Talk Nation Radio for January 6, 2011
US in Pakistan, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad reports
US Troops Could Enter Pakistan as Power Vacuum there Grows
The Obama administration’s policy of increasing its use of military force to try to pressure the Taliban into bending to America’s will is failing, according to Muhammad Idrees Ahmad. Still the surge in Afghanistan seems to include sending US forces across the border. What are the ramifications of widening the already costly Afghan War? What are the U.S. drone attacks actually accomplishing? (Photo by Guardian)
Produced by Dori Smith in Storrs, CT
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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad provides important insights about the Pakistani people as the political parties divide and confidence in the government is at an all time low. The parties are losing members and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani could be forced to face a new election, according to the BBC. We discuss the assassination of the Punjab Governor in context with concerns about the climate of violence. (See Pulse for an interesting overview on the murder of Salmaan Taseer, including a videotaped interview with Rahimullah Yusufzai, editor of The News Magazine.) What have the Pakistani liberal versus conservative politicians been saying? Who do Pakistani's blame? What is the level of support for anti-U.S. factions? These and other questions are assessed by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad who is from the Northwest section of Pakistan.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad is a scholar in the Department of Geography and Sociology at the University of Strathclyde and co-editor of Pulse Media. He is also a member of Spinwatch and writes about international media, foreign and military policy, and his native Pakistan.(http://pulsemedia.org firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our previous interview with Idrees Ahmad here is on U.S. drone attacks.
CBS News Report, Pakistan Drone attack victim plans to sue the CIA here. The Guardian report on the same story here.