Oh, haha, people in other countries are crazy. Oh, they believe such crazy things. They believe in conspiracy theories. They are so primitive and naive. They are not well-informed like Americans. Oh, they are so paranoid.
One result is that nearly all of American policy toward Pakistan is conducted in secret, a fact that serves only to further feed conspiracies. American military leaders slip quietly in and out of the capital; the Pentagon uses networks of private spies; and the main tool of American policy here, the drone program, is not even publicly acknowledged to exist.Yes, I cannot imagine how extremely secretive military policies, the most significant of which involves using flying robots to murder people, could lead to conspiratorial thinking! It is so crazy! I know that if my family were vaporized by some invisible robotic angel of death, I would definitely conclude that the remote operator represented a people and government who were seeking to forge strong bonds of mutual interest in order to move together forward toward a better understanding of our reciprocal interests in building a forward-moving partnership for cooperation together.
Oh, and by the way:
Lawyers in Pakistan have a strong streak of political Islam. Mr. Habib, who has had militants as clients, argues that Al Qaeda is an American invention.If by invention, he means creation, then he's, you know, RIGHT!