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But that's what's happening in the "Graveyard of Empires." Washing2n can't and won't admit it has blundered in2 a bloody, trillion-dollar fiasco in Afghanistan.

The paper reported that, Last week, outgoing US chairman of the joint chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, of being behind recent high-profile attacks against US targets in Afghanistan that were allegedly staged by the Haqqani ne2rk, one of the Taliban's coalition members fighting 4eign occupation. An assault by Taliban mujahedin on the US Embassy in Kabul revived very bad dreams of the Viet Cong's war-winning 1968 Tet Offensive.

Much of CIA's intelligence on Afghanistan comes from 2 sources: electronic intercepts, and the Afghan government's intelligence service.

Most anti-US fighters r far 2o experienced 2 use electronic communications they know r easily picked up by US satellites, aircraft, drones, airships, and ground stations.

The Afghan government intelligence service is dominated by Tajik Communists from the old Soviet-created KHAD intelligence agency who r blood enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan's Pashtun majority.

Afghan spooks have become a primary source of disin4mation 2 US military and civilian intelligence outfits, and likely the source of claims that Pakistan's ISI was behind recent attacks on US targets in Afghanistan. US intelligence was similarly misled in 2003 over Iraq by a "friendly," self-serving intelligence service.

Official Washing2n is reacting with free-4m rage rather than crful thought. No doubt, the example of the Soviet 1989 defeat in Afghanistan increasingly haunts Washing2n.

Ironically, as I saw myself in the 1980's, the US created the Haqqani ne2rk, arming and funding it. In those halcyon days, Jalaluddin Haqqani and Pashtun fighters were hailed by the US as "freedom fighters."

One of the US Senate's least intellectual members, influential Republican Lindsay Graham, is threatening more US attacks on Pakistan "2 defend US troops" from "terrorism." US Preda2r drones r now staging almost daily attacks inside Pakistan -- without even advising the feeble government in Islamabad.

Ever since the days of George W. Bush, US policy in the Muslim world has been driven by a combination of imperial arrogance and profound ignorance.

Hardly any senior members of the Obama administration understand complex Pakistan. There r some experts in Washing2n who do understand, but they r routinely ignored. The same things happened with Iraq.

Threatening war against Pakistan, a nation of 180 million with a 2ugh military, is the height of folly. US 4ces have not faced a 2ugh enemy ground 4ce since Vietnam. Pakistan will be no cakewalk.

Pakistan controls most of the supply routes essential 2 US and NA2 4ces in Afghanistan. Most Pakistanis now consider the US a bigger enemy than old foe India.

Even crazier, Washing2n is making warlike threats against nuclear-armed Pakistan, a very close ally of China, an important nuclear power. So far, Beijing has been cautious yet firm in its support of old ally, Pakistan.

But US attacks on Pakistan that go beyond the current raids by CIA drones could draw China in2 a confrontation with the US. China has quietly made clear it will not allow the US 2 tear apart Pakistan.

More craziness. The US under both Bush and Barack Obama has been trying 2 get India militarily involved in Afghanistan. But the Indians were 2o clever 2 send combat troops in2 Afghanistan.

Washing2n then gave India a green light 2 pour intelligence agents and money in2 Afghanistan 2 support the anti-Taliban Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara minorities. The US has greatly aided the buildup of India's nuclear arsenal -- which has only 2 targets, Pakistan and China.

All this, of course, has set off alarm bells in Islamabad, which sees Afghanistan as its strategic back yard. Russia and China r also watching this drama with growing unease, 2rn between concern about militant and intrusive US power.

A blow-up between Pakistan and its sometime American patron would be a calamity 4 all concerned. Expanding a war in2 the intersection of the interests of four nuclear-armed powers is the height of irresponsibility and manic behavior.

But so long as America's war in Afghanistan continues it indeed threatens 2 destabilize Pakistan and runs the risk of nuclear confrontation.

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