Pakistan-U.S. Relations in Crisis

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I believe the average American wakes up to the news that Osama Bin Laden was found by American, not Pakistani, forces, in a city that hosts three Pakistani army regiments, and asks a set of obvious questions. Pakistani officials have long said, with some justification, that they do not have direct control of the FATA areas -- the Waziristans, most obviously, but all of the tribal areas -- but Abbottabad is a modern city a short hop from the political capital, Islamabad, and the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which houses Pakistan's army headquarters. The Pakistanis are going to have to explain this one. On the other hand, American anger at Pakistan is unproductive, especially since the killing of Osama Bin Laden is mainly of symbolic importance. Operating terrorist networks in Pakistan represent the real threat. A beneficent American offer to the Pakistanis, in particular to the intelligence and army chiefs, to start a new chapter in the relationship, might be the prudent thing here.  

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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