May 11th, 2009
While world media worked tirelessly to bring us 24-7 news of the swine flu, a new global threat was developing on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.
The Taliban has been gaining ground in Pakistan, and although Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari insists that Pakistani nuclear arsenals are “perfectly safe,” his U.S. visits with Barack Obama and his various requests for military help would indicate that you can never be too safe when you’re dealing with Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces within proximity to nuclear weapons.
Thus far, the U.S. government and the media are giving conflicting information as to whether or how safe Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals are. Some reports note that General Petraeus feels confident in the security of the nuclear sites; others report that U.S. Central Command is worried about Pakistan’s “very existence;” and last month Obama noted his concerns that the Pakistani government is “very fragile.”
This concern has been discussed publicly before, but with capital city Islamabad under imminent threat the conversations are leading to action. Zardari visited President Obama in Washington to ask for help from the U.S., who in turn is asking the world to pitch in to fight the Islamic terrorists.
While both the CDC and the Obama camp used Twitter for real-time swine flu updates, the President’s Twitter account is devoid of any updates on the Pakistan situation. Whether the American people will soon be graced with real-time micro updates is TBD.