It looks that way, and it also looks like the Pakistani army can’t do a whole lot about it.
After negotiating a deal with the Taliban where Pakistan handed over an area know as the Swat Valley, the Taliban has decided that they want more-and are actively taking it. Did the Taliban “just decide” to expand their influence, or was this their plan all along? I think so too. That Swat deal is the same kind of negotiation Barack Obama is thinking about in Afghanistan.
Why should we care about Pakistan you ask? They have nukes. It wasn’t that long ago when Pakistan and India nearly came to nuclear blows over the disputed pile of dirt known as Kasmir. Imagine if the Taliban got of hold of those nukes that are obviously ready to launch. Iran would love it.
But Barack Obama wants to negotiate. They don’t. Who was that analyst on Fox, I think his name was Mansoor, who said “smash mouth diplomacy is the only thing these people understand.” Capitulation is a sign of weakness to them, and the Taliban are proving that theory now.