That′s No Joke. Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don′t laugh.) The "Most Influential Vice President in History." (Seriously, stop laughing.) One of our nation′s most senior statesmen.
It is important to keep in mind how much Pakistan’s rulers and the Afghan Taliban loathe each other (with the admittedly important exception of some sections of the ISI who have been fighting alongside Afghan Islamists since the early 1970s).