Where are you going with the "entire army now instead of half" You are getting off the tangent.
Not if you are going against air power and artillery. You have to provide covering fire and scouts & recon in order to use the escape route less the hostile force discover you using the escape route and block off that route.An escape route is pretty rudimentary.
What I am saying is that there are some elements in the PA that adhere to Taliban ideology.No, I'm not. You are not making any sense. The Pakistani Army is Pakistan. An anti-Islamabad insurgency by definition is anti-Pakistani Army ... or do you subscribe to the Pakistani Army does not run Pakistan? What you are suggesting is that the Pakistani Army is allowing the Taliban to challenge their rule over Pakistan.
Have you ever considered the logistics of moving 2000 men in the cover of night? It would take several days to transverse in the open. Not only that, you have to know the routes extremely well since you won't have the benefit of night goggles and the night is dark without moonlight or little moonlight. You have to set up waypoints to provide resting and water and sustenance. Tranversing the mountains up thousands of feet is no easy task and there are pitfalls along the way if you are not careful, you will die. You need local guides for the entire journey. Do you have enough local guides to guide 200 bands of ten people? It has to be small bands otherwise it would be noticed by satellites, aerial surveillance and local populace.No you don't. The cover of night worked extremely good.
I am sure others have done it before but with American technology at the forefront? I don't think so. They received help. Lots of help, period. Now it may be the local populace but I do not think so. I strongly feel that some elements of PA who subscribed to the Taliban ideology tendered assistance and aid. The question is whether the higher-ups knew about it and said nothing.
As for a Pakistani general kneeling or bowing before Omar or OBL, now you are just twisting my words in a faux pas argument. I never said that. I said affinity for Taliban ideology. Don't forget that PA was the one that created Taliban so it is not a case of Pakistan general bowing before Omar or OBL but a case of Omar and his cronies bowing before PA and pleading for protection. Witness the safe havens that Taliban currently enjoys in Pakistan.
We're going in circles. I'm not going to convince you that the Pakistanis were extremely lacking in capabilities right at the start of this war. They were psychologically and physically oriented the wrong way, ie India. I will agree with you that once they figure out the Americans were not going to do anything about their failures that they start doing more hindrance than good.
What explanation does the Pak Army chief give when queried as to why he shifted troops away from the eastern border given the Indian presence ?
If India draws down troops as well he has an answer otherwise not. As it turns out we reduced troops by 15k on the Kashmir border in Oct 2009.
You agree they have an interest in fighting the TTP.
I think that is quite apparent and easy to test.
He is not saying Paks are completely helpless in doing anything against the Taliban in general.
To stop it requires an inordinate amount of resources to do. This is why we have decided to fence off India from Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as Burma. Evidently, we've already realised neither Pakistan nor Bangladesh could prevent their people infiltrating into India.
If that is the case then why is it so hard to accept the same with Afghanistan. I'm confident that ISAF realised this many years ago.
Afghanistan 'border fence' clash | BBC | Apr 19 2007
Islamabad says it has no choice but to fence sections of the mountainous 2,640km-long border if it is to comply with repeated calls by the international community to stop Taleban insurgents based in Pakistan from mounting attacks inside Afghanistan.Plan to fence, mine Afghan border | Dawn | 23rd June, 2011The Afghan government says it has begun diplomatic efforts to stop Pakistan from fencing the border.
Afghanistan argues that the border between the two countries - known as the Durand Line - is disputed because it cuts off part of its territory.
Here the Paks cannot stop insurgents coming into Pak from Af. They cannot stop people coming in or going in the other direction.The plan has been there for some time and specific details were also worked out by the security establishment, but it was put on hold because of opposition from Kabul.
Heavily armed militants have crossed into Pakistanís border more than four times in less than 25 days and clashed with Pakistanís border forces.
In a recent attack by militants in Mohmand this month, the Pakistan Air Force had to be called in to recapture a post.
The clash led to the death of 25 militants while several Frontier Corps soldiers were injured.The military is concerned over the increasing infiltration.
Saleh can whine & bitch all he wants but if he cannot stop the problem then what good does it do.
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