One of these mornings we are all going to wake up to a nightmare. It’s going to happen. It already is. And there isn’t anything we can do to stop it. And when it does happen I have no idea what the answer will be but it will probably require vast amounts of violence, blood and treasure. It will embroil China and India and the United States. It will be ugly. And it will happen. The creeping but almost inexorable expansion of the Pakistani Taliban continues and the Pakistani central government is either unwilling or incapable (I’m siding with the latter) to put a stop to it:
Pushing deeper into Pakistan, Taliban militants have established effective control of a strategically important district just 70 miles from the capital, Islamabad, officials and residents said Wednesday.
The fall of the district, Buner, did not mean that the Taliban could imminently threaten Islamabad. But it was another indication of the gathering strength of the insurgency and it raised new alarm about the ability of the government to fend off an unrelenting Taliban advance toward the heart of Pakistan.
This is the true legacy of George W. Bush and it will more than likely be the single most potent crisis Obama faces.