Pakistan fully well understands the dynamics of domestic American politics. Pakistan knows that a reasonably believable pretext is required before the US public would support mobilization for full-scale war, which is why it has been very careful to tread lightly, behaving provocatively, but not too much; enough to appease its contingent of American-hating Islamic militants, but not enough to set the dogs of war howling. Yet in testimony today, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the top ranking uniformed American officer, set to howling a bit, declaring that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI) is supporting Haqqani, a militant group responsible for carrying out various attacks on American and Afghan targets in Afghanistan, from the Wall Street Journal:
In his most serious accusation, Adm. Mullen said the agency had aided the militant group’s attack last week against the U.S. embassy in Kabul, and also helped in the Sept. 11 truck bomb attack in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.
“With ISI support, Haqqani operatives plan and conducted that truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy,” Adm. Mullen said, adding there was evidence the group also was behind the June 28 attack on Kabul’s Inter-Continental Hotel and others.
“The Haqqani network … acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,” Adm. Mullen said.
Thus Admiral Mullen basically said that Pakistan attacked the US, because embassies are considered sovereign territory of the country occupying them and the ISI is an agency of the Pakistan government.
This is really all the pretext the US needs for launching a full-scale offensive against Pakistan (which I predicted would likely be the next arena for imperial expansion).
The likelihood of war with Pakistan will rise and fall inversely with American economic performance, specifically, with the American unemployment situation. There is no better Keynesian stimulus than expending resources in the expansion of empire, as the American experience in World War Two attests. Since the American economy seems to again be sputtering, the likelihood of war has increased. Once unemployment again breaches ten percent or so, with nothing left for the Federal Reserve to do to create the illusion that things are getting better, America’s politicians will be forced to attempt diverting attention elsewhere. Where better right now than a nuclear-armed state of roughly 187 million people that has recently been implicated in an attack on American soil?