The Atlantic Cover Story: Pakistan, the Ally From Hell

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Marc Ambinder and I have written this month's cover story for The Atlantic on Pakistan's perniciousness -- in particular its nuclear perniciousness. There are some scoops in the piece (and some analysis, too!), but rather than tell you about them here, I think you should just read the whole thing.

Okay, here's one: After the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, the Pakistani military, having gained a truer understanding of American special operations capabilities, decided to increase the tempo of their nuclear arsenal dispersal programs, moving around warheads and fissile material at a much greater rate -- often by road, often in lightly-guarded, or not-guarded-at-all, vans and trucks --  in order to keep the weapons away from the prying eyes of the Americans. The Pakistani military -- and here might be one of the oddest things about this very odd and vexed relationship -- is more worried that America will steal its nukes than the many jihadist groups that make Pakistan home.

More to come. You can hear me, by the way, on NPR's Morning Edition this morning talking to Steve Inskeep (who is a Pakistan expert himself) about the piece.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/11/the-atlantic-cover-story-pakistan-the-ally-from-hell/247886/