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The Suppurating Mess That is Pakistan
First Things ^ | David Goldman

Posted on 07/31/2010 4:07:31 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

If Pakistan's intelligence service continues to plot terrorist attacks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, as the mass of documents released yesterday by Wikileaks allege, who is responsible for covering this up for so many years? The answer, I argue in this morning's Asia Times Online, is everybody.

This raises the question: Who covered up a scandalous arrangement known to everyone with a casual acquaintance of the situation? The answer is the same as in Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery about murder on the Orient Express, that is, everybody: former United States president George W Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, current US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, India, China and Iran. They are all terrified of facing a failed state with nuclear weapons, and prefer a functioning but treacherous one.

As of 9:00 a.m., there was nary a mention of one of the year's biggest news stories on either National Review or the Commentary magazine website. Perhaps that is because the new documents put as much egg on the face of the previous Republican administration as on the present Democratic one. "What elephant in the parlor?," sadly, is not a full-credit answer.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bhoforeignpolicy; foreignpolicy; india; pakistan; spengler; wot

1 posted on 07/31/2010 4:07:35 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

Arm India to the teeth and let them take care of the Pakis!

2 posted on 07/31/2010 4:17:43 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: WellyP

US Tells India Arms Sales to Pakistan Will Continue

The top U.S. military officer told Indian leaders Friday the United States will continue to sell weapons to Pakistan, and that the sales do not pose a threat to India.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen says he is confident the weapons the United States is selling to Pakistan are being used for their intended purpose - to fight al-Qaida and related terrorist organizations. But he says he urged Indian leaders to continue to discuss their concerns with him and other U.S. officials.

“We certainly understand the concerns and at the same time I don’t believe that we’ve sold any weapons to Pakistan which greatly imbalance the capability between the two countries.”

The admiral said the United States does not monitor the exact location or use of each item it sells to Pakistan, but his confidence they are being used properly is based on the increased trust between the U.S. and Pakistani governments built up in recent years.

U.S. officials also noted that the United States has sold sophisticated weapons to India, and is working on more sales, possibly including fighter jets.

Admiral Mullen praised recent improvements in U.S.-Indian relations, including an agreement signed Friday by the American ambassador and India’s Home Minister to create a Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative. The initiative includes a plan for cooperation on cyber security, which Admiral Mullen cited as a key area for U.S.-Indian cooperation.

The admiral welcomed the recent India-Pakistan dialogue, but said he was “discouraged” when the talks broke down. And he said he shares concerns about the activities of Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, which has been accused of supporting terrorist groups including the Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Mullen says the ISI needs to “fundamentally change” its strategic approach.

“The ISI is an organization that has operated within Pakistan in concert with what it believes are its own national interests. And at the same time, there’s an awful lot about them that I don’t know,” he said.

The admiral said some elements of the ISI clearly operate on orders from the Pakistani government, but he could not say whether all the group’s activities are under the government’s control.

Admiral Mullen said he expresses his concerns about ISI to Pakistani leaders on a regular basis, and he will do so again when he meets them later in this trip through the region.

‘Can’t monitor military aid to Pakistan’: US to India

The US has virtually rejected India’s demand for a monitoring mechanism on military aid being given to Pakistan for the fight against terror. At the same time, it has also raised concerns about the links the ISI has with terror outfits and said that the strategic approach of the Pakistani spy agency needs to fundamentally change.

The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said that there are concerns about “the links the ISI has”. He admitted that there is a lot about the Pakistani spy agency that the US does not know and added that the matter is being taken up in all “engagements” that the US has with Pakistan. This comes after the Indian government revealed that there is fresh evidence to show the ISI and LeT planned and executed the terror attack in Mumbai together.

However, Mullen, who met Defence Minister A K Antony and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal P V Naik virtually rejected an Indian demand for a monitoring mechanism on the same.

Sources said that in his meeting with Mullen, Antony expressed concerns that the military aid being given to Pakistan could be used against India and is “disproportionate” to the terror threat the country faces. Antony also asked the US to constitute a “monitoring mechanism” to ensure that the estimated figure of over $1.5 billion is not used for other purposes. He is also expected to take up the matter with the US administration during his visit to the nation in September this year.

However, Mullen said that the weapons being given to Pakistan will not create an imbalance in the region and are being used for the fight against terror groups on the Afghan border. On whether a monitoring mechanism would be established, Mullen said,”the relationship and understanding that we have (with Pakistan) will provide an understanding (of) where the systems are being used.”

Mullen said increasing military assistance is an indication of the level of trust that Washington has in Islamabad. India’s concerns came after the US last year approved a $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan that also supports a $400 million annual package to upgrade Pakistani military under the ‘Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund’.

US delivers first batch of air-to-air missiles

ISLAMABAD In continuation to the F-16 Induction Plan and after the recent delivery of Block-52 F-16 C/D aircraft, PAF last week received the first batch of Advance Medium Range Air to Air Missiles (AMRAAM) AIM-120 from USA.

According to PAF spokesman the induction of these Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles in the PAF inventory not only marks the achievement of another major milestone in PAF Developmental Plan, but also bolsters its defensive capabilities manifold. Additionally, this capability brings PAF at par with other modern Air Forces of the world in terms of sophistication of its air-to air arsenal.

Importantly, this is the first time PAF has inducted BVR missiles which will strengthen its Air Defence capability manifold.

Delivery of the remaining aircraft, weapons including AMRAAMs & other related equipment is progressing as per schedule, and is planned to complete by the end of this year, the spokesman said.

3 posted on 07/31/2010 4:22:37 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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Muzzie Obama helping fellow Paki Muzzies, clear and simple. When we retake the White House in 2012 there will be a dramatic shift in favor of India. I think India knows most Americans are on their side.

4 posted on 07/31/2010 4:30:26 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
Pakistan ?? send in a team and detonate the nukes now!
5 posted on 07/31/2010 5:17:13 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass


6 posted on 07/31/2010 5:18:31 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." -- Yogi Berra)
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To: Cheetahcat

If we tried to do that O’Bozo would tip them off before we could get the job done!

7 posted on 07/31/2010 6:55:01 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
...Who covered up a scandalous arrangement known to everyone with a casual acquaintance of the situation?

This problem - which is really not scandalous - is well known and has been discussed for quite some time.

8 posted on 07/31/2010 9:51:53 PM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

Afghanistan: not worth a single coalition life, especially Americans.

What should have happened on 9/12/01 was a demonstration “project” on a mountain in Kandahar Province.

With the promise that there were more where that came from.

And that only turning Bin Laden over immediately would forestall a second “demonstration.”

9 posted on 08/01/2010 2:08:20 AM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that 0bama will resign)
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