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Posted on 11/20/2010 6:48:35 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Give more military assistance to Pakistan: Powell to US
Agencies Posted online: Tue Nov 16 2010, 21:43 hrs
Washington : With the world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden still elusive, the Obama administration must give Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani adequate mobility or intelligence capability he needs to win the war against terror, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said.
Powell, who recently met Kayani at his home, said the Pakistani Army chief was facing a tough task in the war against terror along the Pak-Afghan border.
"He's got a tough problem. This is the most difficult terrain imaginable. And he has troops, but he doesn't have the kind of mobility or intelligence capability that he needs," Powell said.
He said the terrain where Osama and other terror leaders were hiding was a difficult region.
"It is difficult terrain. I mean, we -- we often think about that region as if you can just go anywhere you want in a few hours. And we -- we have to keep this in mind, too, when we talk about Pakistan, because our Pakistani friends are an important part ...," Powell said.
"So if there's one recommendation I would give to our government, we've got to do a better job of giving General Kayani and the Pakistani armed forces the wherewithal to get into these very difficult areas," the 73-year-old former general and statesman told CNN's Larry King.
Asked whether the Obama administration was listening to pleas for more assistance to Pakistani army, Powell said: "So far, I think the government understands the problem. And I think they are trying to provide him more resources, more money. But I still think it's inadequate to the task that he's facing."
Responding to a question why bin Laden still remains at large, Powell said that was because the US army has not caught him.
"It is because we haven't caught him. I don't know where he is. He is somewhere, I'm reasonably sure."
Asked if bin Laden was still alive, Powell said: "I have no reason to believe he's not living, but, you know, you can't prove it. Every six months or a year, out comes a tape that suggests he's still living. But he has proven himself to be a master at hiding himself."
"People think it's easy to find somebody who is making every effort not to be found. I have faced this in a number of situations. With all of our satellites, with all of our electronic means, with all of our spies, still, people are able to hide from us for an extended period of time," he said.
"We couldn't catch Manuel Noriega right away in Panama. We couldn't catch Mr. (General Mohamed Farrah) Aidid in Somalia right away."
Powell also noted that bin Laden was not walking around giving television interviews. "And he is hiding. And as long as he is hidden and afraid to use a telephone, afraid to use a satellite radio, afraid to do anything except give a video interview every six months, he is not the same force he was 10 years ago."
"He is trying to stay alive. And, therefore, we have a different kind of al-Qaeda that we're dealing with than the al-Qaeda that struck us on 9/11," Powell said.
While Powell seeks to increase aid, the Pakis are doing what they do best. Screw the US for military aid and pay hard cash to the Chicoms
(Plans to buy Chinese missiles and avionics to equip new Chinese-built fighters-approximately 250 of them)
how about NO
Pakistan is an unwilling “ally”, and most likely an enemy.
In either case, Pakistan is hostile to the best interests of the U.S.
And Colin Powell is a twit with a rose-colored world view and a blinkered obeisance to the 0bamao.
These people are actually drawing and quartering the US, dividing up where our bounty is headed in the future
NO NO NO NO NO
Billions in aid hasn’t produced anything so far.
Just a little social visit between the generals—or is Powell the highest-exposure lobbyist a foreign government can buy?
Oh, we should give the Pakis more military aid alrighty: but it should be the from the business end!
As we have seen time and again, there’s nothing quite like the fear of dying to make the muzzies respect us.
CPowell the finest of the EEO Generals.....is it no wonder that the great US Military can’t seem to finish & WIN wars when the Pentagon is full of these chicken shitte general officers?
Powell’s slide to leftist idiocy is increasing in speed.
Right. It is an ally only in the sense that it loves to fleece us!!
Give the aid to India!! We know they would be happy to spend it against the Muslim jihadis in Pakistan.
Afghanistan & Pakistan are draining more money from the American taxpayers than anything that Bernie Madoff did.
Karzai will retire in style- a long way from the hellhols he runs today. Karzai’s brother is the largest poppy growing person in Afghanistan. That is the core of the drug trade.
At least Madoff’s ‘customers’ were willing participants.
I am not.
Hey Colon ... STFU. You are irrelevant.