Two opinion pieces to suggest the complexities, starting with a typical piece of Pak paranoid fear-mongering and then an American perspective:
Indian boots in Afghanistan? [via Moby Media Updates]
Our Indian problem in Afghanistan
Now the latest news on how President Obama is walking the tightrope:
Obama supports adding India as a permanent member of U.N. Security Council [Paks will hate that]
Earlier Monday, Obama pledged to strengthen U.S.-India efforts to fight and prevent terrorism and to work with all South Asian nations to deny safe havens to terrorists.
But at a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Obama steered clear of the contentious issue of trying to mediate long-standing tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
Obama said the United States “cannot impose a solution” between India and Pakistan. He said his country is “happy to play any role the parties think is appropriate” but added that the two neighbors will have to “find mechanisms to work out these very difficult issues.”
These were heartening words for Indian officials, who want the United States to play a role in curbing the activities of Islamic militant groups in Pakistan but at the same time stay out of facilitating a resolution over Kashmir [the Indians have been far from nice guys in Kashmir, but most of the Muslim world expresses little outrage--whilst the West basically averts its gaze in pursuit of self-interest in India]…
Singh said during the news conference that dialogue with Pakistan cannot succeed as long as Pakistani groups continue to stage terrorist attacks in India.
“You cannot simultaneously be talking and at the same time the terror machine is as active as before,” Singh said. “Once Pakistan moves away from this terror-induced coercion, we will be very happy to engage productively with Pakistan and resolve all outstanding issues.”..
More on Pak paranoia from Terry Glavin:
Who’s To Blame For Pakistan’s Agonies? ‘Hindu Zionists and American Think-Tanks.’
And an earlier article on Indian great-gaming:
India’s Tripartite Plan for Afghanistan
Delhi is drawing closer to Iran and Russia in anticipation of a U.S. troop drawdown.
Complicated neck of woods, what? A final, really scary, note:
How a nuclear war may begin
Update thought: Quite a few Paks probably fear the presence in Afstan of a few hundred members of the Indo Tibetan Border Police to provide security for Indian interests as the thin edge of the military wedge.