Yet the NY Times fails to identify the underlying strategic miscalculation that seems to drive US foreign policy in the region. Blogger Thomas did a better job of explaining this. Thomas quotes from William Darymple's The Last Mughal:
. . . nothing threatens the liberal and moderate aspect of Islam so much as aggressive Western intrusion and interference in the East . . .This one line delivers what has to be most eloquent and devastating critique of the foreign policy of the Bush Administration.