Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

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A character-driven history that describes the bizarrely ill-suited alliance between America and
Pakistan, written by a uniquely insightful participant: Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US

The relationship between America and Pakistan is based on mutual incomprehension, and always has been. Pakistan—to American eyes—has gone from being a stabilizing friend to an essential military ally to a seedbed of terror. America—to Pakistani eyes—has been a guarantee of security, a coldly distant scold, an enthusiastic military supplier and ally, and now a threat to national security and a source of humiliation. In their sixty-five year relationship, one country has become a global superpower, the other perilously close to a failed state—perhaps one of the most dangerous places in the world.

Husain Haqqani has a unique insight into Pakistan, his homeland, and America, where he was the Pakistani ambassador and is now a professor at Boston University. His life has mapped the relationship of
Pakistan and America, and he has found himself often close to the heart of it—sometimes in very confrontational circumstances, even under house arrest—which has allowed him to write the story of the two countries’ turbulent affair, here memorably laid bare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482952643
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Husain Haqqani was Pakistan's ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011. A trusted advisor of late Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, Ambassador Haqqani is as a professor at Boston University and co-chair of the Hudson Institute's Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Thought. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and more. Follow him on Twitter: @husainhaqqani

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Islamabad had been repeatedly asking for F-16 fighter aircraft in the late 1970s and early 1980s; the Reagan administration found a way to grant them, even urging Congress to waive a ban on military and economic aid to countries that acquire or transfer nuclear technology. James Buckley, then undersecretary of state for international security affairs, rationalized in The New York Times that such American generosity would address “the underlying sources of insecurity that prompt a nation like Pakistan to seek a nuclear capability in the first place.” In 1983, the first batch of the fighter jets arrived in Rawalpindi.

But as did the 1965 war between India and Pakistan, so the Soviet decision to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan in 1989 exposed the tensions beneath the surface of the U.S.-Pakistani alliance. Differences between Washington and Islamabad over who should lead a post-Soviet Afghanistan quickly emerged and unsettled the two countries’ unspoken truce. Pakistan, of course, wanted as much influence as possible, believing that a friendly Afghanistan would provide it with strategic depth against India. The United States wanted a stable, noncommunist government that could put Afghanistan back in its place as a marginal regional power. For the first time, the issue of Pakistani support for terrorist groups also became a sore point.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 False Start 8

Chapter 2 Aid, Arms, and Bases 56

Chapter 3 A Split and a Tilt 123

Chapter 4 Picking Up the Pieces 171

Chapter 5 A Most Superb and Patriotic Liar 225

Chapter 6 Denial and Double Game 271

Chapter 7 Parallel Universes 317

Notes 351

Acknowledgments 387

Index 389

About the Author 415

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done, US- Pakistan relations were explained. Just from news media i never understood what has been going on "US-Pakistan relations". he went in to many details  of Pak political history since Pakistan was created in 1947.