The ISI Goes to Washington

The head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, left today for Washington to meet with unnamed U.S. officials. Pasha and whichever national security team members he sits down with will certainly have a lot to talk about. Still feeling the effects of the operation that took out Osama bin Laden within Pakistan’s borders, Washington has said it would withdrawal aid if Islamabad doesn’t step up its fight against insurgents and Islamabad in return has threatened to pull its troops off of border-protection duty along the tense boundary with Afghanistan. Today, the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, met with Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a sitdown that had been on the schedule for some time.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is working the foreign affairs angle to help the struggling job market. In a speech yesterday, she called on U.S. companies to “get out there and engage with the economic opportunities that are emerging across the world” and become forces “for economic renewal here in America.”

And Clinton is gearing up for a worldwide tour. It will start on Friday when she travels to Turkey. Then it’s on to Greece and India, followed by Indonesia and Hong Kong later this month, according to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. She’ll be in Indonesia to participate in ASEAN talks as well as the East Asia Summit; in Hong Kong, she’ll focus on the global economic situation.

Twenty-three senators sent Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta a letter questioning why the administration decided to try suspected Somali terrorist Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, who was captured in April and interrogated on a Navy warship, in a civilian court. It runs counter to Congress’s wishes that those trials be held in front of military commissions. The letter stressed that trials in civilian U.S. courts run the risk of allowing the terrorist “to remain here and be released into the general population.”

Lawmakers are also going after News Corp, of phone hacking infamy. Senators Barbara Boxer and John Rockefeller wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro calling on them to look into whether News Corp has broken any U.S. laws or victimized U.S. citizens.