Robert Grenier

  • TIf there were one, simple conclusion to be drawn from the report of the Pakistani commission established to investigate Operation Neptune Spear - the US raid on Abbottabad, in which Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 - it would be that there are times when things are precisely as they ...

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  • TIt would be easy to dismiss Mitt Romney's Washington Post op-ed of this past week regarding US policy towards Iran as yet more self-serving blather in a political season already rife with it. No doubt, many who read the Republican presidential candidate's harsh criticism of President Obama's ...

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  • T Talk of war is in the air. In the US, one can hardly pick up a newspaper or magazine, or tune in to a public affairs show without encountering speculation about hostilities with Iran. The conservative right is fairly clambering for conflict, and even parties not normally associated with them - ...

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  • T The long procession snaked around an open, hash-marked field, while an amateurish band blared and tweeted into a darkening sky. Moments before, I had sat shivering forlornly in the stands, having been importuned by friends, somewhat against my will, to attend a high-school football game on a cold ...

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  • T It would appear that when US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke in February of last year at the Asia Society, where she advocated for a negotiated political solution with the Taliban and laid out the red lines for a potential ultimate deal, she was not engaged in idle theorising. ...

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  • TIt is one of the hallmarks of US diplomacy, discerned over many years of close observation, that when problems become seriously intractable, when there is no clear or acceptable solution in prospect, when the status quo is intolerable, and when it is not politically tenable to simply allow nature ...

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  • TDepending on ones perspective, the news was good or bad; but perhaps it should have been neither. When word spread this past weekend that the US would be suspending, and in some cases permanently curtailing, some $800m of the $2.7b in military support funds due to Pakistan this year, reactions ...

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  • TIt is axiomatic in warfare that the overall goals of a campaign and the strategy to achieve them should be determined in advance of decisions regarding the resources - money, equipment, people, time - to be applied. It is the former which must dictate the latter. And if it should transpire that, ...

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  • TBin Ladens capture has not told us anything new about the dysfunctional US-Pakistan relationship. The past three weeks have not been easy for a self-professed - one might say confessed - friend of Pakistan. No sooner had President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden in a covert raid by US ...

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