The focus is on Pakistan
“And after years of mixed results,” President Obama announced, the United States “will not, and cannot, provide a blank check” to Pakistan.
The most likely reaction in the Pakistani establishment is likely to be “we’ll see about that.” It is all very well that the United States wants to strengthen the Pakistani civilian government, improve governance and all that. But the strings that the Obama administration ties to the aid it gives Pakistan won’t last beyond the next crisis that the latter perpetrates. Let’s hope Mr Obama succeeds where others have failed. But don’t hold your breath.