"It certainly would be useful for the Obama administration to press Sharif hard on his country's support for several terrorist groups, including those behind the killings of American soldiers in Afghanistan and the Mumbai massacre of 2008. The group backing that slaughter, Lashkar-e-Taiba, continues to openly operate in Pakistan," writes Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg.
"Peace talks, worryingly, could also fail in dangerous ways. In 2004, the first U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed Nek Muhammad, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban commander who had just concluded a peace deal with the Pakistani army. Rightly or wrongly, [opposition leader Imran] Khan is far from the only Pakistani pointing to that episode as evidence that the United States aims to pit Pakistanis against each other. Therefore, Khan argues, rejecting cooperation with the United States is Pakistan's best course of action," writes CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey for Reuters.
Gross domestic product expanded 0.1 percent in the third quarter, marking an end of Spain's two-year recession. Foreign investors are returning to Spain's equity and bond markets, raising hopes that the country will soon be able to reduce its 26 percent unemployment rate (Bloomberg).