Remember the Clash song "I'm So Bored with the USA"? Similarly, over the summer I noticed that I am finding it harder and harder to read about Pakistan, though more out of frustration than boredom. I have no hope for the place. Its elites strike me as fundamentally irresponsible and destructive to their nation.
I know, the same might be said about American economic elites, who over the last three decades have relentlessly grabbed a bigger piece of the economic pie even as inequality increases and our infrastructure crumbles. But I am pretty sure that this situation eventually will be corrected. I sense no such resilience in Pakistan. I am thinking of just stopping paying attention to Pakistan, at least for a year or so.
I wonder what a "Pakistani spring" would look like. Bloody, probably.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.