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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Military Analyst: ‘The Jig Is Up’ For Pakistan

Local residents and media persons stand outside the house of  where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (AP)

Local residents and media persons stand outside the house of where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (AP)

Former Washington Post defense reporter Tom Ricks, now a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, says because Osama bin Laden was found hiding in plain sight in Pakistan “the jig is up” the U.S. should curtail relations with Pakistan.  Ricks argues that means the war in Afghanistan “is likely to end sooner rather than later.”

But that means the U.S. would no longer be able to supply troops in Afghanistan on the key supply route through Pakistan. Ricks joins us to discuss the issues facing the U.S.


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