In some ways, it's the most important story in the world. The CIA has launched 20 drone attacks against the Taliban in Pakistan so far this month, the New York Times reports, more than in any other month and twice the typical amount.
Last night on the show, Rachel Maddow asked Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, whether the American drone campaign amounts to war. "Rachel, war really is hell," Holbrooke said. She pressed him, saying, "Is it war in Pakistan?"
Holbrooke's answer, in essence: You know what you know.
You've seen it. War in the western part of Pakistan? Thousands and thousands of Pakistanis have been killed by the Pakistani Taliban - thousands. Those are the people who trained the Times Square bomber.
The al-Qaeda is sitting up there. The Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani are sitting up there, killing Americans, attacking the Indian embassy. These are really bad people. You mentioned Miranshah in your opening remarks. Miranshah is one of the headquarters of one of the groups
that kills a lot of Americans.
If you're in a war, you can't -- you can't kid yourself about it. I've seen a lot of wars. I hate them more than anything you can imagine. But in this particular case, as the president has said repeatedly, our own homeland security is directly involved.