This seems like a problem: "Militants in Pakistan fired rockets at NATO bases across the border in Afghanistan, killing three children in a village and prompting the alliance to launch a pair of retaliatory artillery strikes, officials said Sunday."

Working out some kind of better-than-this arrangement with the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and local leaders in the border region is a very tall order, but also a vitally important task. And every minute the President and other top U.S. officials are thinking about Iraq is a minute they're not spending on the part of the world where al-Qaeda's leadership is and where nuclear weapons programs and terrorist safe havens aren't hypothetical possibilities but actually existing conditions.

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