The anti-American mood in Pakistan appears to be shifting after Pakistanis have watched the US efforts on behalf of earthquake relief in the country. Turns out the region hit hardest by the quake is known as the epicenter of Pakistan’s extremist population—the northern section of the country that borders Afghanistan and is filled with training camps prepping militants. But the enormous and highly visible airlift effort by US forces to deliver relief supplies, according to the Christian Science Monitor, has provided anecdotal evidence that America may have pulled an image coup. “They are really helping us a lot,” said Bashir Ayub, an Islamabad medical evacuee tells CSM. “A lot of people here don’t understand that they really aren’t that bad.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.