Gordon Brown has a strategy to defeat the menace of …er…. the thing we must not mention. It involves sticking names together and lopping bits off them. From the BBC (my emphasis):
Gordon Brown is to outline to MPs the government's revised strategy for the war in Afghanistan, following his visit to the country.
He is expected to say Pakistan - which was also on his tour - must be part of a solution to Afghanistan's problems.
Mr Brown has spoken of a "chain of terror" linking the region to the UK.
The prime minister is unlikely to commit more UK soldiers to Afghanistan, other than those to provide security at the forthcoming presidential election.
Mr Brown's statement comes hours after a British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan.
The soldier, who was serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died on Tuesday in an explosion while on foot patrol near Gereshk in HelmandProvince.
The soldier is expected to be named by the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday.
The so-called "Af-Pak" solution is likely to echo US President Obama's new policy unveiled in March.
He got the idea from Obama. From the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Obama took a giant step beyond the Bush administration's "Afghanistan policy" when he named the issue "AfPak" -- Afghanistan, Pakistan and their shared, Pashtun-populated border. But this is inverted. We suggest renaming the policy "PakAf," to emphasize that, from the perspective of U.S. interests and regional stability, the heart of the problem lies in Pakistan
Following successful delivery of the Af-Pak/Pak-Af solution, our Prime Minister hopes to roll out a Sy-Rak strategy, Saudi-Ran-Somal-Gerian synergy and a Libi-Leb long-term linkage plan going forward.
Update: Reader Bigland predicts that it will all end in a "Fa-Kap".