by Mian Hameed 26 October 2022
The United States should engage Khan with a viable approach. The proper approach is to share a cup of tea with Khan. Benefitting from Khan does not require conversation over the delicacy of caviar, diplomacy or sending a journalist to get the feel for Khan, to secure the interest of the United States.
The several Western origin journalists that have interviewed Khan, have a skewed view of Pakistan and Khan, as if they are raised on a fodder given to those of the failed architects of the AF-PAK foreign policy (FP). The fodder is appropriated by The Milner Group (TMG).
TMG still exists in the U.S. It is a “government within a constituted government.” Eisenhower called it the military-industrial complex. JFK sensed it as a repugnancy in their secrecy and Professor Quigley, named it The Milner Group. TMG interest is not the interest of the U.S. people either. –Disclosure; taken from my scholarship, MANIPULATION OF THE MIND: Our Children and Our Policy at Peril.
(This group has organizational structure. During the 1919 Peace Conference and “the Inquiry” experts from the American side were exclusively from The Milner Group and Morgan and Company respectively. “This was not an accident.” Field Martial (FM) Jan Smuts, was, and the CFR and the Rothschild are the members of TMG. –Id, quoting Professor Quigley.)
The imposition of TMG objectives on FP segues into the Nikkei Asia Review’s writeup on Pakistan’s top gun six days visit to Washington, to share his vision of bilateral agreement, i.e., ‘China balanced relationship; decrease tension with India, economy and military sustainment.’ The top gun Bajwa, is envisioning delusional concepts, “Frankly, we’d rather [the Americans] invest in us.” –Nikkei.
The top gun’s premise, “bilateral agreement [and] invest in us,” under the status quo is delusional. We know, if the premise is wrong, all else that is argued is faulty. Any miracle to happen, needs greater understanding.
Biden sensibly identifies in his vision for the national security strategy, “They [‘Autocrats, the competitors’ and the anarchists] fail to understand that a nation’s power springs from its people.” Knowing that the majority of Pakistani people are rallying behind Khan; why Biden, when he came into office, did not reach out to Khan?
It is because of TMG and a fault-line that lies within Pakistan, gives the U.S. an inkling of a second, and a third and a “N minus 1” attempts at Pakistan and at the U.S. AF-PAK failed policy, to fold Pakistan into the fold.
It is TMG and more importantly, this fault-line in the case of Pakistan that prevents the U.S. to follow President Biden’s assessment, “We’ve been able to constantly renew ourselves.” –Biden Administration’s 2022 National Security Strategy. As long as the fault-line persists, the U.S. FP on Pakistan will remain a one trick pony without refreshing policy as claimed.
TMG’s non-revisionist FP taken after its larger objectives cannot allow Pakistan to have an independent foreign policy. This restraint of TMG is the extension of the World Order planned by TMG, for which they met for the first time, “’one wintry afternoon’ in 1891.” –Id. More importantly, it is the Pakistan fault-line that keeps Pakistan outside the perimeter of the U.S. strategic vision.
Before Bajwa, Pakistan’s fault-line had not reached its crust level. Therefore, Pakistan was very much in the strategic vision of the Obama Administration. Bajwa’s toll on Pakistan is immense.
Pakistan’s fault-line is that she does not benefit from the characteristics that influences the U.S. vision. The United States vision for elsewhere, and at the ASEAN for the Indo-Pacific is “comprised of nations that are independent, strong , and prosperous.” –Id. If Pakistan is not an “independent” nation—the alpha characteristic, then she does not fit in the U.S. strategic dialog.
As long as TMG can realize hope and a strategic advantage from influencing the Pakistani establishment or for us the establishment shows traces of being an outright member of TMG, a reset with Khan is not likely.
My inference that the Pakistani establishment is a member of TMG is circumstantial. The circumstantial evidence becomes apparent from Biden Administration’s brilliant maneuver – Defeating Pakistan with the Pakistan Army, and the most recent trace, Biden’s remarks are quite telling.
The defeat aspect is evident from Bajwa maintaining the course of ruination for Pakistan from the establishment’s regime change operation that concluded on April 9, 2022. No patriot would stay on the course of debacle to bring his country to bankruptcy and destruction.
Biden’s remarks, which is an incorrect assessment to say, Pakistan has “nuclear weapons without any cohesion,” came more than a week after Bajwa concluded his visit with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, astutely makes Bajwa a person of grave concern vis-à-vis a security benefit to Pakistan and TMG.
With this tight integration between the Pakistani establishment (Bajwa and the trio) and TMG, to think of the Biden Administration would reset relationship with Khan, leaves no convincing argument for a White House insider. Biden will not press the reset button with Khan.
Due to Pakistani fault-line, “toxic branding” of Pakistan per one Pakistani diplomat, and Biden’s remarks, are an extension of the “information ground game.” Biden’s remarks are a page taken after the AF-PAK policy around 2007, when the U.S. mainstream media was buzzing with Pakistan being a failed State. This is when the terrorist activity in Pakistan was at its height from Pakistan joining the U.S. War on Terror.
Pakistan removing her fault-line; as in the past, Pakistan can become the bridge between China and the United States should the U.S. desire diplomacy influence to manage her Indo-Pacific policy. Pakistan helped end the Vietnam War after Pakistan assisted with Henry Kissinger’s secret trip to China some fifty years ago.
The Milner Group propels the U.S. FP. The fact that TMG has influenced the creation of Israel, is quite telling; sets the U.S. core alliances, partnerships, and TMG interest’s profound vital challenges worldwide. Pakistan is not a right fit for TMG’s global objectives.
Letting go of Pakistan to adopt an independent FP has deeper consequences to TMG—a racist organization. Pakistanis unlike other Muslim countries benefits peculiarly from a system, that calls for impressive things to do. This system is deployed, but its performance is checked in a subservient FP.
With the aforesaid background, the United States did not have to get Khan or the Pakistani people right. However, it is also the aforementioned background that requires the U.S. to understanding Pakistan. It is ever important now to adjust her approach to Pakistan. The U.S. must understand a new fact in shaping her foreign policy —the Pakistani people. In a course of a day from the regime change, Imran Khan has laid the foundation of a new Pakistan with the new people.
The new fact runs along Biden’s wisdom, “a nation’s power springs from its people,” –2022 National Security Strategy. The United States should think long-term. The Pakistani people desire an independent FP—a characteristic if fulfilled will make Pakistan strategic for the United States almost automatic. With the given Pakistanis new mindset, betting on a losing dog-Bajwa, to run the track, will not pay off.
The Pakistani people are an opportunity for the U.S. to cash in. The U.S. has no danger from the system Pakistanis live by. It is not too late for the U.S. to let go of Bajwa’s premature ‘orgasm,’ the U.S. prematurely bought into. Bajwa’s dictatorship and his successor is doomed.
Just as the world, Pakistan is at a point of making history in our lifetime in the wake of what Bajwa has done to the country—a devastating blow to democracy, the people’s psyche, decapitating humanity, attempted confiscating hope (an institution of Islam) and pardoning thieves—a requirement of TMG. The outcome, Khan is now sitting on an explosive stockpile of people.
The Pakistani people have overwhelmingly become potent. Khan in his speeches have repeatedly engaged the Pakistani people with a masonic like message. To Khan, the message is one of Islamic origins. He tells them to throw away the fear. Do not be afraid—those that scare you, scare them back, he said.
What Khan is telling them, is nothing like, to embrace a change, but to decouple. Decoupling is to remove oscillations in circuits with a common power supply—the establishment and the United States. Pakistan is inching forward as a metaphoric scientific phenomenon with a new power supply—the Khan, which cannot be compromised with the artwork juiced by political science.
This decoupling must be understood by the U.S. FP practitioners. Khan is desiring them to become like the Pashtuns without a fear. I am of the view, when they lose fear, they may become more worthy than a Pashtun. The U.S. FP can squarely benefits from Pakistanis.
