PAKISTAN: Leaping to Conclusions

For the past 18 months, Pakistan has been privately urging the U.S. to re-equip its 250,000-man army (at a cost of some $250 million) in return for air bases within striking range of central Russia. To U.S. military planners, such an exchange had obvious merits:

¶ Pakistan is perhaps America's best friend between Turkey and the Philippines; it has no illusions about Communism and, given help, might be made into the free world's South Asian bastion. ¶ Pakistan's 13-division army, re-equipped, could hold the Khyber Pass. ¶ From Pakistan's air bases, particularly the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!