In the unending, blood-soaked high school drama that is the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, the latter country’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) has issued one more bitchylunch-table smackdown.
Except instead of ruining someone’s chances for Prom Queen, Pakistan’s move could, you know, lead to the injury or death of a top-secret CIA official in Islamabad…
For the second time in five months, the Pakistani authorities have angered the Central Intelligence Agency by tipping the Pakistani news media to the identity of the C.I.A. station chief in Islamabad, a deliberate effort to complicate the work of the American spy agency in the aftermath of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, American officials said.
The leak demonstrated the tilt toward a near adversarial relationship between the C.I.A. and the Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, since the Bin Laden raid. It appeared to be intended to show the leverage the Pakistanis retain over American interests in the country, both sides said.
Here’s a wacky thought, gleaned from our (very recent) four years in sweaty, hormonal secondary school. When your "friend" protects and enables someone who really hurt you (hi, Dead Osama) and continually gives out your most important secrets to everybody else in the whole wide world, it’s time to stop calling her a friend. Call her what she really is: a stone-cold, backstabbing whore.
Or, you know, a threat to the safety and security of the United States. Either/or!
Tags: al Qaeda, CIA, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Spying, Terrorism