George Packer, The New Yorker | December 9, 2008
A recent US report, "World at Risk," seems to label Pakistan itself as a weapon of mass destruction, but contains solid proposals. ++ Involvement in Central Asian has been characterized by patchwork diplomacy. ++ This bit-by-bit approach goes back to British colonial times, when the alternative was a "military steam-roller." ++ Sending Holbrooke as envoy to Central Asia would create an important counterpart to Gen. Petraeus. ++ Ultimately, the future of Pakistan lies in the hands of Pakistan itself, a terrifying prospect.