Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

Husain Haqqani


The dating among the US and Pakistan relies on mutual incomprehension and continually has been. Pakistan—to American eyes—has long gone from being a unusual irrelevance, to a stabilizing good friend, to a necessary army best friend, to a seedbed of terror. America—to Pakistani eyes—has been a warrantly of defense, a coldly far away scold, an enthusiastic army enabler, and is now a risk to nationwide safeguard and a resource of humiliation.

The nations usually are not basically at odds. each one believes it may well play the other—with occasionally absurd, occasionally tragic, effects. the traditional narrative in regards to the conflict in Afghanistan, for example, has revolved round the Soviet invasion in 1979. yet President Jimmy Carter signed the 1st authorization to assist the Pakistani-backed mujahedeen covertly on July 3—almost six months ahead of the Soviets invaded. americans have been advised, and prefer to think, that what was once Charlie Wilson’s conflict of Afghani liberation, with which they continue to be embroiled to at the present time. It was once now not. It used to be common Zia-ul-Haq’s vicious local energy play.

Husain Haqqani has a special perception into Pakistan, his fatherland, and the USA, the place he was once ambassador and is now a professor at Boston collage. His existence has mapped the connection of the 2 international locations and he has chanced on himself usually just about the center of it, occasionally in very confrontational situations, and this has allowed him to write down the tale of a misbegotten diplomatic love affair, the following memorably laid bare.

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