Katie Couric's Notebook: Pakistan

As the floods in Pakistan reach biblical proportions, so does the humanitarian crisis there. Roughly a fifth of Pakistan has been affected by the floods, which have killed around 1,500 people and left as many as six million without food and clean water.

But there's also a secondary disaster looming large. The floods are sapping resources from Pakistan's military, leaving them unable to battle insurgents along the Afghan border. Meanwhile, the Taliban is exploiting the disaster and winning support by providing aid where the government can't.

So far, only a fraction of the UN's request for $460 million in aid has been provided. The U.S. and other nations need to up the ante -- and fast.

If insurgents are able to strengthen their foothold, it will only further destabilize Pakistan and give terrorists in Afghanistan an even bigger safe haven.

Pakistan hasn't always been a perfect partner, but it's one we can't afford to alienate.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.