Will a new Gallup Paki-poll sober up US leaders?....
An October 2012 Gallup poll of Pakistanis shows a record 92 percent disapproval of America. Data culled from several Gallup polls taken there, starting in September 2005, should be a wake-up call for US leaders who regard Pakistan an ally.
(1) Pakistani disapprove/approve numbers ranged from 70/21 in 9/05, to a best figure of 47/39 in May 2009 and then to an all-time low of 92/4 in 10/12.
(2) Gallup's May 2011 poll, taken shortly after the sovereignty-violating raid that killed Osama bin Laden, showed a 49/27 disapprove/approve number.
(3) Pakistani attitudes towards Islam's interaction with the West, 35/27 threat/benefit in 2010, was 39/31 threat/benefit in 2011, then sunk to an abysmal 55/13 threat/benefit in 2012. Pakistan's 15-29 cohort, 49 percent of the country's population, was slightly more negative towards interaction with the West.
(4) While favorability of the country's military rose lightly, from 84 percent in 2005 to 88 percent in 2012, favorability of the civilian government plummeted from 58 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2012.
These numbers yield several conclusions:
First: Pakistan is not an ally at all, but rather a nuclear-armed rogue state whose increasingly Islamist population seethes with hatred & resentment towards the US & the West. Along with the Arab Spring, this puts paid to the utterly fatuous notion that President Obama, given his childhood association with Islam, would fundamentally transform for the better America's relations with diverse Islamic communities around the globe.
Second: Current US policy does not reflect these realities. One wonders if notice was taken of the latest Pakistani test of a sophisticated short-range nuclear-missile carrying a maneuverable warhead, a weapon capability few countries possess.
Third: America's 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan gives the US an opportunity to adopt a more realistic policy towards Pakistan.
Fourth: The best way to change the geopolitical dynamic in the Asian Subcontinent region is to tilt more towards India, an increasingly major geopolitical & economic player, mortal adversary of Pakistan.
Bottom Line. Once again, Team Obama is caught dangerously off base in a crucial arena for American foreign & national security policy.
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