Asia Times Online republished Gateway House Fellow Sameer Patil's article on the controversial leaked report about the US military raid in Abbottabad. He argues that the inability of Pakistani civilian and military institutions to detect Osama Bin Laden's presence reveals the extent of their inefficiency.
How did the Pakistani military fail to detect the raid in Abbottabad or the presence of Osama bin Laden? A report by a judicial commission in Pakistan, leaked by a TV channel on Monday, reveals the extent of the incompetence of civilian and military institutions, and the army’s complicity with the U.S.
In 2001, fearing ethnic strife, the international community pushed for a strong central government in Kabul. But such fears fostered a system of regional and ethnic patronage. To correct matters, the U.S. should de-emphasize Afghanistan’s ethnic fault lines and push for more devolved and inclusive governance.