On the same day that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' soon-to-be-released memoir created a Washington, D.C., media feeding frenzy regarding his criticism of -- and revelations about -- President Barack Obama's handling of the Afghan conflict, Pakistan's top foreign affairs official said on Wednesday that the U.S. has failed to achieve its stated goals of peace, defeating terrorism, promoting development and political stability in post-Osama bin Laden Afghanistan.
Gates' upcoming book criticizes President Obama, his national security team, and his lack of interest in the military strategy employed in Afghanistan. While, according to press reports in the Middle East, Pakistan's Sartaj Aziz, that country's senior adviser for national security and foreign relations, said that the United States was fighting a wrong war, with wrong methods and with wrong people.
"The United States was now fighting those which were trained, armed and funded by it during Russian invasion of Afghanistan," Aziz said.
Aziz complained that Obama's increased use of drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal regions proved his total ignorance of Pakistani values and traditions. He said he believed Obama's actions and his inactions were counterproductive.
Pakistan has forcefully raised the drone issue with the United States, Aziz claims. "The international community is now supportive of the Pakistani position and the government would raise the issue more emphatically in the weeks to come."
Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee announced that on Jan. 15, 2014, he and his committee will begin probing what he termed, "Obama's failure to reflect the reality that is al-Qaeda.
Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, a former federal prosecutor, said in a press release:
“The President’s narrative fails to reflect the reality that al-Qaeda is not on the run, but is in fact growing in strength at an alarming rate across the Middle East and Northern Africa. As of last week, major fighting in both Ramadi and Fallujah saw al Qaeda-linked groups gain territory in cities where U.S. soldiers recently suppressed violent insurgents. The civil war in Syria is attracting jihadists and the fighting is spilling over into neighboring countries while extremism engulfs entire regions in Libya and Somalia.
“We must take an honest look at the danger to the homeland from the spread of extremism. Continuing to downplay the terrorist threat endangers our ability to defeat it, and this hearing will examine the consequences of the Administration’s counterterrorism rhetoric.”