Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Does the US trust the UK?

Osama Bin Laden's death has raised many unanswered questions. One is whether members of the Pakistan leadership should have known of his location much earlier. This raises questions of trust: how much does the US trust Pakistan if it refused to let it know of such a major operation in its borders until after US troops returned to Afghanistan? Does the US trust Pakistan?

Perhaps a second awkward question concerns the US-UK relationship. The two claim a "special relationship" and both led invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as efforts to find Bin Laden. Why was the UK not involved? Too busy celebrating the royal wedding? Not only does it appear the British were not involved, there appear to have been told nothing until after the event. Does this sound like "shoulder to shoulder" to you? No, it doesn't to me either.

I think this awkward second question is one that I hope journalists will press the government about because it may speak volumes about the US-UK relationship in the war against terror.

No comments: