WAR….The Washington Post recommends declaring war on Pakistan:

If Pakistani forces cannot — or will not — eliminate the [al-Qaeda] sanctuary, President Bush must order targeted strikes or covert actions by American forces, as he has done several times in recent years. Such actions run the risk of further destabilizing Pakistan. Yet those risks must be weighed against the consequences of another large-scale attack on U.S. soil. “Direct intervention against the sanctuary in Afghanistan apparently must have seemed . . . disproportionate to the threat,” the Sept. 11 commission noted. The United States must not repeat that tragic misjudgment.

This is a shameless dodge. “Targeted strikes” and “covert actions” are nice buzzwords, but they won’t eliminate or even seriously dent al-Qaeda’s sanctuaries in Pakistan and the Post knows it. Only continuous, large-scale strikes and troops on the ground have the slightest chance of doing that. If this is really what the Post supports, they should have the backbone to say so.

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