Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cast doubt on the ability of the United States to succeed in routing Taliban and al-Qaeda militants who are in Pakistan. “I remain skeptical that Pakistan has either the will or the capability to secure their border, particularly between Baluchistan and southern Afghanistan.” However, the Obama plan for success in Afghanistan is predicated upon close cooperation with Pakistan forces in order to prevent militants from securing refuge in northwest areas of that country. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy insisted: “the futures of the two countries are inextricably linked.”
Both Levin and John McCain said they remained doubtful Pakistan will be of great assistance although they support the Obama plan. Levin insisted: “you can make some progress in Afghanistan event though Pakistan does not succeed in addressing their religious extremist problem.”
Perhaps, Obama has a plan that will work without Pakistan, but so far few experts really believe it can succeed.