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Friday, March 27, 2009

Civil Society and AFPAK (or is it PAKAF?)

Juan Williams, who I think of as an NPR reporter, used the term "Civil Society" on FOX News just now, talking about some of the work being outlined by the Obama Administration for future policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, which the administration believes need to be treated as a unity from a US policy perspective.

The President said:
So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal:  to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.  That's the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just.
The Administration "White Paper" is here.&npsp; And, there is a mention of "civil society."
We must engage the Pakistani people based on our long-term commitment to helping them build a stable economy, a stronger democracy, and a vibrant civil society.
I wasn't enthused by Juan's picks for the final four, but I did like the rationale of one of the panelist--Charles Krauthammer, who picked four small school, because, as a Conservative, he believes "the meek shall inherit the earth."

Regards  --  Cliff

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