If we add the pressure exerted by Bush on the congress regarding the intelligence bill to the pressure exerted on Pakistan to aid in the hunt for bin Laden, we might have enough force to push a thumb-tack into a corkboard. From WaPo, via AP:
The Pakistani army announced Saturday that it would withdraw hundreds of troops from a tense tribal region near Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and his top deputy were believed to be hiding.
The army will remove checkpoints in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, Lt. Gen. Safdar Hussain said after meeting with tribal elders Friday.
Hussain said the moves were “in return for the support of tribesmen in operations against foreign miscreants.” Some troops will remain in the area, he said.
“We have been assured by tribal elders that they will not allow miscreants to hide in areas under their control,” Hussain said.