In other news:
The Obama administration's is weighing a more interventionist policy in Syria if rebels can first establish safe zones. [Associated Press]
In the Persian Gulf, meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is concerned about its vulnerability to attack as Iran expands its arsenal of fast-attack boats and submarines in the gulf. [The Washington Post]
Meanwhile in Mali, the Pentagon is considering direct action if Islamic militants who have taken over parts of the country become a threat to the United States. [The Wall Street Journal]
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sets the Financial Times on fire with her op-ed arguing that the “U.S. must recall it is not just any country.”
The breakthrough in reopening NATO supply routes through Pakistan was negotiated through an “unconventional back channel run by a low-key duo: Thomas R. Nides, a deputy to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Pakistan’s finance minister,” writes The New York Times.
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