The Pakistani military loudly boasted in a statement that its spy agency ought to get credit for killing bin Laden, right as it warned the U.S. against any future unilateral ops — and, for good measure, that the U.S. military needed to pack up and leave Pakistan. Shortly after the military brass issued that statement, U.S. drones hit a compound and a vehicle in North Waziristan, “killing eight militants,” an anonymous Pakistani security official told AFP. It’s the first drone strike in Pakistan since April 22, according to the New America Foundation.
Drones are anything but a unilateral U.S. operation: The Pakistanis have abetted the strikes for years. But the strikes have become more difficult for the Pakistanis to tolerate, at least publicly, since CIA contractor Raymond Davis walked out of a Lahore jail without facing trial for the killing of two Pakistanis who he said tried to rob him. And the Pakistani statement yesterday made a big show of proclaiming its airspace protected. The strike makes the Pakistanis look either complicit — and, hence, hypocritical — or incompetent.