The Obama Effect continues in Pakistan...

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    The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has seen a "significant improvement" under the Obama administration, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said Sunday, attributing recent Taliban arrests to increased communication between the two governments.

    "No government on earth has received more high level attention," Ambassador Richard Holbrooke told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" of the dozens of visits by top U.S. officials to their counterparts in Pakistan.

    "All of this, plus the recognition that the distinction between Afghan Taliban and Pakistan Taliban - if it ever existed - is eroded, has led the Pakistanis to take a very much more forward leaning position," Holbrooke said. "Plus, above all, the backlash from the (Taliban's) attacks in places like Lahore or Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Kashmir, Karachi, have all contributed to an evolution."

    Holbrooke cited the arrest of the Taliban's No. 2 official, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, as evidence of Pakistan's evolution from a country on the verge of collapse to a more stable political system now.

    Baradar is one of at least six Taliban leaders to be arrested in the past month, according to Pakistani officials. Some analysts say the arrests underscore a change in Pakistan's policy brought on by pressure from the United States for higher levels of cooperation.

    Envoy: U.S.-Pakistan relations significantly improved – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
     
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    I never thought it would happen, but apparently Obama is putting the kid of pressure on "Mr. Ten Percent" Ali Zidari and whatever the hell the Islamist who heads the military's name is that Bush never put on Musharraf.

    They've even been coughing up Afghan Taliban chiefs, which is pretty amazing considering that the Pakistani government is the number one supporter of the Afghan Taliban: Haqqani, Omar, Gulbuddin, cats like that.

    My guess is that the Obama Admin is threatening to withhold aid, and since Saudi Arabia can't afford to pay the Pakistani government's expenses anymore, they're between a rock and a hard place.
     
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    Where's bin Laden?

    Pock-ee-staaan never attacked us!!
     
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    Different players now, although I'd also add that President Obama is a better poker player than Bush Jr.

    Indeed, a kinder, gentler and more strategic implementation of "you're either with us or against us." ;)
     
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    We know he wasn't in Iraq don't we Frankie??

    Seems Obama is actually going into the region wher bin laden is hiding. Unlike Bush, who packed up his tent and went to Iraq once bin Laden gave him the slip, president Obama is working with Pakistan to tighten the noose
     
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    Obama has bin Laden locked away in the basement of the WH and will drag him out in time to save the next election for the Dems
     

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