all right, we've been following breaking news today. twin explosions set off by
rocked a famed shrine in karachi. the u.s. is trying to stabilize the situation in
, and it seems to be spiraling dangerously out of control. u.s. officials have issued multiple apologies for a helicopter attack that accidentally killed pakistani soldiers last week, and resulted with
closing a key supply route in to
, closing it to nato forces. the u.s. missile strikes are continuing, though, today and the stress level is rising. nbc news chief pentagon correspondent
is at the pentagon now. it seems that the
, the troops there, kind of stuck
between a rock and a hard place
and these are about as many public squabbles between the u.s. and
that we've ever seen since the start of the war there in
. first, in regard to that helicopter attack on a
post, killing two soldiers, after the pakistani actually fired in the direction of the helicopters, apparently warning shots, yesterday the
chairman of the joint chiefs of staff
, called the chief of the
, general quiana, to personally apologize, and then today actually sent a letter which was released by the pentagon, so there were dual apologies from the head military guy here in the pentagon yesterday, and today. and in addition to that, you know, there's a report out of the
to congress that, in which the
found that the pakistanis are not doing enough to go after
. that is still embedded in those
, and still another report that members of the
agency are actually encouraging the taliban in
not to reconcile, but to keep up the fight against the
, and the americans there. now, all that said, american senior military and pentagon officials are saying, look, we understand all this. we knew this was going to be a very difficult relationship, and it has been for the past several years. but they still have confidence that much of the complaints and the restrictions being imposed on the
now by the paks are still for domestic consumption there in
to show the
that the government is not necessarily under control or behold beholden, at least to the americans.
it does make you wonder how problematic this pakistani partnership could become.
contessa, it could become even more complicated when the former leader of
, has now announced that he's going to run for election in
, has after he was ousted, and the
, under the
, turned their back on him because essentially it was a dictatorship.
we'll be watching for that. i know you're keeping tabs on it there from the pentagon. jim, thanks.