Candid But Perilous World of Diplomatic…

The recent tranche of cables from WikiLeaks is as revealing as it is sobering about Pakistan, its status as a nuclear weapons power, its ties with the lone superpower the United States, and Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari. Zardari extracts little respect from his countrymen as well as a devastating comment from at least one head of a foreign government, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia is not just another foreign government. It has been a powerful financial and political supporter of that country for several decades.

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