Deadly Embrace

Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad

Bruce Riedel
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition: 2
Pages: 180
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    Deadly Embrace
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    Pakistan and America have been gripped together in a deadly embrace for decades. For half a century American presidents from both parties pursued narrow short-term interests in Pakistan. This myopia actually backfired in the long term, helping to destabilize the political landscape and radicalizing the population, setting the stage for the global jihad we face today.

    Bruce Riedel, one of America's foremost authorities on U.S. security and South Asia, sketches the history of U.S.-Pakistani relations from partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947 up through the present day. It is muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity. Riedel deftly interprets the tortuous path of relations between two very different nations that remain, in many ways, stuck with each other.

    The Preface to the paperback provides an inside account of the discovery of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout that led to the al Qaeda leader's demise. Accusations of Pakistani complicity in harboring bin Laden once again dramatized the ambivalence and distrust existing between two nations that purport to be allies. Riedel discusses what it all means for the war on terror and the future of U.S.- Pakistani relations.

    Praise for the hardcover edition ofDeadly Embrace"Mr. Riedel, who has advised no fewer than four American presidents, knows power from the inside -something he is keen to share with the reader.... His book provides a useful account of the dysfunctional relationship between Pakistan and America." -The Economist"Bruce Riedel has produced an excellent volume that is both analytically sharp and cogently written. It will engage both specialists and the interested public. Essential reading." -Peter Bergen, author ofHoly War, Inc.andThe Osama bin Laden I Know"Riedel lucidly provides an overview of the last thirty years of Pakistan's internal politics, its relationship with the United States, as well as the various insurgent and terrorist groups with which it has had close association. The book is informed by his own experiences over most of this period as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government. As usual with Bruce, it is brilliant, and quite sobering -yet hardly without hope." -Foreign Policy

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-2283-0
    Subjects: Political Science, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface: The Mystery of Abbottabad
    (pp. ix-xvi)
    B. R.
  4. Preface to the First Edition
    (pp. xvii-xxiv)
  5. CHAPTER ONE Understanding Pakistan
    (pp. 1-16)

    We were aboard Air Force One en route to California when I began briefing President Barack Obama on the strategic review of American policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan he had asked me to do. Seated behind his wood desk in the president’s cabin, Obama listened closely, asking many questions. I first summarized the threat assessment.

    A syndicate of terrorists now embedded in Pakistan and Afghanistan was planning further attacks on American interests at home and abroad. A prominent member was al Qaeda, the group that changed world history with its attack on New York and Virginia on September 11, 2001....

  6. CHAPTER TWO Zia’s Jihad
    (pp. 17-35)

    The director’s conference room on the seventh floor of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia, was well known to me. Over the course of a decade, I had spent hours in this richly paneled windowless room, seated in one of two dozen chairs surrounding the large table that dominated it, or in one of many more placed along the walls for backbenchers. On this day in 1983, I was a backbencher watching the National Foreign Intelligence Board (NFIB) review a new National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan, which I had helped draft and coordinate as the deputy national intelligence...

  7. CHAPTER THREE Omar’s Jihad
    (pp. 36-59)

    The Willard Hotel is one of Washington’s finest and most historic lodgings. General Ulysses S. Grant stayed there when he took command of the Union armies in 1864. At first, the desk clerk did not recognize him, but on learning his error announced to the lobby the presence of the Union’s greatest warrior, whereupon Grant was mobbed by well-wishers. Since then the Willard has hosted dozens of prominent leaders, including many foreign heads of state.

    In April 1995 I was calling on one of them, Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to be a head of government in...

  8. CHAPTER FOUR Osama’s Jihad
    (pp. 60-85)

    We were meeting in a large conference room in President Pervez Musharraf’s office in Islamabad. Chief Executive (as he called himself) Musharraf and his team sat on one side of the long conference table, and President Bill Clinton and his team on the other. A large picture of Jinnah hung on the wall. Every office in Pakistan has one. Clinton had just arrived from India, where he had spent March 19–25, 2000, enjoying a very warm welcome. The streets of New Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities had been crowded with millions of adoring Indians. The same had been true...

  9. CHAPTER FIVE Global Jihad
    (pp. 86-105)

    Once more a meeting with Pakistani officials was being held at the Willard Hotel near the White House, now at the end of July 2008. This one was between Senator Barack Obama, the soon-to-be presidential candidate, and the new prime minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani. The conference room was arranged with two large chairs facing each other at an angle and four smaller chairs off to the sides for aides. Gillani brought with him the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, and his information minister, Sherry Rehman. I knew them both and think of them as...

  10. CHAPTER SIX Thinking the Unthinkable: Implications of a Jihadist State in Pakistan
    (pp. 106-118)

    The map room on the ground floor of the White House is often used by the president or first lady for sensitive meetings. It provides considerable privacy mixed with the intimacy of being inside one of the mansion’s most historic rooms. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the room to follow the course of World War II, filling it with maps to monitor the struggle with fascism. The name endures, and one of FDR’s maps remains in the room. In early May 1998, First Lady Hillary Clinton met with Benazir Bhutto in the map room for a private conversation and tea....

  11. CHAPTER SEVEN Helping Pakistan
    (pp. 119-144)

    The Old Executive Office Building (OEOB), now officially renamed the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, is one of Washington’s architectural and historic gems. Originally called the State, War, and Navy Building, it was built in 1871 in the style of Napoleon III’s Paris to house the national security infrastructure of the post–Civil War federal government. A magnificent example of America’s self-confidence and ambition in the aftermath of its bloodiest war, the building stood as a symbol in stone of the nation’s transformation into a world power. The Departments of State, War, and Navy filled its spaces until the end of...

  12. Key Persons and Timeline
    (pp. 145-148)
  13. Notes
    (pp. 149-164)
  14. Bibliography
    (pp. 165-170)
  15. Index
    (pp. 171-180)
  16. Back Matter
    (pp. 181-181)