US Struggles to Find Response to Failed Times Square Attack

Beyond Demanding Pakistan Launch More Offensives, Few Options

Since the failed Times Square bombing attempt the Obama Administration has struggled to find a response to the attack, which officials say originated in Pakistan.

Despite reports that the Obama Administration has increased preparations for unilateral attacks on Pakistani soil, analysts say that such moves are unlikely and would do serious harm to Pakistan’s already weakened government.

Last week it was revealed that President Obama had given Pakistan an “ultimatum,” demanding that they launch an attack against North Waziristan.

The wisdom of such a move is in doubt, however, as it had already been reported that the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has left the area at the request of government-linked tribesmen.

Pakistan has generally obeyed US demands for such offensives, which has gotten them into a number of wars in their northern tribal areas, but even if they don’t, analysts say the Obama Administration won’t have any good choices for retaliation.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.