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Obama Failed to Outline the Way Forward in Pakistan

Obama Failed to Outline the Way Forward in Pakistan

Obama lacks a clear policy in Pakistan, writes Brian Katulis.

One striking thing about the president’s speech last night was how little he actually said about Pakistan, especially in comparison to his speech last March outlining the initial strategy.

He didn’t ignore Pakistan last night—the country got around 25 mentions, but that’s down from more than 40 references in the March speech, which was actually shorter in length compared to last night’s speech. But beyond the simple metric of how many mentions Pakistan received, the speech was particularly empty on the substance of what we are doing and planning to do about Pakistan in our policy approach, and actually offered fewer details than were presented in March.

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 (Brian Katulis)

Brian Katulis

Former Former Senior Fellow