Is Pakistan becoming de facto the next phase of the war on terror?
No. Many people in India are misreading the situation. The primary US concern is to prevent a war. Since December 13, Gen Musharraf is under pressure to rein in the terrorists. There is a continuing war against Al Qaeda where Pakistan has an important role to play. That will become difficult if India and Pakistan were to go to war.
What specifically is the US doing?
Getting Pakistan to close down the LeT and the JeM is an important step. Long-term, the US is interested in much better relations with India. The trouble is, people in India are Pakistan-obsessed and people in Pakistan are India-obsessed, and the way people see things is filtered through that. A...