Should we be surprised that federal authorities have arrested a Washington businessman who, we’re told, was working on behalf of Pakistan’s spy agency? Or that the Justice Department says it’s part of a “long-term conspiracy” to influence U.S. officials? No.
As Heritage regional analyst Lisa Curtis has noted, the “U.S. now possesses evidence that Pakistan-based terrorist groups with ISI links helped harbor bin Laden.” ISI also has links to the Haqqani network, which has engineered terrorist attacks inside Afghanistan, and other groups that have fanned the flames of violence in Kashmir.
But this latest revelation is not an excuse to pull the plug on engaging with Pakistan. The last time the U.S. walked away from dealing directly with the Pakistanis, things in that part of the world only got worse — and that road led to 9/11.