The military, which has ruled Pakistan off and on for decades, is perhaps the nation’s most respected institution. Yet its failure to find bin Laden in a town full of military retirees has exposed the limits of its intelligence capabilities. Its inability to detect the presence of foreign forces during the course of the raid has uncovered a singular lack of preparedness. And its response in the past week suggests it is struggling to come to grips with being in the unflattering spotlight put on it by its ally and biggest donor. U.S. officials have said they didn’t think Pakistan could be trusted with advanced word of the raid.
Terrorists strike across the country with impunity; now it seems that external forces can also enter undetected,” said a scathing editorial in Sunday’s edition of Dawn, a respected newspaper. “Are Pakistanis getting what they’re paying for?”
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