(To undermine Khan, Bajwa, has tactical maneuvers, (his bet) in place to neutralize the people of the KPK province. Terrorism is back, and goes unabated. KPK is a buffer zone for Punjab, is the usual sacrificial lot (KPK people) to maintain a viable Punjab—in this case the establishment. These stratagems of reliance conveys comfort to TMG to remain engaged with the FP status quo.)
Towards understanding ethnicities to launch an effective U.S. FP, the nature’s bounty—the people, and understanding of them in a “contested international environment” is a virtue.
Khan has very little in him that spells Punjab. Neither he is a blue blooded Pashtun. Khan is on a path of moderation, a tactical management problem for a soldier—Bajwa. Khan is not a misfit Pakistani either. Khan is a dreamer and Pakistanis have hope. None other exist to match this parallel. Together, both have become potent.
Khan’s ancestors like many others before the partition of India, migrated from the tribal North (now Pakistan) to areas what is now parts of India. They had formed a Basti. Khan’s ancestors joined an established Basti. The inhabitants of Bastian (plural) provided protection to the Indian Maha Rajas. (A traditional meaning of Basti is the slums of the poor, but in Pashto language Basti is spelled as Basteh, pronounced as Bus-teh, with an understanding, it was a sanctuary of the fearless people.
The migrants in a Basti with Pashtun ethnicity were fighters that provided protection to the Indian nobility. Fighting back, defending and protecting is Khan’s lineage. Now, Khan has the support of the entire Pakistan, minus the thieves [“Chore”]. Pakistan has instantly become a formidable Basti.
If one sees Pakistan Basti as a slum of the poor—poor can grab throats. “Emerson once said something about how we’re educating them to keep them from our throats…”—Id. The U.S. should heed consideration of the Pakistani people in her South Asia policy.
Furthermore, Pakistan has developed resentment for the lackeys of the U.S.—Bajwa, Sharif, Zardari and Bhutto. The U.S. association with them is a liability in the new Pakistan to further her interest. Liability, it may not be, if TMG believes Pakistan will doom.
What the Pakistani establishment has mustered is an outcome not in the interest of the United States either. Not quite clear who instigated the bright idea of a regime change, but from the U.S. flanks, the regime change failure rhymes with the architects of a failed AF-PAK FP. That is, the U.S. faulty FP premise has been collecting wounds and lesions.
Managing Pakistan with the usual personalities associated with the White House is now obsolete. Understanding the cultural complexity in Pakistan is immense for a run of the mill White House advisor regardless of his claims of understanding Pakistan. Taking into account the advisor’s ethos, and the lobby, getting Pakistan right becomes a challenge. Then those few with Pakistani ethnicity influencing the White House as seen has their own axe to grind. Primarily, they liaise to become valuable to the United States is a disingenuous recipe for the U.S. success.
Khan speeches in political rallies (Jalsa) has one primary objective – To reshape a Pakistani into eroding the status quo. The secondary high aim is to get an election date. Both aims will disadvantage the U.S. interest without a course correction.
It is in the high interest of the United States for providence to bring no harm to Khan. His premature demise aided by conspiracies will place a strain on the U.S. presence in Pakistan. Pakistan may mimic Iran, and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad can share the fate of the Iran hostage crises.
The U.S. is advised to pay heed to the pulse of the Pakistani nation. The late Brig. Gen. M. Hamid-Ud Din wrote in his book, Looking Back, he had decided long ago that he “did want to be a part of this club.” This was the club of many incompetent generals at the top tier that found their promotions squarely from sycophancy. Today, the people have also distanced themselves from this club—the establishment.
The U.S. has to square up her FP with India. As far as a hyper-nationalist India is concerned, the U.S. experience with India will be worse than that of the hyper-nationalist China. The significance in my thought is, China did not rely on the inhabitants of Bastian for her protection.