August 06, 2009

Mehsud Dead?

My thoughts on drone strikes substituting for a strategy in Pakistan aside, the death of Baitullah Mehsud would be a good thing. But it's my sense that many in Pakistan consider Mehsud to basically be the root of their problems and that taking him out would be the natural end to a campaign against the militants in FATA and the NWFP. So should we worry that the death of Mehsud might, perversely, mean a relaxation of the Pakistani Army's campaign against Pakistan's insurgent groups? Or will this instead fill them with confidence to carry on? Schmidle, where are you when we need you?