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Secretary Clinton Reiterates US Resolve in Pakistan

Secretary of State Clinton reasserted on Tuesday that the United States remains firmly committed to Pakistan.  Secretary Clinton hit on the familiar points of eliminating al-Qaeda’s safe haven and the need to stabilize the general region, but seemed to focus more on the non-military components of our regional strategy.  Specifically, she cited such non-military aid as indicative of a more pervasive effort to offer the Pakistani people “a better future.”  She also announced the establishment of the American Pakistan foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the cause of the Pakistani diaspora.  By publicly emphasizing the non-military aspects of our regional strategy, Secretary Clinton likely hopes to undermine the deeply rooted Pakistani perception that the US cares only about strategic military interests in the region and not the welfare of the Pakistani people.

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