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ThreatsWatch on The John Batchelor Show

ThreatsWatch's Steve Schippert was a guest on The John Batchelor Show as it returned to the New York City airwaves Sunday evening on WABC Radio AM 770. We discussed Waziristan, the tribal areas and al-Qaeda's ongoing insurgency there as they continue their quest for total control of Pakistan.







In addition to 7-10PM EST in New York City on WABC Radio AM 770, The John Batchelor Show then continues for three more hours from 7-10PM EST in Los Angeles on KFI AM 640 each Sunday evening.

If you are concerned about National Security and the threats facing America, The John Batchelor Show is 'must listen' radio. It always was, and we welcome it back to the airwaves with enthusiasm.

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"Pakistan attempts to discipline its crazy dog"

The Pakistani counterattack against the Taliban and al Qaeda fighters on its frontier is like a dog owner trying to beat down his Rottweiler gone mad. Pakistan’s problems on its northwest frontier trace back to the machinations of President Zia ul-Huq, who fertilized the Islamists there both as a base of political power and to exert influence over Afghanistan, Pakistan’s “strategic depth.”

But now the pet has gone mad and the owner doesn’t know whether his whip-hand is strong enough to control the beast. Westhawk wondered last week whether the urgency of the situation in Waziristan may finally prompt Pakistan to do something about the Islamists. What remains in grave doubt is whether its army has the capability and skill to successfully battle the Islamists.

Regardless of whether the Pakistani army makes progress or not, this development is good news for the U.S. Chaotic fighting, indiscriminant bombing, and refugees, soldiers, and insurgents on the move disrupt the stable sanctuary that so favored al Qaeda and the Taliban’s operations. Now, the Islamist leaders may need to displace from one battlefield to another, opening them up to detection.

More important, in the midst of all of this chaos, direct action raids or missile strikes by U.S. forces stand a fair chance of occurring without notice by the outside world. Hopefully the Pakistani army, competent or not, can sustain its counterattack long enough for U.S. mission planners to execute their own operations against known or suspected al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan.