The Obama administration faces a puzzle in Pakistan, trying to figure out how to help the Islamabad government achieve greater stability without it granting too many concessions to Islamic militants who have supported Taliban forces challenging Western forces in Afghanistan.
As investigative reporter Gareth Porter notes, Washington also must balance its Predator military strikes against militant targets inside Pakistan with concerns that the violations of Pakistani territory and the violence that also kills civilians might cause more trouble than the attacks are worth.
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Porter adds that it may take some time to determine whether some concessions, such as permitting Islamic law in certain areas, might have a beneficial effect or possibly the opposite.
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