Choosing Between India and Pakistan The New York Times leads today’s story on the nuclear summit with some hard words about the Bush administration’s nuclear deal with India. The authors of the piece have been listening to self-serving Pakistani sources. Note 2 things please: First, there is as yet no evidence that India has in fact ramped up its weapons productions. Second, Pakistan’s assessment of Indian intentions has always been paranoid, never clear-eyed, and if we’re to “go slow” in South Asia until Pakistan calms down, we will never build the relationship with India that we need. Worth reading in this regard is a fascinating report from Karachi by Jason Burke, in the current issue of Britain’s Prospect magazine. Key to this shift is a transformation of attitude among urbanized Pakistanis – whose modernization has taken them in distinctly anti-Western directions. Burke calls such people “Mehran man” after an inexpensive car popular with the country’s middle class: Would it really make sense to sacrifice the emerging strategic partnership with India to chase such sentiments? And even if it did – is there any realistic hope that we could ever satisfy them?