So here was Namdar — Taliban chieftain, enforcer of Islamic law, usurper of the Pakistani government and trainer and facilitator of suicide bombers in Afghanistan — sitting at home, not three miles from Peshawar, untouched by the Pakistani military operation that was supposedly unfolding around us.You have to wonder whether Cheney and Rove would even care, as long as they get the spin they want.
What’s going on? I asked the warlord. Why aren’t they coming for you?
“I cannot lie to you,” Namdar said, smiling at last. “The army comes in, and they fire at empty buildings. It is a drama — it is just to entertain.”
Entertain whom? I asked.
“America,” he said.
What's not so hilarious is that stories like this are only coming out now that Bush & Co. want to shift their military focus to Afghanistan and maybe even launch a war (declared or not) on Pakistan's tribal areas.