Kerry On Pakistan . . . And Obama

by | April 23, 2009

USA Today has an interesting interview with John Kerry, who's just back from Pakistan and is pretty critical of Obama's policy toward the country:

"Pakistan is in a moment of peril," Kerry, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a session with USA TODAY reporters and editors. "And I believe there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it."

In an interview after the session, Kerry advised the Obama administration to stop using the term "Af-Pak," to describe a unified strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, because "I think it does a disservice to both countries and to the policy. The two governments, he said, are "very sensitive to it" and "don't see the linkage."

As Crowley notes, it does seem like the Pak part of that equation is becoming the more pressing one.

--Jason Zengerle

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