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Is he in the hood?

Is the poor lady feeling the pressures of office? How else can you explain US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s latest take on Pakistan’s commitment to the hunt for Osama bin Laden?

india Updated: May 11, 2010 23:10 IST

Is the poor lady feeling the pressures of office? How else can you explain US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s latest take on Pakistan’s commitment to the hunt for Osama bin Laden? In an interview to a TV channel, Ms Clinton said some lower-level officials in the Pakistani administration, not the top leaders, know where bin Laden and Mullah Omar are. However, she added, the US needs to “stand up to the current dispensation in Islamabad” because there’s a “sea change” in their assurance towards the anti-terror strategy. Are we the only ones who are confused?

But how did Ms Clinton get this bit of news? Surely, there’s no hotline between these lowly officials and her office. Or is this part of a cunning ploy on the part of US spooks to let old Osama know that his whereabouts are no longer of great concern to the mighty and that this knowledge is in the hands of those lower down the pecking order? Could this egg him on to fold up his tent in the Tora Bora caves and reveal himself to the world if only to reinforce that he cannot be taken so lightly.

But perhaps Ms Clinton in her efforts to sound menacing is missing a vital piece of information that eagle-eyes M. Ahmadinejad of Iran has discerned. The fact that Osama may be lurking around somewhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Now the Iranian prez may be on to something. Where better to cool your heels when Uncle Sam is looking for you all over the world than near the Commander-in-Chief of the US forces. Maybe someone low down in the US administration’s hierarchy has some dope on this.