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1 February 2011 11:12

Disturbing news from South Asia:

Pakistan's nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world's most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts.

The Pakistanis have significantly accelerated production of uranium and plutonium for bombs and developed new weapons to deliver them. After years of approximate weapons parity, experts said, Pakistan has now edged ahead of India, its nuclear-armed rival.

An escalation of the arms race in South Asia poses a dilemma for the Obama administration...

Don't you love the way the Washington Post segues — in just the third paragraph — into the domestic angle' It's a geopolitical equivalent to the apocryphal NY Times headline, 'World to end; Women, Minorities, Hardest Hit'. 

But in Islamabad and Cairo alike, the Americans are largely spectators, which is something to keep in mind as you hear reports from Washington parsing changes in the Obama Administration's public utterances on the situation in Egypt. My guess is that much of this reporting is driven by supply — there are an awful lot of reporters in Washington, and they need to say something about the biggest event of the day. But the effect is to create a false impression that US words and actions are more decisive than they really are.

With its ability to offer on-the-ground reports from almost anywhere in the world, this is an imbalance that new media is helping to correct.

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