I don’t have a great analytical take on any of this, but it occurred to me today that the ratio of words being written in the American press about generals testifying on the Hill to words being written in the American press about things actually happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan is terrifyingly high. Fortunately, here on the Internet it’s possible to aggregate context from a variety of sources, so I’m going to do that:
— In Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has had to give up some of his powers to remain in office, and is under pressure to give up more.
— The Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, is ordering an Army pullout from seven checkpoints in Balochistan as a gesture of good-faith, and talking about opening talks with exiled Baloch leaders.
—The main opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, is complaining about the concentration of power and also arguing that India is behind some or all of the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
— A drone attack in Waziristan killed two Saudis who were said to be heading toward the Afghan border.
— Five foreigners suspected of involvement in terrorism were arrested in the town of Sargodha .
Have fun reading. Google News was having trouble finding any new English-language reporting out of Afghanistan that wasn’t just focused on the US political debate for the past couple of days.