America, condoms and the Taliban By M K Bhadrakumar The Pakistanis use an earthy metaphor when they want to put their American interlocutors on the defensive. They complain that the United States used Pakistan like a condom, simply discarded it when it is no longer useful, as has happened time and again in the Cold War era. By saying so, they urge the Americans to be constant in friendship. The Afghans will be feeling the same way about the Americans. One look at CNN on Tuesday afternoon was sufficient to see the misery on the face of Afghan President Hamid Karzai as he lined up for a photo-op announcing that he had been stripped of the votes that would have given him victory in the presidential election, and a runoff against Abdullah Abdullah will be held on November 7........(Asia Times Online :: South Asia news, business and economy from India and Pakistan) Although this article has been written in context of Afghanistan, this may make our strategic decision makers to think again about our ties with USA and west. Must we look at it as an USA's ploy to undermine Indian interests in Afghanistan? Is USA trying to eliminate Indian influence over Afghanistan through overt/covert means?