It comes as no surprise that the Pakistani army and its intelligence branch, the ISI, have forced Husain Haqqani to resign as ambassador to the U.S. Why would they want someone who effectively advocates for American aid to Pakistan to continue in his post? (I write about Haqqani's role as an intermediary between the U.S. and Pakistan here, and I write about the controversy that sunk him here.)

This is a self-destructive move by an army elite that specializes in self-destruction. In the short term, army leaders have solidified their image among the Pakistani elite as the untouchable decision-makers in every matter that counts. In the long run, their inability to brook dissent, or self-criticism, means that their institution -- and therefore Pakistan itself -- will continue to slowly rot.

More later.