Click here to check the ultimate guide to learn how to leverage your PC and internet to make money online.
The Washington Independent
The Washington Independent

The Only Thing Pakistanis Hate More Than Drone Strikes: al-Qaeda And The Taliban

Bill Roggio presents a really interesting poll from the Pakistani tribal areas that strongly suggests two things. First, the Pakistanis really dislike U.S.

Ismaeel Delgado
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 05, 2009

Bill Roggio presents a really interesting poll from the Pakistani tribal areas that strongly suggests two things. First, the Pakistanis really dislike U.S. drone strikes against Taliban and al-Qaeda targets. Second, the one thing they appear to dislike more is … the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

– Do you see drone attacks bringing about fear and terror in the common people? (Yes 45%, No 55%)

– Do you think the drones are accurate in their strikes? (Yes 52%, No 48%)

– Do you think anti-American feelings in the area increased due to drone attacks recently? (Yes 42%, No 58%)

– Should Pakistan military carry out targeted strikes at the militant organisations? (Yes 70%, No 30%)

– Do the militant organisations get damaged due to drone attacks? (Yes 60%, No 40%)

It’s important not to read this like you would read a domestic politics poll. Forty-five percent of respondents who say that the drone strikes cause “fear and terror in the common people” is a very large figure. Just because it’s a narrow minority that lives in fear of having a missile descend out of nowhere is no excuse for profligacy in dropping one. That’s a number that doesn’t indicate a great margin for error. Indeed, overinterpreting that figure is pretty much what al-Qaeda hopes we’ll do.

OK, so much for overinterpreting it. What about, you know, interpreting it? What the poll would seem to indicate, according to its pollsters, is that “a large majority of the people in the Pakhtun belt wants to be incorporated with the state and wants to integrate with the rest of the world.” It views the Taliban and al-Qaeda, properly, as the principal obstacle to that prospect. Counterintuitively, reducing the drone strikes might be the best approach here: the better not to distract the population from how much they disdain the extremists.

Of course, this runs into the problem of what to do in the absence of ground troops, because places like Swat have become, in essence, new safe havens for the jihadists. And there the answer may have to lie with Pakistani governmental will and capacity to return to the fight, especially as the Taliban keep violating the cease-fire. That’s not a good short-term strategy; in fact, it might be a dangerous one, given the prospect of the Taliban growing stronger in the areas they control. But the poll suggests that the sounder long-term strategy is one that doesn’t get in the way of Pakistani antipathy for the extremists.

Ismaeel Delgado | Ismaeel Delgado has been working for the Ministry of Information and Communications as a Technical Officer for the past five years. He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with a Masters in Information and Communication Engineering. He is involved in the review, revision, redesign, and expansion of the required structure, legislation, laws, and technically relevant national planning and program for spectrum management based on ITU radio regulations as a technical officer in the Ministry of Information and Communications' Frequency Management Department.


Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver SOTU response

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union Tuesday, according to Mike Allen

Rep. Paulsen allies with medical device industry to relax FDA oversight

Source: Flickr; Republicanconference ( On the heels of the Minnesota Independent story last week about U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s cozy financial relationship with the medical device industry, the New York Times reported Tuesday that some health professionals are alarmed by Paulsen’s push to relax Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight

Rep. Paulsen touts balanced budget constitutional amendment

In a post for the conservative blog True North , U.S. Rep

Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!

The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census -- one of the people who sounded the alarm about politicization when the

Rep. Paulsen, Karl Rove the latest to get ‘glittered’

Rep. Erik Paulsen and former Bush staffer Karl Rove were both showered with glitter at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday

Rep. Perlmutter to hold constituent meet-up in grocery store

Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter will hold a Government in the Grocery constituent meet-up this evening from 5-7 at the Safeway at 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge. The address is 3900 Wadsworth. The meeting, where Perlmutter typically sits at a folding table and talks to whomever shows up, is free and open to the public

Rep. Perlmutter criticizes House measure that would eliminate 800K federal jobs

Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work. The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition. Perlmutter’s statement: “My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability

Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg

In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what

Rep. Peace, ACLU seek investigation of soldier’s allegations of racial discrimination in Afghanistan

Both Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and the American Civil Liberties Union agree: There needs to be an investigation into Spc.

© Copyright 2021 The Washington Independent All Rights Reserved

Terms & Privacy |

Click here to check the ultimate guide to learn how to leverage your PC and internet to make money online.