In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, several observers pointed out an error made by U.S. news media: Abbottabad is not a suburb of Islamabad, but rather a garrison city located about 35 miles from the Pakistani capital. Though minor, the mistake is emblematic of a broader failure by Americans to understand Pakistan. With the U.S.-Pakistan relationship now in dire straits, these misconceptions must be exposed.

Confronting U.S. Misconceptions About Pakistan

By , , Briefing

As the American media breathlessly reported the news of Osama bin Laden's death, several observers pointed out an error made by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, among others: Abbottabad is not a suburb of Islamabad, as he described it, but rather a garrison city located about 35 miles from the Pakistani capital.

Blitzer's mistake, though minor in the scheme of things, is emblematic of a broader failure by Americans to understand Pakistan. Much more is made of the outlandish conspiracy theories held by many Pakistanis about the U.S. than of Americans' misconceptions about Pakistan. With the U.S.-Pakistan relationship in dire straits following the raid on bin Laden's hideout, it is high time to expose these myths. ...

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