wing political opposition, one hears nothing of relevance to the lives of average Pakistanis
Ineptitude and corruption in Pakistan don't really concern U.S. officials. What concerns them is that Zardari cannot bring stability to a region that is the newest playground for the U.S.'s ever-evolving War on Terror.
Zardari has been criticized for embarking on a European "joyride" as flood waters swelled across Pakistan and the fact that he was in London around the time of the sale may be evidence enough for malcontents.
Now that we are spending monthly figures in Afghanistan that surpass $100 billion per year, it seems to me that a well-managed $1 billion investment in Pakistan would do much to improve the region's political environment.
Pakistan is a moral test case for the world -- do we believe that all people forced out of their homes because of conflict or natural disaster have the same rights no matter where they are from, or don't we?
President Zardari has been accused of abusing the powers granted him by the constitution. Thus, giving them up is a political move, a last ditch effort to hang onto office after 18 months of political mishaps.
Immediately after Benazir Bhutto's murder, we began a documentary on the Bhuttos and their inextricable link to Pakistan. The resulting film is a painstaking and methodological examination of "the most dangerous place on earth".
Pakistan's political instability, its military's enmeshment with the country's politics and civilian institutions, and its record of nuclear proliferation should disqualify it from receiving U.S. nuclear assistance.
There's a certain nuttiness to our foreign policy that is largely ignored in polite conversation. For example, why do we give billions of dollars to a man who sacrifices a black goat daily "to ward off the evil eye"?
Asif Ali Zardari became Pakistan's president thanks to political and financial support from the U.S. and Britain; in exchange, he's facilitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan. That deal is falling apart fast.