"We are trying to have an open, transparent, and mutually beneficial relationship with the U.S. based on our national interest," the Pakistani prime minister told officers at that country's Command and Staff college. Well, that is good news!
But then I read more of his comments and I realized Prime
Minister Gilani probably was engaging in what one of my sisters used to call
"grandma talk," to signify when my mother would say the opposite of what she
actually meant (e.g., "You look thin!"). For example, the Pak PM said, "we
want to play our role in the stability and peace in Afghanistan." And he said
he believes that "our children and the generations to follow will lead a
peaceful and productive life." Just use the Grandma interpreter, and you
will understand what he is saying.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.