Details Emerge On Pakistani Attack On U.S. Officers
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
And New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall says after reaching a settlement, the Pakistani troops attacked.
CARLOTTA GALL: The most fascinating thing is, since the story ran today, I've been contacted by people who remember that incident, including an Afghan presidential aide who said, we were aware of it at the time. And then we were told, in no uncertain terms by Washington, to stop talking about it. And I think that was the beginning of what was, in fact, a hushed up affair.
NORRIS: And he's saying this before Congress but, at the same time, the military is keeping an ambush like this under wraps. Why would the military bury something like this?
GALL: Now, Mullen is very interesting because he has always seemed to be the one who's tried to be a great friend of Pakistan. And even while not mincing words in his testimony the other day, he then said he still believed the way forward is to work on building a better relationship with Pakistan. And so it's this difficulty for America to find how does it have any leverage over Pakistan. And how does it contain its violent strategy? And I think America is at a loss, in fact.
NORRIS: For now, Pakistan is still presumed to be an ally, but what if that relationship changed? What if the US no longer maintained that kind of close and even if it is fragile, sense of sort of close relationship with that country? What if they moved out of official ally status?
CAROLOTTA GALL: So I don't see any move to break the relationship, but it's limping along and I think with these comments and these frustrations coming out, I don't see a rapid improvement. So I think we'll see a very bumpy ride for both countries and for Afghanistan, of course, caught in the middle for a long time yet.
NORRIS: Rough marriage, divorce not possible.
GALL: I think so.
NORRIS: Carlotta Gall, thank you very much.
GALL: Thank you.
NORRIS: Carlotta Gall is a reporter with The New York Times.
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