In the course of pursuing its war on terrorism, the United States has found itself allied with countries whose politics and policies can be less than savory. Ironically, turning a blind eye to these practices in favor of cooperation on terrorism can have a counter-productive effect on U.S. national security and efforts to protect the American people.
The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is perhaps the most glaring example. In its counter-terrorism efforts in the region, and particularly along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the Bush administration depends upon the cooperation of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf. Meanwhile, it has essentially accepted Pakistan's tight-lipped stance on the details of a global nuclear proliferation network led by Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, and Musharraf’s possible knowledge of it.