Ramtanu Maitra is a regular columnist with the Executive Intelligence Review (EIR), a news weekly published from Washington DC. He writes columns for Asia Times of Hong Kong, Frontier Post of Peshawar and some other newspapers in Asia on South Asian political economy and Asian security. He has written on terrorism in a number of publications in the United States and India.
Washington, 25 March 2011: With the handover of $2 million-plus in "blood money" to Pakistani relatives of his shootout victims, the controversial Raymond Davis is back in the United States.
While Davis's release has enraged vast numbers of Pakistanis, it has pleased others, including US state department officials and the Pakistan "experts" in Washington.
Think-tank based Pakistan experts are particularly relieved by the Davis settlement, because the unsavory event had put them in a dilemma about who to support and who to condemn.
These pundits that are tied to one or another faction of the American political spectrum find it difficult to keep the party line going vis-a-vis the US-Pakistan relationship: namely, that it is mutually beneficial, substantive, vital, and deep-rooted.